The art intervention could be brought to life in a workshop with action artist and painter Hermann Hack. Part of it were performances in downtown Salzburg and Vienna. The concepts emerged as part of the workshop “Klima~taten~drang” as part of the research project “C ~ ART: Climate and Art – Touching and being touched through art interventions in the context of climate change” funded by StartClim and carried out by Stefan Kienberger (Z_GIS Uni Salzburg) and Martina Fröschl (Science Visualization Lab Applied).


The first results of an art workshop of the University of Salzburg and the University of Applied Arts Vienna with the artist Hermann Josef Hack can be seen in Salzburg, Vienna and other cities. “All of the factors that fuel global warming are primarily cultural phenomena. Culture is therefore the key to finding solutions together with science,” said Hack, who founded his GLOBAL BRAINSTORMING PROJECT as a cross-border platform in 1991. “No matter how many results we can deliver, as long as they are not accepted by a broad public and implemented in everyday activities, we will reach our limits,” said co-initiator Dr. Stefan Kienberger from the University of Salzburg. The results of the workshop were shown by those involved from art and science in the inner city of Salzburg and Vienna in the evening. Chestnut figures with certain messages were made as so-called “Climate-Wish-Figures”. These cute figurines embody nature in human form and can be made by anyone. Not only on site, but also through the dissemination in the social networks, everyone can get involved and share photos at the #klimawunschfiguren.

Vienna’s inner city is often marketed as a tourist attraction, however there are ugly corners, the sealing of the green areas has advanced and the density of pollution from dogs and SUVs is particularly high. An ideal place for a participatory action: Anyone can build sustainable mini sculptures out of chestnut figures and/or micro nature reserves and publish them on Instagram with the hashtag #klimawunschfiguren or #klimakunstfiguren. Participating people design ugly corners a bit more playful and make a statement for the desire for a better climate in their immediate vicinity. – Every person can and should express such climate wishes, no matter how small the action is!