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    http www inhalersfaq org buy essays Contributors Free Soil Authors All List amy franceschini corinne matesich nis rømer stijn schiffeleers joni taylor marthe van dessel http www ourdrops org www allcreams org 20 Nov 2006 Socially Engaged Art Critics and Discontents An Interview with Claire Bishop Anywhere See also Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics 2004 from October magazine pdf AmyF 0 comments Social Practice Add a Comment Your Name Email Website Top Features Experimental station On a plot of land close to the University of Chicago you find an area with lush community gardens tended by Chicagoans that care for growing their own Nis 0 comments Projects nolvadex Selective Memory For the Garage festival 09 Free Soil have conducted a site specific research project investigating the environment of the Baltic Sea We created an alternative archive of political and historical events that have occurred in the Baltic Sea region especially Stralsund and linked these with the sea s responses The impact of Industrialisation population growth and political changes has resulted in climatic and environmental changes recorded in the sea Nature retaliates by creating new forms one of the most significant being the spread and growth of toxic Blue Green Algae or

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    13 14 2008 A two day symposium at Pasadena City College Anytime Anyplace will examine artists collectives that focus on political social and environmental issues and their strategies for engaging individuals and communities Keynote speaker for the event will be Grant Kester critic and associate professor of art history at UCSD Kester s current book project is The One and the Many Agency and Identity in Contemporary Collaborative Art Representatives from three art collectives will make presentations o Chicago based Temporary Services a group of three artists produces creative exhibitions events projects and publications aimed at creating socially dynamic situations and spaces for dialogue The artists are Brett Bloom Salem Collo Julin and Marc Fischer o Futurefarmers a San Francisco based inter disciplinary collective internationally known for a practice that extends across conventional artistic categories Futurefarmers will begin a week as artist in residence at the college at the close of the symposium Their exhibition The Reverse Ark The Flotsam The Jetsam will open in the PCC art gallery on Friday evening o Temporary Travel Office is Ryan Griffis who teaches new media art at the University of Illinois with Sarah Ross an artist whose works focus on myths of health safety and cleanliness that surface in the physical and visual structures of everyday space The final session of the symposium will be a tour with Temporary Travel Office to sites of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Events Social Practice 26 Feb 2008 Platform 2 Art Social Engagement Boston USA Platform2 is a series of events in Boston MA that are designed to facilitate dialogue about art social engagement The three platforms include Failure RISK The Commons and Art Activism AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Events Social Practice 24 Feb 2008 The School of Panamerican Unrest Various The School of Panamerican Unrest is an artist led not for profit public art project that seeks to generate connections between the different regions of the Americas through discussions performances screenings and short term and long term collaborations between organizations and individuals Its main component will be a nomadic forum or think tank that will cross the hemisphere by land from Anchorage Alaska to Ushuaia Argentina in Tierra del Fuego This hybrid project included a collapsible and movable architectural structure in the form of a schoolhouse as well as a video collection component AmyF 0 comments Architecture Art Activism Education Social Practice 22 Feb 2008 Free Soil Bus Tour Screening Call for Submissions A journey through the history currents of free education counter institutional movements the economy of information in Silicon Valley beyond San Francisco Free Soil is organizing a bus tour outdoor film video festival and on site exchange in conjunction with the 2nd Biennial 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge in San Jose California June 5 7 2008 We are seeking submissions to include in this project Please visit the links below to learn more about the projects and submission guidelines Call for Projects Onsite Learning Exchange Teach ins Submission Deadline March 30 2008 Stipends Available http www futurefarmers com tour2 exchangecall html Call for Submissions Free Soil Reader Free Radical Counter Institutional Reader Submission Deadline April 15 2008 Stipends Available http www futurefarmers com tour2 readercall html Call for Flm Video Performance Outdoor Film Video Screening Submission Deadline April 15 2008 Stipends Available http www futurefarmers com tour2 screeningcall html AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Calls Education Social Practice 29 Jan 2008 EYFA Amsterdam EYFA European Youth For Action developed from a tour that was initiated by a Swedish German group in 1986 to save the old forests in Europe then named European Youth Forest Action From these routes it developed into a platform for grassroots movements working to transform local and international communities in their approach to environment and social political and economical positions Our main aim is to encourage people s initiative and autonomy people feeling empowered to act and to raise their voices in decision making processes that effect their lives We promote and use consensus