In the, 30 days in the garden, following the idea that economic bonds are social bonds, I transformed a self-made garden in Berlin into social space. Together with people that responded to an open call, we practiced other forms of exchange than monetary and opened a critical dialogue towards food production, economy, sharing and sustainability.In 15 days on Mars, I experienced how the life of a person would be in complete self-sufficient environment (the Mars colony), cut off from everything familiar and working hard to cover your basic needs.
Temple of Holy Shit Usine u Trésor Noir is a public compost toilet and terra-preta sanitation system at Parckdesign 2014 in Brussels, whose purpose is to convert the bio-waste and bodily wasteproduced by the park and its visitors into a rich type of soil (terra-preta) for the gardens in and around the area.
One of the events we organized in the around Usine du Trésor Noir was SATURNALIA, a revival of an ancient Roman pagan feast dedicated to Saturn, the god of agriculture and toilets. Saturnalia was celebrated in ancient Rome with a public banquet, followed by gift-giving, continual partying, and a carnival atmosphere in a state of social egalitarianism. On the 5th of July 2014, during Ramadan (there is a big muslim population in the neighborhood), we started the ritual with a series of creative expression exercises lead by Sonia Saurer, where we became a bit more comfortable with getting to know each other by looking people at the eyes, and with touch. One of the most exciting moments was the spontaneous free styling rap session with OPEN Kitchen manager Ane San Miguel and the Belgian beat boxing champion Big Ben (Click more to see the video!). Then we transformed the stage to a football cafe; the football match Belgium vs Argentina was a historical moment, even if it left Belgians with a sad feeling. Tcharmela, a cultural youth association from the neighborhood presented Jammin Taxi, a percussionist workshop for youngsters, while vegan chef Sandra Guimaraes was cooking for the feast around the Farm-truck together with the guests and people from the neighborhood. At 22.00, just after we listened to the imam’s prayer through the radio, we shared a Ramadan dinner at Mohamed’s bistro. (more…)
A THOUSAND DOORS
MAY 4 – JUNE 30 2014
Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies
Exercises in Walking and Talking, 2014
Courtesy the artist and NEON
‘A THOUSAND DOORS’ was an initiative of NEON Foundation in cooperation with the Whitechapel Gallery and has been curated by Iwona Blazwick.
On May 3rd 2014, during the opening of the exhibition, I released the following Open Call. For the following four weeks, I engaged in ‘walking and talking’ on the theme of education every afternoon with visitors of the exhibition and the library, or people that work for the participating institutions and some of the participating artists, around the library’s gardens. The engagement of walking as a meditative act, one that will help us focus on our real time communication and also on our inner knowledge, was precisely the essence of the exercise, which was performed freely and was every time unique. To complete the exercise, we revisited our conversation, by recalling and synthesizing key points discussed in a typewritten transcription of the dialogue. Using carbon paper, the typewriter can produce two copies of the transcriptions; the original and its imprint. The original scripts of the conversation are with the participants; scattered among the homes of the ones that participated, becoming their personal, co-authored proof of the work of art, which exists solely in their memory and my memory. The duplicate copies of the transcriptions are gathered in a second work of art. The publication has entered the library’s collection indefinitely for people to find it there, among the over 120,000 books and rare bindings, archives, manuscripts, and works of art.
Installation view of ‘A Thousand Doors’ exhibition at The Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies in Athens, 2014
Courtesy NEON and Whitechapel Gallery. Photo credit: Nikos Markou
Temple of Holy Shit (Usine du Trésor Noir) at Parckdesign 2014
Temple of Holy Shit (Usine du Trésor Noir) is a public compost toilet and terra-preta sanitation system, whose purpose is to convert the biowaste and bodily waste produced by the park and its visitors into a rich type of soil (terra-preta) for the gardens in and around the area. The project has been selected for Parckdesign2014, which is a biennial dedicated to public space planning initiated by the Brussels Ministry for Environment, Energy and Urban Renovation (IBGE) and runs as a pilot project in the neighborhood for six months in 2014. Parckdesign2014 is taking place near Thurn&Taxi transforming urban wasteland into a temporary Farmpark creating an opportunity to test another method of city making. Parckdesign2014, adopted a more inclusive process for achieving the activation of wasted urban spaces than in other years, by involving local citizens in the making of the project through the facilitation of neighborhood meetings.
