Andre Dekker, Geert van de Camp, and Ruud Reutelingsperger are a Rotterdam based artist group working together as Observatorium. Since 1997 they have been commited to creating relationships between art, landscape and society. They like their artworks to be a common good, to create a sense of place and to be used. Noise barriers, urban parks, prisons, slag heaps, railway stations, housing estates, motorways and industrial heritage: these are all part of Observatorium's field of operations. This consortium of three artists has developed a distinctive philosophy and working procedure. They take the grey areas and overlaps of urban design, landscape architecture, architecture and art, and make them productive. Instead of creating autonomous art in public space, Observatorium uses the media of sculpture and installation to make functional facilities.
Renowned political theorist and author of 18 books, including the classic Strong Democracy, the international best-seller Jihad vs. McWorld and If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities (Yale University Press, 2013) which was the foundation for the Global Parliament of Mayors. Founder of the Interdependence Movement and Interdependence Day celebations.
Jan-Gustav Strandenæs, a Norwegian national, has worked with environment, sustainable development, governance and democracy issues since the 1970´s and always in connection with the UN system. He has extensive NGO experience developed through three decades in almost all continents in the world, speaks several languages and has lectured and given workshops all over the world on the UN, governance, the environment and sustainable development, evaluated projects and organizations, advised governments on relations with civil society, chaired UN meetings and facilitated UN processes on the environment and sustainable development. His work has also included disseminating information and teaching about UN issues. He has followed and worked closely with the UN Commission for Sustainable Development since 1997, worked in different countries in Latin America, and lived and worked in Botswana, Uganda, the US, and Sweden.
Caroline Wiseman celebrates 27 years of dealing in modern and contemporary British and international art, from London and Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK. In 2014 she and Eileen Haring Woods launched Unique in the Universe, a global art project.
Caroline Wiseman Modern and Contemporary was founded in 1988 and has a constantly changing selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and original prints by important British and international artists. click on works available (above).
Caroline owns and curates the The Aldeburgh Beach Lookout, established in 2010, this heritage building on the seafront which hosts week long residencies, exhibitions, special events and partner activities with the Aldeburgh Festival, the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival, Names not Numbers and several more. The Art House, opposite showcases art by many of Britain's most important modern and contemporary artists.
Over the years Caroline has been a consultant to many major private collections and museums including the Musee D'Art Classique a Mougins, voted new museum of the year, 2011, by Apollo Magazine.
Caroline's partner Francis Carnwath maintains connections from his distinguished career as Chairman of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Spitalfieds Trust, Trustee, Whitechapel Gallery, advisor for the Tate Modern, English Heritage, and many more.
The objects are monumental, symbolic and meaningful, enhanced by use. As a way of communicating their knowledge, Observatorium founded the Open Air University. It presents student workshops and programmes of co-creation.
Andre has worked with us since 2007 as a mentor for our Bright Sparks R&D scheme, participated in the Art of Common Space / Interdependence Day symposium. Eileen was invited to edit Observatorium's book, Big Pieces of Time, and contribute to their project in the Huttenfestival De Vlek.
In September 2014, Andre participated in the Global Parliament of Mayors Planning Session and the Interdisciplinary Workshop. We continue to explore new projects.
He worked extensively on the UN CSD preparatory process for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012 in Brazil. Jan-Gustav also operates as a free-lance adviser as Policy Adviser several international NGOs (ANPED, Brussels, Stakeholder Forum, London) and for Os lo based Pure CSR Consulting.
Jan Gustav has been working with Haring Woods since 2009, when we met through Livcom, the International Awards for Liveable Communities. He participated in our Perception Peterborough city visioning initiative, and worked on two United Nations projects; Place on Earth and Safe Planet .
Barber was a political advisor of organizations and agencies worldwide concerned with citizenship, civil society, community service, education and democracy. He consulted regularly with political and civic leaders in the United States and around the world. Dr. Barber’s recent work has connected him with mayors, political advisers and intercity associations propelling the development of a Global Parliament of Mayors from theory into practice.
Benjamin has been a close associate of Haring Woods since 2005, participating in The Art of Common Space, and Perception Peterborough city visioning initiative. We worked together on the Global Parliament of Mayors project from 2013 to April 2017. www.benjaminbarber.org