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2012-10-04 11:33:35 by Monique Alvarez

Living Spaces between desire and experiment

Im Garten - Exhibition - Nordico Linz 2011


The exhibition “In the Garden - Living spaces between desire and experiment” run by the Linz-based museum Nordico took a look at Linz specific urban garden sceneries as well as it examines contemporary, international relevant gardening-architectures and current practices like Community or Guerilla Gardening.

Im Garten - Exhibition - Nordico Linz 2011

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2012-10-04 12:17:05 by Monique Alvarez

Moebius star

Mathematician and machine artist Tim Boykett (Time's Up, AT) and textile designer and educator Carole Collet (Central Saint Martins College, UK) will lead a three-day workshop bringing together the arts of mathematics, textiles and computer programming. The Mathematickal Arts workshop investigates the tangible, abstract and conceptual threads binding materials and machines in a series of practical and theoretical experiments. Participants will use knots, weaving, sorting algorithms, notation and geometry to explore unfamiliar territories of mathematics or crafts using familiar practices of artistic and technological experimentation.

“To me the simple act of tying a knot is an adventure in unlimited space. A bit of string affords the dimensional latitude that is unique among the entities… another dimension is added which provides an opportunity that is limited only by the scope of our own imagery and the length of a ropemakers coil.” - Clifford W. Ashley, <em>The Book of Knots</em>

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A Resilients Salon with <a href=“” rel=“nofollow”>Dougald Hine</a> and <a href=“” rel=“nofollow”>Ben Vickers</a>

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On Leadership and Crisis: Complexity, Emergence and Relationship Mapping

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FoAM hosts a conversation about human-plant interactions in gardens, labs and kitchens, with the <a href=“” rel=“nofollow”>Center for Genomic Gastronomy</a>, <a href=“” rel=“nofollow”>Angelo Vermeulen</a>, <a href=“” rel=“nofollow”>Time's Up</a>, <a href=“” rel=“nofollow”>nadine</a> on the closing evening of the <a href=“;lang=en” rel=“nofollow”>Burning Ice Festival</a> in Brussels.

<a title=“4 von _foam bei Flickr” href=“”>social model of the late twentieth century, and the steam engine was the guiding image of the nineteenth century. This means reaching back in time to models that were successful fifteen thousand to twenty thousand years ago. When this is done it becomes possible to see plants as food, shelter, clothing, and sources of education and religion." -Terrence McKenna At the epicentre of culture, gardening and technology we might be able to glimpse how plants can become organisational principles for human society in the turbulent times of the 21st century. Although we have to scavenge the fringes of contemporary society, we can observe many healing effects that humans can have on their surroundings through a symbiotic collaboration with plants. However, on a holistic level, we still don't know how to overhaul wasteful human behaviours en masse. How do we encourage a more resilient culture, so that humans and non-humans can continue living, preferably together? How do we stimulate a fertile entanglement of culture, gardening and technology that can give the rise to diverse communities of practice