The original concept of the ‘Temple’ used metaphors from the milieu of religion to communicate the idea of the transformation of the secular miasma (body and bio-waste) into a holy substance (terra-preta soil) that has the ability to regenerate life. However, the local muslim community found the use of the religious element offensive and, after public voting, we renamed the project into Usine du Trésor Noir (Factory of the Black Gold). It was worthed to sacrifice the initial concept into something that the neighborhood can more easily understand, because after all, the value of this work lies in its ability to communicate the concept of terra-preta and compost and its potentiality to create more sustainable mindsets, while, at the same time, offering a social space for the neighborhood.
Temple of Holy Shit is a project by Collective Disaster.
“Homo oeconomicus is an entrepreneur, an entrepreneur of himself […] being for himself his own capital, being for himself his own producer, being for himself the source of [his] earnings”.
Foucault, The birth of Biopolitics.
“Valentina and Pieter invest in themselves” is a piece by Valentina Karga and Pieterjan Grandry in which they question the future of their own art practice. Inspired by Valentina’s mother who converted her life savings into gold, the dialog extends into the idea of self-investment and the act of transforming a golden coin into an art object, obeying in this way capitalism’s frantic mania to subsume everything, also aesthetics. With a relaxed and humorous attitude, the two artists give in to the exploitation which they put on display. The resulting coin is seen as an investment in the market value of the material as well as in its own artistic value.
presented at the Athens Biennial: AGORA
The realization of complete source depletion has led to an energetic hysteria, which, together with the economic crisis and the questioning of capitalism and neo-liberalism, has brought self-sufficiency into a broader discussion. The latter, a phenomenon that used to be connected to the rural world, today is finding its way in the city. The commons are cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society; nowadays, due to the internet, we have an interesting mixture of natural and digital commons while the new commons are considered to be communication, knowledge and cooperation. By combining self-sufficiency and the new commons, we may detect the beginning of a society that reuses old methods and institutions in new ways with the help of new tools and technology.
The Summer school for Applied Autonomy is a research initiative interested in capturing the complexity of the technical know-how but also the social, political and affective aspects involved in autonomous living. Its functioning is largely self-sufficient, tending towards environmental sustainability, and it is based on feedback loop circuits where its different outputs (from garbage to words) become inputs that re-feed the social and material body of the garden. Exploration of thematic fields such as self-sufficiency, open source knowledge, collaboration, self-reflection, urban development and exchange and gift economy is at the very base of the curriculum. The school welcomes everyone, but its capacity is small; it can support only two residents per rotation. Residents must engage for a stay of one or two weeks. After the end of each rotation and the beginning of the other, the two groups overlap for one day, so that the first group transfers their knowledge to the next one. The days are structured via tasks and lessons, while each person is free to propose his own topic of research.
The artist Valentina Karga shares her diaries from her adventures in search of self-sufficiency:
What does an urban garden in a European metropolis have to do with a Mars simulation base in the desert in the USA? The two stories recounted in this book unfold in antipodal places and contexts. They have, however, something in common.
Self-sufficiency is a field of various interests, from individuals or small communities wanting to be autonomous for economical, ecological or political motives to the military and its desire to conquer new extra-terrestrial territories.
With contributions from Joseph Redwood-Martinez and Sandra Teitge.
Published by Crap is good publications
This ever-whirling engine is a lecture-performance and workshop presented at Graduale 12.
“With an interest in self-sufficiency, DIY and biochemistry, Valentina Karga constructs low-tech “machines” that transform matter. Together with solar engineer Brian Edlefsen Lasch she will explain how to produce solar energy in a workshop. Together with the participants they will build a small mobile unit for urban applications and will create a step-by-step tutorial to contribute to open source knowledge. The second event questions the existence of of waste and how contemporary society deals with it’s own organic waste. Attendants will learn how to built a simple biogas digestor and will detect processes of recycling.”