decision making processes whereby information is openly shared and decisions are only made when everyone can agree As a social and information network we share information resources and skills to achieve better solutions while building community based on trust Socially sustainable and just communities go hand in hand with environmentally sound ways of living Our environmentalist perspective is based on the understanding that most environmental problems are also a question of social and economic injustice EYFA works to challenge the current dominant social and economic system while creating new methods based on social and environmental sustainability Stijn 0 comments Organizations Social Practice Sustainability 23 Jan 2008 Urban Fringe Pharmacy Bristol UK The Urban fringe Pharmacy Project is primarily designed to promote healthier lifestyles for the whole community Traditionally the types of walks and workshops that they facilitate may be found at National Trust English Heritage or other middle class green spaces Thier open accessible and friendly events are held in inner city and urban fringe green spaces and parks near to bus routes and areas of urban population We aim to give participants the opportunity to receive expert guidance in a way that is not currently available AmyF 0 comments Social Practice Sustainability 05 Dec 2007 Floating Lab Collective s Protesting on Demand US Various Cities Floating Lab Collective is a group of metropolitan DC based artists working collectively on performances media art and research A recent project Protesting on Demand attempts to institutionalize the act of protesting which normally is something that is very fluid and improvised in its choreographic sense In this collective performance the act of protesting becomes serialized and aesthetisized through a series of actions AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Social Practice 16 Nov 2007 Gardens as sites for critique culture and self organization Copenhagen Denmark By Nis Rømer In the course of the summer 2007 the Public Picnic project developed with the help of neighbours friends and people passing by A plot in Nørrebro Copenhagen was temporarily appropriated and turned into a public garden and a hub for a series of public events The plot had been hidden behind a fence for years but showed to be quite remarkable wild berries en mass apple trees weeds high enough for a full grown person to disappear into and overall a vast diversity of plants The early allotment gardens in Denmark were connected to the workers movement and thus had a political component Many workers got access to a plot of land away from overpopulated cities and small apartments Access to land was especially 100 years ago a deeply democratic spatial project as well as about having places for leisure and retreat from working life Today it is harder to spot the project in the allotments and it seems there is a need to define what are the spatial rights worth fighting for now An attempted answer could be that we need spaces free from the omnipresent regime of disciplining by media and commerce and institutions telling us how to live our lives how to look act and feel Places where the collective is possible where there is no division between production and play between pleasure and politics places for the life world The Public Picnic project was motivated in wanting to act and think on how gardens can have a renewed relevance in urban life and politics While gardens often are private retreats we wanted this to be a public space for pleasure and production We trampled some new paths in the weed to open it up Rosa Marie Frang shouted out the news that television wants us to believe is reality mocking the fiction and creating a new one Media reality is a farce and we refuse to reduce our thinking Shaking the earth in series of events to make geographies or moments where opposites normally fixed can meet exchange and in the process transform us and the categories themselves This is the spaces we want spaces in out neighbourhood where we can meet organize and express ourselves in informal ways It is a modest demand inclusive spaces free of commercials self organized urban free spaces where we live everywhere See the homepage for documentation of the events Nis 0 comments Public Projects Social Practice Sustainability Urban City 12 Nov 2007 Project Compost U S Project Compost is a student run student funded unit of the Associated Students of the University of California Davis ASUCD Four student staff members many interns and even more wonderful volunteers cooperatively manage Project Compost There are 2 parts to Project Compost Education and Action The Education portion means we offer free composting workshops through the Experimental College make presentations to clubs and classrooms as well as make home compost consulatations and construct compost bins to give away The Action portion of the program consists of compost pickups Each and everyday we collect over 1 000 pounds of food matter from the Dining Commons Tercero Segundo Oxford Circle and Castilian ASUCD Coffee House Coffee Kiosks on campus the Pomology Department the Greenhouse and several labs on campus This organic matter is composted by Project Compost on the Student Farm in windrows AmyF 0 comments Education Organizations Social Practice Sustainability 08 Nov 2007 If i can t dance Belgium Antwerp If I Can t Dance is a rolling curatorial project based on performative practices which departs from a spirit of open questioning and a long term enquiry with artists It explores how feminist thinking on all levels social artistic political theoretical ideological or structural is important to our cultural life At the initiative of