by Johannes Matthiessen
and his social-ecological art projects with young people world-wide
I was born in Calw (Southern Germany) in 1946, grew up in the Black Forest,
graduated in architecture, taught art for 20 years at Waldorf Schools in the
Ruhr Area, Vienna and Heidelberg. During this period also work with prisoners
and with apprentices in industry, then later in Creativity- and Personnel Development
in firms such as VW in Wolfsburg and Swiss Air in Zürich. Painting and sculpture
exhibitions both in and outside Germany. Assistant lecturer at the University
of Applied Arts in Vienna and the University of Heidelberg.
For the past 12 years underway with young people all over the world as freelance
landscape architect. I attempt to regenerate destroyed landscapes, at the same
time observing the cultural approach common to a particular region (for example,
the Native American Lakota people in South Dakota or the Aborigines in the
Australian Outback). I have received prizes in Poland, USA, Greece and Austria
for my socio-ecological engagement. I see the main focus of my work in the creation
of special Theme-Parks, and of healing locations such as Power Places and Sacred Places.
In recent times, I have discovered that it is possible and also essential to take art
into ecological, social and political trouble spots.
I wish you a lot of fun and inspiration on my web-site,