Nature in Human Hands?

Implications and undesirable side-effects


Opening: 06. October 2016

An exhibition in cooperation with Naturparke Steiermark  

At the heart of this exhibition initiated by Naturparke Steiermark lies the relationship between nature and man, as well as current steps undertaken by Styrian nature conservationists to preserve and sustain the very basis of our existence.

A fairy tale opens the exhibition. Stepping into an ‘alternative reality’ in this way opens up unexpected avenues, allowing us to espy new possibilities. Nature is the foundation of life, its sheer variety a vast treasure, and every single action we take has consequences. Sometimes species can be found on one single mountain top in the world. In contrast, crop plants such as the apple are spread through every continent – yet in Styria alone some 2,500 types have disappeared in the last 100 years.

Will nature be able to provide us with essential ‘ecosystem-services’ in the future, too? Or will we lose forever the basis needed for maintaining our health, nutrition, recreation and raw material supplies

Find out how our relationship with nature is intertwined with our childhood experiences, with empathy and information. These lie at the core of decisions and actions that visitors can playfully explore in the exhibition.

Curated by

  • Thomas Frieß, biology, ÖKOTEAM
  • Anja Stejskal, design
  • Bernhard Stejskal, project executing organisation, Naturparke Steiermark
  • Ursula Stockinger, Natural History Museum, Graz
  • Alois Wilfling, biology, OIKOS Gleisdorf

Curatorial Assistance

  • Majda Krivograd, mura SCENARIO DESIGN
  • Michael C. Niki Knopp, Natural History Museum, Graz

Exhibition graphics: 
Das Voyeur
Art Installation: Uli Vonbank-Schedler

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