Well Beings in Times of Climate Anxiety

Public Program

Concept: Seda Yıldız, Valentina Karga
Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe Hamburg
HFBK University of Arts Hamburg, Museum of Art and Design Hamburg
Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU).

May-September, 2023

“Well Beings, In Time of Climate Anxiety” is a public program conceived to accompany the solo exhibition of artist-designer Valentina Karga at the Museum of Art and Design Hamburg. The program, focusing on the emotional effects of the climate crisis, brings together a climate psychologist, a curator and writer, a climate activist, a sound therapist, a researcher and editor, an environmental scientist and a local school choir. By inviting various individuals from different field to unpack such urgent topic that simply relates to anyone, we hope to create a form of togetherness at the intersection of art and so-cial engagement that might bring openness, and help us preparing emotionally and intellectually to be open to change. The program inludes: 

Lecture by Steffi Bednarek (Climate psychologist, UK) “Climate distress”
Presentation by Daphne Dragona (Curator & Writer, Berlin) “Can the arts degrow?”
Sound Bath session by Janina Tanck (Sound Therapist, Hamburg)
Performative reading by Marlies van Hak (Researcher, NL) “Resonant Encounters”
Workshop with Panu Pihkala (Eco-emotion scholar, Helsinki) “Mapping Eco-emotions” 
Reading Group with Valentina Karga (Lucy Lippard, “Overlay: Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory”, 1983)

Detailed information about program is available here

“Well Beings, In Times of Climate Anxiety” is a project HFBK Hamburg and the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU)


photos ©Öncü Gültekin