bolwerK in Antwerp we are issuing a call for reactions to this quote by Emma Goldman in the form of a visual contribution These will be screened at a mobile video speakers corner Thursday evening 6 December during the Antwerp Nocturne on several public buildings AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Exhibitions Social Practice 07 Nov 2007 Cultures of Economies Research Group U S The Cultures of Economies Research Group is a forum at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for scholars in the humanities social sciences and professional schools to engage with critical debates about the role of culture space and economy The Research Group seeks to contribute to inter disciplinary dialogues about the practices of economy in everyday life through regular faculty and graduate student workshops research paper presentations reading groups and an annual symposium AmyF 0 comments Education Social Practice 06 Nov 2007 The Water Project Canada Queen Victoria School a small inner city elementary school on Vancouver s east side recently completed an extensive school wide interdisciplinary study of water An original musical play about water written by the children with the help of teachers and artists in residence came next The play was a major success and proved to be a catalyst that made the children aware of issues surrounding water on a global level As a result of this process the idea of raising funds to help build a well in Africa was born AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Social Practice 29 Oct 2007 supermodel Amsterdam The art and agricultural collective Kultivator must have been working hard to make this big show in W139 in Amsterdam Nis 0 comments Social Practice Sustainability 28 Oct 2007 Sustainable Everyday Project Anywhere he Sustainable Everyday Project SEP proposes an open web platform to stimulate social conversation on possible sustainable futures The SEP network is organized around 3 core activities The promotion of a Scenarios laboratory where new visions of sustainable everyday life are proposed and discussed The constitution of a Catalogue of cases showing examples of social innovation from all other the world developing original solutions promising in terms of sustainability The organization of a traveling exhibition to meet public events confront with close scientific communities and give visibility to new visions of sustainable daily living AmyF 0 comments Organizations Social Practice 08 Oct 2007 The Freeconomy Community Global A Freeconomy is a moneyless society in which no money changes and there is no duality between giving and receiving here they are seen as the two sides of the same non monetary coin Freeconomy is about sharing the skills you ve learnt throughout your life and learning those you haven t It s about helping others and providing an opportunity for others to help you Freeconomy allows people to make the transition from a money based communityless society to more of a community based moneyless society and to share the land they don t need or can t use to facilitate a local food community Stijn 0 comments Free Social Practice 22 Sep 2007 Art Research A Journal of Ideas Contexts and Methods Anywhere Art Research is new artist led internationally peer assessed journal which welcomes submissions from artists researchers academics critics and curators which seek to engage with all areas of research in Fine Art practice and or pedagogy AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Free Social Practice Virtual Soil 17 Sep 2007 The Walking Project Various The Walking Project is a performance mapping and cultural exchange project collaboratively developed with US and South Africa based artists during a series of residencies in Detroit and KwaZulu Natal from 2003 through 2006 The project explores desire lines or paths made by people who walk across fields in South Africa and across vacant lots in Detroit and what connects them The Walking Project has expanded to include new ways to facilitate community storytelling through mapping and neighborhood development workshops that start with local walks AmyF 0 comments Public Projects Social Practice 16 Sep 2007 Habitat International Coalition Anywhere Habitat International Coalition HIC is an independent international non profit alliance of some 400 organizations and individuals working in the area of human settlements The strength of the Coalition is based on its worldwide membership that includes social movements grassroot organizations civil society organizations NGOs academia and research institutions and like minded individuals from 80 countries in both North and South A shared set of objectives bind and shape HIC s commitment to communities working to secure housing and improve their habitat conditions AmyF 0 comments Architecture Social Practice Sustainability Urban City 11 Sep 2007 The Community Arts Network The Community Arts Network CAN supports the belief that the arts are an integral part of a healthy culture providing both intellectual nourishment and social benefit and that community based arts provide significant value both to communities and artists CAN is promoting information exchange research and critical dialogue within the field of community based art Nis 0 comments Organizations Public Projects Social Practice 23 Aug 2007 CAlabama Peddlers US Alabama Cultural researchers Sue Mark and Bruce Douglas aka marksearch recently completed a month long adventure in the Black Belt region of the rural South Through an unconventional form of ecotourism marksearch endeavored to explore the local history current concerns and sense of community of the residents of one small city York population 3 000 As the CAlabama Peddlers