Category: media

Innovation Lab Riga

From August 15th till September 28th, 2014, Café Europa Riga organises event series at the container module which has been shipped to Riga 2014 – the European Capital of Culture all the way from the Belgium city Mons (more than 2000 km), which next year will be the Cultural Capital. Café Europa is a multi-functional, architecturally flexible, mobile space that can be adapted to the needs of the local context while maintaining connection to other cultural cities in Europe.
RIXC (Centre for New Media Culture) has turned the Café Europa container into the Riga Innovation Lab by organising a 6 weeks long extensive and manifold programme of exhibitions and workshops, focused on art and science and 3D printing. The RIXC Innovation Lab programme (together with artists and scientists from Latvia, Belgium and Baltic-Nordic countries particularly) will host workshops exploring themes such as urban ecosystems, fog and the future of water, 3D printing of sound (and other intangible and intuitive properties), food as energy in overpopulated future world, as well as visual perception and sensor/responsive technologies.

Lab No 1 : September 2-5 (Part 1)
URBAN ECOSYSTEMS AND CITY HONEYBEES
Exhibition and workshop by Annemie MAES (BE)

The 4-day workshop will continue to explore the complex world of honeybees, which artist and workshop leader Annemie Maes has extensively investigated for some years. The workshop will start with an introduction on the Urban OpenGreens project and the role of the honeybees within this ecosystem. Following, the participants will study the bees’ behaviour and architecture based upon insights from biology, art, design and materials science. The participants will explore specific structural patterns present in physical and biological environments, from macrostructures to biological microsystems. Starting from the collection of gathered organic materials, the participants will develop novel, bio-inspired designs for bee houses. Participants are expected to collaborate in the discussions, with drawings and by creating objects.

BIO: ANNEMIE MAES has studied a masters in fine arts, a masters of cultural studies and a specialisation in anthropological documentary film. By founding the organizations Looking Glass and OKNO she has played a major role in organising the multi-media art scene in Brussels, bringing together artists and art spaces from different European countries to engage in workshops and open research labs. The current line of her artistic work focuses on ecological issues, as in the ongoing Urban Corridors and Bee Laboratory projects: http://annemariemaes.net

FIELDS exhibition Riga

The changing role of art in society is one where it does not just create a new aesthetics but gets involved in patterns of social, scientific, and technological transformations. The exhibition Fields presents a lively landscape of art that challenges existing viewpoints, deconstructs social issues, and proposes positive visions for the future. Artists in the Fields exhibition make new combinations of existing fields-as-in-disciplines – fusing and navigating between the social and the natural, the scientific and the emotional, the sensible with the actual in imaginative ways.

Annemie Maes is contributing the to the FIELDS exhibition with the installation FORAGING FIELDS. She will give a talk on the art & science of Bee Monitoring during the RENEWABLE FUTURES conference.



Annemie Maes studies the co-evolution between urban honeybees and ecosystems. Bees are bio-indicators who are very sensitive to the different ecologies surrounding them. In order to research the optimal conditions for survival of the honey bees, Maes has set out several urban test fields – populated with beehives – in the Brussels’ Canal Zone. This area generates diverse activities, from community gardening and urban agriculture to accidental nature. All this develops between industrial buildings, office zones and living areas. Her beehives are augmented with webcams, microphones and sensors to monitor the behaviour of the colonies, whilst the surrounding ecosystem is scanned by analysis of the pollen and nectar that the bees bring back from their foraging flights. The different hives are all nodes in a distributed guerilla beehives network. The test sites are connected by the flight routes and foraging fields of the bees. Together they shape a green corridor through the city. The installation uses live-data to give insights into research, on the edge of art, science and ecology.

info:
exhibition from may 15 to august 4 2014, conference on may 18 & 19/2014
http://rixc.org/fields/en/exhibition/
http://rixc.org/fields/en/conference/

the P2P Food Lab project

The project develops a Collective Awareness Platform for peer-to-peer urban food systems, called P2P Food Lab. The platform supports urban gardening, collective decision making, citizen science, and knowledge creation for all aspects of urban food.
A P2P Food Lab integrates open greenhouses, sensors, DIY processing boards, telecommunication networks, pattern recognition, statistical analysis, phone apps, wikis, and visualization tools. The platform uses social media for the bottom-up organization of cooperative activities and the gathering of knowledge. The project develops viable economic models and paradigms for governance based on participatory democracy and self-organization and incorporates them in the platform for the community planning and food distribution.

