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    freedom Users are entraped in a high resolution panoptic prison without walls accessible from anywhere in the world Liberate your newbie friends with a Web2 0 suicide This machine lets you delete all your energy sucking social networking profiles kill your fake virtual friends and completely do away with your Web2 0 alterego Suicide Machine currently runs with Facebook Myspace Twitter and LinkedIn Stijn 0 comments Virtual Soil 11 Jan 2010 Open Fields April 28 30 Sydney Australia This inaugural camp invites germinal spectral peripheral and hypothetical ideas to be presented in a range of Show Tell formats including Installation Paper Performance Recital Round table and Screening Welcoming research finds works in progress poetry readings film screenings slideshows conceptual cooking travel reflections labyrinthine introspections artworks and all other profundities to be offered up for engagement Specifically intended to facilitate outer realisations of the inner excitations of artists researchers academics and practitioners in the spirit of exposure stimulation and cross pollination Joni T 0 comments Art Activism Calls Events 11 Jan 2010 Slowflow 2010 New Zealand Slowflow 2010 is the second in a series of trips down the Whanganui River Aotearoa New Zealand and takes place between Jan 21st and Jan 31st 2010 Slowflow invites artists technologists and environmentalists on a 10 day journey down the Whanganui River by double hulled 22 person waka haurua canoe and bicycle creating a setting for a flow of conversations Te Ia K rero Part self propelled residency part un conference part expedition Slowflow provides an opportunity for discussing and reflecting on culture technology and the environment Joni T 0 comments Calls 02 Jan 2010 ART WORK A National Conversation about Art Labor and Economics Various Art Work is a newspaper and accompanying website organized by Temporary Services It consists of writings and images from artists activists writers critics and others on the topic of working within depressed economies and how that impacts artistic process compensation and artistic property AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Free 11 Dec 2009 The Cop 15 song By Das Beckwerk Copenhagen Denmark Song for COP 15 by artist and author www dasbeckwerk com Nis 0 comments Art Activism Symposium Conference 30 Nov 2009 Open Engagement Making Things Making Things Better Making Things Worse Portland Oregon Call for Submissions Deadline January 15 2010 You are invited to contribute to Open Engagement by submitting your projects performances tours presentations or panel ideas Other formats are also welcomed You are encouraged to think of ways to connect peers and colleagues at this conference connect and engage a greater community and work across disciplines For more info Openly Engage AmyF 0 comments Calls Events 18 Nov 2009 POST OIL CITIES Imagining cities beyond oil Various Post Oil Cities is a project created and directed by Lluís Sabadell Artiga within Híbrids 2 0 which investigates the relationship between human beings and their surroundings from an ecological point of view In addition to POST OIL CITIES Híbrids 2 0 has open lines of research on Art

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    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

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    Jul 2006 Free Soil bus Tour at ISEA US San José free soil will make a bus tour of the Silicon valley focussing on the recent history and environmental impact of the High Tech Industry ZeroOne ISEA August 7 13 2006 Nis 0 comments Art Activism Education Public Projects Sustainability Top Features Life Support Systems Soil is the vital system which supports growth of plants which supply food and oxygen