marksearch on tandem bike covered over two hundred miles in Sumter County Alabama GPS routes video images and text of this amazing journey can all be found on their site marksearch is an independent artistic cultural research team that has collaborated on community based art projects since 2000 Their mission is to create interactive projects that invite people to reflect upon their local communities consider healthy alternatives to driving and increase awareness of the natural environment within the urban fabric Stijn 0 comments Artists Social Practice 16 Aug 2007 Pedagogical Factory Exploring Strategies for an Educated City US Chicago The Stockyard Institute will initiate an interactive exhibition using the Hyde Park Art Center as a site to critically explore the intersection between art education and the city Working with other artists collaboratives and groups such as The Center for Urban Pedagogy New York rum46 Denmark Think Tank Philadelphia Artlink UK and AREA Chicago Art Research Education Activism Chicago to name a few the Stockyard Institute will transform the gallery space into a temporary factory that will design and implement an extensive series of programs and events throughout the two month project Pedagogical Factory will interrogate the overlap between education economics art and activism creating a venue to explore alternatives to traditional notions of education and social art AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Social Practice Urban City 24 Jul 2007 Feral Trade import export Anywhere The Feral Trade Courier is a live shipping database for a freight network running outside commercial systems Feral Trade forges new wild trade routes across hybrid territories of business art and social interaction Goods are run along social routes avoiding official channels of grocery distribution in preference for a hand carried cargo system often using other artists or curators as mules AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Public Projects Social Practice 22 Jul 2007 La Lleca Mexico City La Lleca means la calle the street is a slang word used by prisoners in penitetiaries in Mexico City La Lleca is more than a critique of the prison system in Mexico It attempts to generate knowledge that is linked to and that has an effect on our lives The aim of the project is not artistic production per se rather the project is what we term a social intervention meaning that it attempts to change the institutional space a specific prison in Mexico City its functioning and the power relations that structure it both on a micro and macro level while at the same time providing a physical and psyche space for the development of various workshops relationships and projects in collaboration with members of La Lleca AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Social Practice 18 Jul 2007 Instant Urbanism Until Sep 16 Basel The exhibition traces the theories of the Situationist International in contemporary architecture and urbanism INSTANT URBANISM creates a conceptual link with the historical show on the Situationist International at the Tinguely Museum in Basel by drawing upon the radical propositions made by the Situationists with relation to transforming architecture and city spaces With a documentation of interventions and actions within urban and public spaces of the city INSTANT URBANISM brings together the work of Lucy Orta France Santiago Cirugeda Spain EXYZT France Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss Belgrade Basel NL architects Netherlands IAN Italy PPAG Austria amongst others Joni T 0 comments Architecture Art Activism Exhibitions Social Practice 17 Jul 2007 Galleon Trade Various A series of international arts exchange projects focusing on the Philippines Mexico and California Taking the historic Acapulco Manila galleon route as its metaphor of origin these exhibitions seek to create new routes of cultural exchange along old routes of commerce and trade and will facilitate further discussions between artists curators gallerists and scholars from all 3 places to explore strategies for sustainable exchange AmyF 0 comments Public Projects Social Practice Sustainability 12 Jul 2007 social mental environmental workshop and exhibition Berlin A workshop for cultural practitioners working with modes of self empowerment and sustainability With this project we will gather people who work with an awareness of how the shaping of livelihoods reflects political economical and cultural power structures and who through engagement in this subject have developed positions and strategies of criticality within their praxis Participants from Thailand India England Norway Germany Scandinavia and others The workshop is held in Sparwasser Berlin It is open to the public Organized by Åsa Sonjasdotter Ulrike Solbrig and Nis Rømer Nis 0 comments Exhibitions Public Projects Social Practice Sustainability 29 Jun 2007 on universalism Various And more summer readings from the Transversal web journal The articles in this issue of the web journal link these new universalism debates with an analysis of specific examples such as the Zapatist fight for liberation under the motto Everything for everyone the movement of the French intermittents the revolutionary battles of the 18th century in San Domingo Haiti or feminist politics of friendship Nis 0 comments Articles Social Practice 20 Jun 2007 Open Engagement Art After Aesthetic Distance Canada Oct 11 13 2007 Artist Jennifer Delos Reyes is the conceptual director of this innovative art project that will combine exhibitions and events with a conference about contemporary art issues For this event Regina will host over 70 national and international artists A keynote address will be given by