The Solar Panel Art Series collaborated with Ensemble Mini for a classical piano performance by Onutė Gražinytė at Hotel De Rome in Berlin. The evening saw a short talk by Ensemble Mini artistic director Joolz Gale, on the carbon footprint of conventional orchestras, and their mission of addressing the change needed in classical music.
Surrounded by artworks from the currently exhibiting Transition Edition, the four-piece performance explored the works of Polish composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin. Renown as a leading musician of early to mid eighteen hundred and the inventor of the concept of instrumental ballads, Chopin’s pieces were taken on a journey by pianist Onutė, highlighting the inspiration behind each piece.
Ballade Nr. 1, Op. 23, g-moll
Ballade Nr. 2, Op. 38, F-dur
Ballade Nr. 3, Op. 47, As-dur
Ballade Nr. 4, Op. 52, f-moll
Transition Edition is currently exhibited at Hotel de Rome. The edition of 8 artworks, curated by Johann Haehling von Lanzenauer seeks to bring attention to global energy poverty and the need for a quicker transition to clean energy access. Proceeds are going to support Little Sun Foundation in providing school children and teachers living off-grid in Rwanda with clean and reliable light.
Danni Pantel / Fiete Stolte / Jiri Georg Dokoupil / Karl-Luis Vossbeck /
Oskar Rink / Random International / Stefan Marx / Yangkura
“Artwork is never just the object; it is also the experience and its contextual impact, how it is used and enjoyed, and how it raises questions and changes ways of thinking and living. The Solar Panel Art Series does exactly that, and it is a great example of how to open up the discussion about renewable energy and the unequal distribution of energy today. In addition, they not only make us think, but also act.”
“The key question of our time is how human culture can be a coherent part of the global bio- and geosystem again. We need a transition first in the mind and consciousness of humanity and with this a major scientific and technological shift to solve the problems we face by killing our natural surroundings.”
Johann Haehling von Lanzenauer