Category: lecture/presentation

the green rush at transmediale berlin

OPEN, O SESAMI. OPEN, O GREEN. OPEN, O FIELDS.
A chance meeting in the name of Green Rush http://greenrush.net

Transmediale2013
Global café stage
11:00 – 13:00, january 31, 2013

This chance meeting on the occasion of composting the city/ composting the net launch at transmediale2013 brings together partners and projects of green rush. In 2009, Nomadisch Grün launched prinzessinnengärten at Moritzplatz in Berlin Kreuzberg, cultivated a wasteland into a vibrant, self-sustainable urban farming/gathering site. In 2012, a ‘Let it grow’ campaign calls for public support to stop the land from being sold by the Property Fund.
ALOTOF, A Laboratory On The Open Fields, is an okno (Brussels) initiative to develop framework and structures, seeking open labs/fields possibilities for the practices of media art and ecology. Yo-yo (Prague and Hranice u Mal_e) supports experiments at the intersection of art, ecology and media, across the rural and urban contexts.
RIXC (Riga Centre for New Media Culture) organizes TECHNO-ECOLOGIES (since 2011) , part of baltic-nordic initiative RENEWABLE NETWORK, takes into account the environment, social relations, and human subjectivity. Planning for Riga Culture Capital 2014, FIELDS further maps the expanded fields of artistic practices that merge politics, technology, ecology, gender, semiology.
Composting the city (2012) investigates urban farms and cycles of composting system. In search of biotechnological food production, Hu.M.C.C (2012) creates a brand new productline, Maya YogHurt.
Inviting catch up chats among the acquaintances and the strangers; the artists and the organizers; the builders and the schemers; the techno-minded and the dirty earthy hands, this meeting serves as a depot for information drop-off, pick-up, take-away and tag along, walking us into a rhizomic rooted forest-scape.

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city honeybees at documenta 13 – kassel

GREEN CORRIDORS AS SOCIAL SCULPTURE is a new project by OKNO. It builts upon the researchdata which are gathered in the OpenGreens. During Documenta 13, the project will be introduced by Annemie Maes at a salon hosted by the Critical Art Ensemble.

The salon takes place sunday july 8 at 1pm, in a house at the far end of the Hauptbahnhof Kassel, close to the railway tracks. It discusses the theoretical bases and ecological and technological foundations of ecological corridors in the city and challenges us to think how corridors act as art works. It then looks at concrete examples of ongoing projects that are in the process of realizing the vision of corridors, particularly the Open Green project.

In the spirit of Joseph Beuys, this salon discusses how art can be relevant again for shaping society in positive ways, as opposed to catering to the speculative interests of a small circle of rich collectors. Concretely, we put forward ecological CORRIDORS in urban environments as a new medium of social sculpture, a Gesamtkunstwerk that relies on the creative participation of many. Corridors are ephemeral living structures in the form of green spaces connected through animal life (such as bee colonies). They are set up and maintained by urban communities to regenerate areas of the city, particularly areas which are subject to social and urban stress. Corridors are here seen as art works that contribute to social cohesion and sustainability by raising awareness and minimizing resource waste. Artists create the safe spaces that enable the disruptive activities required to make corridors and they make the internal structure and activities of corridors visible through visual and auditory representations.

WHERE: Documenta 13, Kassel – sunday july 8 at 1pm – salon hosted by Critical Art Ensemble, Hauptbahnhof Kassel.

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)

winning hearts and minds – critical art ensemble

Winning Hearts and Minds, one of two projects by Critical Art Ensemble, is a daily encounter in which individuals can engage in whatever free speech they want. It takes place at a house at the far end of the Hauptbahnhof, close to the railway tracks. In this area, reminiscent in its remoteness of “free speech zones” recently established in the US (Guantanamo Camp X-ray, for example), a lecture takes place every day at noon, for the 100 days of dOCUMENTA (13). Lecturers can sign up through an “open call” system on critical-art.net. OKNO submitted following :

GREEN CORRIDORS AS SOCIAL SCULPTURES

In the spirit of Joseph Beuys, this salon discusses how art can be relevant again for shaping society in positive ways, as opposed to catering to the speculative interests of a small circle of rich collectors. Concretely, we put forward ecological CORRIDORS in urban environments as a new medium of social sculpture, a Gesamtkunstwerk that relies on the creative participation of many. Corridors are ephemeral living structures in the form of green spaces connected through animal life (such as bee colonies). They are set up and maintained by urban communities to regenerate areas of the city, particularly areas which are subject to social and urban stress. Corridors are here seen as art works that contribute to social cohesion and sustainability by raising awareness and minimizing resource waste. Artists create the safe spaces that enable the disruptive activities required to make corridors and they make the internal structure and activities of corridors visible through visual and auditory representations.

Ecological corridors rely partly on methods of urban agriculture, guerilla gardening, ecological management and social anthropology. Corridors can also make good use of avant-garde technologies, so that such projects become experiments on the edges of art, science and technology: Embedded systems, novel sensors, low energy computing and sensor networks are useful for monitoring soil quality, plant growth processes, animal activity, pollution and the movement and interaction of people within the local environment. Mobile communication and geoinformatics are useful for aggregating sensory data and projecting them in real time onto maps. Complex systems analysis, cloud computing, and machine learning are useful for detecting patterns to allow prediction and the shaping of ongoing social and biological processes. And novel user interfaces are needed to make embedded technologies accessible and usable without requiring sophisticated background or training.