Harrell Fletcher whose internationally renowned work has helped to expand the notions of socially based art practices for over a decade AmyF 0 comments Events Social Practice 04 Jun 2007 Ephemera Theory Politics in Organization Anywhere Ephemera is an electronic forum for developing and extending discussions of critical perspectives on organization It is transdisciplinary and encourages contributions from a broad spectrum of academics researchers activists practitioners employees and other members of organizations AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Magazines Social Practice Virtual Soil 27 May 2007 UnCanny An Experiment in Oranarchy Davis California Come to our treehouse and we ll make you a sandwich For one night only Caroline Cloak and Lissa Ivy Tiegel arborists invite you to climb a branch ladder to our treehouse rejuvenation station Entry to the treehouse will be limited to coupon holders due to constraints of time and space Each party of 2 3 will be welcome for a 10 minute stay including a customized sandwich Coupons forthcoming Hours of Treehouse operation 7 8pm 9 11pm 12 1 05am UNCANNY The treehouse is part of a lively one night outdoor art party featuring interactive installation and performance art DJs live music and food under a full moon Uncanny is put on by students at UCDavis this year at an organic farm and vineyard with access to Putah Creek Davis California Thursday 31 May 2007 7pm to 1 05am AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Events Public Projects Social Practice 15 May 2007 The Tyranny of Structurelessness by Jo Freeman A texts from 1970 that reflects on working in groups and collectives with a loose structure It builds on practical experiences from especially women s liberation movement and ends by suggesting principles for democratic structuring Relevant reflections for today s collaborative practices as well Nis 0 comments Articles Social Practice 15 May 2007 Can Masdeu Shifting Soils Barcelona See slide show Last week while I was in Barcleona I had the good fortune of meeting up with a friend who offered to host me for a day I asked if there were any urban garden projects going on and the next day we were on the subway leading to the outskirts of town walking up a dirt road into the valley of San Genis to Can Masdeu A winding dirt road lead us to a cluster of hand painted signposts and bulletin boards framing a view of arcadia WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY You have arrived in a rural urban social center It is not a hostel If you would like to visit the house and or get involved in the project please talk to someone from the community Here we collectively organize diverse acitivities We invite you to come especially on Sundays to the interactive workshops of Collserola If you use any materials return them to where you found them Here there are no door keepers Security cameras or cleaning service This project depends on EVERYONE TO MOVE AHEAD Can Masdeu is a squatted social centre in one of the last non urbanized valleys San Genis part of the Collserola National Park in Barcelona It was squatted by an international group of activists in December 2001 and the terraces surrounding the masia country mansion are cultivated by neighbors who live in the neighborhood below Nou Barris It sits on 49 4 acres of land Parts of the masia were built in the 1600s and in the early 20th century and the house was a nunnery and leper hospital Surrounding the mansion are terraced gardens that provide food for the entire community Sections of the land are community gardens dedicated to the neighbors These are broken up into small plots separated by bamboo fencing Can Masdeu gained international attention in April 2002 when over 100 national police came to evict 11 squatters defending the house in positions of passive resistance Unable to remove the squatters from lockdowns tripods on ropes and planks extended out of windows and even a hanging bathtub the police waited for the squatters to get thirsty and hungry and come down After three days of media attention hundreds of protesting onlookers chanting slogans and stopping traffic on the local highway and even a solidarity group organizing a sit in in the Spanish Embassy in Holland the judge ordered the police to leave and the case reopened Later rulings favored the owner the Hospital of San Pau but no eviction notice has been given The project includes a bakery pizza oven bike kitchen cafe and a social center the PIC or Punt d Interracció de Collserola which opens Sundays to the public and offers a variety of activities and workshops often related to environmental issues permaculture and organic farming communal living and community autonomy The PIC and the rurbar a cafe serving local and organic meals and drinks is open most Sundays from noon until evening Activities are listed on the website and in the newsletter Infousurpa As of 2007 more than 28 people live in and share the house Community participation includes bi weekly meetings organic gardening housework and two collective meals per day and each member contributes roughly 25 euros month to food costs The working languages of the house are Catalan and Spanish but as it is an international group English Italian French Basque and Esperanto are also spoken Upon entering the main courtyard we were greeted by a table of people enjoying a community lunch including fresh baked bread and several dishes of food from their gardens We happened to arrive on a Friday which is the baking day After wandering around the grounds and leafing through their extensive zine and radical left library for over 2 hours it became very clear that Can Masdeu was organizing beyond the local community and that it