Act Art presentation at ARNA

Act Art got an invitation to make a presentation on ARNAs international seminar in Harlösa 30th of May ” ART & PLACE IDENTITY”.

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It was an extremely interesting day and very inspiring for us to be there. ARNA is a non profit organisation that promotes a sustainable development in the The Avian Kingdom with the vision that it one day will be the world’s first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to include the cultural dimension of sustainability.

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Kerstin Jacobsson is the driving force and manager behind ARNA. In the center of their work since 2011 they place artist in residence, a hub for artists from around the world to explore and express human’s relationships towards nature and to unfold culture’s role in a sustainable development.

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Here Johanna Mc Taggart explains that developing of Biosphere Reserves is an ongoing process. Countries and citizens of the world embark on paths to improve the lives of people everywhere. Local solutions can serve as models for global challenges. Johannas favorite picture is the earth seen from space.

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Two guests presented case studies where culture has great impact on the surrounding landscape. Here is Signe Pucena from Latvia with her family who together with other artists restore buildings, learn about traditions and stories and transform the content to a contemporary variety of cultural tourism opportunities and some interesting books. Their center of workshops and residences is Serde.

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Silvia Lotman, left, from Estonia presented the Matsalu Nature Film Festival, an annual nature film event that has grown from being minor  in 2003, to now screening the best of the best with over 800 films from 82 countries submitting. Clara Norell, to the right, from Sweden and South Africa had a presentation called ”Culture as a driving force for a sustainable urban development” in the afternoon.

Parallell to Act Arts presentation before lunch were three other, all examples of how to meet a place. But I think ours was the only practical. Here are some more pictures:

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The ”frottage- exercise” made the participants quickly focused on patterns, the beauty of the trees bark, the diversity that trees and we all express through just being.

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The ”Mirror- exercise”evoked impulses to experiment, and showed us how new perspectives enrich.

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Maria Ward, chairman of the Culture Committee had a speech about cultures role in society, and named projects that are supported by Region Skåne where ARNA is the newest.

Exif_JPEG_PICTURESumming up the impression for my day is new insights and new contacts. / Eva Grip