The project networks cases in Barcelona, Brussels and Paris and studies the social innovation triggered by P2P Food Labs in new or existing urban food communities. All communities consider the full cycle of urban food systems (from production to waste). The project tests whether P2P Food Labs improve the quality of food production, lead to greater sociality, and provide adequate data for citizen science. Artistic methods are used to create a space for the needed disruptive action and to produce effective representations of the results.
http://p2pfoodlab.net/
https://p2pfoodlab.net/knowhow/index.php/Main_Page

The Urban ArtFarm community participates in the P2P Food Lab project :
urban-artfarm-2013
urban-artfarm-2012
valldaura permaculture project

more info:
http://annemariemaes.net/research/urban-corridors/corridors-as-social-sculpture/
http://annemariemaes.net/research/urban-corridors/urban-artfarm-2012/

the BEE monitoring project

Since 2009, Okno is researching the co-evolution between city honeybees and urban ecosystems in its OpenGreens and Bee Monitoring programs. Bee colonies are now threatened in all industrialized nations. Given that the survival of bees is crucial for human sustainability, there is a great urgency to improve by all means the ways in which colonies could thrive.
The research program surveys in an artistic way the multiple fields of interaction between honeybees and the (urban) ecosystem. It is remarkable to see how a bee population functions and evolves very much in accordance to the human activities we are developing around them: gardening and (urban) agriculture. The production of honey is different related to the flowers we grow, the plants we like, the garbage or pollution we produce. Bees are very responsive to the different biotopes that we share. Though we seem to have rather few insight into what constitutes the diversity of our surrounding living place, and that’s something we want to research on a deeper level. As bio-markers, bees can give us valuable information about living conditions in our continuous productive urban landscapes.

To monitor the bees in a non-intrusive way we are building Intelligent Beehives. These are hives that are augmented with sensors and sensory processing algorithms that analyse the quality of pollen and propolis as well as the behavior of the bees in order to monitor the state of the ecology in the surrounding areas. In a first research phase, the people’s hive of Abbé Warré was adapted to the grid of the Open Structures project. The new Warré-hives are a collaboration between OKNO Brussels, Fab Lab Barcelona and Sony Computer Science Lab in Paris. The Intelligent Warré Beehives are distributed in a European network, the data are available online and the creation of local biological Corridors can be consulted in realtime.

Okno Brussels, media – art – ecology : http://okno.be and http://opengreens.net
Fab Lab Barcelona : http://fablabbcn.org
Sony Computer Science Lab Paris : http://www.csl.sony.fr

more info on http://annemariemaes.net/14012013-open-structures-beehives/

Valldaura Bee Monitoring – part02

In April, OKNO organized a two-part bee monitoring workshop at Valldaura Self Sufficient Lab in Barcelona.
Prior to the event some of the Fab Lab Academy students had been building several beehives – one of which will be put in OKNO’s rooftop garden – making use of Warré’s principles and the OpenStructures system to make them more sustainable.
They had equally been developing a sensor-equipped measuring device that tracks the temperature and humidity changes on the inside and outside of the hive and as such reveals how ecological factors affect the bees’ behavior.
The Valldaura interns had been using material found in the surroundings to create a natural structure that will offer coolness and shadow to the Valldaura beehive on hot summer days.

During the first part of the workshop, the hive was assembled and placed in the area that had been prepared for it, and the appropriate technology was fabricated. The second series of working sessions was used to transfer a colony of European dark bees from the Catalan inland region to their brand-new home on the Valldaura premises. The pieces of technology were connected and set to work using solar panels, ready for studying the bees as bio markers disclosing environmental health.
Self Sufficient Labs, Valldaura, Barcelona

more info on: http://annemariemaes.net/workshops-at-valldaura-bcn/

dancing with the bees!

