Ute Ritschel »Forest Art - A Concept for the Future«
Forest Art has proven to be an exhibition concept that can carry on multiple layers of knowledge and the visualisation of an aethetic environmental based expression. The connection of art and sience, the pedagogical impact, the curiosity of the onlookers and the wide spread interest in an art exhibition which features installations and performances have made it a model for the future in the Darmstadt forest. The International Forest Art Path in Darmstadt (Germany) and Forest Art Wisconsin (USA) will hopefully continue to foster the scope of art based in evironment, lansdscape and nature.
Ute Ritschel, M.A., Curator, lives in Darmstadt, Germany
Studied Art History, Theatre, Cultural Anthropology at the Universität Erlangen, University of Kansas, Universität Frankfurt/Main and Performing Arts Administration and Performance Studies at NYU.
Lived several years in Italy, France and the USA. Worked as dramaturg and as art manager in a gallery of modern art. Since 1995 curator of the biannual exhibition „Vogelfrei - Art in Privat Gardens“ in Darmstadt. Curated and organised the “Forest Art Path” symposiums since 2002 f.e. in 2006 “3. Forest Art Path - Laboratory”. Since 1998 working on EAT-ART-projects.
Lecturer and presenter at several Universities in Germany and abroad in Theatre, Performance Studies and Arts Administration, also doing Theory Performances. Founder of the „Zentrum für Performance Studien“ (ZPS) and the „Zentrum für Kunst und Natur e.V.“ (ZKN).
From January to May 2007 Artist in Residence at the University in Wisconsin - Madison teaching “Alternative Curatorial Practice”. Also will curate the first “Forest Art Wisconsin” in June 2007 at the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest.