I Feel the Earth Whisper
Group show featuring Julian Charrière

Jun 15th – Nov 3rd, 2024
Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden

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From mid-June, Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden launches Julian Charrière’s Calls for Action as an immersive, participatory art installation, featuring two real-time windows into endangered forest ecoregions activated by an interactive phone station. The installation is part of the museum’s 20th anniversary exhibition I Feel the Earth Whisper with Bianca Bondi, Julian Charrière, Sam Falls and Ernesto Neto, which runs from June 15th until November 3rd, 2024.

Curated by Patricia Kamp and Jérôme Sans.

Julian Charrière, Western Andean Cloud Forest, Ecuador, 2024

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Julian Charrière’s Calls for Action brings together participatory art and land conservation, opening a live feed between the museum in Baden-Baden’s Black Forest and a Coastal Forest along with a Western Andean Cloud Forest in Ecuador. Supporting the protection of these vital ecosystems, the project highlights the interconnectivity of our planet and the environmental issues which threaten it.

The immersive and participatory installation at Museum Frieder Burda brings visitors face-to-face with these two threatened ecosystems by live streaming them on two large screens. Encouraging interaction and kinship, a phone station will be installed within the exhibition space, which invites visitors to pick up the line and engage in a two-way conversation with the Coastal Forest in Ecuador, a biome from which we are not only physically but also emotionally removed. This unique feature fosters a renewed planetary connection across vast distances and invites us to cultivate a deeper understanding and appreciation of nature and our planet. By listening to the rainforest, the audience is encouraged to speak out on its behalf and become advocates for the preservation and protection of Earth’s critical carbon sinks and biodiversity hotspots.

Through this collective experience, Julian Charrière seeks to create new planetary bonds beyond the boundaries of our immediate surroundings, showing how art can be a tool for connecting with environmental issues beyond our everyday lives. In the process it brings to the foreground urgent concerns regarding deforestation, environmental stewardship, and sustainable forest management.

Integral to Calls for Action is the possibility of the public supporting the protection of the landscapes depicted in the artwork. Visitors can contribute to the fundraising efforts aimed at protecting the sites featured in the livestreams by scanning a QR-code inside the museum.

Joining forces: Museum Frieder Burda is excited to present Julian Charrière's second chapter of Calls for Action – a participatory art project initiated by Globus and Fondation Beyeler – which aims to support conservation and long-term protection of forests. In Basel, Switzerland, Fondation Beyeler and Globus present the live feed of the Western Andean Cloud Forest in Ecuador on a large screen suspended on the façade of the Globus department store above the historical Marktplatz as part of ‘Globus Public Art Project’ (June 8th–October 6th, 2024).

Amidst a world rapidly changing under the weight of climate change, the exhibition I Feel the Earth Whisper at Museum Frieder Burda invites us to contemplate the fragile beauty of the natural world and our profound interconnectedness with it. Through the installations of Bianca Bondi, Julian Charrière, Sam Falls and Ernesto Neto – including sculpture, painting, video and photography – the show curated by Patricia Kamp and Jérôme Sans, invites us to reflect upon our relationship with the forests and unique ecosystems of the planet, and to rekindle our historically rooted role as guardians of these vibrant living spaces. Exceptionally united for the first time, the artists' works not only draw our gaze outward to the natural landscapes but also invite the living world inside, creating immersive spaces that allow us to experience the interconnected realms of the human and the more-than-human. By weaving together threads of mythology, cosmology, and ecology, the exhibition encourages its guests to listen to and feel the voices and vibrations of the Earth anew.

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