B7 Art symposium and Exhibition in Orangerie Putbus, May 24 to July 7, 2018
In 2011, the first artist symposium "SceneChange" of the B7 Islands took place on Rügen. This was followed by symposia on Gotland, Åland Islands, Hiiumaa and Saaremaa. The goals of these encounters are to exchange ideas and experiences of artists from the Baltic region, to get to know each other and to work together. The B7 artists worked this year from May 24 to June 1, 2018 on "Get out of the comfort zone" on Rügen. In order to allow a broad public to participate in the symposia since 2011, the documentation of the resulting works and installations is integrated into this exhibition.
GET OUT OF THE COMFORT ZONE - Don’t we find ourselves dissatisfied again and again ... in a world of abundance, of a life in the comfort zone? It is the area of routines, habits, good care. The comfort zone is very cozy, seductive and persistent. Don’t we lock ourselves in ... or out? What's all on the sacrificial table for the preservation of this seemingly safe zone? Don’t we build the walls of the comfort zone ourselves?
How do the new media affect perseverance in the comfort zone and how could, how would our world look like if we stepped out of the comfort zone more often? Do we really want change instead of boxing and acting? Then we could start with mindfulness and ask ourselves what is our personal share of deficiencies.
Let us consider the work of the artists as an experiment to broaden the horizons and personal boundaries and their reflections as an impetus for all of us.