Margot Sakson

Designer Liina Lember introduces the life of moths at the Nature Festival

In the framework of the Nature Festival, designer and artist Liina Lember will organise nightly workshops and set up installations at the University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden, the Aparaaditehas and Tallinn Zoo.

Her work addresses urgent global problems such as mass extinction, our understanding of the use of technology and its effects on our health and nature. Her design process is guided by research, experimentation and questioning the status quo. She utilises speculative and critical design processes to bridge the gap between broad disciplines such as science, art and design. 

"During the Nature Festival, I will run three workshops on pollination, light pollution and our connection with nature. In these workshops, we will make crafts, experience different light sources and reflect on the impact of light and its importance for us and wildlife. In addition, during the festival, you can visit and experience two installations, one of which is located at the University of Tartu Natural History Museum, showing the night flight of a night butterfly through the eyes of a butterfly. The second installation will be set up at the Aparaaditehas and Tallinn Zoo, questioning the design of anthropocentric urban space and artificial light sources," said the designer. 

On 7 June at 5 pm, the University of Tartu Natural History Museum will host a "The Light Pollution Clinic" workshop. Liina Lember will give a presentation on the effects of light pollution on nocturnal butterflies. This will be an active workshop where we will get in touch with different light sources and learn about the health effects of light colour and intensity. The workshop lasts 30-45 minutes.      

On 8 June at 1 pm, the workshops "Night butterfly garden" and "Garden on photographic paper" will take place at the University of Tartu Botanical Garden. During the first workshop, we will make a paper garden for moths and learn about the life of moths. The workshop will be relaxing and suitable for participants of all ages. The duration is 20-30 minutes. In the second workshop, we will create a unique image using photographic paper and selected plants, flowers and shapes in 15 minutes. In the botanical garden at the picnic area near the children's playground, you can participate in a parallel Shindō movement class. 

On 10 June, from 11 am to 2 pm, you can participate in the Biodiversity Garden Party at Tallinn Zoo. Liina Lember will lead a craft workshop, "Garden on photographic paper", and a light installation ", Invisible moth spells". The red-light installation creates a harmonious space where humans and moths can meet as equals. The installation features poems about moths.     

On 11 June, from 12 pm to 3 pm, there will be a workshop entitled "The Garden of the Nightfly" in the courtyard of the Aparaaditehas and a light installation entitled "Invisible Nightfly Spells" in the Hall of Love. Activities on 11 June are part of the Family Day and Closing Ceremony of the Festival of Nature. The entire programme is available on the Festival website. 

The Nature Festival will take place from 7 to 11 June across Estonia. The festival invites people to appreciate the diversity of urban nature as a living environment, to notice nature in the city and promote behaviours promoting biodiversity. The University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden and its partners organise the festival. The Nature Festival is part of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 programme. The Environmental Investment Centre and Tartu 2024 support the festival. 


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