The artistic video (PASSWORD: WAO) which was gathered by the artist Lisa Rave in cooperation with the participating high school students in Berlin and Brandenburg, shows the process of the workshops and the contribution, the doubts, fears, impressions and knowledge gained during the workshops by the students in Berlin and Brandenburg.
As a reminder: The project WE ARE OCEAN is contributing to the Ocean Decade with interdisciplinary art components including sciences and education in Berlin and Brandenburg, Venice and Marseille from 2019 to 2020. In Berlin it has three main phases. In Berlin and Brandenburg, ARTPORT_making waves commissioned the artist Lisa Rave to organize targeted workshops (WIR SIND DAS MEER BERLIN funded by Fonds Soziokultur) at selected schools (Montessorischschule Niederbarnim, Barbara-Zürner-Oberschule Velten, Schule am Berlinickeplatz Berlin) for students aged 13 to 17 years.
In the first phase of the project, the scientist Oscar Schmidt from the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam and the curators Julia Moritz and Anne-Marie Melster talked about oceans, our dependence on them and the connection to the arts. As part of the workshops, students had the possibility to help produce the art film We are Ocean Berlin. This artistic initiative led to participatory performances, in which, in the second phase of the project, the students entered into dialogue with the scientists and other ocean experts at the Marine Regions Forum 2019 in Berlin. The results of the workshops and dialogical exchange were discussed with prominent thinkers such as Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius (Alfred-Wegener-Institute), Dr. Thierry Pérez (Institut Pythéas Marseille), Markus Reymann (TBA21-Academy) and the artists Michelle-Marie Letelier and Lisa Rave.
Finally the project was presented to a wider audience at the newly opened FUTURIUM Berlin with interactive interventions on behalf of the students of the school in Berlin, a fishbowl panel discussion including the participation of Dr. Lukas Köhler (Member of the German Parliament) and Sebastian Unger (IASS Potsdam), and film screenings. The final events in Berlin will happen at the CLB Berlin and State Studio Berlin later in the year. The general public was invited to participate in the dialogues. The aim of the project is not only to convey scientific content on the state of the oceans and the generation of knowledge, but also to stimulate rethinking and behavioral change through awareness activities.
ARTPORT_making waves has been working for 15 years with young people, who are the citizens of the future and its largest interest group, who more than ever are demanding politicians and systems of power to take them seriously. WE ARE OCEAN brings these young people together with politicians, academics and other decision-makers to think about feasible solutions. WE ARE OCEAN continues to promote the regular implementation of such external scholarly-artistic workshops into the curriculum of schools to provide first-hand knowledge in a creative way and to involve young people in an international process. It gives young people an active voice. As an official part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) and the Ocean Literacy Program of IOC-UNESCO, these voices are carried around the world.