Category: other gardens

The Invisible Garden in the Buda Factory

The Invisible Garden is a large-size art installation in the exhibition ‘the Green Light District : the place of Nature in the city of Men’. The garden is a remake of the Edible Forest Garden, the Open Air Laboratorium created by the artist AnneMarie Maes on her rooftop in the center of Brussels. The Invisible Garden is a sitespecific project that reverses the relation between nature and art. The transitions between inside and outside, culture and staged nature, become fluid and transitory.

The garden can be seen as a giant roof garden, as it covers an entire room of 200m2 on the first floor of the old Buda textile factory. Roughly four zones can be distinguished: the naturalistic mediterrenean garden, with olive trees and grasses, the edible forest garden, with bee-friendly trees, shrubs and ground covers, the vegetable garden with perennial and annual plants and the herb garden with medicinal plants.
The garden is conceived according to the traditions of permaculture, respecting the principle of the 7 layers. The plants are selected on their edible and melliferous qualities, they create a subtle ecosystem that is favorable for humans and honeybees. Different plant species have been carefully selected to cohabit and thus approach as much as possible the complex ecological web that we find in natural environments.

more info: the Invisible Garden

Valldaura Bee Monitoring – part 01

Can Valldaura, located on the border between city and forest, between technology and nature. It houses the Self Sufficient Labs of Barcelona, working with local business, cutting-edge technology, leading academic institutions and grassroots Permaculture activists. The project reaches out to anyone wanting to explore the dynamic edge created as these different worlds collide. And to those inspired by the idea of studying the interface and interactions of urban and natural landscapes, to develop ecologically designed systems that have the stability of nature while still providing the daily needs of the Valldaura community and leisure and resources for the local population.

A workshop on the monitoring of bees and their immediate ecology is part of the permaculture master course.
The workshop is developed by Annemie Maes (OKNO, Brussels) Jamie Nicol, Ana Martinez, Claudia Nieto (Self Sufficient Labs Valldaura), John Rees, Ferran Masip, Jonathan Minchin (Fablab Barcelona).

Can Valldaura – the Self Sufficient Labs and Green FabLab.


thursday 11/4
– introduction to bee monitoring
– introduction to the Intelligent Beehive project
– introduction to the production of Intelligent Beehives at the fablab
– installation of the OpenStructures Warré hives at Valldaura (search for best place)

friday 12/4
– about sensors and smart citizen shields for beehives
– install sensors in the Warré hives
– connect the sensors to the internet
– map the hives on the smart citizen map
– reconnect the Ciutdella beehives

saturday 13/4
– map the vegetation of the foraging areas at Valldaura
– map the vegetation of the foraging areas at Fablab BCN and Ciutadella
– build a herb spiral with melliferous and medicinal plants (permaculture)

permaculture magazine UK

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barcelona workshop : urban bees, environmental sensors.

This workshop offers the opportunity to work at the intersections of artistic, scientific and technological practices in the field of urban beekeeping. Urban bees are quality sensors of the city where we live but, how can we capture and decode all the information they provide? During these two days, we will build and install a kit of sensors on a hive from the Three Dragon Castle, in Parc de la Ciutadella to obtain data from the inside and outside of the hive. Later, we will analyze and visualize data from a scientific and artistic point of view.
This first meeting aims to be the beginning of a community process among people looking for a sustainable city and committed to multidisciplinary and horizontal research.

home of the bcb bees : three dragons castle, parc de la ciutadella, barcelona

13 December (10-14 am, room N07T, University of Barcelona):
-Open Green in Brussels (Annémie Maes, OKNO)
-Smart citizens (Tomás Diez, Fablab)
-Introduction to monitoring urban bees (Annémie Maes, OKNO and Tomás Diez, Fablab)
-BCNBees as sensors of the city.
Brainstorming to define the next meeting. What do we want to monitor? Why? When? Where? How? (All participants)
13 December (15-18 pm, room N06M, University of Barcelona):
-Theoretical introduction to the building of sensors (Tomás Diez, Fablab)
-Building the sensors
14 December (10-14 am, Ciutadella Park):
-Installation of the sensors on the beehives from Three Dragons Castle, Parc de la Ciutadella (Annémie Maes, OKNO and Maria Prestamo, beekeeper, Museu de Ciències Naturals)

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the high fens – de hoge venen

The High Fens (Hoge Venen), were declared a nature reserve in 1957. It’s a plateau region in the province of Liège, in the east of Belgium.
The reserve is ecologically rich part of Belgium, covered with alpine sphagnum bogs both on the plateau and in valley basin. The bogs, which are over 10.000 years old, with their unique subalpine flora, fauna and microclimate, are key to the conservation work of the park.
The heathers and turf moors in the reserve have a significant role to maintain biodiversity for the rare and threatened flora and fauna as it ensures regulation of the water balance and maintains value of the landscape.