had become an important link in an international network of social organizations and movement carrying genuine social ecological and political value many of its residents have participated in broader social struggles including the demonstration for a New Culture of Water against the Damming of the Ebre River and the Campaign Against the Europe of Capital and the War One aspect of this community that seemed to be the glue of its efficiency and survival was the distribution of responsibilites The group works in a very open way such that they make sure that people who have specific skills pass them on to other people In the case of doing renovation work they might run a workshop so that when they repair or develop something they can also teach a group of people as they go along It seems that skill sharing and rotating roles is essential such that if one system fails more than one person will know how to fix it Currently Can Masdeu is prodding ahead with educational programs outreach and rehabilitating the compound with the intention of being completely sustainable Evidence of this dots the land solar panels composting toilets pedal powered washing machine rainwater catchment tanks solar showers The city of Barcelona has plans to develop the valley but the project has received international attention and is in a holding pattern at the moment The project was an inspiration and breath of fresh air during our stay in Barcelona I will carry this day with me into the urban garden in San Francisco Thank you Can Masdeu Relative links Interviews photos AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Social Practice Sustainability Urban City 08 May 2007 Inferus Mexico City Inferus is an independent project of cultural resistance in the public space The first stage of intervention takes place in the city subway a territory of cognitive experimentation a sphere where the perceptual reorganization of spatial and temporal notions among users makes possible the development of a distinct perspective in an appropriative intention scheme AmyF 0 comments Social Practice Urban City 06 May 2007 Public Views of the Private Conference of the Int l Visual Sociology Association US New York August 10 11 12 New York University The theme for the 2007 IVSA conference is the multi faceted relationship between public and private realms and how they are shaped by human action while at the same time condition our lives The aim of the conference is to visually examine the various layers of the public private relationship Presenters and panelists are invited to explore how the social is embodied in the built environment how visual media challenge and or reinforce the traditional divide between public and private and alternative frameworks that visual sociology offers for reconstructing this relationship AmyF 0 comments Events Social Practice Urban City 26 Apr 2007 the encyclopaedia of informal education Anywhere infed is an open independent and not for profit site put together by a small group of educators with the aim to provide a space for people to explore A Z theory and practice of informal education and lifelong learning They encourage educators to develop ways of working and being that foster association conversation and relationship AmyF 0 comments Education Social Practice Virtual Soil 18 Apr 2007 One Day Library Tea Readings too US San Francisco by Corinne Matesich Browsing the contents of a new acquaintance s bookshelves is a common impulse I do it all the time sizing people up looking for common interests potential conversation starters and I guess ideas for something to read next It can take some time to meet all of your acquaintances bookcases but on Sunday April 15th 2007 an event for public book sharing was held at the Garden for the Environment The garden is a seventeen year old space headed by Blair Randall and offers the local community resources for growing things Amy Franceschini the demonstration garden s first Artist in Residence initiated the One Day Library a social gathering to further interest in urban gardening and related ideas A simple bookcase milk crates and boards was set up in the garden its bare shelves awaiting the arrival of books Library attendees were invited to bring selections from their personal libraries about urban gardening food history art and nature and related ideas Together more than fifty attendees created a new library It could be assumed that attendees were veritable green thumbs but hardly a word was traded about how to grow a specific bean Instead the majority of talk amongst the artists educators and students was about how to encourage gardening the local politics to support urban gardening and the wealth of things published in recent history about the matter topics of conversation that surprisingly don t rule out the participation of those who kill most of what they plant The collective library was one of both old gems and current discourse Some books had been found in garage sales from decades past University course readers small press underground and local publications sat alongside how to guides non fiction paperbacks essays about biology mushrooms and the urban environment I found my own favorites in a dictionary style book of pretend locations and a book of illustrations explaining the world of utilities underneath the street The One Day Library readers paid dues to some other offbeat subjects Contributors to the library were welcomed to read passages aloud from their books Those who read shared relevant ideas A few provocative thoughts go nicely with donated bread baked goods tea and a little wine especially on a bright day surrounded by flourishing vegetation Amy Balkin read a selection from a 1974 children s cookbook