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    stijn schiffeleers joni taylor marthe van dessel http www ourdrops org www allcreams org 19 Jun 2006 Norwegian Seed Vault Norway The Global Seed Vault will be a frozen Noah s Ark constructed in a mountainside on the island of Svalbard Norway It will serve as a back up system to protect the world s crop seeds from cataclysms target blank Living on Earth s Audio Version Maybe it is time to contribute on a local level to create a vast network of community based seed banks AmyF 0 comments Sustainability Add a Comment Your Name Email Website Top Features Hot summer of Urban Farming The five finger plan of Copenhagen is made to make the city develop along five lines of infrastructure and leave intact green belts between the fin 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

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    Öland Sweeden The Artist initiative 16 2 by Malin Lindmark Vrijman and Mathieu Vrijman has set out to make a physical and mental room for experiments with and experience of visual art integrated in the environment They are also working on a space for hosting guestworkers of all kinds in the beautifull surroundings In this way it will be an international open platform for conducting research in the integration of artistic practice into society Nis 0 comments Sustainability Add a Comment Your Name Email Website Top Features Warning Art By Joni Taylor Part 1 Apocalypse may be the new black but the Plague the Cold War and the Millennium Bug combined did not add Joni T 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

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    the South Central Farmers have worked to transform the land into a farm that meets the needs of a community regularly ignored and neglected by the City and its elected representatives The State has failed Los Angeles residents who lack access to healthcare The South Central Farmers grow medicinal herbs as an alternative to the high cost of prescription drugs The City has failed to provide safe places for the children of South Central Los Angeles to play free from threats of violence and gang activity The South Central Farmers welcome families and community into a veritable oasis AmyF 0 comments Sustainability Urban City Add a Comment Your Name Email Website Top Features Gardens as sites for critique culture and self organization By Nis Rømer In the course of the summer 2007 the Public Picnic project developed with the help of neighbours friends and people pas Nis 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

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    wind power by the danish wind industry The site has historic information information about the wind and all sorts of turbines All is well designed and explained with animations and great pictures Nis 0 comments Sustainability Add a Comment Your Name Email Website Top Features Warning Art By Joni Taylor Part 1 Apocalypse may be the new black but the Plague the Cold War and the Millennium Bug combined did not add Joni T 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 space for living eating working sleeping implies that the cabinet is more a

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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 04 Jan 2006 FarmSubsidy org Who gets what from the Common Agricultural Policy Europe Various Cities In its infancy but a worthy effort nonetheless to quantify farm subsidies in Europe This is a collaborative project bringing together journalists and activists from more than ten European countries The purpose of the site is to publish data about farm subsidy payments obtained under legislation on public access to information AmyF 0 comments Sustainability Virtual Soil Add a Comment Your Name Email Website Top Features Warning Art By Joni Taylor Part 1 Apocalypse may be the new black but the Plague the Cold War and the Millennium Bug combined did not add Joni T 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 prototype is developed for making an indicator that can be placed in the city and display local

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    administration pushes for human occupation of the moon counterfeit lunar materials are needed Known as simulants fake lunar soil is being developed to assure that future explorers can sustain their stay on Earth s moon The first lunar simulant MLS 1 was made because it had an approximate chemistry to Apollo 11 soil 10084 but its mineralogy and engineering properties were all off AmyF 0 comments Sustainability Add a Comment Your Name Email Website Top Features Lucy Harrison Interview The aim of all descriptions of cities is to know how to live to see what is coming and accept it and become part of it or better see what could Joni T 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

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    UK Sept 28 29 A programme about contemporary artists working with ecology The issues at stake from the broad issue of climate change to the resultant problems of desertification waste and dwindling biodiversity will be examined through artists practices and through interdisciplinary dialogue with sciences industry government and environmental groups The first conference with participation of Henrik Håkansson Dan Peterman and more was reviewed by Maja and Reuben Fowkes read the review Nis 0 comments Sustainability 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 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