A very big thank you to Pieterjan Grandry for the making of the installation, Brian Edlefsen Lasch for teaching the workshop as well as all the enthusiastic workshop participants.
All pictures by Sven Hagolani.
The project “Greenwasher, active sustainable chamber” is a research on a DIY contemporary lifestyle. The first part is a manual of “how to make yourself” a complete system to produce at home all goods for contemporary living, such as electricity, biogas, food and biodiesel while collecting heat from the sun and rainwater. The following characteristics make the system the perfect solution for global sustainability: low-budget for broad application, local production and reuse of materials and therefore less energy required in the process, biologic food production and green energy production. The second part is an application of the manual in a one person’s habitat. The aim is to minimize use of natural resources and co2 emissions during the building and living process. The idea for creating the manual began with the collection of systems aimed at an ecologically bearable conscious contemporary lifestyle. Next step was the restriction of the system to “do it yourself” version. For this reason we studied «how to» and «Do It yourself» youtube videos and websites that offer such expertise to ease of manufacture and low cost. Adaptations were made in the way of building the systems with emphasis on the implementation of used items. Changes or adjustments of the use of objects are possible. Finally, we combined all segments in a single system in a “nothing is wasted” concept. Special feature is the excessive economy. In other case would be characterized meanness. With neurotic patience, the user utilizes the water through a hierarchy system of value, until that evaporates. Moreover, by simple chemical processes, produces useful goods from useless garbage, while producing no waste, since he re-uses everything. One could describe the model as a concentrated version of the complexity of gathering the goods of modern life. As regard the aesthetic issue, we can talk about a new species of architecture that is free of the question about form; the appearance is simply what derives from the collection and assemblage of existing systems and elements. The project seems to be the perfect sustainable solution on building and living. However, the personal motivation, time and effort required, opens the discussion about changes that could be done in the society, political and economic system to make this lifestyle possible for everyone. (more…)
Real time and representation time
The initial intention of the research was the creation of an archive/ catalog about fire. Archives are evolvable and can possibly refresh themselves persistently. Thus, the archive´s concept can possibly be redefined.
This should have happened, in a manner of speaking, simultaneously with some representation of the same process, the one we call file-lodgment. The lodgment’s order is not the same with the chronic order that the files had emerged at the time of investigation. Besides, representation does not happen in autonomic real time, but invokes observer’s time. Thus, the distortion of the chronic relations facilitates some kind of “distortion” of the accuracy of the file lodgment procedure. In addition, this is not that important. What is important is the transmission of some, not-that-clear yet, sensation that fire and architecture are related to each other. Finally, the selection and lodgment of the “fire fragments” request to reveal some abstract relation to architecture.
Zoe Giabouldaki, Mike Gibisser, Joan Jonas, Valentina Karga,
Chrysanthi Koumianaki, Kosmas Nikolaou, Christodoulos Panayiotou,
Vasilis Papageorgiou, Eleni Phyla, Kostas Roussakis, Paky Vlassopoulou
Curated by: Galini Notti
30, 31 January & 1 February 2015
opening: Friday 30/1, 20.00
opening hours: Saturday 31/1 & Sunday 1/2, 18.00-23.00
Riviera open-air cinema
Valtetsiou 46, Exarcheia
The exhibition Fireworks out of season – Riviera is an unseasonal invitation. It arrives when the open-air movie theaters are not yet open or are long-closed, before or after the tourist season in the Côte d’Azur. It is an invitation to an inverted visit.
The exhibition looks at different views and aspects of the space beyond its usual use and function. It visits Riviera out of season, when it is closed, inaccessible and invisible. It aims to create an environment of contemplation through a poetic displacement, through a condition ‘out of time and place’ which shares the features of a dream during sleep.
When Riviera does not function as a cinema it leads a secret parallel life. It looks like a garden that grows by itself and a
fallow field; nature recovers its rhythm there while the enclosure separates it from its surroundings. Following Riviera’s
parallel life, the exhibition composes a parallel
Hooray! Art meets economy, blue economy! Collective Disaster has been awarded the second prize at the Blue Responsibility Award: Manufacturing for a Sustainable Terra Preta Sanitation System. Blue Responsibility is inspired by the ‘Blue Economy’ idea introduced by Gunter Pauli with the book ‘The Blue Economy: 10 years – 100 innovations – 100 million jobs’, which expresses the ultimate aim that a Blue Economy business model will shift society from scarcity to abundance “with what we have”, by tackling issues that cause environmental and related problems in new ways.
