social  mental  environmental

Intercultural garden Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

The Land Foundation Was initiated by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kamin Letchaiprasert as a self-sustaining environment emerging from the artistic community. The land is located in the northern part of Thailand, near the village of Sanpathong, 20 km southwest from the provincial city of Chiang Mai. It is cultivated as an open space or community, free from ownership, that facilitates open  discussions and experimentation in the fields of culture and ecology. The land is open to the day-to-day activities of  the local population (i.e. the growing of rice) and to the neighboring community. In the social realm, artistic practices are discussed and tested. This project, a hybrid of innovation and traditionalism, interfaces contemporary materials and technologies with ancient forms of agriculture.

Sørfinnset skole was initiated by the Norwegian artists Søssa Jørgensen and Geir Tore Holm, inspired by the the Land foundation. Both in Thailand and in Nordland, the emphasis is placed on exchange, involvement and experimentation within a sustainable development context. The shut down village school house of Sørfinnset,  a village of 70 inhabitants  in the municipality of Gildeskål, is reopened to serve as the hub for a number of cultural activities, uniting local and international expertise. Sørfinnset skole/the nord land merges resources, traditions and experience, and will serve as a center for hands-on efforts. In collaboration with Sørfinnset Residents’ Association, two Norwegian and two Thai artists will run the house as a meeting place and an idea workshop.

Sandarbh artists workshops
is a non profitable artist initiative founded by visual artists Chintan Upadhyay, Sakshi Gupta and Yatin Upadhyay to increase interaction between the rural and the urban situation with art and culture in Vagad Region. We organize short span site-specific artists workshops and one one-month long residenccies in rural situation. This project is a collaboration with Local NGO (BLVS)-Partapur, Banswara.India..

Ingrid Book & Carina Hedén are invited by the municipality of Göteborg, Sweden, to tackle a challenging situation they are facing in Angered. Situated at the outskirts of Göteborg Angered is a community of 40.000 inhabitants with a 90 % immigrant population and high rates of unemployment and crime. In 2004, Book and Hedén had initiated an intercultural garden in Lillehammer in Norway. They will present their first draft for their Angered project at the workshop. (in Norwegian)

ecosXchange/Siraj Izhar ecosXchange/Siraj Izhar are producing a prototype of a complementary cultural currency that was initiated at ecos : international convention on eco-creation at Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation in Rezé, Nantes. As a currency  'ecosXchange' is conceived as a strategy of extracting the means of cultural production out of processes that have a functioning (not a representational or polemical) relationship to ecology: i.e. creating a system of exchange value between cultural production and ecologic process. Siraj Izhar works with strategies of
culturally mediated forms of market circulation emerging from the new realities of  'parallel' economies in the digital de-regulated world.

Amy Plant/ is a support website for Manor Gardening Society Allotments in Hackney Wick, whose future is in jeopardy due to pending eviction from the current site. The allotments have ended up surrounded by the planned Olympic Park in relation to the London Olympics. The landscape designers for the areas between stadia (stadia is correct but usually I see stadiums. Poor Latin students, I guess.) have not taken into account the existence of the allotments.

workstation ideenwerkstatt Berlin e. V. was realized as an intervention of the Viennese artist group WochenKlausur - - in the Spring of 1998. It offers mental and physical space, know how and diverse forms of support for people to develop their personal and social goals. workstation assumes that the traditional labor for money is not the only measure for a functioning social structure and thus motivates people, to think about and engage in different and alternative forms of labor and occupation, which often results in a changed and empowering of self-esteem.

Body-Memory and Environment: The body’s sensual and concrete existence as microcosms, intimately connected and interwoven with the macrocosmos. Can we regain knowledge of our senses and connectedness with nature in our every-day-life? Anna Barth studied modern dance, improvisation and composition with Alvin Nikolais and Murray Louis in New York. She went on to study for several years in Japan with Kazuo Ohno, master and co-founder of Butoh. Anna Barth has developed a distinct dance and body language which questions and reflects on the existential condition and thriving forces of the human experience and consciousness.

In the project Potato Perspective, visual artist Åsa Sonjasdotter is investigating relations between common and private, migration and normalization, diversity and ecology through the perspective of a potato.

In shifting alliances, as member of UNWETTER and on her own, the visual artist Ulrike Solbrig is engaged in urban agriculture since 2003. UNWETTER is an international group of artists, curators, theoreticians and activists. Like Unwetter (German for stormy and turbulent weather), radical global transformations reshuffle conventional knowledge systems and hierarchies, opening new spaces to be explored. UNWETTER is Elena Zanichelli, Christine Wolfe, Jole Wilcke, Ulrike Solbrig, Clemens Krauss, Benno Gammerl, Philipp Ekardt, Dorothee Albrecht Interkultureller Garten Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

Fieldwork Nis Rømer, Andrea Creutz and Lise Skou – A newly founded group developed out of  the work of Swop Network. Dealing with issues around time, economy and exchange.