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    who fought a years long battle to force Shell Oil to address the consequences of decades of toxic exposure AmyF 0 comments Books Sustainability 04 Sep 2007 Superfund 365 Anywhere A wonderful project in its early stages Superfund 365 A Site A Day is an online data visualization application with an accompanying RSS feed and email alert system Each day for a year starting on September 1 2007 Superfund365 will visit one toxic site currently active in the Superfund program run by the U S Environmental Protection Agency EPA In the end the archive will consist of 365 visualizations of some of the worst toxic sites in the U S roughly a quarter of the total number on the Superfund s National Priorities List NPL AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Sustainability Virtual Soil 25 Aug 2007 Offload Systems for Survival September 13 16 2007 Bristol UK OFFLOAD is the UK s first network media and systems arts event on nature sustainability and ecology The event brings together international national and local artists and practitioners interested in creating work that use new and existing media OFFLOAD is interested in interactive playful participatory and socially aware practice AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Events Public Projects Sustainability 20 Jul 2007 The New York Bike Share Project US New York A Summer Charette Produced by the Forum for Urban Design and Storefront for Art and Architecture AmyF 0 comments Events Sustainability Urban City 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 15 Jul 2007 Worldbike Bikes that haul for all US Berkeley Worldbike is an international network of bicycle designers and industry leaders and international development professionals working together to provide transportation solutions and create income generating opportunities for the world s poor All across the developing world people use bicycles the way we use pickup trucks and school busses However the bicycles sold in developing countries are those designed for recreation and are ill suited to carrying loads Worldbike designs higher strength longer wheelbase bicycles with integrated cargo capacity They conduct trial markets to determine the ideal price levels work with the bike industry to get the best quality parts and frames at the lowest cost and partner with international development organizations like Kickstart International to sell and distribute the bicycles Stijn 0 comments Organizations 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 21 Jun 2007 The Camp for Climate Action England August 14 21 2007 Eight days of low impact living debates learning skills and high impact direct action tackling the root causes of climate change AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Events Sustainability 05 Jun 2007 2 Warning Art Part 2 Anywhere Here are the ten art projects that deal with the subject of Climate Change including us 1 Halliburton SurvivaBall The SurvivaBall is designed to protect the corporate manager no matter what Mother Nature throws his or her way said Fred Wolf a Halliburton representative at the Catastrophic Loss conference held in Florida This technology is the only rational response to abrupt climate change It will include a sophisticated communications systems nutrient gathering capacities onboard medical facilities and a daunting defense infrastructure The only problem is the SurvivaBall was a fake and so was the Halliburton representative The Yes Men are pranksters performers who assume other identities identity corrections to make fun of and bring attention to the serious issues of corporate accountability and global greed They are invited to events and TV shows through their various websites and present ridiculous and unbelievable corporate strategies No one seemed to doubt their appearance in Florida and fellow representatives even asked about the SurvivaBalls anti terrorism capabilities Other stunts have included the fake GWBush site and apologising on behalf of Bophal for their chemical spill disaster of 1984 2 Cape Farewell Cape Farewell was conceived by artist filmmaker David Buckland and during the past five years he and a varying team of artists writers choreographers filmmakers environmentalists and scientists have worked on a 100 year old Dutch schooner called The Noorderlicht Located in a fjord near Longyerben Svalbard just north of the 79th parallel they respond to the environment and reflect the earths change where its most sensitive the arctic circle They draw attention to the role ocean currents play and the effect that rising CO2 levels and changing weather patterns will have The team have already developed a major exhibitions programme a book Burning Ice Art Climate Change and the DVD Art From A Changing Arctic On his last mission Buckland invited novelist Ian McEwan playwright Caryl Churchill artist Antony Gormley and choreographer Siobhan Davies Turner prize winner Gormley worked in conditions of 32 degrees to complete an ice sculpture that lasted only three months 3 Hehe Nuage Vert and Pollstream Across a number of projects the French collective Hehe create a sense of constant rather than delayed feedback Pollstream is an intervention in environmental ethics It creates a series of interactive environments in which the audience are in a process of monitoring localised pollution at the very same time that they produce it The audience is required to conceptualize themselves as responsible collectively and individually for their emissions Using visual kinetic and sonic technologies it undermines these typical defences of disengagement by speeding up the normal time it takes for our actions in and on the environment to have consequences Another project Nuage Vert uses lasers and a camera tracking system to project colour coded information onto a waste burning plant power plant within a local area that is visible to all residents 4 Translator II Grower by Sabrina Raaf Humans also produce carbon dioxide Sabrina Raaf is a Chicago