@ A. Antonopoulou Gallery, Athens
29.9 – 22.11.2014
curators : Alexandros Psychoulis , Kostis Velonis
theoritical support: Phoebe Giannisi
Participating artists: A Whales Architects, Arvanitis Nikos, Kamaris Stephanos, Karga Valentina, Kessanlis Nikos, Kotionis Zissis, Kotsoni Eleni, Ntelakos Apostolos, Pantazopoulou Ioanna, Sachini Nana, Sachpazis Costas, Sagri Georgia, Sepetzoglou Nikos, Touloudis Petros.
For the exhibition ‘A Thousand doors’ in Gennadius Library, Athens, May 3rd-May 31st, 2014
EN//Growing up in an ever-demanding online world, I feel more and more overwhelmed by the amount of information I am dealing with. I have the peculiar feeling that my body and brain have been co-opted and became the invisible cable where information streams are passing through. My very own biological cells; they are mine and yet they are not. I have no tangible evidence. Maybe you feel like this as well. I am struggling finding my own voice, but at the same time I feel that my brain’s capacities are growing exponentially faster than my body’s. The restriction of movement variety due to education, work and technology led to a deterioration of the body, while the brain becomes an acrobat of information. Digitalization is not a mere technological process. It is very much entangled with social and cultural and economic processes and can potentially influence our perception of knowledge, our bodies, power relations, the nature of labor. One of the consequences is the immaterialization of labor and production. This is not merely a bad thing, since it largely replaced repetitive manual tasks with more creative ones but we have to admit that opened up the possibility to commodify everything. The production and reproduction of all aspects of social life became an economic matter; language, feelings, knowledge, affects, desires, everything can be sold and consumed.This explains to a certain extend why knowledge is replaced with information and how communication is reduced to a mere circulation of them. Haunted by the lack of time to catch up with everything, it seems that we are losing the ability to exchange experiences and tacit knowledge, to reach a different level of knowledge than what search engines can offer us, to tell stories, to listen. R. Sennett* writes that really talking with somebody is a form of cooperation that manifests through mutual pleasure, even if both partners do not think consciously that they are cooperating. The ‘Exercises in walking and talking’ is dedicated in finding such moments of real cooperation among its participants, but also in seeking one’s actual thoughts, freed by any short of economization, and in embodiment of these thoughts. After all, aisthesis, in the literal sense of perception, is still a very analog process, since our body is only able to perceive information in the form of non-discrete signals. For the month of May, Ι invite you at the Gennadius Library to co-create the exercises. There are absolutely no requirements apart from your engagement.The form and content of the subsequent sessions is informed by what happens and who takes part.
*R.Sennett, Together; the rituals, pleasures and politics of cooperation, Yale University press, 2012, p.5
Opening days and Hours: Wednesday – Sunday,15.00 – 20.00
Saturday, 10th May, 19.00 – 21.00: Symposium on Walking and Talking
Saturday, 17th May, 16.00 – 21.00: Walking and Talking Marathon (from Gennadius to the sea) Meeting point: Gennadius Library. Please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
Saturday, 31th May, 18.00 – 21.00: Collective Walking and Talking (the people that participated over the course of the month are invited to practice the exercise with others)
Exhibition ‘A Thousand Doors’ at the Gennadius Library
NEON and Whitechapel Gallery
4 May – 30 June 2014
Monday – Tuesday: 9am – 5pm
Wednesday – Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
The Gennadius Library | 61 Souidias Street, 106 76, Athens, Greece
NEON and the Whitechapel Gallery are collaborating to present an exhibition of works by Greek and international artists at the Gennadius Library curated by Iwona Blazwick OBE, the Director of the Whitechapel Gallery. The exhibition will be installed throughout the venue, both inside the library spaces and outside them in its formal gardens. The selected works are executed in a wide range of media, and include video, sound and sculpture installations.
