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    nor urbanisation but the countryside and the agrarian industry constitute the starting point Microtransformations of the land as seen by biologists geographers residents and farmers 0 comments Books 01 Jul 2005 The Science of Gardening Exploratorium s Garden Research San Francisco A wonderful online document of art and science of food Plants are expressive they are not deceptive Bob Cannard This site documents community garden projects immune system of kale compost tea 0 comments Education Sustainability Virtual Soil 30 Jun 2005 NYC OASIS New York City Open Accessible Space Information System US New York A community based undertaking local organizations design and test the first city wide web based open space mapping resource for NYC Community Garden locator 0 comments Public Projects Sustainability Virtual Soil 01 Jun 2005 Expensive Soil Farming in Space Stanford Torus The Stanford Torus was the principal design considered by the 1975 NASA Summer Study which was conducted in conjunction with Stanford University It consists of a torus one mile in diameter rotates once per minute to provide Earth normal gravity on the inside of the outer ring and which can house 10 000 people Illustration 0 comments Architecture Sustainability 01 Jun 2005 3 Penny Radio Toys that teach Science This site is beautiful and has wonderful photo documentation Solar Hot Dog Cooker or tofu burger Solar Battery and the 3 Penny Radio 0 comments Education 14 May 2005 Fresh Kills New York s New Parkland Lifescape US New York Former landfill turned park The FRESH KILLS SITE IS AMONG THE LARGEST AND MOST COMPLEX THAT HUMAN BEINGS HAVE EVER MADE 0 comments Public Projects Sustainability 11 May 2005 Gardening Silicon Valley Superfund Sites An exhibition and a tour San Francisco Gardending Superfund Sites is an art project that fosters discourse around the issues of nature

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    holders due to constraints of time and space Each party of 2 3 will be welcome for a 10 minute stay including a customized sandwich Coupons forthcoming Hours of Treehouse operation 7 8pm 9 11pm 12 1 05am UNCANNY The treehouse is part of a lively one night outdoor art party featuring interactive installation and performance art DJs live music and food under a full moon Uncanny is put on by students at UCDavis this year at an organic farm and vineyard with access to Putah Creek Davis California Thursday 31 May 2007 7pm to 1 05am AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Events Public Projects Social Practice 26 May 2007 Platform2 Art and Social Engagement U S Boston The Commons on The Common Friday June 1 2007 Meet in front of the State House on Boston Common at the 20 foot picnic blanket Food drink on hand but please bring something of your own to share A picnic on the Boston Common the Commons will be discussed in relation to the work of invited guests including Iain Kerr Paul Bartow Stan Pipkin spurse and David Bollier of onthecommons org Excerpts from Lewis Hyde s upcoming book on the commons will be read AmyF 0 comments Events 25 May 2007 N6 The Stone Road When the countryside becomes urban Belgium Firefly was set up in 1999 with the aim of integrating art into every part of daily life Its base is in Brussels and it moves nomadically around the city and its outskirts Its main concern is an emphatically social rooting Firefly is intended in its creative work to enter into communication and dialogue with the street To achieve this they work on a series of Creative Platforms in combination with selected sites that they discover analyse and artistically assimilate These sites are in most cases non places places that belong to everyone and no one places with scars places where the collective subconscious is very much alive N6 The Stone Road is build up around the dream to make an inventory of all Belgian trunk roads to interpret Belgium through its trunk roads as a single huge city The study of the Chaussée de Mons is a first step towards realising this dream an almost random line running almost north south from the centre of the country Stijn 0 comments Art Activism Artists Organizations 23 May 2007 City Mine d Brussels Belgium City Mine d is a production house for urban intervention for and by the city The organisational structure is flexible network oriented rhizomatic and its activities are temporary See the many projects they have initiated and organized AmyF 0 comments Organizations Urban City 22 May 2007 Radical Education Slovenia RAD EDU is a multiuser weblog system designed to facilitate the communication collaboration and exchange between participants A good collections of texts articles and interviews In conjunction Exhibition workshops discussions in Moderna galerija Ljubljana 2008 Concept developed by Bojana Pi kur Marjetica Potr Adviser Marta Gregor i AmyF 0

