As part of the Nantesbuch Foundation, the Museum Sinclair-Haus focuses on the sensual experience of art and nature. Videos and other productions complement the exhibitions and events on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and in the Museum’s own formats.
By Roman Schramm
From Tue, Sept 1, on Instagram @museumsinclairhaus
Which images come to mind when we think of nature? Where do they come from, and how much cliché, how much truth is in them? What is nature and what isn’t? The artist Roman Schramm examines the expressive nature of photographs and the notions they evoke in us. How do we look at photographs, how do we observe nature? On behalf of the Museum Sinclair-Haus, he examines the question “What is nature?” in a digital search for clues.
Background info and literary tips regarding the exhibitions and themes of the Museum Sinclair-Haus (in German)
Artistic experiments you can do at home
As close as possible to space: create your own planets and constellations. The materials you need are a roll of cardboard, a needle and your mobile phone camera.
Cut out plant parts and creatures from painted paper scraps and paste them onto an old book: in this way, you can create entire landscapes. Materials required: papers, scissors, glue, an old book and a flashlight.
Inspirations from the publication series “Blattwerke”, illustrated and animated by Sandra Beer.
and available as a podcast on SoundCloud and Spotify
A production of the Museum Sinclair-Haus accompanying the exhibition “What is Nature?” for the Foundation Nantesbuch. Art and Nature
“What is nature?” – This question is answered differently by each of us, and every answer brings us all closer to a new understanding. This, however, requires collecting the answers, a mission entrusted by the Museum Sinclair-Haus to the journalist Bianca Schwarz. In her search for clues, she finds rare birds at Europe’s largest transit hub, wildlife in the metropolis or an entire cosmos in one teaspoon of soil. Using answers of her interview partners – who include biologists, ecologists and cultural scientists – she is able to fill the term “nature” with new meanings: nature, perhaps, is the network of relations with everything within us and around us.
Which is the most likely place you would expect special landscapes or a diverse fauna? Hardly at one of the Europe’s largest transit hubs, the Frankfurt Airport. You would be surprised to learn how plants and animals exist in this place so thoroughly dominated by humans – and how culture, technology and nature dovetail.
Parks, flowerbeds, tree-lined avenues – of course. But wilderness and traditional orchards? Of course! How and why a metropolis like Frankfurt am Main is trying to make everything greener and wilder.
We need not look to the universe to discover unknown expanses. We can find them in ourselves, on our skin, under our feet: microbes. In conversation with staff of the excellence cluster “Balance of the Microverse” at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, we get to know players we cannot even see, but who keep us and all life on earth going. The human body alone contains more microbes than cells.
The citizens’ science-and-arts platform dawn-chorus.org would like to produce a worldwide documentation of morning birdsong, in the spirit of the conservation of species, while also making its material available digitally and to scientific research. Working with artists opens up further dimensions in this cross-national concert of birds. A project of the Nantesbuch Foundation in cooperation with the BIOTOPIA Museum of Natural History in Munich.