Molinia caerulea (pijpenstrootje)
Nardus stricta (borstelgras)
Carex rostrata (snavelzegge)
Carex canescens (zompzegge)
Erica tetralix (gewone dophei)
Calluna vulgaris (struikhei)

Reishi mushrooms? needs determination
Blechnum fern? (needs determination)

microgarden – installation on a different soil

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Microgarden installation in the exhibition ‘On a different Soil’
Time Inventors’ Kabinet presentation, Praha – november 2011.

seeds and the city : a dive into brussels OpenGreens

Time Inventors’ Kabinet – eco.conference #05
On a different soil. Growth in art, society and culture
annemie maes – okno – brussels – (lecturer)
Praha – 9/10 november 2011

Seeds and the City: a dive into Brussels OpenGreens

The synonyms for an OpenGreen are many :
the experimental Hortus, the OpenAir Laboratorium, the Vivarium, the Kabinet of Wonders, the Meeting Place. But all OpenGreens are zones where culture and nature overlap, and where locals play with a diversity of solutions to make the city greener and their life more sustainable.
OPEN stands for openness, collectivity, experiment, bottom up, DIY, networks of creative people.
GREEN stands for nature, ecosystem, natural processes, biodiversity and biological clocks.
What experiments link urban farmers, city beekeepers, eco-artists, herbalists, mushroom raisers
and city foragers? What interests and actions do they have in common?

Seeds and the City : 10 actions to make your city greener
01. seedswap and seedbombing
02. urban foraging
03. create rooftop gardens
04. map edgelands, railroad tracks and other non-spaces
05. reclaim public space
06. grow your own mushrooms
07. set up technological gardens
08. start city bee monitoring
09. stay local : exchange and create with your own harvest
10. observe – collect – compare and create using the OpenGreens database

download the presentation:

eco-conference#05 – on a different soil

Growth in art, society and culture.
An international conference, organized within the framework of the project TIK (Time Inventors’ Kabinet) and as an accompanying program of Science and Technology Week 2011.

Thursday November 10.
Utopia of the garden. Urban and rural gardens and today’s green utopias.

Could one say that art degenerates as it approaches gardening? (Robert Smithson – A Sedimentation of the Mind: Earth Projects, 1968)

The aim of the conference is to look at the changing approaches to the soil, and the subjects of growth and growing in society, culture and art, in urban and rural contexts. At the same time, we try to challenge the simplyfiying concepts of nature and natural, as presented in the arts. It is often in the arts though, where the various influential phantasies concerning nature emerge.
We want to confront artistic approaches with views by ecologists, biologists, eco-activists, economists, non profit organizations and foundations, about subjects like: (city) gardening and agriculture, transformation of city flora and fauna, relationship between urban and rural, philosophies of the garden, sustainability of cities and villages, long-term growth in economics (participatory economics, economical de-growth, natural capitalism etc.).
Artists often comment on the dissolving of the natural, cultural, and technological. Artistic approaches are often used as a political tool in the praxis of transforming the environment. Can aesthetics play a key role in the process. How and for what purposes are the newly emerging green spaces used by artists? To what extend are visions of the cities-as-gardens and its inhabitants in the roles of gardeners, just another utopian phantasy? How do the actual city forms of gardening look like: green spaces with open access (open greens), guerilla gardening, rooftop or vertical gardens, (so called) beautifying alliances. How are the permacultural processes reflected in the city planning? What are the most inspiring models of ecological towns and villages?

Friday November 11.
In the wind. Art of the Ecological Time.

Discussions about ecological time, slow food, growth and de-growth. Presentation of art projects – artists as gardeners, beekeepers, fruiters, farmers, growers, mushroom pickers, cooks, herbalists, barometers and indicators of pollution…
7: 30 PM wind clock concert Re:wind time.

Thursday 10 > Sunday 13.
Exhibition. Where the wind blows.

The exhibition is focused on the artworks, using the natural processes. It will present the installations, using the wind energy, The Hanging Garden, using DIY hydrophonic system, open greens databases, laundry clocks and other projects.

Download the full program: TIK_Praha_program

vitr – wind recordings in kravin, czech republic

Saturday october 29th we were recording the artist-wind-instruments-band in the surrounding fields of Kravin, Hranice. The band is one of the four marching bands that perform a composition determined by the wind. The project VITR (by Givan Bela) will be introduced during the eco-conference #05 in Praha, and will be presented as an installation during the final TIK festival in Brussels, may 2012.

summer school in Kravín, Czech Republic

august 23 – 25
Double barrel heating
How to make a double-barrel stove, suitable for heating bigger spaces in an ecological way? The results will be presented during the weekend beekeeping event, especially when it is cold in the evening.
august 26 – 28
Creating beehives, inspired by traditional construction designs and sustainable and bee-friendly principles. With the participation of local as well as international beekeepers, artisans and artists. We will construct the Leaf Hive, invented in 1789 by François Huber, a TopBar Hive and a Warré Hive.

additional program
Friday August 27th screening of the bee movies
Saturday August 28th concert by Double Barrel Band with combustion and bee music set
Sunday August 29th visiting the local beekeepers and the exhibition From nectar to Honey at the Museum of the Czech countryside, Chateau Kacina
The additional program includes also the walks in the woods with the mushroom hunter, and a continuing discussion on apiculture, bee art and ecological culture, tasting of honey etc.

tinkering times in Damouchari, Greece