Category: conference/symposium

seeds and the city

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:
presentation Seeds and the City / conference On a Different Soil (Praha nov.2011)

slow art manifesto

So what can we do? Be bold? Make statements?

— The value of art is neither predictable nor calculable.
— Art is not consumption. A work of art does not become scarce when it is ‘used’. Therefore economic laws do not apply to art.
— Art is not a matter of supply and demand. The market can only demand what is already known. What the public wants can therefore never become a creative or artistic factor.
— Art is discipline. It demands dedication of both artists and audiences.
— The artist should not take part in competitions. Undermine competition by looking at both the weakest and best things of each other and join in to formulate something completely different.
— Pragmatic solutions are always second best.
— If you apply for something and you need to fill out a form, first change the form to accommodate the work of art you have in mind, then fill it out.
— If you care for something, create yourself the conditions in which to develop it. Don’t adapt your ideas to time frames, formats and procedures imposed by institutions and managers.
— Formatting leads to monocultures. Life and evolution rely on diversity.
— A cultural field without artist-run organizations is unhealthy. Distrust artist communities that rely on the already existing institutions. Also distrust governments that claim that art is important, but subsequently fail to recognize artist initiatives.
— Art is not meant for ‘target groups’, art is for everybody.
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The text entitled Slow Art is the result of discussion, reflection and collective writing, carried out by a group of people as part of the Open House team. It is a starting point, an invitation to think collectively about artistic practice and how we organize it in the here and now. “Slow” is our matter of concern. Equivalent toSlow Science or Slow Food, it makes a case against the product oriented and economic supremacy of the neoliberal society we live in.

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TIK festival : the RAW and the COOKED

In the context of the TIK festival (Time Inventors’ Kabinet) we host a round table THE RAW AND THE COOKED on urban agriculture and other bottom up solutions for future cities. What is the commitment of the people behind these ecological projects and communities?

Diverse topics will be discussed :
urban voids, open source, DIY, appropriation of space, guerilla gardening, water, food sovereignty, GMO, information, sharing of knowledge, bio diversity, (city) ecology, community building, urban planning, urban agriculture, the food chain between the city and the countryside, bio-corridors, … and many more — and what art has to do with all these initiatives.

The ‘format’ for the round table discussions goes as follows:
Setting : we start at 3pm, we will share around the long table at the meeting-place of the festival center @ okno. During the presentations, we will serve homemade snacks and drinks.
To open the discussion, we will ask all the brussels organisations to present their projects in a very short, condensed way. We ask you to focus on one specific quality of the project, an element that is very important for you in the process of realisation.

the “Brussel’s “projects are:
– barbara van dyck / field liberation (on food sovereignty)
– jeroen verhoeven / bral (on guerilla gardening)
– stephane Kampelmann / centre d’ecologie urbaine (on awaress raising and information)
– sofie van bruystegem / citymind (on water)
– trudo engels and loes / nadine (on vertical gardening and other strange solutions)
– filippo dattola / potager-toit (on community gardens and community building)
– aurelie de smet / urban planner (on urban voids and appropriation by the citizens)

After a short break, we will ask the TIK artists to comment on the above presentations. TIK memebers represent art/social organisations working around similar topics as the presented ones.
We ask following people to comment on your presentations, to start the discussion.
To the people below: please comment on 1 quality that struck you the most in the presentations, and tell us why. How do you do it? differently? the same way? why?

comments by:
– verena kuni (Goethe University Frankfurt) ecology, bio diversity, time, art
– kyd campbell (berlin), eco-artist DIY
– lenka dolanova (praag) eco-curator, beekeeper
– lorena lozana (Gijon, Spain – ecolab laboral) biologist and artist
– reni hofmueller (graz, austria) gestettnerin and eco-artist, satellite specialist
– stefan (ljubljana, slovenia) architect, artist with DIY electronics and community gardens
– ralf schreiber (koln) eco electronics artist
– christian faubel (koln) neural networks specialist, inspired by robo-kids
– stefanie wuschitz (miss balthazar) eco-artist en DIY
and of course the whole OKNO-crew, and especially Annemie, Guy en Luea.

docu: http://econodos.net/?p=851

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:
http://so-on.be/SO-ON/OpenGreen/praha/praha-opengreen.pdf

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

eco-conference#04 – skopje, macedonia

Time Inventors’ Kabinet is a project, with an interest into ecology and media art, and a collaborative experiment with time, taking an ecological approach to observing patterns in time and time control systems. It gathers some experimental artists, gardeners, engineers, bricoleurs, cultural managers, organizers, documentarists, writers, musicians, as new 21st century style inventors with a non-conventional attitude.

