Category: on OpenGreens

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)

gmo’s : rotten potatoes

Aan het Justitiepaleis van Brussel verzamelde donderdag een tachtigtal sympatisanten van de beklaagden in het GGO-aardappelproces. Onder hen bevonden zich onder meer europarlementslid Bart Staes (Groen) en filosoof Lieven De Cauter.
Deze actievoerders kwamen zich vrijwillig aanmelden om ook te verschijnen als beklaagde in het GGO-aardappelproces. Dit proces is zeer omstreden omdat de elf beklaagden die opkwamen voor een duurzamere landbouw momenteel een jarenlange celstraf boven het hoofd hangt.

dewereldmorgen.be

http://www.deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/mediatheek/programmas/journaal/2.23240/2.23241/1.1365285

fight the pigeons, destroyers of the rooftop garden!

hydrolate distillation


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).

goodies from the drying room


plant determination

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.)