This salon discusses the theoretical bases and ecological and technological foundations of corridors and challenges us to think how corridors act as art works. It then looks at concrete examples of ongoing projects that are in the process of realizing the vision of corridors, particularly the Open Green project by Annemie Maes of the artist collective OKNO in Brussels.
(http://timeinventorskabinet.org/wiki/doku.php/connected_open_greens).

jonathan drori: the beautiful tricks of flowers

http://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_drori_the_beautiful_tricks_of_flowers.html

burning ice : hortus Erasmus house

Hortus is an interactive ecologic and economic installation in a garden, and a Salon where a discussion will take place about (im)possible futures. The salon sessions are at 12am and 5pm every day at the Erasmus house in English and/or in Dutch. Each session will have between one and 3 speakers and one moderator and will be recorded to be viewed on the website of Kaaitheater and prolong the discussion online.
Two texts specially written for this Salon will reflect two hypothetical scenarios for two different periods: 2020 and 2084. Their structure is similar but their content suggests different political, cultural, environmental and social approaches to the same issues. We would like to invite experts for each session from different scientific areas like researchers, members of the Green Party, marketing leaders of green – or very polluting – companies, writers and philosophers to read and comment these texts, from a general point of view, or choosing one specific item to discuss in detail, according to their experience and expertise. 
In an informal atmosphere we would like to open the discussion to everyone present, motivating the exercise of debating utopia by imagining the impossible and therefore, make it happen.
http://www.kaaitheater.be/productie.jsp?productie=997

LECTURERS & MODERATORS
WE 6|6 12.30 PM (NL)
Bruno De Lille (Collegelid van de Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (VGC), belast met Cultuur / Membre du Collège de la Commission communautaire flamande (VG C), chargé de la Culture) & Koen Haagdorens (mod.)
WE 6|6 17.00 PM (EN)
Maja Kuzamovic (FoAM) & Koen Haagdorens (mod.)
TH 7|6 12.30 PM (EN)
Luc Deleu (T.O.P. Office), Philippe Vandebreuck (shiftN) & Koen Haagdorens (mod.)
FR 8|6 12.30 PM (EN)
Jean Paul Van Bendegem (VUB), Gauthier Chapelle, Gaëtan Dartevelle, Michka Melo (Greenloop) & Koen Haagdorens (mod.)
FR.8|6 17.00 PM (NL)
Annemie Maes (OKNO) & Koen Haagdorens (mod.)
SA 9|6 12.30 PM (EN)
Guy Gypens (Kaaitheater) & Kurt Vanhoutte (mod.)
SA 9|6 17.00 PM (NL)
Andrea Carafa (Green Young Economy) & Kurt Vanhoutte (mod.)

urban agriculture conference

L’agriculture urbaine, c’est quoi au juste? Une oxymore ou une réelle possibilité de transition? Comment concilier l’espace urbain avec l’agriculture en ville? Quels sont les projets d’agriculture urbaine présents à Bruxelles?
Pour nous éclairer, différents acteurs issus du monde universitaire, institutionnel, associatif ou artistique présenteront tout au long de la journée différentes initiatives d’agriculture urbaine.
Chacun pourra évidemment exprimer librement ses interrogations et ses suggestions.
La journée s’articulera en 3 actes entrecoupés d’un lunch et d’un goûter avec des produits issus de l’agriculture urbaine.

Programme Urban Agriculture conference
download le compte rendu de la conférence: compte rendu de la conference Urban Agriculture

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

about mushrooms

Today’s professional mushroom growing is an energy-consuming process. But it is perfectly possible to grow your Oyster mushrooms, your Shiitake’s or lesser known edible mushrooms in an energy-friendly and ecological environment. This can be done with a minimum of work, time and space. Okno is inviting mycologist Ann Van Belle to introduce you into the world of mushrooms with a practical demonstration followed by a lecture and Q&T-moment.

Professionele champignonteelt is vandaag de een energieverslindende activiteit. Nochtans is het perfect mogelijk om oesterzwammen, shiitake’s en andere eetbare zwammen op een duurzame manier te kweken. De oogst is dan wel bepaald door metereologische elementen. Voor eigen gebruik hoeft dit echter geen belemmering te zijn en je kan jezelf gedurende een groot gedeelte van het jaar regelmatig van verse paddenstoelen voorzien. Aan de hand van een demo en lecture vertelt mycologiste Ann Van Belle hoe je dit met een minimum van tijd en ruimte kan klaarspelen, zelfs in de stad.

Open Archives, Active Archives?

On Friday 10 december Constant continues to interrogate the active potential of online media archives. After a short introduction to the work done at Active Archives* so far, Michael Murtaugh tours us through the Active Archives Video Wiki software he is developing.
We will than speak with Pieter Geenen about his work-in-progress using the Active Archives system to experiment with displacement, both in text and image. We also invited Annemie Maes to present pad.ma, “an online archive of densely text-annotated video material, primarily footage and not-finished films”, and she will explain how it is being employed in the OKNO project The Time Inventor’s Kabinet.
Last but not least, Peter Westenberg demonstrates how and why he worked on multiple transcriptions/translations using the Active Archives Video Wiki. We’ll conclude the evening with a toast to the pre-release of the AA software: a developers version is available for testing as of this weekend.
http://www.activearchives.org