Opening – RESILIENCE: Strength even in headwinds

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Gmunden podcaster and science and culture journalist Elisabeth J. Nöstlinger launched the "Eros der Sommerfrische" series last year, reinventing the art salon that was common at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. This year's event in the Wappensaal at Seeschloss Ort has the motto "Resilience: Strength even in the face of headwinds" and sees itself as a salon of science and art.

Eros, the cunning god, reignites the passion for discourse. What makes him strong is what makes others despair. But what makes us resilient?

Resilience is the power to overcome difficult situations, to stand up to impositions and insults. But who knows the secrets of not sinking in stormy times? Artists have the corresponding sensitivity, sense of life and spirit of resistance. With the power of imagination, creativity and the ability to live with uncertainty, they boost the future.
Psychologist Tatjana Schnell presents the latest scientific findings on this subject
and biochemist and bestselling author Christina Berndt knows what makes the soul strong.
makes the soul strong.

Works by Markus Hofer, Harald Schreiber, Petra Zechmeister and students from the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), whose works were created during their stay in Gmunden.
To accompany the exhibition, the artists talk about their sources of inspiration in the Story-Line and on wissensART.
artists talk about their sources of inspiration and their works.


11.00 Welcome and opening of the exhibition
Mayor Stefan Krapf

Keynote: Resilience or meaning: How does contradiction work?
Tatjana Schnell
Psychologist, Prof. at the University of Innsbruck and Oslo

Art discourse on the exhibition:
Swetlana Heger-Davis
Director of the Department of Fine Arts

Moderation: Elisabeth J. Nöstlinger, wissensART

Invitation to an aperitif

14.30 Lecture: What makes the soul strong
Christina Berndt
Biochemist, science editor of the SZ, bestselling author

16.00 Talk about the summer resort and the villas on Lake Traunsee
Marie-Therese Arnbom
Historian, author, curator and cultural manager

Discussion with all speakers and guests.

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