The "Merano Spring” Festival - An Interplay of Nature and Art
Nanna Debois Buhl
Merano, Schenna, Naturns, and Tirol
March 24 - June 5, 2016
The festival "Merano Spring" is like spring itself: invigorating, inspiring, manifold. It offers workshops, performances, guided tours, and far more. For the second edition of this event project, artists from all over Europe have added their touch to selected sites. Some of their works are impressive and even accessible; others are subtle interventions in the landscape that require sharp eyes. Series of artworks invite viewers to take long outdoor strolls. After a long winter, that is balm for the body and soul. The prelude to the festival
Art & Nature 2016 - Walking with Senses Merano, Naturns, Schenna, Tirol
Works by international artists lead to an interplay of art and nature.
The Garden for Lovers, Merano, The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
A new domain in the sign of love - in one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.
Ark Merano, Kurpromenade
An 18-meter-long boat, rebuilt in the style of Noah's biblical ark.
"Luca at the Museum" and Traveling Ateliers Various locations in Merano
Program of the Art & Nature 2016 project
March 24, 2016, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Opening of Art & Nature 2016 Walking with Senses
Merano, Naturns, Schenna & Tirol
March 30, 2016, 5 p.m. Walking with Senses tour Merano with Otto Huber
Inspired by Nanna Debois Buhl's "Trajectories of the Trachycarpus Fortunei", the botanist and expert on ecology in the tropics, Otto Huber, takes visitors on a journey through the botany of South Tyrol, focusing on the palm tree as an exotic element in the local flora.
April 2, 2016, 11 a.m. Walking with Senses tour, Tirol
April 6, 2016, 5 p.m. Walking with Senses tour, Naturns
April 16, 2016, 11 a.m. Walking with Senses tour Schenna with Tue Greenfort
In Schenna, the Danish artist Tue Greenfort will accompany the visitors personally through his art installation "Listen to Nature", elaborating on his ecological views regarding the interaction between nature and culture.
April 22, 2016, 9 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Performance with Michael Fliri, Wandelhalle, Winterpromenade, Merano
April 28, 20, 5 p.m. Walking with Senses tour, Merano
May 4, 2016, 5 p.m. Walking with Senses tour, Tirol
May 7, 2016, 11 a.m. Walking with Senses tour, Naturns
May 10, 2016, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Performance with Manuel Pelmus & Alexandra Pirici*
May 11, 2016, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Performance with Manuel Pelmus & Alexandra Pirici*
May 12, 2016, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Performance with Manuel Pelmus & Alexandra Pirici*
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Workshop with Manuel Pelmus*
May 13, 2016, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Performance with Manuel Pelmus & Alexandra Pirici*
May 14, 2016, 10.30 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. Performance with Manuel Pelmus & Alexandra Pirici*
*Palais Mamming Museum, Pfarrplatz, 6 Merano
May 18, 2016, 5 p.m. Walking with Senses tour, Schenna
May 28, 2016, 11 a.m. Walking with Senses tour, Merano, with Evi Kerschbaumer
Based on the art installations "The Tube Meran" by Numen/For Use and "It’s normal that reality happens (these games will fall apart)" by Kristina Buch, the sports scientist Evi Kerschbaumer will focus on movement, body language, and games from the perspective of art and everyday life.
June 4, 2016, 10 a.m. Walking with Senses tour, Merano
12 noon Walking with Senses tour, Naturns
3 p.m. Walking with Senses tour, Schenna
5 p.m. Walking with Senses tour, Tirol
Walking with Senses tours: Meeting points:
Merano: "Tube Meran", Bahnhofspark, Europa-Allee
Schenna: "Listen to Nature", bus stop, village center
Naturns: "Blue Wave", train station, Bahnhofstrasse
Tirol: "My Boy, with such Boots, we may Hope to Travel Far" Alter Marktplatz
Location: Kurpromenade (in front of the kurhaus), Merano
Artists: Alois Steger and l Paul Sebastian Feichterois Steger and Paul Sebastian Feichter
Curated by: Heinrich Schwazer
"Ark" is an 18-meter-long boat, made only out of euro pallets. The title of the work refers to the houseboat that Noah built according to God's command, to survive the 40-day Flood. In mankind's memory, the ark has become the universal symbol of all fear of catastrophes and longing for salvation. It is not by chance that it is made out of euro pallets: they are classics in the transport industry; a steady flow of goods would be unthinkable without these simple pallets made of boards, blocks, and nails. An estimated more than 500 million of them are circulating worldwide. Today, Noah would build his ark out of pallets. The walk-in ark is located on the Kurpromenade. In the middle, there is an open room that can serve as a meeting point. The ark itself is full of possibilities, including the possibility of pondering pressing questions of our future: do we need a new ark? How could it look like?
LUCA AT THE MUSEUM
The diverse program of the "Merano Spring" festival includes the publication of an artist book for children entitled "Luca im Museum" ["Luca at the Museum"] published by the Corraini Edizioni publishing house. Several traveling ateliers will implement the plot through workshops for children and youth.
Luca is a little creature who lives with his friends on the Gilfpromenade in Merano. One day, Luca falls off a tree and is found and picked up by a boy called Simon. That is the beginning of an adventure that leads Luca through Merano - from the Gilfpromenade with its lush vegetation to the characteristic lanes of downtown Merano - against the backdrop of the towering mountain peaks in the distance that are illustrated in the picture book. The texts by Michael Heinze and the vibrant illustrations by Katrin Stangl invite readers to
follow Luca through his amusing, colorfully depicted adventures. The book project was suggested by the archive for artist books for children "Opla" (Stadtbibliothek Meran). "Luca im Museum" is the second volume of a book series that is continued every year on occasion of the "Merano Spring" festival. The commissioned authors are asked to independently interpret the varied landscape of Merano in the framework of an illustrated story.
The "Merano Spring" festival is initiated by the Merano municipality and the Merano Tourist Bureau and is implemented in cooperation with Merano Arte, Marketinggesellschaft Meran, the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, and the municipalities of Schenna, Naturns, and Tirol.
The projekt "Art & Nature 2016 - Walking with Senses" is curated by BAU.
Merano Tourist Bureau Freiheitsstraße 45 I-39012 Merano phone +39 0473 272000e-mail: email@example.com Internet: www.meran.eu