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Emmerich Weissenberger, Nora Ruzsics, Alfred Strigl and the Las Mercedes team together with Amado Villafaña from the Arhuaco people and others, invited by Banco de la República, carry fresh water from the Las Mercedes Reserve in a golden vessel, to symbolically purify the Magdalena river, with local dance and music groups in a danced performance Su Merced Bosque y Agua, Honda / Tolima / Colombia, April 22nd 2023












Nora Ruzsics / 

Golden Vessel Magdalena / 

2022 / gold bronze / 36 cm x 30 cm ø








The golden Magdalena vessel by Nora Ruzsics was first modelled in clay and then cast in gold bronze. This technique has been known for centuries and was used in the old and new world.

The surface relief of the vessel depicts the landscape of the entire course of the Rio Magdalena. Mountains, valleys and tributaries, the Caribbean north coast of Colombia and Venezuela, oceans form the surface of this contemporary ritual object, which has its first stop at the Banco de la Republica in Honda / Tolima / Colombia. 

The gold vessel will be filled with the spring water of Las Mercedes Reserva Natural de las Aguas on 21 April 2023, and used as a ritual tool in an art performance for the initial purification of the Rio Magdalena. 

After its stay at the Banco de la Republica, it will be on display in several places in Honda during 2023, including public spaces. It can be touched by people and will be filled with fresh clean spring water again and again.




–> a cooperation with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna




Workshop at the Conference Growth in Transition, November 2018, Austria Center Vienna

Wachstum im Wandel Konferenz, Austria Center Vienna
https://issuu.com/noraruzsics/docs/wiw_leporello_16_seiten_web

Flag workshop run by Wolfgang Weinlich, in collaboration with artists Emmerich Weissenberger and Nora Ruzsics (ArtEmbassy). Transformation into a joint work of art- creating commin holistic social structures. Living in dignity is fundamental for all human beings. Which common human quality is needed to deal with this topics? Messages inspired by 7 lectures of the conference appear on individual areas of the fabric of the flag. These messages can be retraced, expanded, reworked, overpainted or associated with the objects, materials and tools on the tables provided. The flag will be raised the next day and will be used after the conference concludes for a number of sustainably printed art book covers, to continue with the artistic and reflected Messages produced at this conference. We pass your and our Messages on and so become ambassadors for sustainability.

                              Growing Pictures from norarufilm on Vimeo.



1st and 2nd VISIONALE in St. Pölten, May-June 2018
with LAMES, ArtEmbassy and e-Schmiede

In the Beatbox at Steppenwolf in St. Pölten
2. VISIONALE - auf die Welt, mit LAMES, ArtEmbassy und e-Schmiede from norarufilm on Vimeo.

Mural Social in St. Pölten



VISIONALE is a collaboration between LAMES, ArtEmbassy and the e-Schmiede at the Sonnenpark in St. Pölten.
Emmerich Weissenberger has been developing the Mural Social from his art-activism work in Latin America since 2015, as an ArtEmbassy project with norarufilm, etc., with the focus on motivating young people for "the good life".
The Mural Social makes socio-political processes and value-attitudes visible, as independent works of Art.
Mural Social is a tool to empower and activate people to make messages a political signal.




Las Mercedes Reserva Natural de las Aguas, Colombia, 2017
Signal #09//17 Landfreikauf

Morpho
In the "Magdalena medio" region in Caldas / Central
old farmhouse 
Colombia, not far from the largest river in the country, the Magdalena, nestled in Table Mountains, lies a still forgotten jungle landscape, full of bubbling springs, protected animals and rare plants.

Las Mercedes, as this small region is called, forms one of the last intact green corridors from the, still completely untouched, Pacific coast into the Colombian central country, located between the three Andes-Cordillera.
But this gem could be destroyed. By deconstruction and parceling, the rainforest has already been partially converted into agricultural land, only a few hectares of "Reserva" are safe. Now the total deforestation threatens! The owners can no longer hold against the pressure of the wood industry and want to sell their land.

view from the old farmhouse towards south-east
Emmerich Weissenberger and Nora Ruzsics are making it to their own - contemporary artistic - mission to save this country. Together with people from Colombia and Europe they want to free the heart of the rainforest. About 600 hectares of land are converted back into a protected zone, just the way it used to be for thousands of years. From the old farmhouse located on the property, will become a research and teaching station.




Signals to the Promised Land, 2014-15

We (ArtEmbassy), Nora Ruzsics (norarufilm) and Emmerich Weissenberger with our two sons travelled 2014-15 along the migration line, starting from Colombia northwards to the “promised land”, ending in the USA/ California. We visited social welfare projects, scientific camps, cooperating museums, as well as artists along the route. Through the exchange with local people artworks and art interventions on a peacemaking and scientific basis were created:





ArtEmbassy SIGNALS Costa Rica 2015 from norarufilm on Vimeo.