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    project that wasn t all about groups of people and so that however much the walking club changed that there would be certain more concrete aspects such as the book and the audio guide I liked the idea that one of the remnants of the project would be that people would be wandering around with headphones rather than something more tangible and permanent I wanted it to sound like a traditional audio guide because some of the information was so incongruous so that you would be surprised by things like the place where some children found a dead dog However the thing that I had to bear in mind was that if people with no knowledge of art were going to actually use it in a practical sense it had to be usable too The actor has recorded audio guides for places like Hever Castle in Sussex so I wanted this odd combination of a very professional voice pointing out these odd pretty crap points of interest which had been provided by people who were involved with the project so in a sense it was still created by them Re the guidebook that you produced from this process how much is borrowed from the original guidebook that the project was based on Is this how it begins to tie into your earlier projects The cover is the main aspect which is borrowed I re designed the original replacing the girl on a beach with a woman with binoculars The original was beautifully if not entirely professionally designed and was an odd mixture of business advertising and useful contacts and made Canvey sound like a wonderful seaside destination it s difficult to tell how true this was Yes I suppose that does tie it in more my book is pretty useless unless you are particularly interested in finding out where particular people remember very particular things and so it s an antidote to the kind of false claims that you see in local council publications about places Katie Hepworth is an architect artist and curator With the aim of exposing the latent conditions in the urban environment her work consists of subtle interventions that disrupt everyday behaviours She is currently completing her Masters in International Studies at UTS looking at how citizenship and belonging affect access and exclusion from urban space Joni T 0 comments Articles Artists 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 02 Oct 2007 Social mental environmental Berlin A seminar and exhibition organized by Ulrike Solbrig Åsa Sonjasdotter and Nis Rømer in Sparwasser Berlin August 2007 Text by Nis Rømer Guattari s book the three ecologies was published in 1989 but not translated into English until 2000 In it Guattari argues that the definition of ecology needs to be expanded to encompass social relations human subjectivity and environmental issues Addressing this point of view we titled the seminar accordingly We invited practitioners who work with an awareness of how the shaping of livelihoods reflects political economical and cultural power structures as well as those working with modes of self empowerment and sustainability It seemed to us that much of the debate on climate change misses out on anything other than the technological fix to the current environmental crises It has therefore become more important to connect contemporary artists who work with other dimension of the environment and to contribute to the creation of discourse around this The question of How can we cultivate and experiment with other ways of living and organizing our selves was constant in organizing the seminar Here is a rundown of the presentations Laor Paphonsak and Nuntasakun Tepparit represented The Land Foundation from Thailand It was surprising to me that The Land was not just about star artists going and building a house and then leaving again sorry my prejudice Paphonsak and Tepparit spoke about the One Year Project which takes place as a school and proposes a whole way of living The school is divided into 4 parts The first three months is for meditation and includes not talking for the whole period Other parts of the One Year Project include learning how to live from the land and only the final part evolved around art making The approach is non dogmatic A question was raised about self sufficiency to the extent of denying themselves beer The answer was that they still needed to be on good terms with the neighbours and thus a beer together was necessary from time to time Sørfinnset Skole the Nordland by Søssa Jørgensen and Geir Tore Holm NO is inspired by The Land yet they couldn t be more different They are based in Scandinavia North of the polar circle which means summer without nights and winter without light Its there one finds their School Tore has Sami roots and together with Søssa explores this in the building and construction of the Nordland At the same time direct exchange is made between The Land in Thailand and the Nordland Recently a traditional Thai house was built and modified to the sometimes harsh Scandinavian climate The location also works as a type of community centre for the small village and its surrounding with café community radio and talks on a variety of topics around culture food and nature EcosXchange Siraj Izhar presented a project to introduce an alternative economy in Le Corbusier s Unité d Habitation in Rezé Nantes The building with its Iconic status and size around 1000 people live there provides a good context for testing alternative economies to improve the place in terms of both sociability and environmental impact Ingrid Book Carina Hedén presented an example of social housing in Angered in the municipality of Göteborg Sweden Angered is a community of 40 000 inhabitants with a 90 immigrant population and high rates of unemployment and crime Millions of have been spent to improve the situation but has resulted in little apparent improvement to public life in the area Their talk was formulated as a question and a series of images from the area How can artists work in meaningful ways in a context like this what would need to be done if anything They opened it up to the other participants for suggestions Amy Plant presented lifeisland org which is a support website for Manor Gardening Society Allotments in Hackney Wick London The allotment gardens are threatened by eviction because of the building of the Olympic City The presentation showed how artists can contribute to making campaigns highly successful in terms of media coverage and air time and also added reflection on what kind of city is created for whom and in which aesthetics It was obvious that the planning for the site by the Olympics planners had more to do with creating a kind of marketable identity resembling slick commercials rather than making a place where life is lived and people take part in the formation of their environment Workstation ideenwerkstatt Berlin e V was similar in some ways in terms of their cultural activism and interest in gardening Frauke Heel presented the Worksstation s practice of working On the one hand it was self reflective and open to what is work and how it is valued On the other it was directly activist such as the Rosa Rosa and other Intercultural gardens in Berlin See the documentation part of the website for images The question of What is a livelihood and how do artist connect to a local context was asked by the Sandarbh Artists Workshops represented by Sakshi Gupta and Chintan Upadhyay India They work mainly in semi rural areas The setup is that artists are thrown into a specific area and work ad hoc in a highly experimental manner as a response to the local situation and people they meet One example was a local museum with farming tools that represented local identity and farming habits but also worked actively as a kind of tool lending library From an entirely different angle Anna Barth talked about the Butho tradition a dance that connects to soil and to death and to what is traditionally thought of as ugly One Japanese Butho master owned a nightclub and in this setting removed from high art many things were tested and developed Another Butho master stressed the importance of learning to farm in order to know how to dance Butho The organisers presented their individual and group works Ulrike Solbrig explained and demonstrated the working method of UN Wetter taking the shape of discursive picnics shared events in the city where everyone is at the same time a host and a guest and research into for example the patenting of crops Åsa Sonjasdotter discussed her project Potato Perspective and distributed her A Z on how to breed potatos and the amazing biodiversity you can have in potatoes when finding other ways of breeding than what the marked allows for Nis Rømer and Andrea Creutz working together in Fieldwork presented their works in Swopshop and Free Soil with discussions on participatory research alternative economies and localized research The afternoons of the seminar were for urban explorations in Berlin We were guided by in many cases Ulrike Solbrig to see self organized community gardens children s farms and other places both some that have been around for years and more recently initiated project One of the projects that showed a lot of potential were the Intercultural Garden movement These are communal gardens that work for intercultural dialogue and exchange trough gardening together In only a few years there have sprung up between 60 80 gardens in Germany alone and the number is growing rapidly See reports from the excursions and the many places visited on the website under the menu Documents One overall and encouraging tendency was that so many artists and activists work with practices that are sustainable in more ways than one By way of example and lived experiences it was shown how art culture and activism is important for creating new ways of living defined not by a capitalist machine but by a lust for life The seminar was accompanied by an exhibition in Sparwasser also documented on the website www socialmentalenvironmental net Nis 0 comments Education 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 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 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 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

