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Ja Natuurlijk How art saves the World
Tea Mäkipää, Petrol Engine Memorial Park, 2013

Yes Naturally is an international visual arts campaign that aims to contribute to the current discourse on the condition of the world by proposing a radical shift in how we perceive our environment and ourselves. More than 80 international artists present refreshing and provocative proposals for an alternative worldview. With humour, selfirony and, above all, by going off the beaten path, the artists search for connections with the world in which they live. Yes Naturally challenges our romantic understanding of ‘nature’, which often leads to the domination of nature, but also allows for an affirmative approach. We have to converse with nature. Yes Naturally pushes esthetical boundaries and scientific objectifications of the concept of ‘nature’ that (un)consciously inform our behaviour. By exposing how all systems are kept in motion via a process of continuous feedback, an attempt is made to undermine every fixed state of ‘being’. There is no static point from which we can uninterruptedly view the world. The complex whole of networks and movements of which we all are a part is best summarized as a hybrid merging of ‘naturecultures’, populated by many dissimilar kinds of agents. A visit to the exhibition or a reading of article contributions in the publication invites us to reread the title Yes Naturally in an unexpected, fresh light. The world appears to be a lot less ‘natural’ than we thought.