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    new information and biotechnologies on women s bodies lives and work 0 comments Artists Exhibitions Virtual Soil 03 May 2005 HANS ULRICH OBRIST s Do Its Instructional procedures San Francisco Do It stems from an open exhibition model and exhibition in progress Individual instructions can open empty spaces for occupation and invoke possibilities for the interpretations and rephrasing of artworks in a totally free manner do it effects interpretations based on location and calls for a dovetailing of local structures with the artworks themselves The diverse cities in which do it takes place actively construct the artwork context and endow it with their individual marks or distinctions target blank Interview with Hans Urlrich Obrist 0 comments Artists Exhibitions 03 May 2005 Ecologies Mark Dion Peter Fend Dan Peterman San Francisco In 2000 The Smart Museum commissioned new projects from artists Mark Dion Peter Fend and Dan Peterman each focusing on interrelationships between particular organisms human beings and a specific group of sites a museum building a river landscape and a university campus The results evoke the varied scales from the microscopic to the global at which human actions affect the environment 0 comments Books Exhibitions 03 May 2005 Discussions in Contemporary Culture 5 Democracy San Francisco Brian Wallis Dia Art Foundation A timely publication which challenges accepted notions about the relationships between art culture politics and the public Art in America Fall Book Selection Establishes a provocative dialogue and demonstrates how activist groups use an expanded concept of art to effect social change 0 comments Books 03 May 2005 City Play A wonderful look at DIY urban play San Francisco A great book i just picked up It was an exhibition in New York in 1990 Written by Amanda Dargan and Steven Zeitlin with photos by Martha Cooper and others

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    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

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    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

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    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 26 Apr 2007 the encyclopaedia of informal education Anywhere infed is an open independent and not for profit site put together by a small group of educators with the aim to provide a space for people to explore A Z theory and practice of informal education and lifelong learning They encourage educators to develop ways of working and being that foster association conversation and relationship AmyF 0 comments Education Social Practice Virtual Soil 24 Apr 2007 fucking good art Rotterdam In selfless service to their community Robert Hamelijnck Nienke Terpsma have been reporting from a variety of local art sceenes and publishing the fanzine FGA Out just now is FGA 16 from Copenhagen and it should be found on their website soon All back issues can be seen and offers a reflexive entertaining and critical view on local art worlds Nis 0 comments Magazines 23 Apr 2007 Roni Horn Library of Water Iceland Artangel s first international commission transforms a 1950s library in the town of Stykkishólmur on the south west coast of Iceland Incorporating columns of glacial waters weather reports and rubber words into a building overlooking the ocean US artist and Iceland resident Roni Horn s long term project is as a kind of lighthouse which illuminates magnifies and reflects Joni T 0 comments Artists Exhibitions 21 Apr 2007 Shrinking Cities Berlin Shrinking Cities a three year initiative project of Germany s

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    in Education Culture Berlin May 24 to 28 The debates around education are shifting The crisis in education offers potential modes of critical engagement drawing on activist practices and processes of participation which circulate in the wider culture it allows us to claim the power to shape and define the terms of the debate SUMMIT is a proposal to change the terms of the debate away from a purely bureaucratic engagement with quantitative and administrative demands and from the ongoing tendency to privatize knowledge as so called intellectual property Joni T 0 comments Art Activism Education Events 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 15 Apr 2007 BibliOdyssey Anywhere A great collection of Books Illustrations Science History Visual Materia Obscura and Eclectic Bookart This is some serious eye candy Perfect for the starting of the week Stijn 0 comments Blogs Virtual Soil 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 11 Apr 2007 Love Difference Artistic Movement for an InterMediterranean Politic Italy Love Difference is a network of institutions organisations and individual people who are committed to providing society with a new model of cultural integration through art and creativity It was established in Biella in Spring

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    it would be challenging development if an artist would be invited to curate Documenta Based on Höller s idea and formed by the thoughts expressed during the discussion in Sweden grew The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By an Artist AmyF 0 comments Artists Virtual Soil 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 Five Short Texts on the Possibility of Creating an Economy of Equivalence Berlin Liam Gillick presents five thirty minute lectures followed by drinks in the bar at unitednationsplaza May 7 May 11 2007 All sessions will start at 7 30 PM The outline of a possible text Five parts will be tested and developed quickly Day 1 The day before closure of an experimental factory Day 2 Redundancy following the lure of infinite flexibility Day 3 Reoccupation recuperation and aimless renovation Day 4 Reconfiguring the recent past Day 5 Relations of equivalence three potential endings The text looks again at the dynamic that exists within a group when one set of people thinks that there will have to be change and things won t be able to continue this way and the other believes that change will only occur as a result of direct action AmyF 0 comments Events Social Practice 04 Apr 2007 ART SINCE 1960 ACCORDING TO THE INTERNET US New York Hanne Mugaas and Cory Arcangel are concerned with the Internet and its possibilities for archiving and distributing information Art history uploaded to the Internet is certainly an alternative one Based on user generated content the Internet has become a unique channel of distribution where the responsibility of interpretation lies in the hands of the receiver and his her ability to sort out and analyze the given information For this event Mugaas and Arcangel will sort and collect images video and audio from the Internet in order to discern where art and art history on the web is

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