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    org 30 Mar 2005 Ecovention Current art to transform ecologies This is an amazing ressource and book there is an online version free to read Coined in 1999 the term ecovention ecology invention describes an artist initiated project that employs an inventive strategy to physically transform a local ecology Nis 0 comments Books Free Sustainability Add a Comment Your Name Email Website Top Features Can Masdeu Shifting Soils See slide

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    and survival in urban ecosystems When it comes to research Mark Dion Alexis Rockmans book is a must read about life and death in the city Edited by Mark Dion Alexis Rockman 1996 Juno Books Nis 0 comments Books Add a Comment Your Name Email Website Top Features Heavy Metal The landscape of East Germany is scarred from the change in ideologies following the end of the Cold War In the aftermath of the ligni 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

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    www ourdrops org www allcreams org 30 Mar 2005 Fragile ecologies Contemporary Artists Interpretations and Solutions Is an example of a book with bits and pieces that are really interesting but as a book not quite there this is where I saw Alan Sonfist for the first time and Agnes Denes Wheatfield battery park BY Barbara C Matilsky Publisher Rizzoli Nis 0 comments Books 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 FRUIT wrappers a website and a traveling installation as part of an initiative

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    A Survey of London s Adventure Playgrounds London UK An Archtecture of Play A Survey of London s Adventure Playgrounds A nice account of Londons playgrounds homebuilt and painted an amazing and inspiering of homebuild and independant structures Nis 0 comments Books Add a Comment Your Name Email Website Top Features 2 Warning Art Here are the ten art projects that deal with the subject of Climate Change including us Joni T 0 comments Projects nolvadex 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 room of

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    important is that it also tries to frame and contextualize European examples of dialogical and socially engaged art which is not so much the case with for instance Miwon Kwon and Lacys Mapping the terrain who mainly have an American outlook This could be expanded upon to include other parts of the world The Author Grant H Kester claimes that the most interesting and innovative art is made outside the museum and conventional galleries in dialogical community practices and on this i tend to agreee How to establish a critical framework for these practices which include Wochenclausur and Stephen Willats superflex and others is also a concern and the discussions are well informed and precise This is my current reading and I will be back with a full review Nis 0 comments Books Add a Comment Your Name Email Website Top Features One Day Library Tea Readings too by Corinne Matesich Browsing the contents of a new acquaintance s bookshelves is a common impulse I do it all the time sizing pe Corinne 0 comments Projects nolvadex 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 room