During the past three years, OKNO has been exploring the potential of sensor-equipped beehives. Making use of innovatory technologies, we are studying bees as biomarkers providing information about the ecosystem they are part of. The collected data are stored in online databases, mapping the urban landscape and raising awareness of this shared living environment, and are used for the creation of ecological works of art.
Earlier this month, OKNO is organising a bee monitoring workshop at Valldaura Self Sufficient Lab in Barcelona.
On 18 and 19 April, the collaborators in the research on sensor-enriched beehive design are meeting at the OKNO premises for some brainstorming and working sessions on new and artistic approaches to sustainable, non-intrusive bee monitoring. In which ways can new media contribute to ecology and vice versa?
The sessions are closed on Friday evening at 7 with a screening, drinks and a bee dance workout.

more info on: http://annemariemaes.net/dancing-with-the-bees-2/

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.

http://www.valldaura.net/

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

more info on: http://annemariemaes.net/presentations/bee-laboratory-presentations-2/fab-lab-barcelona-3-workshops/

research in La Molina

La Molina, a nice ski resort in the Spanish Pyrenees, is a great place to join workmeetings and sports.
We brainstormed on the P2P Food Lab and the Intelligent Beehive projects, enjoyed homecooked local food specialities and tried out sledging and langlauf.

We discussed a few possibilities to design a complex system for measuring the temperature in a beehive while following the bee-nucleus in winter:

first hand diagram for thermistor temperature measurement

la Molina, the Catalan Pyrenees

le journal du patrimoine on the virtues of the Urban ArtFarm

download here the pdf, article by Emmanuelle Dubuisson :
journal_patrimoine

Grote Aardappelruil – statement Vrijwillige Verschijners

https://fieldliberation.wordpress.com/

Wij zijn Europese burgers van alle windstreken, beroepen, leeftijd en geslacht, en hebben deelgenomen aan de “grote aardappelruil” op 29 mei 2011 in Wetteren. Sommigen waren effectief aanwezig, anderen hebben elders informatie verspreid over deze openlijke en geweldloze actie of gingen akkoord met deze actie.
Met zijn allen wilden we duidelijk maken dat we geen genetisch gemanipuleerde aardappelen nodig hebben; er zijn immers al gezonde en goedkope aardappelvariëteiten beschikbaar die bestand zijn tegen de aardappelziekte.
Met onze actie wilden wij de politiek aanklagen, die ongewenste genetisch gemanipuleerde organismen uit het laboratorium – waarvan de gezondheids- en milieueffecten onvoldoende getest zijn – op de borden en de velden wil toelaten. We verzetten ons ook tegen de steeds verdergaande privatisering en monopolisering van de voedselproductie, waarbij gewassen gepatenteerd
kunnen worden en de markt wordt bepaald door slechts enkele grote spelers.

WIJ ZIJN GEEN PROEFDIEREN !

Wij betreuren dat wetenschappelijk onderzoek onvoldoende gefinancierd wordt uit publieke middelen, en klagen aan dat wetenschappelijke instellingen daardoor afhankelijk worden van multinationale ondernemingen wiens bestaan draait om het maken van winst, ongeacht de volksgezondheid, de socio-economische gevolgen of het leefmilieu.
Of we nu in Wetteren aanwezig waren of niet, allemaal dragen we mee de verantwoordelijkheid voor deze actie, in de overtuiging dat de wereld geen behoefte heeft aan een streven naar alsmaar grotere productiviteit en de winst van enkelen, wel aan onderzoek dat gericht is op het welzijn van iedereen.
Daarom vragen wij vandaag om samen berecht te worden met de 11 personen die opgeroepen werden om voor de rechtbank te verschijnen op 15 januari 2013. Daarom zullen ook wij aanwezig zijn voor de rechtbank van Dendermonde, hoopvol dat het hof ons recht om mede te verschijnen zal erkennen!

4 januari 2013
De Vrijwillige Verschijners