In the present online gallery exhibition, the two most pressing threats to humanity are merged into one topic, as there are
many indications that they are not separate problems. For example, one of the leading scientists researching agents against
SARS-CoVid-2, Josef Penninger, referred twice to climate change at his Billroth Lecture on October 28, 2020. He pointed out
that dangerous viruses are returning to Europe more often because of global warming and confessed that we should consider
our way of life, travel is a big factor in the spread of the pandemic, but also in the production of greenhouse gases. Furthermore,
there are apparently people who are immune to the virus due to genetic mutations. The wave of destruction triggers another
wave, a random reaction that tries to compensate for it. The exhibition shows a wide variety of work positions relating to
the connection between “Corona and Climate Change”.
Among others, works will be presented that were created in the course of the research project C~ART, a collaboration between
the Z_GIS of geoinformatics at the University of Salzburg and the Science Visualization Lab of the University of Applied Arts
Vienna. In the research project C~ART, there were two workshops, one was called Kunst~werk~statt and one was called Klima~taten~drang.
Both workshops were interdisciplinary spaces in which scientists and artists with an interest in climate change topics met
productively. As a result of the collaboration, actions in public space have been created and everyone can participate using
the hashtag #klimawunschfiguren. There is a project website (c-art.zgis.at) with digitized works by the painter Hermann Hack
and interviews with leading figures from art and science (Victoria Vesna, Hermann Hack, Peter Sellars, Helga Kromp-Kolb, Fritjof
Capra, Michael Staudinger) who deal with climate change on a daily basis. In the workshops, a collaboration with Eveline Wandl-Vogt
(Ars Electronica Research Institute “Knowledge for Humanity”), Elian Carsenat (NamSor.com) and Dario Rodighiero (Metalab Harvard,
Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society) developed, they will also give a talk and their pieces are presented in the
gallery. Another contribution comes from another invited speaker at PIXELvienna: Peter Mindek, who deals intensively with
the representation of molecular models in real-time environments with his colleagues at Nanographics company.
Eveline Wandl-Vogt,, Peter Mindek, Elian Carsenat, Rodighiero, Dario, Victoria Vesna,, Hack, Hermann Josef, Sellars, Peter, Martina Fröschl