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Fermentation in Resilient networks and emerging ‘techno-ecological’ art practices

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Artists are entering the fermentation game, engaging in the culture of science and appropriate technologies. The research phase of art works may include methodologies that could be recognised as science, as ethnography, as archeology and sociology, but most importantly, it seeks to embed itself in community.

Artists becoming artisans for the sake of research, of connection with the materiality of their media, or of creating media for their experiments. As much as net culture promoted the idea of immateriality, it seems perfect for transferring information that can be made real through 3d printing, sets of instructions to grow things, to make things, to cook, to brew, to ferment, to set up experiences. It was also pivotal in allowing dunbar and sub-dunbar number communities that would never be physically present in one place ever, or only once on a blue moon.

We see artists making products, food, events, and although this is not new, we can recognise a motivation to explore resiliency and the problematics of sustainability.

This 'undefined' movement weaves itself through networks such as the Finnish Bioart Society, Critical Art Ensemble, Preemptive Media,,, herbologies, berry commons, life.patch, HONF and bricolabs and places like SERDE and Medialab Prado, Dark mountain and unciviliations On these blue moon events, what is needed? a meal, drink, the techniques of our grandmothers and grandfathers bread baking and wine making. This paper catalogues the artist-fermenters, from finland to indonesia and beyond and maps events and networks involved in this remaking of art.

Center for Genomic Gastronomy, Zac Denfield Cat Kramer

Vahida Ramujkic & Aviv Krugcanski


Ossi Kakko (FI), Sirpa Kurppa (FI), Malin Lindmark Vrijman and Mathieu Vrijman of Kultivator (SE) Nina Nordström (FI), Andrew Gryf Paterson (SCO/FI), Sinikka Piippo (FI), Signe Pucena (LV), Christina Stadlbauer (AT/BE) and Jessica Suni (FI). - See more at:

Martynas Savickis

Carlos Monleon Gendall Martian wine and analogue Fernamdo Arno Coenen Date 17-Februari-2005

New Pan-European family restaurant franchise formula! First restaurant opened 17 februariin Amsterdam.Serving the already famous delicacy : the “üniwurst”,a tribute to the reunification of Europeunder one flag!Our best cooks and food developerstook the best ideas and ingredients of hundreds of years of experimenting and sausage making, and out ofthis treasure of knowledge they created a sausage that will satisfy consumers all over the European Union! The Museum Domain

10.10.2008 - 15.10.2008

Eurotrash Brewery is an installation of Arno Coenen during Sittard Oktoberfest in a real Oktoberfest marquee. Arno Coenen brewed especially for his Red Oktoberfest two special beers called 'Red Oktoberfest “and” Eurotrash Lady. “The installation consists of an altar-like bar with two beer taps and glass refrigerators filled with specialty beers. Besides the bar are towers with LCD screens that show Eurotrash Brewery commercials and animations and a music video of Alex Kloster and Johannes Malfatti. The floor of the tent is by Rufus van den Ban feature an installation consisting of 4 cubic meters of broken plastic beer cups, making the tent looks as if there is already a few days full of partying. In addition to the tent, bar and floor installation is further decorated with specially designed beer mugs and glasses, beer tables and an inflatable beer bottle. The installation is completed by the soundscape of deejay Kid Goesting.

During the opening 'the Prebrew' Martin C. de Waal will perform with his hit “The Stud” in his specially made pink leather catsuit, supported by Miss Bunty and deejay Kid Goesting.

Arno Coenen

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