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    of ideas and learning we hope to show solutions to technical social and political problems and celebrate free reclaimed and creative art and technology We happily welcome entropy as a means to break artificial boundaries between disciplines and find unexpected ways of doing things that promote liberalization sharing and reclaiming of technologies that traditionnally belonged to the realm of corporations and well funded academic labs Call for proposals 0 comments Free Open Source Symposium Conference 24 Jan 2010 Nepotists opportunists freaks friends and strangers intersecting in the grey zone Belgium Hasselt February 6th till May 2nd Nepotists opportunists friends freaks and strangers intersecting in the grey zone is a project in which role defining blurring and shifting intersect within and outside art The mise en scène in Z33 becomes a mise en action which addresses the presence responsibility and potential actions of the artist visitor or audience In its form and structure the grey zone challenges traditional presentation venues The white or the black box becomes grey or coloured and is always changeable 0 comments Events Exhibitions 16 Jan 2010 Web 2 0 Suicide Machine Anywhere Tired of your Social Network Everyone should have the right to disconnect Seamless connectivity and rich social experience offered by web2 0 companies are the very antithesis of human freedom Users are entraped in a high resolution panoptic prison without walls accessible from anywhere in the world Liberate your newbie friends with a Web2 0 suicide This machine lets you delete all your energy sucking social networking profiles kill your fake virtual friends and completely do away with your Web2 0 alterego Suicide Machine currently runs with Facebook Myspace Twitter and LinkedIn 0 comments Virtual Soil 18 Nov 2009 POST OIL CITIES Imagining cities beyond oil Various Post Oil Cities is a project created and directed by Lluís Sabadell Artiga within Híbrids 2 0 which investigates the relationship between human beings and their surroundings from an ecological point of view In addition to POST OIL CITIES Híbrids 2 0 has open lines of research on Art and Ecology Perception and Landscape and Architecture and Environment The project uses the capacity of visionary creativity to think imagine and design our cities regions and areas beyond oil Post Oil generate a new imagination for the twenty first century that will be a reference in the present 0 comments Art Activism Exhibitions Symposium Conference 10 Nov 2009 THE PUBLIC SCHOOL Belgium Brussels THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is a school with no curriculum At the moment it operates as follows first classes are proposed by the public I want to learn this or I want to teach this then people have the opportunity to sign up for the classes I also want to learn that finally when enough people have expressed interest the school finds a teacher and offers the class to those who signed up THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is not accredited it does not give out degrees and it has no affiliation with the public school system It