shedding light on a long forgotten dietary supplement promised by the UN to end protein deficiencies worldwide Seemingly the supplement called CSM never lived up to the language used to triumph its saving powers and one has to wonder whether writing to the address in the book for a free sample would yield anything at all Megan Shaw Prelinger shared her connection to the land via mushroom hunting by reading from David Wolfe s Tales from the Underground Rick Prelinger also of the Prelinger Archives and Library introduced an educational film from the 50 s titled Our Foster Mother the Cow allowing younger imaginations to conjure exactly what kind of teaching went along with rural agricultural lesson plans Henrik Lebuhn read a worthwhile selection about sleeping in public from A Pattern of Language by Christopher Alexander And Ian Boal arrived in time to take his shoes off and read from The Country in the City a just published book exploring the environmental disputes behind the green spaces that now make up the Bay Area The One Day Library found success in its temporary nature as a public event for me because the image of a collective bookcase resonates even though it has already been taken down and all the books have gone home with their rightful owners The act of creating a dream library out of both book owners and the books beats the traditional lending library at usefulness and approachability the indispensable part being people who can talk about the books they brought Building such a library ultimately works to recognize one s own community as the most necessary resource we have Corinne 0 comments Free Public Projects Social Practice Urban City 16 Apr 2007 Crisis of the California Commons Conference US Berkeley Conference Schedule April 27 Friday night 7 00 9 00 The rich and bountiful commons that Californians once enjoyed as a gift of nature and fruit of public efforts are under assault today Our resources are degraded our services privatized and our public spaces increasingly pre empted But the state s commons wealth are not mere amenities for our private lives or raw materials for the economy They are collective goods shared resources and collective achievements that underpin our and future generations well being our civic life and our possibility for a democratic life together What exactly are commons How do they work How can we protect them Join scholars activists scientists and writers from around the state to examine the crises of California s commons recover their history and imagine their possible futures Download the brochure AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Events Social Practice Sustainability 11 Apr 2007 Love Difference Artistic Movement for an InterMediterranean Politic Italy Love Difference is a network of institutions organisations and individual people who are committed to providing society with a new model of cultural integration through art and creativity It was established in Biella in Spring 2002 in the Politics Office of the Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto The aim is to bring together around the regions facing onto the Mediterranean Sea people and institutions interested in creating new prospects that reach beyond the tragic conflict between different cultures Stijn 0 comments Art Activism Artists Organizations Social Practice 10 Apr 2007 Artivistic UN OCCUPIED SPACES Montreal Call for Participation Artivistic is a transdisciplinary three day gathering on the interPlay between art information and activism Artivistic emerges out of the proposition that not only artists should talk about art academics about theory and activists about activism Artivistic does not only provide a platform for political artists and artistic activists but partakes in the very movements that work for change In the pursuit of temporary moments of pleasure we move towards freedom for resistance is perpetual and oppression ever changing Proposals welcomed roundtables workshops expeditions walks interventions performance projections show and tells broadcasts games visual arts media technology arts street arts informal arts experimental arts is it art arts etc AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Calls Social Practice 06 Apr 2007 One day Library Tea Readings too San Francisco Sunday April 15th 2007 1 3 30pm Readings begin at 2pm located on 7th Ave at Lawton Streets Presentations Readings by Amy Balkin Henrik Lebuhn Marina McDougall Rick Meagan Prelinger Prelinger Archives

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    Oct 2008 Urban Edibles Portland Oregon A Portland based database of wild food sources AmyF 0 comments Sustainability Urban City Virtual Soil Add a Comment Your Name Email Website Top Features 2 Warning Art Here are the ten art projects that deal with the subject of Climate Change including us Joni T 0 comments Projects nolvadex Public Air Quality indicator The project intersects with recent public debate in Copenhagen about

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    music and art festival that celebrates the vital connection between cultural innovation and the movement for environmental sustainability The mission of Citysol is to provide a new venue for creative artistic collaborations while engaging young New Yorkers in an advocacy campaign to bring about stronger policies in support of clean renewable solar power in New York State Nis 0 comments Sustainability Urban City Add a Comment Your Name Email Website Top Features Sørfinnset skole the nord land See a slide show here The majority of contemp Nis 0 comments Projects nolvadex nowHere nowHere a space where a spot becomes a place 15 march 25 may 2008 nowHere is a cabinet which invokes a dialogue on re appropriation of the private and public domain Through personal tags and geographies books movies music websites drawings mappings photocopies art works it reads as a certain historical relation between human space and technology bolwerK considers the constructed in between space of architect C Kieckens within the art space Z33 not as a sub art space with a curatorial reading a cabinet as museum but as a space with a personal narrative and a social meaning embedded in a neighborhood The active use of the