based artist working in experimental sculptural media and photography Translator II Grower is a small rover vehicle which moves around the gallery drawing vertical lines up and down on the wall with a green crayon The height of each line is determined by the level of carbon dioxide present in the room which the robot reads via a small digital sensor mounted on its shell The carbon dioxide of course is generated by gallery visitors This piece makes visible how art institutions depend on their visitors to make them healthy spaces for new art to evolve and flourish within Watching the artistic output of a machine that is so sensitive to its environment makes people in the space more sensitive to their environment and its conditions 5 Canary Project By photographing landscapes throughout the world that are currently undergoing dramatic transformation or are vulnerable to predicted changes Canary Project conveys the urgent reality of global warming Their team of scientists writers and artists aim to present these images in ways that speak to diverse audiences and foster positive action Project co founder Susannah Sayler will be photographing 16 landscapes selected in consultation with leading climate change scientists and journalists showing that global warming is already affecting the world in a variety of ways and affecting every place on earth In the second phase of the project they will photograph solutions to the problem such as sources of alternative energy preparations for already predicted changes and various green products Sayler has travelled to hot spots and her haunting images include glaciers in Austria and bleached and dead coral in Belize So far the images have been shown on buses in Denver with the words This is what Global Warming looks like and online publications such as Polar Inertia 6 Precipice Alliance and Mary Ellen Carroll The Precipice Alliance is a non profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness about global warming through the visual arts They believe visibility is the key to positive action and that artists can give form to the intangible and deliver a powerful message They commission projects that specifically address climate change in order to direct public attention to the urgency of the issue Large scale contemporary art will be executed in public venues The first commission is by New York based conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll It consists of a 900 foot long window display in the buildings of the former American Can factory comprised of eight foot tall neon letters proclaiming IT IS GREEN THINKS NATURE EVEN IN THE DARK It is indestructible language focusing on the fluid open ended nature of words The organization hastens to note that the art piece is carbon neutral employing low wattage transformers and lead free glass tubing as well as using solar panels to offset the energy consumed 7 Free Soil Free Soil is an international collaboration of artists activists researchers and gardeners who take a participatory role in the transformation of the environment Members have developed art projects about greening cities The Hot Summer of Urban Farming Copenhagen the pollution of the Baltic Sea and resulting Red Tides of toxic algae Selective Memory Starlsund and F R U I T a travelling installation examining how the city is connected to the surrounding agricultural areas For ISEA 2006 in San Jose Free Soil conducted a bio diesel bus tour of Silicon Valley pointing out the environmental consequences of the Hi Tech industry and offering alternatives such as mycoremediation cleaning soil by using mushrooms They also foster discourse and give support for critical art practices that reflect and change the urban and natural environment via features and projects on their website Free Soil believe art can be a catalyst for social awareness and positive change F R U I T is currently touring as part of Beyond Green Towards a Sustainable Art 8 Andrea Polli Andrea Polli is a digital media artist living in New York City She is interested in global systems the real time interconnectivity of these systems and the effect of these systems on individuals She currently works in collaboration with atmospheric scientists to develop systems for understanding storm and climate information through sound a process called sonification Her Queensbridge Wind Power Project presents a vision of a future when meeting energy needs can enhance the beauty of a city by investigating how clean renewable wind power could be integrated into the landmark architecture of the Queensboro Bridge target blank 9 Platform For over 20 years the London based Platform has been engaging in making transparent that which corporations and companies wish to remain hidden 90 Crude is a sustained investigation into the power and impact of transnational corporate trade and business Other projects include a research campaign and cultural intervention project on Shell and BP oil companies Gog and Magog a series of experimental interventionist walks in the London s financial district Freedom in The City and Desktop Killers which links corporations to genocide In Unravelling The Carbon Web Platform works to reduce the environmental and social impacts of oil corporations and And While London Burns is a downloadable audio tour of London a soundtrack for the era of climate change in their words a requiem for a Warming World Their latest initiative is Remember Saro Wiwa and will be Britain s first Mobile memorial It is in honour of Ken Saro Wiwa and his colleagues who were executed after anti oil campaigns in the Niger Delta 10 Natalie Jeremijenko Jeremijenko is an inventor and engineer whose work focuses on the design and analysis of tangible digital media She bridges the technical and the art worlds and her mission is to