Time Inventors’ Kabinet is een exerimenteel project dat ecologie en mediakunst samenbrengt. Het onderzoekt het concept tijd via de observatie van ecologische tijdsprocessen. In het project komen kunstenaarrs, tuiniers, ingenieurs, bricoleurs, managers, organisators, filmmakers, schrijvers en muzikanten samen. Allemaal zijn ze als nieuwe uitvinders geinteresseerd in de niet conventienele ‘andere’ TIK-tijd. Van 5 tot 10 oktober kan je hen ontmoeten in Skopje, Macedonia, tijdens de ecoconference #04. De gesprekken en presentaties vinden plaats in Damar (Old Bazar), op 7 oktober vanaf 20u.

international Seed Swap and exhibition on seeds

Through this seed swap we want to draw public attention to a practice that has become increasingly widespread throughout Europe over the past few years and that could be made illegal by the planned EU laws: http://www.seed-sovereignty.org/EN/

Tens of thousands of people throughout Europe are actively demanding that the right to produce seeds remains in the hands of small farmers and gardeners. A diversity of crops has nourished mankind for thousands of years. Seeds that we have inherited from past generations are the basis of life and are essential for food sovereignty.
The big seed trusts are determined to obtain worldwide control. This has been made clear by genetic engineering, patents on plants and animals, the introduction of seed reproduction fees… Add to that terminator technology that destroys the fertility of seeds and the prohibition of peasant varieties. We must prevent the very basis of our

international Seed Swap and exhibition on seeds

Through this seed swap we want to draw public attention to a practice that has become increasingly widespread throughout Europe over the past few years and that could be made illegal by the planned EU laws: http://www.seed-sovereignty.org/EN/

Tens of thousands of people throughout Europe are actively demanding that the right to produce seeds remains in the hands of small farmers and gardeners. A diversity of crops has nourished mankind for thousands of years. Seeds that we have inherited from past generations are the basis of life and are essential for food sovereignty.
The big seed trusts are determined to obtain worldwide control. This has been made clear by genetic engineering, patents on plants and animals, the introduction of seed reproduction fees… Add to that terminator technology that destroys the fertility of seeds and the prohibition of peasant varieties. We must prevent the very basis of our food supply from becoming a source of profit for multinational companies.

http://so-on.be/SO-ON/OpenGreen/articles/seed-swap-info.pdf

graz : eco-conference time inventors’ kabinet

Das Symposion EcoConference2 am 9. und 10. April wird auf folgende Themen fokusieren: Wahrnehmung von Zeit, Erinnerungskonzepte und -modelle, Bedeutung und Definition von Zeit.
The symposion /EcoConference 2 on 9th and 10th of april will focus on the following topics: perception of time, concepts and modells of memory, meaning and definition of time.
Konferenzsprache/conference language: english.
all info on: http://esc.mur.at/index.html


Sunday, 10th of april / 11am – 4pm / Annemie Maes: OpenGreens
OpenGreensGraz: wasteland research and mapping session
OpenGreensTik: introducing the Tübinger mix monitoring project

free seeds for all!

Seed Sovereignity: International Days of Action, Brussels, 17-18 April 2011.
Tens of thousands of people throughout Europe are actively demanding that the right to produce seeds remains in the hands of small farmers and gardeners. A diversity of crops has nourished mankind for thousands of years. Seeds that we have inherited from past generations are the basis of life and are essential for food sovereignty.
more on: http://www.seed-sovereignty.org/EN/index.html

Video on the Navdanya Seedbank of Vandana Shiva:
http://padma.okno.be/Vt332bqm/info
and http://padma.okno.be/Vt332bqm/00:00:00.000-00:11:46.561

and Vandana Shiva on The Future of Food:
http://padma.okno.be/Vhm6jxoh/info
http://padma.okno.be/Vhm6jxoh/00:00:00.000-00:07:04.891
This video gives a summary of an interview I conducted with Vandana Shiva during the workshop and seminar ‘The Future of Food’ on the Navdanya-farm in Dehradun, India – early october 2008.
http://so-on.be/SO-ON/articles/Shiva_V_The_Future_of_Food.pdf
http://so-on.be/SO-ON/articles/future_of_food.pdf

See also: how to make seedballs
http://opengreens.archive.okno.be/2010/03/25/tubinger-seedballs-for-diversity-graz/