In a world where the delicate balance of biodiversity is under constant threat, an exceptional collaboration has emerged to shed light on this pressing issue. “Bending the Curve – Knowing, Acting, Caring for Biodiversity” is a groundbreaking exhibition hosted by the Frankfurter Kunstverein in partnership with the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre and Frankfurt Zoo.
Mogu contributes to exploring the theme, thanks to its co-founder Maurizio Montalti and the innovative mycelium-based acoustic panels.
13.10.2023 — 03.03.2024
Steinernes Haus am Römerberg
Markt 44 D-60311 Frankfurt am Main
THE IMPORTANCE OF BIODIVERSITY
Biodiversity is the lifeblood of our planet. It encompasses the variety of life forms, ecosystems, and genetic diversity that make Earth a thriving and resilient place. From the tiniest microorganisms to the grandeur of forests and oceans, every element of biodiversity plays a vital role in sustaining life as we know it. Biodiversity provides us with food, clean air and water and countless other benefits. Without it, human existence on Earth would be unimaginably different, if not impossible.
However, the grim reality is that biodiversity has been steadily declining for far too long. The consequences of this decline are dire and far-reaching, impacting not only the natural world but also human societies. The loss of species, degradation of ecosystems, and disruption of ecological balance have brought us to a critical juncture where immediate action is imperative.
UNITING FORCES FOR CHANGE
Recognizing the urgency of addressing the biodiversity crisis, the Frankfurter Kunstverein has forged a unique partnership with the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre and Frankfurt Zoo. This interdisciplinary collaboration brings together experts from the realms of art, science, and conservation to confront the challenges of our time.
At the heart of this partnership lies the concept of ‘Bending the Curve of Biodiversity Loss.’ This concept represents a collective commitment to halt, and ideally reverse, the negative trend in biodiversity loss. It signifies a profound shift in our approach to conservation, emphasizing the need for immediate and decisive action.
A NEW EXHIBITION EMERGES
Out of this collaborative spirit emerges the “Bending the Curve – Knowledge, Action, Caring for Biodiversity” exhibition. This remarkable endeavor seeks to tackle the biodiversity crisis head-on by raising awareness, inspiring action, and fostering a deeper appreciation for the natural world.
Moreover, the exhibition represents a fusion of art and science, a convergence of creativity and research. It explores how artistic and scientific perspectives can illuminate the path to ecosystemic recovery. By showcasing innovative ideas and solutions, it aims to catalyze a turnaround in the biodiversity crisis, steering us toward a more sustainable future.
MOGU: A SUSTAINABLE INNOVATOR
One of the shining stars of this exhibition is Mogu, a company known for its innovative approach to sustainability. At the helm of Mogu is co-founder Maurizio Montalti, a visionary who understands the potential of nature-inspired solutions.
Mogu specializes in mycelium-based acoustic panels, a revolutionary product that combines mycelium, the root system of fungi, with industrial waste. These panels not only provide exceptional acoustic properties but also represent a paradigm shift in sustainable design. By repurposing industrial waste, Mogu not only reduces environmental impact but also creates functional and aesthetically pleasing products that contribute to healthier living and working spaces.
ART MEETS SCIENCE
Within the “Bending the Curve” exhibition, art and science come together in a harmonious dance. Artists and scientists collaborate to present fresh perspectives on the biodiversity crisis. From immersive installations to thought-provoking data visualizations, the exhibition offers a multifaceted exploration of the challenges and opportunities we face.
In conclusion, “Bending the Curve – Knowing, Acting, Caring for Biodiversity” is more than just an exhibition; it is a clarion call for action. It reminds us of the urgency of protecting and restoring our planet’s biodiversity. The combined efforts of art, science, and sustainable innovation showcased in this exhibition illuminate the path forward.
Mogu’s mycelium-based acoustic panels exemplify the innovative solutions necessary for a more sustainable future. As we navigate the challenges of the biodiversity crisis, it is through such collaborations and innovations that we can hope to bend the curve and create a world where biodiversity thrives, ensuring a brighter future for generations to come.
Co-Creation Art: Prof. Franziska Nori
Co-Creation Science: Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese
In collaboration with the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre and Frankfurt Zoo Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg / Fernando Laposse / Julia Lohmann / Maurizio Montalti / MYRIAD. Where we connect. / Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP / Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Faculty of Architecture / Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior / Walter R. Tschinkel / Frankfurt Zoo