Participating artists include Edward Allington, Matthew Barney, Christian Boltanski, Pavel Büchler, Michael Dean, Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani, Ceal Floyer, Isa Genzken, Shuruq Harb, Nigel Henderson, Georg Herold, Susan Hiller, Hannah Höch, John Latham, Mark Manders, Juan Muñoz, Giuseppe Penone, Elizabeth Price, Michael Rakowitz, Annie Ratti, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Daniel Silver, Francis Upritchard, Adrián Villar Rojas, Jane and Louis Wilson. New works have also been commissioned from the Greek artists Jannis Kounellis, Nikos Navridis, Paky Vlassopoulou, Kostas Ioannidis and Valentina Karga.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of programmes (free guided tours, open discussions, and educational programmes) created by Greek and international curators who have participated in the Curatorial Exchange Programme organized by NEON and the Whitechapel Gallery since 2012.
Perception, Experience, Experiment, Knowledge: Objectivity and Subjectivity in the Arts and Sciences
In 2013, the annual symposium of the Graduate School for the Arts and Sciences at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) reflects ways of producing, sharing, distributing, dispersing, revisioning, and reclaiming knowledge in the artistic process. Some of the different forms of interaction between the arts and the sciences are: using results of scientific research or methods like participatory observation or field work or ‘artistic research’ and knowledge production through the arts. The intertwined concepts of objectivity and subjectivity are a topic of special interest to almost all of the current fellow artists working on their projects within the post gradual, interdisciplinary and international program of the Graduate School.
Curated by Susanne Stemmler
PANEL V: REVERSIONS
Sharing and (re-)distributing knowledge
Host: Paula Hildebrandt
Valentina Karga, Gerhard Schultz, Lukas Wegwerth
Thank you Xandra Popescu
Due to my upcoming graduation from the Graduate school I will have a little exhibition and I will participate in a panel on Saturday 12th October at 17.30.
see the whole program here
PANEL V: REVERSIONS
Sharing and (re-)distributing knowledge
Host: Paula Hildebrandt
Valentina Karga, Eva Könnemann, Gerhard Schultz, Lukas Wegwerth
The Summer school for Applied Autonomy is a research initiative interested in capturing the complexity of the technical know-how but also the mental state and the social skills one needs for self-sufficiency. Exploration of thematic fields such as self-reliance, open source knowledge, collaboration and self-reflection is at the very base of this project.
The school welcomes everyone, but its capacity is small; it can support only two residents per rotation. Residents must engage for a stay of one or two weeks. After the end of each rotation and the beginning of the other, the two groups overlap for one day, so that the first group transfers their knowledge to the next one. The days are structured via tasks and lessons, while each person is free to propose his own topic of research.
After the opening, residents will be living there and will be needing your support in forms of exchange for things or services they cannot produce. Please contact: email@example.com
The Super Solar Cook-off is an urban game that takes part this Sunday, 12 of August in Playpublik festival in Berlin.
If you enjoy cooking or you are a fan of DIY and clean energy, then this game is for you! Participants will built their own solar cookers, scavenge food from the city and cook their best with the sun! The most delicious and well-baked food will be selected from a jury of local chefs and experts of solar cooking! *In case of lack of sun we will play alternatively “the Super Rocket Stove Cook-off” ; a rocket stove is fuel efficient stove that you can also make yourself.
sign up at counter, 6-20 players, 4:30 pm Early Dinner
- August 12, 2012 11:00 – 12:00, 16:30 – 17:00
In the context of Voicing responsibility, an event about responsibility on curatorial processes in Kunstwerke, Dinner exchange organized their first Breakfast exchange. People from different fields came together, ate market leftovers transformed in delicious jams and discussed whether small scale initiatives on urban farming can lead to a bigger change. I was there to introduce Belin Farm Lab.
