Thank you for taking part in the first Primal Green assembly!
A resource platform for Berlin-based artists and cultural organizations looking to become more sustainable.
The first Primal Green Assembly, on 7–8 April 2022, was oriented towards artists, independent cultural organizations, and practitioners in Berlin and Germany who would like to learn to become more sustainable in their practices. The two-day program covered topics including circular economy, delivery and transportation, exhibition architecture, waste and materials, events, diversity and inclusive hiring, and digital waste.
All the resources discussed can be found on the Resources page.
Thursday, 7 April
Hannah Beck-Mannagetta und Lena Fließbach
Curators Zero Waste
Netzwerk grüne Stadtlogistik
Delivery and Transportation
The Impact Company
Diversity and Inclusivity
Director of Waste and Materials, Ki Culture
Waste and Materials
Sandra Nicoline Nielsen
A New Kind of Blue
Moderated by Dehlia Hannah Ph.D with
Margarida Mendes, The Forest Curriculum, and Edgar Cardenas Ph.D.
Exhibiting Sustainability: Tensions in Practice
round table discussion
SPEAKERS AND ROUNDTABLE
We’ve invited speakers specialized in sustainable issues specific to Berlin and Germany. The round table discussion, organized by curator and philosopher of nature and Dehlia Hannah, invites international artists and practitioners to discuss a broader view of sustainability in the arts today and in the future.
Kim Kraczon is a Berlin-based conservator of modern materials and contemporary art specializing in sustainable practices in the art sector. Kraczon is the Director of Materials at Ki Culture and lead of the Gallery Climate Coalition’s Packaging and Materials Research Committee. Kraczon previously worked as the resident conservator at Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, where she developed sustainable strategies for production and packing materials.
Sandra Nicoline Nielsen
Sandra Nicoline Nielsen (DK) is co-founder of the explorative collective hands.on.matter (2018) and the design studio A New Kind of Blue (2021). Her material activist practice elaborates on circular design thinking and local production strategies. Education: B.Sc. in Philosophy and Business Administration (CBS), M.Sc. in Techno-Anthropology (AAU).
Yolanda Rother is co-founder of The Impact Company, a diversity inclusion business. She is also the Europe Lead at Stiftung Zukunft Berlin, where she is building digital tools for a better Europe. She has worked internationally to tackle issues on open government, diversity, urban development and decolonization.
Jan Erdweg is co-founder of Zukunftsangelegenheiten GmbH. The organization operates the digital platform Grüne Stadtlogistik, which connects independent bicycle couriers with various providers from the organic food sector, thus enabling a nationwide, emission-free delivery option in cities.
Hannah Beck-Mannagetta and Lena Fließbach
Hannah Beck-Mannagetta and Lena Fließbach are a freelance curatorial team from Berlin that creates interdisciplinary exhibitions and mediation formats. In 2020, they curated the international group exhibition ZERO WASTE at the Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig, which kept its own carbon footprint as small as possible and also made it transparent. Since then, they have been involved as mentors for more sustainability in the cultural sector.
Simone Kellerhoff has had a life-long enthusiasm for craft techniques, the creative use of materials, and solutions to social problems. Her professional career as an occupational therapist, drama teacher, and fundraiser, led to the founding of Material Mafia in 2012. Her vision is an economy of completely closed resource cycles.
Margarida Mendes is a curator and researcher based in Lisbon. Exploring the overlap between cybernetics, ecology and experimental film, her personal research investigates the dynamic transformations of the environment and its impact on societal structures and cultural production.
Edgar Cardenas Ph.D is an artist and social scientist based in Detroit. As a photographer and interdisciplinary artist, he investigates the ecological, cultural, and technological subtleties of human/environment relationships.
Dehlia Hannah Ph.D
Dehlia Hannah Ph.D., is a curator and philosopher of nature based in Berlin and Copenhagen. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, where her project Rewilding the Museum (2021-2025) examines the art museum’s status within the fragile ecologies of the Anthropocene.
Abhijan Toto and Pujita Guha
The Forest Curriculum is an itinerant and nomadic platform for indisciplinary research and mutual co-learning, based in Southeast Asia, and operating internationally. It works with artists, collectives, researchers, indigenous organizations and thinkers, musicians, and activists, to assemble a located critique of the Anthropocene via the naturecultures of the forested belt that connects South and Southeast Asia.
Alicia Reuter has been working in Berlin's cultural scene for almost two decades – as a writer, editor, and co-founder of the Berlin Art Prize e.V.. She is currently investigating the possibilities of sustainable practices for creative projects and how to facilitate their implementation.