- Nature's Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention
22 Jan 13, Salt Lake City, Utah
- Conference: Balance-Unbalance
31 May 13, Norman Gardens QLD 4701, Australia
- Symposium and exhibitions: EARTH PERFECT? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden
6 Jun 13, Newark, DE, United States
- Conference: The Future of Consumerism and Well-being in a World of Ecological Constraints
12 Jun 13, Worcester, Massachusettes, US
- STTF 2013 Summer School – Sustainable Technologies and Transdisciplinary Futures
8 Jul 13, 1649-026 Lisboa, Portugal
- ESA 2013 Turino – Crisis, Critique and Change
28 Aug 13, 10125 Torino, Italien
- Nature's Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention
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20th-24th of February, 2012
Within the framework of the Citizen Art Days Shelley Sacks offers twice a day the possibility to take part in an Earth Forum „Social Sculpture“ Process at the Freies Museum_öffentlicher Raum Berlin. From February 20th to 24th, in each case from 11 am to 2 pm and 3 to 6 pm, people are given the opportunity to create a humane and ecologically just future in groups of 8 to 12.
Artist and former scholar of Joseph Beuys, Shelley Sacks, invites people of every age and background to a process of creative imagination and exchange in order to bring room for new approaches of thought and action into being. After building an awareness in the group, the focus shall be put on questions directly related to the environment, the neighborhood, the city of Berlin and even the world.
Everyone is invited to participate in the Earth Forum process, whether as an individual or as a network of individuals and organisations who have diverse interests or as an organisation or group of individuals who have similar aims and views of sustainable development, but may have different ideas of how to achieve these aims. Read more »
The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) aims at designing public art installations that have an additional benefit of large scale clean energy generation. Each sculpture can continuously distribute clean energy into the electrical grid and thus potentially provide power to thousands of homes.
In 2012 the Land Art Generator Initiative holds a design competition for a site within Freshkills Park (the former Fresh Kills Landfill) together with New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation in New York City. Read more »By Janna Gehrke
The urban Freetown of Christiania exists since forty years now on the disused military base in central Copenhagen. After a long struggle with the Danish state an agreement was reached, after which part of the area has to be bought from the Danish state. Read more »By Janna Gehrke
May 25th – 26th 2012
This conference seeks exciting disciplinary and transdisciplinary proposals
from scholars working in fields such as cultural studies, literary studies,
cultural politics/history, creative writing, film and media studies, Area
Studies, photography, fine art, interested in examining the different ways
in which human beings respond and relate to, as well as debate and interact
The conference organizers are particularly interested in proposals examining the following:
• critical regionalism
• cultural politics on identity and landscape
• national identity
• the rural / urban
• responses to landscape by creative practitioners (writers / photographers
/ artists / filmmakers)
• the body in landscape
• landscapes of trauma and memory
• theories of affect and landscape
Please send proposals of not more than 250 words by 16 December 2011 to
Dr. Christine Berberich at christine [dot] berberich [at] port [dot] ac [dot] uk
Reposted from http://www.derby.ac.uk/affectivelandscapes
Further details about the conference, the venue, travel, accommodation, registration etc can be found there too.
Special Issue: Beyond the Creative City
The “Cities, Cultures, and Architecture Research Group” of the Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra is going to publish a special journal issue called “Beyond the Creative City” in December 2012. Therefore it calls for papers on the topic of urban development and its effect on local cultures and heritage. Creative city investments and initiatives play an important role in this field, but they get into the focus of heavy critique. Thus the editors search for alternative approaches to urban futures, with a sustainable environment, society and economy and attention payed to inclusion and social equity, to make it short: approaches with a higher cultural sensivity. Read more »By Janna Gehrke
Lillian Ball works in New York as an environmental artist and activist. She has a multidisciplinary background in anthropology, ethnographic film, and sculpture, which influences her work. Furthermore she has received numerous awards and has traveled widely due to her international exhibitions.
Her latest project Waterwash ABC includes the construction of a wetland park, improvement of habitat as well as increase of public access to Bronx River. Its aim is to filter storm runoff and create consciousness among the community for watershed issues by means of an aesthetic nature experience. The need for restoration and revitalization of areas challenged by stormwater issues is widespread in waterfront areas worldwide. Read more »
Khoj International Artists’ Association is an artist led, alternative forum for experimentation and international exchange based in India. It sees its role as an incubator for art and ideas, artistic exchange and dialogue in the visual arts. In the last few years it has developed an active network of artists in South Asia.
Applications are invited for an international residency ‘In Context:public.art.ecology Part III’ @ Khoj, for art projects exploring ecological thematics preferably in public spaces around Delhi. The residency will be for 4- 6 weeks starting in the first week of March to mid April 2012. The deadline for submitting the application to applications [at] khojworkshop [dot] org is the 30th of November.
Invited are proposals from individual artists and artists’ collectives, with projects fokussing urgent ecological issues affecting the urban city. This year’s special focus is laid on the notion of food. Food can be seen as an artistic medium incorporating performance, art installations or interactive events that re-examine the significance and relevance of food in the social context, simply in its connection with the body or as a primary ritual that fosters engagement, interaction and collaboration.
For application details see this page.
Furthermore applications are invited for the Negotiating Routes – Ecologies of the Byways project- Part III, from artists, artists groups or professionals of Indian origin, to propose projects which are site-specific preferably in smaller cities in India. They must have an inter-disciplinary approach that combines research and art creation by artists and local communities, addressing the visible and invisible transformations currently taking place in their immediate environments.
The project must be completed within a maximum of 3 months from the date of commencement within the stipulated time frame of February- June 2012.