MAPPA MUNDI ON WHEELS
presents the Future of the World
17 June, 7 pm, Tempelhof Airfield, Berlin
By pisteras3000 (Rosario Talevi & Ana Vogelfang) + Valentina Karga (BerlinFarmLab)+ Sandra Teitge (Dinner Exchange Berlin)
A few months ago we met Matthias Rick and Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius with the idea of establishing a temporary alliance between our TU Berlin Seminar on Experimental Architecture and raumlaborberlin for “Die Grosse Weltausstellung 2012”.
The seminar states itself as a platform where students, researchers, collaborators, friends and favourites meet to discuss urban activation processes. It intends to research forms of organization beyond the university context by encouraging thinking and acting on real time.
In this context, Matthias entrusted us his Mappa Mundi. “MAPPA MUNDI can be translated to ‘Map of the World’. However MAPPA can also mean ‘wide-spread or spreading’! (…) The drawing contains one hundred short stories and facts, which circle the earth like clouds, depicting territories, population, resources and social hierarchies.”
The goal was to turn the drawing and its research into a statement.
Later on, Valentina Karga joined the project and brought fresh ideas and expertise on how to built closed circuits that transform waste, basically leftovers or dead particles, into lifecycles. That is how our pavilion found its purpose.
The installation consists of different devices that activate processes, simple architectural elements around which workshops, dinners and collective gatherings happen. MAPPA MUNDI ON WHEELS acts as an infrastructure that ‘grows’ through a series of curated workshops dealing with public action, knowledge exchange and experimentation with do-it-yourself methods of production.
A mobile MAPPA MUNDI table, a greenhouse-rainwater collector, a worm farm, a windmill, events and workshops are parts of this pavilion-machine, which shows the world today and manifests a positive future.
In this context we invited Dinner Exchange Berlin to organize a dinner with leftover-food from markets. Our dinner guests will comprise a combination of people from different disciplines who will discuss the “Future of the World”. Curator and artist Lukas Feireiss will be moderating this event.
Don’t miss the chance to see your answer to this book project! I will submit for sure!
“The future of” is the first participatory book project initiated by crap is good (thats us!) and tries to provide an insight into the future role of architecture. Every architectural attempt starts by making a representation of an imaginative situation or design, which will happen or could happen in the future. In many cases an architectural design remains a future plan. In times of economical or political crisis, the question is what comes next. So, while architects shape the future, we are concerning about the future of architecture. In our opinion, there is no single answer to this question, and that is where our book project starts.
The future of architecture consists of 2 parts. We have invited a selection of very interesting architectural offices, thinkers, historians and academics to answer to one simple but complex question “What is the future of architecture?” these various answers supply a professional angle to this question and will form the first chapter of the book.
The second chapter is still open and is up to you to complete. We have opened up the question “What is the future of architecture?” to the public and are trying to reach as many people possible to send in their answers. This chapter will provide a different angle to the same question, and completes the book.
The book is a fragmented map of thoughts of hundreds of people that study or deal, in general, with architecture. Putting together the pieces of this map, we might be able to view a glimpse of the architectural future. To participate with this project please send in your answer trough the website www.the-future-of.org!
The Institute of Placemaking is about creating new places from abandoned spaces through knowledge exchange and collective actions in the city. For Eme3 we proposed to re-think the city as a resource, whose products, people and places are all part of a larger cycle of production.
We begin with a simple, transformable architecture constructed from recovered materials (doors, windows, cabinets etc) that can be taken apart to make workshops with. An office-cabin and a table are the simple spatial elements around which workshops, dinners, film screenings, exhibitions and collective gatherings happen.
The Institute of Placemaking is going to happen in Barcelona during eme3 architectural festival in an abandoned urban spot.
Help us make it happen via Kickstarter! Eternal gratitude, postcards and photos in exchange!
“The Center for Land Use Interpretation is a research and education organization interested in understanding the nature and extent of human interaction with the earth’s surface, and in finding new meanings in the intentional and incidental forms that we individually and collectively create. We believe that the manmade landscape is a cultural inscription, that can be read to better understand who we are, and what we are doing.”
An example of their database, the image above:
Supper Studio, a series of dinners, relaxed presentations and discussions around the table between guests and students from the architecture department of UCLA is initiated by Jia Gu. I was very happy to help set up the first event of the series and give a presentation.