reclaim technology and apply it to the messy complexities of the real world often with disquieting results Her project One Tree features the planting of 2 000 walnut trees in sensor equipped planters around San Francisco The condition of the growing trees will reflect the region s surprising discrepancies in climatic environmental and socio economic conditions Another project Bit Cab inserts geospecific data directly onto New York City taxi display units Her much acclaimed Feral Robot Sniffer Dogs were hobbyist kits made to modify commercially available toy dogs to potentially detect toxic substances in the air Fade to Black is a network of webcams oriented skyward The images on the webcam fades to black as pollutant film accumulates on the lens It provides visual and empirical information on air quality Commissioned by DAMn Magazine Photos thanks to the Canary Project Joni T 0 comments Artists Sustainability 31 May 2007 Farmlab US Los Angeles Farmlab is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuity of all living things The people that did Not a Cornfield are continuing their efforts under this umbrella Amongst their projects are turning a junker car into a garden where Farmlab presents an exhibition and demonstration of How to Make a Junker Garden Nis 0 comments Public Projects Sustainability 18 May 2007 Sun Tower Power Spain Europe s first commercially operating power station known as PS10 using the Sun s energy this way and at the moment its operator Solucar proudly claims that it generates 11 Megawatts MW of electricity without emitting a single puff of greenhouse gas This current figure is enough to power up to 6 000 homes AmyF 0 comments Sustainability 18 May 2007 Design For the Other 90 US New York Exhibition on view at Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum through September 23 2007 Of the world s total population of 6 5 billion 5 8 billion people or 90 have little or no access to most of the products and services many of us take for granted in fact nearly half do not have regular access to food clean water or shelter Design for the Other 90 explores a growing movement among designers to design low cost solutions for this other 90 Through partnerships both local and global individuals and organizations are finding unique ways to address the basic challenges of survival and progress faced by the world s poor and marginalized Stijn 0 comments Exhibitions Sustainability 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 14 May 2007 It s Not Easy Being Green Anywhere New issue out of Mute Magazine It s readable on line and very recommendable for critical debate on climate change issues and its political and social implications Nis 0 comments Magazines Sustainability 13 May 2007 European Forum of Bike Workshops Rome Italy A 3 day forum conceived as a meeting point for all structures that have the aligned ideas on bikes their use and recycling importance in urban zones and their political and social implications no war no petrol no pollution etc This forum is also for the benefit of us all as we will use it as a starting point for a long lasting process of friendship collaboration and particpation europe wide world wide maybe AmyF 0 comments Events Sustainability 11 May 2007 Bicycle Film Festival US New York Once again The ever wonderful festival including city joy ride art exhibition screenings and more May 16 21 2007 AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Events Sustainability Urban City 03 May 2007 Warning Art Arts in Climate Crisis By Joni Taylor Part 1 Apocalypse may be the new black but the Plague the Cold War and the Millennium Bug combined did not add up to the deserved attention that the dangers of Global Warming are receiving The scientific evidence detailed in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC drove the message home to most politicians that the planet is in dire straits and their responsibilities lie further off than just the next election On a local level reports of North Alaskan fishermen hearing the sound of thunder for the first time in history and Media images of hurricanes tsunamis and shattering icebergs did their bit to freak out the couch potato public But still not everyone cares enough to be convinced Potentially thousands of viewers were misinformed by the recent documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle when the already questionable talking heads claimed that overzealous Neo Marxists and boosted Government funding were to blame for the myth of man made global warming It smacked of conspiracy theory but compared to the depressing prophecies of Al Gore s An Inconvenient Truth one almost wished the Swindle was true Artists have often aligned themselves with activist causes and have helped to move radical social change Anti establishment or outspoken views have never been at odds with the creatively minded And Nature itself has long been an inspiration At the turn of last Century the romantic landscape paintings of Caspar David Friedrich depicted the fears of the oncoming era of mechanical industrialisation Land Artists emerged alongside the noisy environmental movements of the Sixties pointing out Starship Earth s fragile beauty by making temporary and ephemeral pieces Green party candidate Joseph Beuys regenerated the city of Kassel by planting his 7000 oaks in 1984 This Century there has been a hip move towards green design and sustainable architecture The slickness of sites like Treehugger and Worldchanging can t be denied There have also been a number of exhibitions lately focusing on ecological systems such as Beyond Green Toward a Sustainable Art at Chicago s Smart Museum The Sharjah Biennial Art Ecology and the Politics Of Change and the recent focus of the RCA and accompanying book LandArt A Cultural Ecology