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    Calling for contributions Anywhere decentre is a book about artist run culture that hopes to describe the breadth and quality of artist initiated programs projects and events the issues we face in this milieu and how effectively we deal with them that aims to both celebrate artist run culture and demonstrate the vital role artist initiated activity plays in the larger cultural scene They are asking for contributions Joni T 0 comments Books Calls 10 Sep 2007 Building the Green Economy Success Stories from the Grassroots San Francisco The book tells the inspiring stories of individual citizens families and community groups that achieved unlikely victories in the fight to bring environmental sustainability and economic fairness to such vital areas as water management food toxics urban renewal clean energy and local politics For example the book tells the story of LaDonna Redmond a Chicago mother who when confronted by her son s extreme food allergies decided to create a system of urban farms in her neighborhood We write about the residents of Norco Louisiana who fought a years long battle to force Shell Oil to address the consequences of decades of toxic exposure AmyF 0 comments Books Sustainability 06 Sep 2007 Spacial Justice US Los Angeles Spacial Justice is a new journal published by the UCLA Department of Urban Planning This volume proceeds from the notion that justice is and should be a principal goal of urban planning in all its institutional and grassroots forms Yet why speak of spatial justice instead of social justice What do critical spatial thinking and practices contribute to the pursuit of justice AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Books Urban City 28 Aug 2007 The Journal of Aesthetics Protest 5 Anywhere Issue 5 of the Journal of Aesthetics Protest now available On Speech and talking Yes Men Art Workers Coalition revisited Jason Del Gandio Mariana Botey Matt Dunnerstick Jessica Cannon Ashley Hunt and many many more AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Books 10 Aug 2007 Bibliomulas Venezuela The University of Momboy in Venezuela has started a project using mules to spread the advantages of reading to remote villages The mobile libraries take books into isolated communities and have helped encourage people to read James Ingham shows in his BBC article the great success of this community based initiative via Book Patrol Stijn 0 comments Books Education Public Projects 11 Jul 2007 Performance Anthology Source Book of California Performance Art US San Francisco An almost online version of Performance Anthology Source Book of California Performance Art by Carl E Loeffler Darlene Tong The San Francisco Bay Area was home to many early performance artists and this publication documents many works and situates their work within the social and political climate of the times 1970 through 1988 AmyF 0 comments Books 29 Jun 2007 Metrozones Various This is a real resource for people interested in alternative city development and research Editors and authors Jochen Becker and Stephan Lanz and others have made publicly available major parts of their writing on Cities like Istanbul Teheran Farvelas in Rio and more Among the books are City og COOP and Space Troubles The books continue a strong German tradition for alternative but thoroughly researched urban investigations Nis 0 comments Articles Books Free Urban City 18 May 2007 Paths Of Desire U S Katie Holten s new book It includes texts by JG Ballard Lia Gangitano AM Homes Elizabeth Kolbert James Howard Kunstler Rebecca Solnit Fritz Haeg and others Interested in our fragile ecology from an international perspective while also considering local concerns Holten s work is a relative aesthetic proposition for community friendly solutions She renders nature essential and in the process asks individuals and communities to ponder their natural environment and to consider human fragility in an uncertain future Holten collaborates with communities around the globe to raise awareness of environmental issues through a visual consideration of nature Her exhibitions heighten a sense of urgency and action through beautifully rendered work that expresses the fragile ecology of local environments Stijn 0 comments Artists Books 30 Mar 2007 Dictionary A world of words and their meanings at your fingertips Anywhere DICTIONARY is a collective effort to define words language notions terms concepts ideas meanings expressions sayings in other words means of communication DICTIONARY has the format of a semi anarchistic dictionary in which a group of participants have chosen the world of words and their meanings summed up in the final and first edition of DICTIONARY AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Books 28 Mar 2007 Temporary Services Group Work US New York Printed Matter presents the exhibition Group Work together with the launch of a publication by the same name by the Chicago based artists collective Temporary Services Temporary Services presents their Aesthetic Analysis of Human Groupings an installation consisting of words and symbols for human groupings as well as hundreds of photos of social groupings appropriated from books and magazines displayed throughout the exhibition space In conjunction with the exhibition Group Work the latest book in Printed Matter s Emerging Artist Publication Series will be launched Based on a pamphlet published by Temporary Services in 2002 titled Group Work A Compilation of Quotes About Collaboration from a Variety of Sources and Practices this publication provides a multitude of perspectives on the theme of Group Work by practitioners of artistic group practice from 1960s to the present AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Books Exhibitions Social Practice 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 11 Mar 2007 12th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair San Francisco Over a decade ago Bound Together Bookstore a collectively run anarchist bookstore located on San Francisco s Haight Street presented the first Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair on March 30 1996 Today the event takes place in the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park near Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way where the event is still held annually Admission is free AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Books Events 24 Feb 2007 State of the World 2007 Our Urban Future Anywhere Presented by Worldwatch State of the World 2007 Our Urban Future explores the myriad ways urbanization is affecting our lives and the global environment with a special focus on the ideas that can make our cities environmentally sustainable and healthier places to live AmyF 0 comments Books Sustainability Urban City 28 Jan 2007 Inventing Kindergarten US Los Angeles An exhibition and book Inventing Kindergarten at Art Center College of Design kindergarten was based around a system of abstract exercises that aimed to instill in young children an understanding of the mathematically generated logic underlying the ebb and flow of creation This revolutionary system was developed by the German scientist Friedrich Froebel whose vision of childhood education changed the course of our culture laying the grounds for modernist art architecture and design AmyF 0 comments Books Education Exhibitions Social Practice 24 Dec 2006 Overlook Exploring the internal fringes of America US Los Angeles Written by the Center for Land Use Interpretation this book reflects on how the nation s lands have been parceled out put to use and understood Seeking out the unusual and the exemplary the CLUI serves as a kind of curator of the American landscape a tour guide through ghost towns and show caves past soap and shoelace factories to open pit mines casinos landfills and art installations to the dry lakes where atomic bombs were tested and the ersatz villages where rescue workers train for toxic spills and other disasters Sites like these rarely appear on street maps but the Center believes that they are windows into the American psyche landmarks that manifest the rich ambiguities of the nation s cultural history Stijn 0 comments Books 20 Dec 2006 Participation Edited by Claire Bishop Anywhere A wonderful collection of writings that provide a range of theoretical framework for relational art from 1960 s to present with essays by Umberto Eco Bertolt Brecht Roland Barthes Peter Bürger Jen Luc Nancy Edoaurd Glissant and Félix Guattari as well as the first translation into English of Jacques Rancière s influential Problems and Transformations in Critical Art The book also includes central writings by such artists as Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica Joseph Beuys Augusto Boal Felix Gonzalez Torres Thomas Hirschhorn and Rirkrit Tiravanija And it features recent critical and curatorial debates with discussions by Lars Bang Larsen Nicolas Bourriaud Hal Foster and Hans Ulrich Obrist AmyF 0 comments Books Social Practice 17 Dec 2006 Race Against Death Mumia Abu Jamal a Black Revolutionary in White America Germany German author Michael Schiffmann has released an expansion of his PhD dissertation at the University of Heidelberg in Germany this