The exhibition EN DIÁLOGO CON LA MAR gathered original photographs by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and put them into dialogue with 16 international contemporary artists who reflected on Captain Cousteau’s idea of the conservation of the ocean through video, photography, drawing, performance, painting and contemporary jazz music. Knowledge reveals and inspires, it helps us to appreciate what exists and to establish a dialogue with existence. Cousteau showed us the submarina life, discovered magic worlds in times when the science of discovering the underwater world was extremely difficult.

He helped the human being to enter mentally into unknown oceanic environments in order to reveal the beauty and fragility of the underwater world. In Mexico the exhibition attracted more than 15.000 visitors in only 4 weeks, a lot of them young people from local schools who were guided through the exhibition accompanied by short workshops regarding the conservation of nature.


As part of GOOD FOOD COP23 Bonn, ARTPORT_making waves organised projections of COOL STORIES IV at the University of Bonn and the Alanus University: 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. We had more than 20.000 visitors in 2 weeks during COP23, including them symbolically in the climate negotiations, bringing moving images about climate change from international artists to the citizens of Bonn, inviting them to reflect on our daily impact.

Where: University of Bonn, Rondell, Bonn; Alanus University Bonn, Forum Internationale Wissenschaft Bonn

When: 6th -17th of November 2017

Participating artists from COOL STORIES IV:

BitteBitteJaJa (Ulu Braun/Roland Rauschmeier, Germany/Austria), Lia Chaia (Brazil),
Magdalena Correa (Chile), Fernando Cortés (Honduras), Marina Fraga (Brasilien), Payal
Kapadia (India), Bodo Korsig (Germany), Katja Loher (Switzerland), Lucía Madriz (Costa Rica),
Danushka Marasinghe (Sri Lanka), Christian Niccoli (Germany), Iván Puig Domene (Mexico),
Rafael Quintas/Zel Nonnenberg (Brazil), Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania), Janaina
Tschäpe (Germany, Brazil, USA)


Symbioses of Responsibility
George Steinmann, artist-researcher works at the intersection of the Arts and policy-making for Paris COP21, 2015.
George Steinmann, who often works at the intersection of art, science, and politics, explored this question at the COP21 UN Climate Change Conference, where he acted as the first ever official “artistic observer.” Steinmann produced sketches, mind maps, drawings, and photographs, which will be exhibited in an interdisciplinary exhibition in 2016 and 2017.

Symbioses of Responsibility is an exemplary expression of sustainable art; its aim is to broaden the scientific and political debate on climate change from an aesthetic perception and artistic point of view. Steinmann also participated in several panels and talks at Columbia Global Centers Europe, the Grand Palais as part of Solutions COP21, and other institutions in collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland.