so-on :: long term projects and research

1. women empowerment : trajectories of change.

Rural India today : What makes change happen in women’s lives?
How are women from different social categories trying to reposition themselves in public and domestic spheres to change attitudes, achieve recognition and exercise their rights at home and at work? Which forms of recognition can best support women’s work as a tool for empowerment?
How do women workers organize to claim rights and recognition?

The outcome of the project is an artistic documentary with which we want to open a dialogue on women empowerment. How it is understood by the women themselves and how they put it into practice. How narratives on empowerment translate into diverse local contexts and languages. ‘New narratives’ on women empowerment that take context, culture and history into account.
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2. media ecologies : urban permaculture.

The urban garden project blends the physical and the digital world in one and the same eco-system. It explores how this fusion takes place: a digital investigation on the growth, blossoming and decay of plants submitted to natural elements as wind, rain, snow, etc.

Can this evolution be generated, controlled, enhanced or imagined in artworks? Is our environment programmable? How does the fusion of natural and artificial matter produce new organisms, new environments, new natures? How does technology animate nature and space, and how do users and programs animate matter?
We observe the physical connections between people, nature and sensor-networks. We introduce sustainable processes as composting and organic gardening in a creative meshnetwork that combines natural and artifical elements in one media-ecological system.
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3. wired cities: new narratives on urban architecture.

Wired cities is a project on non-linear storytelling, exploring the city as a balanced and tactile ecological system.
The map of the city is erased and reconstructed from scratch.
How do artists experience a specific city? Edifices, old and new, that are considered landmarks can be reconstructed and arranged along one’s architectural fantasies. Old and new stories weave maps of collective memories. Analog and digital input are mixed. New skylines emerge out of folding architecture. Photographs and movies become new textures.
Soundscapes and bits of spoken word and written text complete the story of the emerging city.

A city is a construction in space over a long timespan. All experiences are related, all senses are mixed. Stories, sounds and visuals are contextualised into a dynamic database. The growth of the city is a continuous succession of phases.
There is the mental image of the city, and the legible image of the city. The readable image is grouped in parts and organised in patterns. The mental image is an image of the city perceived by its inhabitants.
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