20. November 2021

Advent market at the Country inn Wintringer farm

Sound worlds in the meantime space and times... united with silence, the spiritual frees itself from isolation....

Musical reflections on Advent 2021: Barbara Neumeier (recorder) and Julien Blondel (cello)

20. November 2021

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Bliesgau - Art Hiking for Change

Cultural site Wintringer Chapel - Catholic Church Maria Heimsuchung Auersmacher (Easy walking distance approx. 6 km)

On the initiative of the Saarbrücken Regional Association, an art project in the UNESCO Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve has been dedicated to the future of the earth since 2020. The project's venues are the Maria Heimsuchung Catholic Church in Auersmacher and the Wintringer Chapel Cultural site on the Wintringer farm. Both locations are situated in the UNESCO Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve, which is a model region and laboratory of ideas for a sustainable coexistence of man and nature.

Both locations are connected by an imaginary "path of change", which, accompanied by wonderful views through the old cultural landscape of the Bliesgau, enables a completely new format of being on the move: art hiking for change.

As a source of inspiration for the road, a selection of poetic texts is available as a small booklet, but can also be downloaded.

Brochure Path of Change
28. October 2021

Film presentation: Transformation - World Circle Earth

An accompanying film to the current art project was realized by Peter Michael Lupp and Hannah Bernardy.

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6. August 2021

Book launch: UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Bliesgau - Inspired by the creative power of nature and its symbols

Inspiring book teaches cultural education for sustainable development through the language of nature

Buchcover UNECSO-Biosphärenreservat Bliesgau

Richly illustrated publication in the format 28 x 28 cm, hardcover, 72 pages
ISBN 978-3-947148-02-8
Price: 9,95 € (nominal charge)

In 2009, UNESCO recognized the Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve as the 15th model region in Germany and linked it to a mission: On the basis of the special resources of this cultural landscape, research and experiments are to be conducted on how people here can live and farm better in harmony with nature. The knowledge gained can be used to develop more sustainable ways of living and doing business and to disseminate them in an exemplary manner. But how can such a vision be credibly realized in a consumption- and efficiency-oriented society? How can people understand with all their senses what the recognition as a UNESCO biosphere reserve means and what opportunities unfold from it to initiate an increasing harmonization of man with nature and the biosphere earth?

Against the background that symbolic signs also play a role in all civilizations as a fundamental expression of life, growth and spiritual maturation, the cultural officer of the Regional Association Saarbrücken, Peter Michael Lupp, and the graphic artist Elke Birkelbach developed the idea of conveying the development potential of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Bliesgau via the very own language of nature and to represent it in a symbolic image. For the "fleeting glance" along the highway sections flanking the Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve, this special image has served for some time as a recognition sign of the Bliesgau UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. As an exemplary initiative for cultural education for sustainable development, the duo has now completed a subtle publication in book form that creatively decodes and conveys this SinnBild in a way that is close to the people.

The title is: UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Bliesgau - inspired by the creative power of nature and its symbols. The content poetically illustrates the connections between man and nature. The "golden section" as a harmonious universal relationship in nature comes into play. It reflects the cognitive process of man with regard to his responsibility for the environment, its sustainable development and ultimately as a guide for a good life. The initiative for this came about in the Saarbrücken Regional Association as part of the strategic cultural work of regional development.

Nature speaks many languages. If we gain knowledge about it and look more closely, it opens our eyes to new visions of designing living spaces in harmony with it. The revelations of nature's laws provide us with the building blocks, so to speak, for a harmonious coexistence between nature and human culture. Our focus on facts, statistics and figures sometimes narrows our view. What is needed is a new form of storytelling and debate. Whoever wants to understand the deeper meaning of biosphere reserves must develop empathy for our habitat earth, and this awakens when people can translate and empathize with the language of nature. This is how the idea was born to derive a future vision of this earth from the Bliesgau biosphere reserve using the language of nature and its symbols, and to communicate it in such a way that as many people as possible can recognize and experience it.

Author Peter Michael Lupp and designer Elke Birkelbach

This publication and the accompanying educational campaign see themselves as an experiment in the dissemination of meaningful as well as ecologically, economically and ethically sustainable ways of life in the Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve within the framework of cultural education for sustainable development. We want to create a new level of understanding, to discover nature in its holistic diversity anew, to perceive it consciously, to realize that we are a part of it and that we can improve our actions for the future through this knowledge. This is one focus of the UNESCO research mission for the Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve.