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    of Portland Oregon Their general farming practices No chemical pesticides herbicides fertilizers sprays etc No genetically engineered seeds Heirloom vegetable varieties rather than hybrids Low irrigation usage and in some cases none Bicycle based over 90 car free Cruelty free soil amendments i e no factory farmed manure AmyF 0 comments Sustainability Urban City Add a Comment Your Name Email Website Top Features Life Support Systems Soil is the vital system which supports growth of plants which supply food and oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide and nitrogen is a foundation of life Stijn 0 comments Projects nolvadex nowHere nowHere a space where a spot becomes a place 15 march 25 may 2008 nowHere is a cabinet which invokes a dialogue on re appropriation of the private and public domain Through personal tags and geographies books movies music websites drawings mappings photocopies art works it reads as a certain historical relation between human space and technology bolwerK considers the constructed in between space of architect C Kieckens within the art space Z33 not as a sub art space with a curatorial reading a cabinet as museum but as a space with a personal narrative and a social meaning embedded in a

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    allcreams org 03 Dec 2007 Catalog Cutdown Anywhere ForestEthics Catalog Cutdown Campaign is organizing people to stop the production of direct mail catalogs junk mail Sears is best known for being the original catalog producer sending out an estimated 425 million catalogs a year using enough paper to wrap the Sears Tower 6 times a day every day AmyF 0 comments Sustainability Add a Comment Your Name Email Website Top Features One Day Library Tea Readings too by Corinne Matesich Browsing the contents of a new acquaintance s bookshelves is a common impulse I do it all the time sizing pe Corinne 0 comments Projects nolvadex You have the Right to Know FRUIT takes up the challenge of elevating the ecological knowledge of consumers and encouraging a way of life that is friendly to the environment We want consumers to be conscious of the entire life of a product from production to utilization and not just what they see in the stores Consumers must be aware that every phase of a product s life influences the environment and ourselves Free Soil has produced a run of FRUIT wrappers a website and a traveling installation as part of an initiative to

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    stijn schiffeleers joni taylor marthe van dessel http www ourdrops org www allcreams org 02 Dec 2007 The Greenhorns US Berkeley A documentary film about young farmers protagonists of America s agricultural revival The Greenhorns is a documentary film that explores the lives of America s young farming community its spirit practices and needs As the nation experiences a groundswell of interest in sustainable lifestyles we see the promising beginnings of an agricultural revival Young farmers efforts feed us safe food conserve valuable land and reconstitute communities split apart by strip malls It is the filmmakers s hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers we can inspire another generation of optimistic agrarians AmyF 0 comments Sustainability Add a Comment Your Name Email Website Top Features Life Support Systems Soil is the vital system which supports growth of plants which supply food and oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide and nitrogen is a foundation of life Stijn 0 comments Projects nolvadex Public Air Quality indicator The project intersects with recent public debate in Copenhagen about air pollution in the city In collaboration with Senior Scientist Jørgen Brandt from The National Environmental Research Institute in Denmark a first

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    nis rømer stijn schiffeleers joni taylor marthe van dessel http www ourdrops org www allcreams org 13 Oct 2007 Ecomedia Ecological Strategies in Today s Art Oldenburg Germany Ecological questions that is to say the science that studies the relationships of living things to their environment have lost the last remnants of naive starry eyed idealism over the past years Environmental catastrophes such as the tsunamis dying forest syndrome fish mortality cannibalism among seals global climate warming water shortages as well as air and ground pollution make it clear that natural catastrophes are not only just natural They result from highly civilized ways of life that are based on exploitation and which destroy well attuned ecosystems The idea of ecology as a communicative system has therefore gained in influence and importance With Free Soil Critical Art Ensemble Christina Hemauer Roman Keller MVRDV and others Nis 0 comments Sustainability Add a Comment Your Name Email Website Top Features One Day Library Tea Readings too by Corinne Matesich Browsing the contents of a new acquaintance s bookshelves is a common impulse I do it all the time sizing pe Corinne 0 comments Projects nolvadex Gardening Silicon Valley Superfund Sites Gardending Superfund Sites

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