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    and then through the many interactions I have out into the world My Food My Poop May 22nd Aug 16th Contemporary Museum Baltimore Maryland 0 comments Art Activism Food Sustainability 07 May 2009 The Arts Politic A stage for creative political thinking Anywhere A new quarterly print and online magazine dedicated to solving problems at the intersection of arts and politics The Arts Politic creates a conversation amongst leaders activists and idea makers along the pendulum of global civic responsibility 0 comments Art Activism Magazines 05 May 2009 Foodprint Den Haag In 2009 Stroom Den Haag begins the program Foodprint Food for the city The program takes place over the course of two years and focuses on the influence food can have on the culture shape and functioning of the city using The Hague as a case study With a series of activities Stroom aims to increase people s awareness of the value of food and to give new life to the way we view the relationship between food and the city The program invites artists and designers to develop appealing proposals on the subject while at the same time establishing a clear connection with entrepreneurs farmers food experts and the general public 0 comments Food Sustainability Urban City 21 Apr 2009 Platform 21 Amsterdam Platform21 is a platform for people curious about the future An old round chapel in Amsterdam is their public design laboratory where they organize exhibitions lectures and other events 0 comments Architecture Social Practice Sustainability 19 Apr 2009 The Institute for Applied Aesthetics US New York The wonderful and active Christopher Kennedy just helped to launch Artiscycle a project of the Institute for Applied Aesthetics exploring alternative models of art design and education that help form authentic communities The idea is to develop an appendix of best practices from collaborative artists and educators at the forefront of interdisciplinary practice and to incubate a re imagined community learning space that will house the Institute 0 comments Architecture Art Activism Education 03 Apr 2009 Allotment Plot Sweden A group of six Landscape Architect students from the Swedish University of Agriculture in Wanå are making small geometrical cultivation plots with an area of 120x120 cm the original allotment square size that will organically spread out The plots will be filled with different kinds of edible plants Our hope is that these plots with your help eventually also will spread in the rest of the world 0 comments Public Projects Sustainability Urban City 02 Apr 2009 Ecological Urbanism Alternative Sustainable Cities of the Future Cambridge MA April 3 5 2009 Harvard University The conference will bring together design practitioners and theorists economists engineers environmental scientists politicians and public health specialists with the goal of reaching a more robust understanding of ecological urbanism and what it might be in the future 0 comments Architecture Events Sustainability Urban City 01 Apr 2009 London Yields Urban Agriculture The Building Centre London UK April 9 May 30 2009 In 2007 Lord Cameron of

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    processing requires only limited external energy supply Rotor built a new office space based on the principle of re use For the construction they refer to the technique of an American organisation The Reuse People that salvages demolition yards and resells the released materials in second hand building materials shops Posted in conjunction with nowHere 0 comments Architecture Sustainability Urban City 18 Apr 2008 Normality Festival of the Regions Austria In 2009 the Austrian Festival of Regions will be oriented toward the southern edge of the city of Linz along the Traun River with a focus on the satellite town of Auwiesen and the residential complexes of solarCity an integrated solar village From Allende Square to Luna Square beyond the inner urban orientation toward concentration commercial use and entertainment and at a certain safe distance from the cultural spectacles propagated on all sides the Festival of Regions is interested in the factual or imagined state of normality in urban life and in seeking out its cultural expressions Posted in conjunction with nowHere 0 comments Calls Public Projects Social Practice Urban City 30 Mar 2008 Pages project Iran The Netherlands Pages was started in 2004 by artists Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi as an ongoing project examining the possibilities of interaction and reflection between various local discourses and conditions that may generate spaces of critique or instances of critical practices Pages project is published in Farsi English with a particular focus on the Iranian context nowHere 0 comments Magazines 28 Mar 2008 City Mine d Belgium City Mine d is a production house for urban interventions committed to the development of new forms of urban citizenship the re appropriation of public space roads airwaves stations estates parks squares virtual space and the creation of cutting edge public artwork The initially Belgian

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