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<pre> </pre> {{" alt="" /> I was sure that the NGG picking season is over and thought of taking a winter break from mushrooms. It has been raining quite a bit since last days here in B and now the mushrooms are up again, in fact in my post box. At the first look - an innocent little parcel colorfully packed with the familiar to me return address of TU-Land. Hm, did i forget something they do not want to keep around or do they want to poison me with some kind of newly appeared mushroom? "Both guesses are wrong;) surprise. xtn". Well-well, at last one of my guesses was close to the surprise's content: Of course it's about mushrooms! Both poisonous and non. 32 types in total. Painted by A. Shpilenko. Printed out on coated paper. As a postcards. Moscow. 1976. The original price: 1 Ruble, 20 Kopeek. Sold out for 3,- Euro. Bought by TU. At the auction/Foam. Signed by 1,2,3,4... resilients --Bwhoo, just like a fairy tale with a happy end..!! (Thank you guys. Ah, of course i like..................................................................You;) 29.11.12 &ntilde; [[archive|Blog Archive]] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- ==== Resilients: The Flotilla ==== 2012-12-05 13:46:36 by Monique Alvarez The prehearsal of the Resilients, starting at 12:12:12 on the 12-12-12, the Anti-Apocalypse Day. It is an exercise for the members of the Resilients Guild, to pre-enact a possible future scenario named "The Flotilla" "In this possible future, The Resilients guild with members and cells around the world decides to lift its anchor. There is no security of funding or the status of artists as independent operators. The arts have become radically bureaucratised, reaching Kafka-esque proportions. The cost of living is prohibitively expensive. Individual artistic careers are impossible to attain, except for the select few artists who serve the tastes of the rich and famous. Universities have become machines for producing papers, but education and research happen elsewhere - in alternative, ad-hoc spaces, in collectives of people eager to learn. Technologists are either brainwashed into serving the capitalist machinery, or drop out and become sought after hackers, feeding technological resistance movements. Environmentalists are disillusioned by the global apathy and are either growing more radical, or attempt to infiltrate the political and economic systems, just to be slowly swallowed and transformed by them. Small groups of people retreat into a bucolic mirage of intentional communities and village life, where permaculture and new age intermingle into a somewhat escapist mixture. The members of the Resilients became tired of fighting the windmills and see that the only way forward is to fully commit themselves to the collective vision they've been cultivating over the years and begin growing their own world: The flotilla, a distributed, semi-nomadic troupe sharing a collective vision of the world and their place in it." A 24 hour period in the Flotilla will be experienced by those participating, enacting the working life in this possible future. A debriefing session attempts to unravel the responses to this lifestyle, to look at the ways that the experiences gathered there can echo into the present to inform our ongoing activities. [[:resilients/the flotilla]] [[archive|Blog Archive]] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- ==== Dougald Hine, Journeyman: transiency and cultural resilience ==== dougald-hine-journeyman-interview-transiency-and-cultural-resilience <span style="font-family: brevia-1, brevia-2, sans-serif; font-size: 12.222222328186035px; line-height: 17.981481552124023px; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.8);">Dougald started a transiency at foam in July 2012, exploring the role of the Journeyman and what this could mean to the Resilients Guild. His travels took him to interesting places and conversations across Europe, reflecting on cultural resilience, travelling and the absurdity of foresight. This interview was taken while reflecting in Rab, Croatia in July 2012 in the middle of his transiency. 2013-01-04 14:48:50 by shelbatra jashari <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12.222222328186035px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #636466; font-family: brevia-1, brevia-2, sans-serif; line-height: 21px;">"I set off from Stockholm on the evening of 8 July, 2012. For the first two weeks, I travelled fast: visiting people and projects that had been on my mind, recording the traces of the journey and the chance encounters to which it led. After that, I slowed down, spending time with groups of friends and collaborators, first in Croatia and later in Denmark. All of these journeys were made by rail and by ferry. Over the later part of the summer, I began to write up some of the longer reflections from the journey, picking up further threads of conversation along the way. As of October, I am gradually completing the map of my travels with notes from the journey." <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12.222222328186035px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #636466; font-family: brevia-1, brevia-2, sans-serif; line-height: 21px;">- Dougald Hine <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12.222222328186035px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #636466; font-family: brevia-1, brevia-2, sans-serif; line-height: 21px;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 12.222222328186035px; color: #636466; line-height: 21px;">More information: <a style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 12.222222328186035px; line-height: 21px; margin: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: #fcd700;" href="" target="_blank"></a> <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12.222222328186035px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #636466; font-family: brevia-1, brevia-2, sans-serif; line-height: 21px;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #636466; font-size: 12.222222328186035px; line-height: 21px;">Interview with Dougald about the different aspects of his work and more particularly his view on cultural resilience and the role of "Journeyman" in our times. <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12.222222328186035px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #636466; line-height: 21px;"><iframe style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12.222222328186035px; vertical-align: baseline;" src="" frameborder="no" scrolling="no" width="100%" height="166"></iframe> <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12.222222328186035px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #636466; line-height: 21px;">The transcript of the interview with Dougold can be found here: h<a style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12.222222328186035px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: #fcd700;" href="" target="_blank">ttp:// </a> [[archive|Blog Archive]] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- ==== Questioning Resilience ==== 2013-02-17 02:50:47 by Nik Gaffney In <a class="wikilink1" title="resilients:words_which_matter_to_people" href="">Words which Matter to People</a>, Dougald Hine questions the concept of "resilience" itself - not through academic debate, but by talking to people on the streets of Helsinki about the Finnish word <em>sisu.