handbook But climate change or global warming as a specific cause is a relatively new one for artists As subject matter the enemy here is invisible but its affects are not More artists are collaborating with scientists in a bid to inform their work on a technical level But while the scientists role is a didactic and theory based practise the artist deals with the nuances and the abstract Art asks to be interpreted by the viewer and its appreciation is often personal Art speaks another kind of language one of emotion and this is why it may be better understood by the public amidst the Babel of scientific jargon There are 3 artistic strains in dealing with climate change One is reducing the co2 emissions produced by artists themselves not flying to that next art fair or finding alternatives to energy sucking Plasma screens Just like a UN delegate an artist is accountable for his her carbon footprint Using recycled and green products is another indication of Slow Art The next art movement perhaps London s seven meter tall WEEE man made of the industrial detritus used in a typical lifetime was a successful shock factor device standing on the River Thames Another method is making art that depicts the effects of warming and pollution The most memorable tools in Gore s film were the postcards of glaciers in the Twenties compared with the dried up and sandy images of today Photographers relish travelling to exotic places to bear witness to both environmental damage and utopian beauty and bring back images to share with a city bound audience The last most innovative area is the collision of art and science to create visualising tools or to quote worldchanging making the invisible visible By transforming data and graphs to a visual language artists can demonstrate the bare facts with humour and delight Some even use ecological systems in their work mimicking nature As you will see in part 2 there is a range of new arts initiatives aimed specifically at publicising climate change with sponsors in tow Will the public be driven to action by seeing an image on the side of a bus or a public commission through their car window Let s hope that narrowing all the attention to climate change will not take away the real issue which is the impact humans are having on the environment The new ecosystem here is one of dangerous networks political situations technological development corporate responsibility and greed are all connnected to this alienation from the planet earth And let s hope that a walk in the country or a breathtaking sunset can also still do the trick when it comes to remembering what is at stake Commissioned by DAMn Magazine Images courtesy of The Canaray Project Joni T 0 comments Art Activism Articles Sustainability 03 May 2007 unwetter discursive picnics Berlin UNWETTER is an international group of artists curators theoreticians and activists Like Unwetter German for stormy and turbulent weather radical global transformations reshuffle conventional knowledge systems and hierarchies opening new spaces to be explored UNWETTER s basic format is the Discursive Picnic that connects different contexts in an ongoing process of reciprocal exchange Website is also a great resource for further reading and links Nis 0 comments Art Activism Public Projects Sustainability 29 Apr 2007 Artist Pension Trust Various Artist Pension Trust APT is the first barter based investment program dedicated and tailored to the needs of emerging and mid career artists a group whose career trajectories and employment patterns make existing long term investment programs inaccessible APT helps artists with innovative financial planning solutions that are achievable through investment of their artwork AmyF 0 comments Sustainability 28 Apr 2007 Sproutbau A summer live in experiment Call for Participants Bremen Germany An empty multistory building at the edge of Bremen Germany We are looking for temporary inhabitants to explore individual living utopias The ideas should preferably be in the field of self sufficient sustainable living Each participant will receive enough space to bring alive his her idea This can be anything from an architectural element to a design object from recycled material as well as a theater performance Sproutbau is simply a place to experiment Since the building is going to be demolished there are very little limits for procjet ideas AmyF 0 comments Architecture Calls Sustainability 17 Apr 2007 publik projects Copenhagen Denmark Two projects are unfolding simultaneously in Copenhagen city spaces organized by publik that produces temporary art in public spaces How Do you belong is a series of public art project focusing on different aspects and meanings of belonging First project to open was Hartmut Stockters Ponganer for a day Where you can rid yourself of the prejudices that go with your current national identity The nature and culture of Ponga is richly described in drawings and objects Read more Surface Tension Copenhagen invites Danish and international artists to take a look at Copenhagen s infrastructure and backsides One project is a Public Air Quality Indicator installed on Copenhagen City Hall With Yvette Brackman Octávio Camargo Ken Ehrlich Robin Wilson Nigel Green Brandon LaBelle RACA and Nis Rømer Read more Nis 0 comments Public Projects Sustainability 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 13 Apr 2007 Skyfarming US New York Dr Dickson Despommier a professor of environmental sciences and microbiology at Columbia University has developed the idea of vertical farm skyscrapers In his theory he speculates about 30 story towers producing fruit vegetables and grains while also generating clean energy and purifying wastewater Roughly 150 such buildings Despommier estimates could feed the entire city of New York for a