past month Noam Chomsky a long time supporter of Abu Jamal writes that Schiffmann s careful and scrupulous inquiry into the events and the available evidence brings to light much that is new or was obscured and raises understanding of this painful and critically important case to a new level He is currently looking for a US publisher Joni T 0 comments Books 14 Dec 2006 Katie Holten s GRAN BAZAAR Anywhere A new book published by Printed Matter GRAN BAZAAR by Katie Holten This is the culmination of a residency in Mexico city where Katie fueled a spontaneous factory in her hotel room mainly utilizing the detritus from daily transactions Newspapers take out packaging toilet paper tubes and other leftovers were turned into handmade goods such as pet toys The book also contains texts by Néstor García Canclini anthropologist Mexico City J Frederick Janka curator Mexico City and Sally O Reilly writer London Canclini writes about the influence of the urban informal in international mega cities and Janka outlines the organic evolution of the project Sally O Reilly interviews Holten on techniques concerning art trade and object dilemmas AmyF 0 comments Books Sustainability 12 Dec 2006 Turn up the Heat Greenwash Exposed UK George Monbiot has a weekly column in the Guardian a great blog and wrote several books so far Linked to his latest book Heat How to Stop the Planet Burning he launched a new website that creates a space for additional and up to date information Both the book and the site strive to expose corporations and politicians false statements and claims about global warming Monbiot wages war against their mean techniques trying to make us believe their are taking action and we shouldn t Stijn 0 comments Articles Books Sustainability 07 Dec 2006 Come Alive The Spirited Art Of Sister Corita A great research and investigation into the graphics and art of Sister Corita done by Julie Ault former member of Group Material and still very active The graphics range from the religious to antiwar posters One image from the book show a very active silkscreen workshop with nuns printing ahead perfectly dressed and not a stain on their fingers that too is impressive Here are some online examples of her work Nis 0 comments Books 07 Dec 2006 GOING PUBLIC 06 ATLANTE MEDITERRANEO Italy The book gathers the results of 18 months of public art and territorial projects site specific artistic interventions and the research from the partners and contributors from six mediterranean cities Istanbul Beirut Nicosia Tel Aviv Alexandria Barcelona aMAZE Lab is a non profit cultural lab which works for the diffusion and knowledge of contemporary culture Going Public is now in it s fifth year Joni T 0 comments Books 28 Nov 2006 LAND ART A Cultural Ecology Handbook Publication date 11 December 2006 London UK Land Art A Cultural Ecology Handbook will present a compendium of texts dialogues and collaborations by and among ecologists economists cultural theorists activists and art writers that extend from the notions of land cultural production and the emergencies of 21st century AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Books Sustainability 17 Oct 2006 Malcolm Wells Underground Buildings US Cape Cod Over 40 years Malcom has been promoting sustainable living and can be considered the father of modern earth sheltered architecture He has writen several articles and books published by himself about underground structures gentle building and passive solar energy Stijn 0 comments Architecture Articles Books Sustainability 12 Oct 2006 BookCrossing Making the whole world a library Global Bookcrossing is a simple way to share books with the world It is the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others who then do likewise Stijn 0 comments Books Public Projects 08 Oct 2006 Latitudes Barcelona Latitudes is an independent curatorial practice that works with artists institutions and organisations to facilitate and produce temporary and sustained projects such as exhibitions commissions publications research and events Current Publication LAND ART A Cultural Ecology Handbook launching December 2006 about land cultural production and the emergencies of our time AmyF 0 comments Art Activism Books Organizations Sustainability 05 Oct 2006 The Destruction of Memory Architecture at War By Robert Bevan Bevan combs through world history to highlight a range of wars and conflicts in which the destruction of architecture was pivotal From Cortez s razing of Aztec cities to the carpet bombings of Dresden and Tokyo in World War II to the war in the former Yugoslavia The Destruction of Memory exposes the cultural war that rages behind architectural annihilation revealing that in this subliminal assault lies the complex aim of exterminating a people Joni T 0 comments Books 01 Sep 2006 Did Someone Say Participate An Atlas of Spacial Practice Anywhere Editors Markus Miessen Shumon Basar and MIT Press present a report from the front lines of cultural activism that looks at spatial practitioners who actively trespass into neighboring or alien fields of knowledge AmyF 0 comments Books 23 Aug 2006 City of Collision Jerusalem and the Principles of Conflict Urbanism Anywhere Edited by Phlilipp Misselwitz and Tim Rieniets Jerusalem has become a prototype in the age of new urban violence City of Collision looks at the city of Jerusalem as an example and possible laboratory as a site of conflict It explores amongst others topics territorial mapping the so called security fence urban enclaves exclaves the approach to monuments and no man s land Writers include Sharon Rotbard Salim Tamari Eyal Weizman and Oren Yftachel This book also features specially commissioned photographs by Bas Princen and Polly Braden and is illustrated with over forty new detailed thematic maps Joni T 0 comments Books 13 Aug 2006 Worldchanging A User s Guide for the 21st Century Book by the WorldChanging authors Official publication date is only November 1 2006 but nevertheless worth being announced Covering eight chapters You Stuff Shelter Cities Communities Business Politics Planet it promises to cover a lot of new information never before presented on the site Stijn 0 comments Articles Books Sustainability 31 Jul 2006 Avant Guardians Textlets in Art and Ecology US New York Linda Weintraub has initiated an interdisciplinary college text book series in which the core principles of eco art are identified and its practice is promoted Avant Guardians explores art allied to ecology s engagement with the perpetually shifting infinitely layered montage of living entities The first two textlets in the series are entitled Cycle Logical Art and Eco Centric Topics Subsequent volumes will extend the consideration of ecology and art to aesthetics art mediums tools and the creative process itself Stijn 0 comments Books Sustainability 31 Jul 2006 A History of World Agriculture From the Neolithic Age to the Current Crisis Global Marcel Mazoyer and Laurence Roudart suggest that we need to look back at the past since the birth of agriculture to fully apprehend the disastrous evolution of our farming techniques today Out of all the different cultivation techniques throughout history only twentieth centuries developments created an inbalance on our planet Besides the description of the various agricultural developements the authors offer us an alternative worldwide economic policy Stijn 0 comments Books Sustainability 05 May 2006 Gone Tomorrow The Hidden Life of Garbage Heather Rogers takes a look at society seen through the recent history of garbage She investigates controversial topics like the politics of recycling and the export of trash to poor countries while offering a potent argument for change see also Garbology thanks to Emily Forman for pointing to this Nis 0 comments Books Sustainability Urban City 08 Mar 2006 Down the Garden Path The Artist s Garden After Modernism US New York This show has been mentionned before on Free Soil but the catalogue is a remarkable book in its own right There is little published on contemporary artists gardens or gardening in an art context The book has new commissionned projects and documentation of recent gardens by Joseph Kosuth and hard to find material on for example Matta Clarks floating gardens and Fischli Weiss garden for Münster Also you ll find essays and interviews with among others Alan Sonfist The book continues a legacy from the Queens Museum of Art who previously published Fragile Ecologies Nis 0 comments Books Sustainability 23 Feb 2006 Anniversary of the Political Lie An Appeal for a worldwide reading Global The Peter Weiss Foundation for Art and Politics has declared the 20th of March the third anniversary of the outbreak of the war in Iraq as an anniversary of the political lie The Foundation organizes the annual Literatur Festival Berlin and did send out an appeal for a worldwide reading of Eliot Weinberger s What I Heard about Iraq to heighten awareness about political communication Readings will be held Athens Basel Berlin Brussels Calcutta Durban Everett Frankfurt Los Angeles Magdeburg Melbourne New York Prague San Francisco Zürich and other cities Stijn 0 comments Art Activism Books Events Organizations 05 Feb 2006 Living the Good Life Adventures in sustainability Australia

