As part of the art festival “Colomboscope”, the German Embassy in cooperation with Blue Resources Trust, has financed and supported various projects dealing with maritime space and the consequences of climate change as well as ongoing environmental pollution – with regards to this year's festival motto “Sea Change”.
Various lectures dealt for example with the development of coral reefs and manta rays in Sri Lanka as well as the influence of the maritime situation on the cultural development of the country. At the early-morning “beach cleanup”, numerous participants met at the Dehiwala beach in the south of Colombo to clear an about one kilometer long stretch of sand from rubbish within three hours - and to hand it over to the local waste management authority, separated into recyclable and non-recyclable.
Artist Søren Dahlgaard took the opportunity to present his sculpture “Floating Island” on the beach of Dehiwala, with which he shed light on the consequences of climate change, which are particularly drastic for small islands. He also gave a brief impression about the message conveyed through the sculpture, its significance and the history behind it
In an open “Youth Forum”, which was linked to the lecture about the coral reefs, participants of the festival were given the possibility to network and to exchange thoughts and information about their current projects. Susanne Kriemann, professor at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG), spoke about her work with mangrove ecosystems and efforts to highlight plastic pollution issues through art. HfG students presented objects that they had previously collected at the “Beach Cleanup” and would like to integrate into future art projects.
As part of the regular festival operations, the documentation “Prospecting Ocean” by the artist Armin Linke could be shown over the entire, approx. one-week period thanks to the support of the German Embassy.
The financial support was possible thanks to the Climate Change Fund of the Federal Foreign Office.
We would like to thank all organizers, artists and participants who have contributed to the various formats and look forward to the next edition of Colomboscope.