For more details take a look at this page.By Janna Gehrke
22nd to 30th of October
Maraa, a media and arts collective, invites to City of Pieces, an urban festival of creative practices:
City of pieces is a nine day festival that interrogates the violence of the everyday transformation of the city from the perspective of creative practice. This festival marks the third anniversary of Theatre Jam, a monthly forum to trigger dialogues about art and media in the public space through practice, performance and expression. It travels across different public and semi-public spaces, committed to reclaim dead, found and empty spaces in the city. City of pieces brings artists and creative practitioners to respond to the city we inhabit.
The city transforms and we continue to experience it in fragments, in the debris of what once was and the flash-forwards of its future in fresh grey concrete. And we move through it refracted in fragments with every contact with it. But as this city of pieces forms us it is formed by us in turn- a disjointed tapestry of multiple stories, desires and memories. As the week unfolds, urban pieces and fragments are gathered and re-combined to tell a different story that acknowledges the creative modes of negotiating this city shaped by the violence of transformation. Through storytelling, films, performance, poetry and conversations we hope to make sense of an ever changing Bangalore.
Reposted from: http://maraa.in/arts/city-of-pieces/
Be part of the last two events and register today:
Middle of somewhere | Theatre Workshop 29 Oct | Cubbon Park Band Stand | 10 am-3 pm Read more »By Janna Gehrke
November 07th, 2011
“How does creative activism contribute to society? How do we moderate crises through individual and collective art practice? How do we reconcile the arts, activism, and pedagogy? Stella McGregor, Founder and Director of Urbano Project, will share her experience of working with inner city youth and introduce projects such as Violence Transformed, and Pedro Reyes’ Palas por Pistolas. Stella McGregor has been an artist and a cultural worker for over 25 years, working on projects in Boston, New Orleans, Macedonia, and Taiwan.”
Urbano Project: http://urbanoproject.org
The “Zones of Emergency: Artistic Interventions – Creative Responses to Conflict & Crisis” Fall 2011 lecture series investigates initiatives and modes of intervention in contested spaces, zones of conflict, or areas affected by environmental disasters. The intention is to explore whether artistic interventions can transform, disrupt or subvert current environmental, urban, political, and social conditions in critical ways. A crucial question is how can such interventions propose ideas, while at the same time respecting the local history and culture.
More information at the Zones of Emergency Blog: http://zonesofemergency.mit.edu/By Benjamin Smith
What does “pool” in “Liverpool” stand for? It is the goal of ‘Pool to explore, reveal and celebrate the origins of the city of Liverpool and in so doing to contemplate and influence the city’s future. Through walks, picnics, celebrations, conferrings and positive documentation, ‘Pool works with communities in Liverpool to raise awareness about the ecology and social dynamics of their spaces.
1) Earth: Seed: Nurture: Grow reveals unused land in a series of monthly events which challenge the understanding of neglected urban spaces.
2) Growing Granby is a collaboration with Granby Adult Learning Centre to provide a course exploring sustainability past, present and future in the Granby triangle of Liverpool.
3) Construction Site is an exhibition which looks at the changes of the city and invites citicens to have their say.
For more information visit: www.poolproject.co.uk.By Ronja Röckemann
June 2nd to 5th 2011 in Hamburg
“The urban is defined as the place where people walk around, find themselves standing before and inside piles of objects, experience the intertwining of the threads of their activities until they become unrecognizable, entangle situations in such a way that they engender unexpected situations.” (Henri Lefèbvre: La révolution urbaine)
The Network Right To The City Hamburg invites to collective confusions, encounters and diversions at different places spread over the city. You can take part in workshops to the following topics:
- Crisis of the neoliberal city
- Housing, social issues, migration
- Gender, race, class
- Appropriation, squatting, resistance
- Participation, representation, usurpation
- Culture, production, casualisation
- Utopia: a city for all
The Congress is organized by Netzwerk Recht auf Stadt Hamburg and Bundeskoordination Internationalismus (BUKO) as well as many urban activists from other cities (e.g. Kairo, Caracas, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, New York as well as activists from China, South Africa and many more).
For more information visit: kongress.rechtaufstadt.netBy Ronja Röckemann
On the 16th of May 2011, in Berlin, Germany, a meeting will take place, bringing European scholars and professionals together to brainstorm and discuss culture, sustainability and the attributes, requirements and traits of the so called ECoC Cities (European Capitals of Culture).
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The public talks aim at furthering the discussions surrounding socially engaged practices. They are free and open to the public. All talks will be held from 6:30–8:00pm in the Rose Auditorium at 41 Cooper Square, New York City.
The first talk “Considering Useful Art” will take place on May 18th 2011 with Claire Bishop, who is an Associate Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Art History at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, and an internationally recognized scholar and curator of contemporary art. Her critical work focuses on socially engaged art and theories of spectatorship.
The second talk “Post-Fordisms and Culture” will take place on June 30th 2011 with Brian Holmes, who is an art critic, cultural theorist, and activist based in Paris and Chicago whose work centers on the mapping of contemporary capitalism and the intersections of political and artistic practices. He is a Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
Visit creativetime.org for information about further talks.By Ronja Röckemann
An article on the role of complexity, networks and interactions in the urban creative economy
In this article, Dr. Roberta Comunian argues that complexity theory and its associated principles can provide a new understanding of the connection between the urban space and the systems of local cultural production and consumption. Drawing on interviews with creative practitioners in the North East region of England, the paper emphasises the importance of micro-interactions and networks between creative practitioners, the publicly supported cultural sector and the cultural infrastructure of the city. Read more on cultural-engineering.com.By Ronja Röckemann