On the Menu:
Mushroom and spinage dumplings
Leek and tofu dumplings
Pork and green onion dumplings
Wine and Ice cream with strawberry sauce
Valentina Karga invites the artist duo Ooze & Marjetica Potrc to present their common projects which features bottom-up approaches for water infrastructure projects in different cities together with the inhabitants.
This is a very nice piece from my friend Ayumi Matzusaka. The video is ready and I am happy to post it in my blog.
“Brief overview of year-long body-based art performance. Together with several farm animals, Ayumi Matsuzaka experiences the natural food cycle from ingestion through digestion, fertilization and regrowth; the project completes the cycle with both Ayumi and the animals eating vegetables grown using their own bodily wastes.
Berlin and environs, 2010-2011.
Camera & editing: Goesta Struve-Dencher
Music: Nedret Akcaoglu (oriental-records.com)”
Last time I ‘ve been in Greece I got this book as a present from Phoebe Giannisi, professor of mine at the UTH school of architecture and curator of the exhibition “the Ark” for the 12th Venice Biennale together with Zisis Kotionis. The book is the exhibition’s catalog with contributions from y 25 both Greek and non-Greek writers, architects, botanists, farmer-activists, theoreticians related the issue of ecology and urban agriculture, questioning the current trend of sustainability, farming and food from all sides possible, positive and negative. The exhibition – a wooden ark- seed bank and kitchen- was dealing with the issue of the lost seed varieties; the current trials to retrieve and save them and the importance of these actions not in a quantitave but in a symbolic level. I really love the introduction written from the curators and I will post here a small piece, taken from the website where I suggest you to read the manifest:
“8.HEDONISM The diversity of species and of their uses is important as are the ways and means of cultivation, in the reintroduction to the hedonistic approach to life (Epicure) through different parameters of time and of quality. For a large part of the human population, especially those residing in the Western world, hedonism today is connected to the quantity and the speed (Virilio) of the consumption of goods, especially lifestyle goods. The time of mandatory consumption is short. Man hurriedly guzzles bought goods to do with entertainment or personal aggrandizement. Seeds and cultivation remind us of pleasure as waiting and as duration. The annual cycle of the seasons, the cyclic alternation of periods with the activities appropriate to each, plant again human beings in the earth as one among other members of global life, of the pain and pleasure therein. The hedonism of deceleration (Kundera) throws in doubt the competitive paradigm of Western society, the financial and political model of continuous development.”
Invitation to an open studio day with all the fellows from the Graduate school including myself. 14/12, 17:00 Hardenbergstrasse 33,Univesrity of Arts, Berlin, room 101
21:00 Hitler-Stalin-Pakt-Menu by Matthias Rick (DE)
Exchange Radical Recipes by Raumlabor Berlin. 11 Hours, 11 cooks, 11 radical recipes as part of the Live Art Festival “Exchange Radical Moments” that was going on yesterday on 11/11/11 in in Berlin, Bitola, Chisinau, Linz, Liverpool, London, Paris, Prague, Riga, Slubfurt and Stockholm at the same time and people could follow the live stream.
“This festival is tempted to make an effective break into our daily routine. Live Art projects, which meets us in the middle of our every day life, which interrupts the usual routine and unbalances us, hold, pause. They ask us: Are we ready to engage extraordinary moments of exchange?”
Moon Life proposes that 40 years after the first human being set foot on the moon, it is time for a more democratic, peaceful, artistic and cultural investigation of space. The Moon Life Handbook is an essential tool for the Moon Academy. More info: http://moon-life.org
“…the robot was a steam engine, constructed for the Schoolboys’ Exhibition at the New Horticultural Hall for 1928, perhaps under the influence of Karel Capek’s newly published drama R.U.R., which coined the term “robot”. The biological functions of humans were reinterpreted along a more user-friendly vocabulary of the steam engine, using pumps, boilers, hinges, belts, pulleys, filters, compressors and a furnace to explain the functions of respiration and circulation. It was an interesting approach to show these functions on their most basic level–and in less than 75 years, many of these mechanically represented organs were actually replaceable by real mechanical units performing the same task as the biological (as in the heart), while others could be replaced (via transplant).”