ARTPORT_making waves is linking the fields of art and climate change with a new international project that is drawing attention to the interdependence between food, agriculture, energy and climate change through an interdisciplinary incubator program in India as well as Germany. ARTPORT teamed up a network of partners and participants in five Indian cities. These include, among others, educational institutions, art organizations, urban farmers, non-governmental organizations, artists, writers and policymakers.

As Official Climate Partner of COP23 / UNFCCC / The City of Bonn ARTPORT_GOOD FOOD COP23 Bonn is an interdisciplinary art program with the artists Sam Hopkins, Tino Sehgal and the international artists of the video program ARTPORT_COOL STORIES IV.


1. GOOD FOOD artistic workshop with Tino Sehgal

DATE: 15th of November 2017

TIME: 15.00 – 17.00

VENUE: Kunstmuseum Bonn, Entrance hall, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2, 53113 Bonn

At the Kunstmuseum Bonn: Students of the Bertolt Brecht Integrated School Bonn will be introduced into the world of sustainability from an unusual point of view: immateriality. The artist will not produce works of art with the participants, will not create material, but will underline the importance of physicality, attitude, immateriality, consciousness and interaction, to show how a society based on materiality is an antithesis to a sustainable future and that rethinking away from things, towards more awareness, is needed.


2. Interactive-participatory art installation at the Kunstmuseum Bonn: Sam Hopkins: The Ministry of Plastic (touring exhibition)

DATE: 3rd of November 2017 – 17th of November 2017

TIME: 11.00 – 18.00

VENUE: Exhibition square Kunstmuseum Bonn, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2, 53113 Bonn

As a commission for GOOD FOOD COP23 by ARTPORT_making waves, the artist Sam Hopkins (UK/Kenya) has developed the installation The Ministry of Plastic (touring exhibition) which stages a future in which the finite reserves of the world have been depleted. The Ministry of Plastic (touring exhibition) displays a collection of confiscated plastic objects, videos, and texts to inculcate future citizens with a sense of responsibility about how to use plastic appropriately. This immersive installation, part artwork, the part theatre will include a participatory element to be revealed just before COP23.


3. ARTPORT_GOOD FOOD Interdisciplinary Panel at Kunstmuseum Bonn

DATE: 15th of November 2017

TIME: 18.00 – 20.00

VENUE: Kunstmuseum Bonn, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2, 53113 Bonn


Planned panelists: Tino Sehgal (artist, GB/Germany), Sam Hopkins (Kü artist GB/Kenya), Dr. Lynn Wilson (CEO SeaTrust Institute, USA), Yugratna Srivastava (Plant-for-the-Planet, young climate activist, India) Motsomi Maletjane (UNFCCC Bonn), Heyman Mahood (student at the Bertolt-Brecht Integrated School Bonn), Anne-Marie Melster (ARTPORT, curator, co-moderator) and Dr. Thomas Bruhn (IASS Potsdam, co-moderator). The panel will explore creative solutions and methods that can inspire change in behavior and policy towards food production and consumption as the world faces severe challenges due to climate change. How can local experts from diverse disciplines—art, science, education, policy, and agriculture— and regions whose work focuses on food production and consumption in one way or another, come together and tap into potential synergies for common goals? These discussions generally leave out the artist’s voice. We want to include it and also ask if and how art can be a catalyst for change in this field.

4. TBA21–Academy: Open Ocean Space X COP23 Exploring the TABU- embracing Taboo topics in the process.

DATE: Friday 10th November 2017

TIME: 10.30 – 17.00

VENUE: Kunstmuseum Bonn (Auditorium), Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2, 53113 Bonn

Taveuni Fiji Kat Davis 2017

OPEN OCEAN SPACE X COP23 interrogates the impact of marine protected areas on traditional communities, the challenges they bring and the creative solutions they call for. The event explores their effects on livelihood, dignity, and sustainability for the communities directly linked to the protection process, which often separates people from the areas of protection. During this day-long event, participants discuss what this means for humanity in terms of living in balance with nature and the increasing need for a ‘ridge to reef’ focus.

OPEN OCEAN SPACE X COP23 has been developed in association with Anne-Marie Melster
, Co-Founder &  Executive Director, ARTPORT_making waves.

5. COP23 SIDE EVENT at the Fiji Pavilion, Bonn Zone (details to be confirmed soon)

DATE: 8th of November 2017

TIME: 13.30 – 14.30

VENUE: Fiji Pavilion, COP23 Bonn Zone, Bonn

6. Projections of COOL STORIES IV at the University of Bonn

DATE: 6th -17th of November 2017

TIME: 11.00 – 18.00 (Monday-Friday)

VENUE: University of Bonn, Rondell, Entrance “Schlosskirche”, Regina-Pacis-Weg 3, 53113 Bonn

The fourth edition of the ARTPORT biennial short video competition with internationally renowned artists speaks in colorful and exciting moving images about the subject of food and agriculture in the context of climate change.

7. Screenings of art videos at the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft

DATE: Friday, 10th of November 2017

TIME: 10.00 – 18.00

VENUE: Forum Internationale Wissenschaft, Heussallee 18-24, 53113 Bonn


UNFCCC Bonn/COP23 | Kunstmuseum Bonn | City of Bonn | innogy Stiftung für Energie und Gesellschaft | Bertolt-Brecht Gesamtschule Bonn | SeaTrust Institute, USA | IASS, Potsdam | Alanus Hochschule | University of Bonn | Plant-for-the-Planet | Forum Internationale Wissenschaft FIW Bonn | Academy for Media Arts Cologne KHM |  Dusseldorf

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