Katharina Mayer to create ethecon Award Trophy

The famous photography artist Katharina Mayer will ceate the „International ethecon Blue Planet Award“ for the first time this year. Until now, the award trophies, bestowed annually since 2006, have each been created by the great ZERO-artist Otto Piene as a valuable and unique piece of art. Due to his advanced age, 86-year-old Piene has now passed on this assignment to Katharina Mayer. It will now be up tp her to produce the coveted and valuable prize each year in a new design. The Blue Planet Award 2010 will be presented an November 20 in Berlin by „ethecon - Foundation Ethics & Economics“ to the refugee- and human rights activist Elias Bierdel.

Since 2006 the foundation has annually conferred the Blue Planet Award to individuals whose extraordinary accomplishments have helped to maintain and save the „Blue Planet“. In the past years the valuable award trophy was created by the world-famous legendary ZERO-artist Otto Piene. Each year the trophy was designed anew. Due to his advanced age, 86-year-old Piene is now retiring from the project of which he was one of the original founders. The foundation thanks him heartily for his year-long work.

His successor in the ethecon Foundation‚s Blue Planet Project will be the well-known photo- and video artist Prof. Katharina Mayer. She will design the trophy as a unique artistic creation for the first time this year. As she works in a completely different genre than Piene, the unveiling of her art piece is keenly awaited. In any case, it is safe to assume that the Blue Planet Award will continue to be associated with a trophy of priceless value.

Katharina Mayer studied with, among others, the photography pioneers Bernd and Hilla Becher as well as Nan Hoover. The portrayal of human existence appeared as an important theme early in her work. She conceives her art in a social context. In 2001 Katharina Mayer‘s work was honored with the renowned Aenne-Biermann-Prize. Her unconventional and often over-sized compositions can be found in many important private and public collections.

The public award ceremony bestowing the „Blue Planet Award 2010“ on refugee- and human rights activist Elias Bierdel takes place on

Saturday, November 20, 2.00 p.m.
Pfefferwerk „Großer Saal“
Schönhauser Allee 176, 10199 Berlin

The laudation honoring Elias Bierdel will be given by Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, a former federal minister and current member of Parliament (Bundestag).

In the course of the ceremony the executive management and the major shareholders of BP will be castigated with the „International ethecon Black Planet Award 2010“ for producing one of the worst environmental catastrophes of all time in April of this year. This catastrophe not only caused the death of 11 workers, but with the resulting oil slick also literally brought on a „black planet“. The speech exposing and criticizing BP will be held by Dr. Winfried Wolf, former member of federal parliament and the current editor-in-chief of the quarterly Lunapark21.

The conference is free of charge, but registration is required. Participants may register through the

ethecon conference office
Schweidnitzer Str. 41
40231 Düsseldorf
Phone 0211 - 26 11 210
Fax 0211 - 26 11 220
eMail mailto:info@ethecon.org

Since 2006 „ethecon - Foundation Ethics and Economy“ confers these two international awards annually. A positive prize, the „Blue Planet Award“, honors outstanding efforts to maintain and save the „Blue Planet“. Its negative counterpart, the „Black Planet Award“, exposes and condemns actions responsible for the ruin and destruction of the „Blue Planet“.

In contrast to many corporate, family, church, political and state foundations, ethecon is one of the few foundations empowered by ordinary citizens and which sees its mission in its responsibility toward coming generations. This young foundation is financed through endowment contributions, donations and sustaining memberships.

Advance Notice: The press conference concerning the ethecon conference and award bestowal will take place in the presence of awardee Elias Bierdel on:

Saturday, November 20, 2010, 12.00 noon
Pfefferwerk Haus 8, Presseraum (Press room)
Schönhauser Allee 176, 10199 Berlin

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