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    low cost housing A partner exhibition displayed designs sent in from university students in Mexico Switzerland and Sweden Resembling a DIY camping site the results included a hut made from beer coasters many takes on tarpaulin and the 100 Euro house The Ideas of homelessness was partnered with the more positive image of the Urban Nomad The Instant Housing projects by Winfried Baumann could be wheeled folded inflated and hung and included mod cons such as an Airport receiver and bookshelf The Evian bottle Iglu by Alexander Clos came with the coupon for the 100 bottles necessary for building it and placing it back into the economic cycle and A96 Architects showed off their Folding Box House The Nohotel by Tobias Lehmannn and Floris Schiferli offered temporary accommodation by transforming vacant buildings into comfortable hotel rooms But as every design aficionado knows what s an Urban Nomad without a good set of wheels New methods of transport included the The Smartboard by Airprop a mix of scooter and skateboard and Gewerk s redesign for Berlin s popular pedal powered Velotaxis Another bike accessory was the aptly named Holland Relief by Luftheke Ypenburg a bike stand that is vandalism proof and comes with a built in pump Urban furniture included The Berlinbank designed by Thomas Schneider which is a public bench made from skeletal wooden arms that can be moved around for new viewpoints and the Imbissbude Berlin s romatic take on the take away trolley presented by plattformnachwuchsarchitekten Tours included an excursion to the Garden City Atlantis a modernist housing and cultural complex built in the Twenties in keeping with the ideas of Ebenezer Howard s Garden Cities Recently renovated by the Berlin architects BF Studio sadly without the former Grand Cinema and lighting Atlantis is an ongoing attempt at

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    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 Add a Comment Your Name

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