</em> Comparing their visceral and culturally grounded use of this concept with the distant, etiolated notion of "resilience" as it is deployed in political, environmental and scientific discourse, he finds that the meaning we make or find in the world - embodied in such notions as <em>sisu</em> - is deeply bound up with our capacity to endure in turbulent times. Read more about Dougald's travels as journeyman and artist in transience in his wide-ranging <a class="wikilink1" title="resilients:dougald_hine_interview" href="">conversation with Shelbatra Jashari</a> for the Resilients project. Read more at [[:resilients/resilients_in_review|Resilients in Review]] [[archive|Blog Archive]] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- ==== Boating, Control of the Commons and Aristology ==== 2013-02-17 02:54:59 by Nik Gaffney Tim Boykett, Pippa Buchannan and a motley crew of enthusiastic DIY sailors embarked on an exploration of water rights and "luminous green" sailing in <a class="wikilink1" title="resilients:coc_overview" href="">Control of the Commons</a>. In <a class="wikilink1" title="resilients:resilient_boating" href="">Resilient Boating</a>, Tim writes of sustainability, graceful decay, and the balance of effort versus utility in the realm of boat building and sailing, while Pippa recounts how a confessed food lover embraces the challenge of improvised gourmet cooking for several people on a tiny boat in <a class="wikilink1" title="resilients:the_resilient_aristologist" href="">The Resilient Aristologist</a>. Each of their boating adventures is narrated in the <a class="wikilink1" title="resilients:murray_river_journey" href="">Murray River Journey</a>, the <a class="wikilink1" title="resilients:danube_journey" href="">Danube Journey</a>, and the <a class="wikilink1" title="resilients:belgian_canals" href="">Belgian Canals</a> - as are the details of how they went about constructing the two vessels they sailed, the <em><a class="wikilink1" title="resilients:subak_construction_notes" href="">Subak1</a></em> and <em><a class="wikilink1" title="resilients:subak2_construction_notes" href="">Subak2</a>.</em> Also check out some notes towards a <a class="wikilink1" title="resilients:snippets" href="">manifesto of a DIY pirate</a>. Read more at [[:resilients/resilients_in_review|Resilients in Review]] [[archive|Blog Archive]] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- ==== Mushrooms and urban gardening ==== 2013-02-17 02:55:56 by Nik Gaffney Natalia Borissova explored augmented urban gardening through a series of living lab experiments with "non-green" mushrooms, finding in fungi an infinite source of inspiration for recycling and adaptation to changing environmental conditions. Her practical explorations in mushroom growing are documented in <a class="wikilink1" title="resilients:non_green_revolution" href="">The Non Green (R)evolution</a>, while <a class="wikilink1" title="resilients:go_ask_a_mushroom" href="">Go Ask a Mushroom: musings on Afterculture</a> advocates fungi and their mycelial roots as a source of continued inspiration for a resilient "life after culture." At the same time, Dismas Leonard Sekibaha narrates his experiences at Time's Up as "gardener in residence" - of both the green and non-green variety - in <a class="wikilink1" title="resilients:my_summer_in_an_urban_garden" href="">My Summer in an Urban Garden</a>. Read more at [[:resilients/resilients_in_review|Resilients in Review]] [[archive|Blog Archive]] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- ==== Leaks, Alchemy and the silient side of things ==== 2013-02-17 02:56:48 by Nik Gaffney [[:resilients:edible_alchemy" href="">Edible Alchemy</a> by Carole Collet and Bartaku discusses resilience and adaptation in relation to the properties of two intriguing plants - flax and Aronia - and how these were used in Temporary photoElectric Digestopians (TpED), a series of co-creation worklabs, and the Edible Alchemy Aperolab. [[:resilients:resilience_thinking_diy" href="">Resilience Thinking DIY</a> was an exercise held at Central Saint Martin's College and summarised here to encourage readers to practice resilient thinking in design. [[:resilients:a_leaky_loop" href="">A Leaky Loop</a> by Bartaku narrates the kind of intimate and bizarre experience you can expect as a TpED creator and tester, while [[:resilients:silients" href="">Silients</a> is a fragmentary meditation on a peculiar variation of "resilients." Read more at [[:resilients/resilients_in_review|Resilients in Review]] [[archive|Blog Archive]] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- ==== If you can't pay for a loaf... ==== 2013-02-17 02:58:49 by Nik Gaffney In connection with the Unmanned Resilience case study, Uro&scaron; Veber interviewed Helena Krapež, the owner of an excursion farm on the Gora plateau in western Slovenia. [[:resilients:bake_your_own" href="">If you can't pay for a loaf, go bake your own</a> is a fascinating ethnographic glimpse into the state of farming in this region, and by extension, the changes and upheavals taking place in wider society - not to mention the resourcefulness of one woman in challenging circumstances. Read more at [[:resilients/resilients_in_review|Resilients in Review]] [[archive|Blog Archive]] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- ==== Resilients online ==== 2013-03-29 00:55:42 by Alkan Chipperfield {{>}} {{}} We are pleased to announce the compilation of the [[:resilients/|Resilients online publication]], representing the collected reflections and working notes gleaned from two years' prolific intentional voyages, experimental situations and real-life labs exploring creative resilient practices. Beautifully illustrated with specially-commissioned imagery from Strangehalos, we present this rich body of material as both a finished chronicle of our endeavours and as a plentiful archive of working ideas and notes that can be built on and modified by anyone interested in pursuing it further. In this way can be approached from several angles: skim through the topics that interest you, peruse it as a reader, or drill deeper into the unruly compost of notes, quotes, and further reading to get at the raw <em>mat&eacute;riel</em> for future fabulations. We invite you in whatever way that suits to explore, be inspired by and build on the work presented here - which we believe will surely only become more relevant as this brave new century unfolds. [[archive|Blog Archive]] -----------------------------------------------------------------------

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