Association Chairman District Administrator Dr. Theophil Gallo and Regional Association Director Peter Gillo

Sources of supply

Saarpfalz-Touristik (pick-up only)
Tel. 0049 6841 / 104-7174
Tourist Info Saarbrücken Castle
Tel. 0049 681 / 506-60 06

Press release

20. July 2021

Concert for sheep and the diversity of species

Trioformation Autochthon reacts with sound experiment to Corona and the state of emergency of nature

Galleriebild #1

At a time when mankind is being tested by a virus pandemic and at the same time its only habitat is being hit by an enormous extinction of species, three experimental musicians - Hartmut Oßwald (saxophones, bass clarinet), Stefan Scheib (double bass) and Wolfgang Schliemann (percussion) - have realized an extraordinary art project.

The trio formation bears the name "Autochthon" (ancient Greek: Αὐτόχθων = "Erdentsprossener" for "native, native, long-established or originated here") and in this sense the musicians see themselves as natives of the Central European region, as natives they are down-to-earth, as citizens of the world long-established. Rooted in the traditional and open to impulses and questions from outside, they are connected to the richness of sound and the vitality of improvised music.

At a time when humanity is being tested by a virus pandemic, the formation moved to the Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve in the summer to record a concert for sheep and, with the same tone, for biodiversity. The venues were the cultural site Wintringer Chapel on the Wintringer farm near Kleinblittersdorf and open sheep pastures between Seelbach and Heckendalheim.

On site - in the open - the trio formation linked in an artistic way (sound - film - poetry) to the relationship of man to his habitat - the biosphere earth. Under the motto "Man and the Biosphere", UNESCO sums up its vision of sustainable coexistence between man and nature.

The artist/friend of the trio KunstSchäfer Rudolf Schwarz inspired the project with his expertise as a shepherd and was able to win the Bliesgau-Bio-Schäferei Ernst in Assweiler/Seelbach with their flock of sheep as participants. Katharina Bihler, Stefan Scheib and Hartmut Oßwald realized the film editing. Peter Michael Lupp (Cultural Officer of the Regional Association of Saarbrücken) reflected on the work with a poetic prologue and current references to the Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve, among other things.

The result is a synthesis of the arts: whimsical worlds of sound and images that at first glance even make you smile, and a texture that invites you to think and think some more. At the latest on the second view the spectators guess, what the trio has written itself on the flags beside cheerful joy in the experiment, in an enchanting, late summer cultural landscape: To perceive reality from a different perspective, also against the current background of Corona and ecocide, and to enter into a direct artistic relationship with the cultural landscape - biosphere - Bliesgau, and not in the form of a classical performance, a concert in front of people. The accompanying texts let understand the intention in the core and weave the images and sounds together like a poem.

In search of fields of hope for an ecologically and ethically justifiable form of human existence, the unusual idea ultimately also experiments with the question of the extent to which sound worlds, poetic images and textures can trigger a transformative energy between living beings and habitat.

Peter Michael Lupp on the experiment

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17. June 2021

SR 2 Interview with Holger Büchner

Transforming consciousness through art, culture and nature

In front of the cultural site Wintringer Chapel, in the middle of the biosphere reserve Bliesgau, there is a large sphere made of wooden segments, a work of the sculptor Martin Steinert. Peter Michael Lupp, cultural advisor at the Saarbrücken Regional Association, explains the idea behind it in an interview with SR presenter Holger Büchner.

To listen in the SR Mediathek (file no longer available)

World Circle Logo

“Transformation – World Circle Earth” is an art project in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Bliesgau (Germany /Europe) and currently dedicated to portray the upcoming ethical and ecological change within the global community. The language of art and poetry addresses the vision of a participatory transformation process in favor of a better world. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the UNESCO program “Man and the Biosphere”, the worldwide network of biosphere reserves will be directly integrated into this artistic act.

Project introduction

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6. April 2021

Transformation - World Circle Earth

part of the annual art projects per annum, sculptor Martin Steinert created a wooden sculpture in the shape of a sphere at the Wintringer Chapel Cultural site in April 2021 using the same technique as in Auersmacher. It bears the title "[Ver]Wandlung - Weltenkreis Erde" and is an artistic response to the installation Mensch - Heil oder Dorn der Schöpfung, which the artist created in the Maria Heimsuchung Catholic Church in Auersmacher in 2020.

The sculpture "World Circle Earth" articulates through the language of art the healing process of social and ecological change of humanity in favor of a better world. In the global network of currently 714 UNESCO biosphere reserves, this "transformation" can experience a special dynamic.

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