year from New York Magazine Stijn 0 comments Architecture Magazines Sustainability Urban City Virtual Soil 12 Apr 2007 The Encyclopedia of the Earth Anywhere A new electronic reference about the Earth its natural environments and their interaction with society The Encyclopedia is a free fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars professionals educators and experts who collaborate and review each other s work The articles are written in non technical language and will be useful to students educators scholars professionals as well as to the general public AmyF 0 comments Free Sustainability Virtual Soil 08 Apr 2007 The Art World is Flat Globalism Crisis Opportunity US Chicago Green World Symposium April 26 28 2007 Chicago 3 days of artists and cultural producers addressing globalism Globalism is radically transforming our world creating new political instabilities economic interdependencies ecological stresses and cultural hybrids The negative results of globalism have been widely discussed the loss of cultural and ecological diversity the consolidation of economic and media power the rise of violent reactionary and fundamentalist movements AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Events Sustainability 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 Erik Zo A one day public library created by artists gardeners and friends of the Garden for the Environment Invited one and all to bring a selection from your private library to the garden for a one day only public library By sharing a selection of your favorite books we will temporarily create a collective dream library Please bring no more than ten books on the following themes Urban gardening art and nature food history art policy farming sustainability self reliance future of food social history of food gardens Books can be children s books non fiction how to guides scientific botanical illustrations recipe books zines and fiction Come prepared to read sip tea and share selections from your favorite books If you cannot make it we will create an online archive at Library Thing AmyF 0 comments DIY Homebrew Events Free Public Projects Social Practice Sustainability 04 Apr 2007 Livable City San Francisco A very active and organized San Francisco group who cretaed a 40 year plan The Path to a Livable City Thier mission is to promote policies which shift travel from automobiles to more appropriate means create a balanced transportation system and promote complementary land use AmyF 0 comments Sustainability Urban City 01 Apr 2007 Spring Alpha Anywhere spring alpha is a networked game system set in an industrialised council estate whose inhabitants are attempting to create their own autonomous society in contrast to that of the regime in which they live The game serves as a sketch pad for testing out alternative forms of social practice at both the narrative level in terms of the game story and at a code level as players are able to re write the code that runs the simulated world The basic aim of the game is to change the rules by which the society in that world runs This is done through hacking and altering the code that simulates that world creating new types of behaviour and social interaction How effective this becomes depends on the players ability to spread these new ideas into the society AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Social Practice Sustainability Virtual Soil 31 Mar 2007 Free Wheelin Farm US Santa Cruz Free Wheelin Farm is a northern California organic farm that delivers their produce via a bike with a trailor Check out their zero emission plow AmyF 0 comments Sustainability 21 Mar 2007 Carbon Labelling UK Carbon Trust is launching a carbon label to provide both a measure of a product s carbon footprint and to allow a business to demonstrate a commitment to manage and reduce the carbon emissions of its product as well as helping everyone in the UK start to make informed decisions about the products they buy Stijn 0 comments Sustainability 13 Mar 2007 Self organisation Counter economic Strategies The book is a compilation of texts and projects not only by superflex that actualize exemplify or discuss self organisation The counter economic strategies presented here are alternatives to classical capitalist economic organisation that exploit or have been produced by the existing global economic system Nis 0 comments Books Social Practice Sustainability 10 Mar 2007 San Francisco World s Fair of 2007 San Francisco Saturday April 21 through Sunday April 22 2007 Along the Third St Corridor CCA s Curatorial Practice presents The San Francisco World s Fair of 2007 asks What would today s world s fair look like if it didn t privilege a singular ideology and how would it define itself Using this idea as our conceptual framework the project begins to sort through the accumulated values and investigates multiple ways to proceed Our World s Fair creates a space in which to debate the nature of progress through the creative act AmyF 0 comments Events Public Projects Sustainability Urban City 07 Mar 2007 Superuse Anywhere As the greening business flourishes and people start replacing their non green products with green products what will happen to the flurry of pre green consumer waste Superuse has some ingenious examples of giving disposed products a second or other life AmyF 0 comments DIY Homebrew Sustainability Virtual Soil 07 Mar 2007 Earth First Action Reports Direct Action for People and Planet Anywhere The general principles behind Earth First are non hierarchical organisation and the use of direct action to confront stop and eventually reverse the forces that are responsible for the destruction of the Earth and its inhabitants EF is not a cohesive group or campaign but a

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