Valentina Karga

A residency on Planet B

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Cosmic Energy Accelerator

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Cosmic Energy Accelerator – ceramics, detail

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Cosmic Energy Accelerator – the banana experiment and the Tesla experiment, detail

Planet B is an exhibition at the NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf curated by artistic director Alain Bieber and Joanna Szlauderbach. The exhibition is far from static; it is growing while artists are invited to live inside a Rocket (created by Labor Fou). Together with Lars Zimmerman, I spent 10 days in there, researching on the topic ‘alternative economies’ and sharing the process with the public. My take was that the first thing to take place on Planet B is healing ourselves from the traumas of late Planet A. Through this healing process we might learn something about letting go of pats structures and institutions that are not relevant any longer, and with a clear, ‘new’ mind, come up with some truly new ideas. Therefore, we practiced everyday active meditation, Yoga, drove to Nordenau to pick up some healing water and did a guided slime meditation. I also installed a DIY Cosmic Energy Accelerator for the peoples of Planet B. Planet B is a state of mind and it is available right here and right now.

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Rocket and Cosmic Energy Accelerator 

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 (Photo: Marcus Ademola)

Many thanks to Alain Bieber and Joanna Szlauderbach, Axel Ganz from GarageLab for the 3D printing collaboration, Marcus Ademola and Liina Puustinen for bringing Yoga into PlanetB, Sudip for his introduction into a life embedded with yoga and mindfulness,  Joanna Dehio for borrowing her ceramics oven, my fellow artist Lars Zimmerman for embarking on an interesting exchange with me, and all the lovely people we met including the NRW-forum team, for being so open and welcoming. Planet B felt familiar.

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slime meditation (photos: Lars Zimmermann)

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Cosmic Energy Accelerator, 3D print detail

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(Photo: Marcus Ademola)

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Towards an inner sustainability: Yoga with Liina Puustinen (Photo: Marcus Ademola)

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Active Meditation (photo:Lars Zimmermann)