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12 Feb 2010
Call for proposals
August 16 to 21, 2010, Mooste Estonia

"AVAMAA is a 5 Day art symposium which includes: - artistic workshops andartistic projects +1 Day final exhibition and "Honey for the Ears" live concert and performance evening. This year AVAMAA will be produced in cooperation with X-OP, a gradually growing network of artists, researchers, operators, producers and cultural institutions with the aim to establish an European platform for the creation of art.

Organized by MoKS (Center for Art and Social Practice).
Keywords: Collaboration, Open Structures, Community, Site-Specific, Knowledge Sharing, Public Space, Experimental platforms"

Organizations / Symposium / Conference
10 Nov 2009
Belgium, Brussels
"THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is a school with no curriculum. At the moment, it operates as follows: first, classes are proposed by the public (I want to learn this or I want to teach this); then, people have the opportunity to sign up for the classes (I also want to learn that); finally, when enough people have expressed interest, the school finds a teacher and offers the class to those who signed up.

THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is not accredited, it does not give out degrees, and it has no affiliation with the public school system. It is a framework that supports autodidactic activities, operating under the assumption that everything is in everything.

The Public School (Brussels) is set up by Komplot at Nadine, from November 2009 until April 2010 and later in other venues in the city. Telic Arts Exchange (Los Angeles) initiated The Public School, an art school “with no curriculum.” It now also exists in Philadelphia and Chicago with new schools opening this Autumn, in New York at Common Room, in Paris at Bétonsalon and in Brussels at Komplot."

Education / Organizations
25 Oct 2009
US, Bloomington
"The Society for a Re-Natural Environment, or SRNE, is a multi-faceted, re-environmental organization dedicated to identifying, protecting, and occasionally enhancing elements of wild, non-human nature that exist or have re-inserted themselves into human dominated habitats. The SRNE is dedicated to disseminating information regarding often overlooked, everyday experiences of this aspect of nature."

Education / Organizations / Sustainability
04 Apr 2009
Urban Prescriptions
A group of AAA's (artists, activists and architects) that look for loopholes in the bureaucratic system of city planning to reclaim parts of the city by those who it really belongs to. Their 'solutions' are mostly mobile and temporary, allowing for alterations in an ever changing environment.
Their website shows all their projects under 4 categories: Strategies for Subversive Urban Occupation, Housing, Collaborative Architecture and Flirting with Art.

Architecture / DIY / Homebrew / Organizations / Public Projects
09 Oct 2008
art in a socially political context
‘Provo’ was a Dutch counterculture movement in the mid-1960's that focused on provoking violent responses from authorities using non-violent bait. Formed in 1965 in Amsterdam mainly younger people ventilated their thoughts through magazines, leaflets and gatherings.

The exhibition shows what artists in Flanders have generated - since the Provo movement - towards some radical social ideas and how they had to defence themselves against the censure of the established elite for safeguarding their artistic freedoms.

From 18th October till 23rd November 2008.

Art + Activism / Artists / Exhibitions / Organizations
23 Sep 2008
A call for submissions
UK, Sheffield
The artist initiated group called Grow Sheffield, in collaboration with Access Space, is seeking contributions for a magazine called Collaborative Cultures to be published this autumn. The issue will reflect a theme which connects the activities of Access Space to the wider world.

They are looking for pieces of COMMONSense: prose (stories, thoughts, book reviews, bibliographies...), poetry, songs, pieces of code, photographs, cartoons, drawings, graphics or anything else you can think of. These might approach the theme in relation to green issues, land ownership, social relations, the internet, the music industry, copyright, software, or anything else that makes sense to you.

Art + Activism / Magazines / Organizations / Social Practice
19 Jun 2008
Copenhagen, Denmark
A new Parfyme project:
From June to October 2008, The Harbor Laboratory will promote, initiate and evaluate new ideas for the harbor in Copenhagen, as practical, functional and visual explorations. It will act quickly – building and testing our inventions and creations right away.

As they see it:
" ... the harbor has a great potential to be a cultural and inspirational area for the residents of Copenhagen. We will do our best to facilitate and realize this goal using the Harbor Laboratory as a platform/catalyst for innovative change".

Artists / Organizations / Public Projects
14 Jun 2008
US, Troy
The Society for a Subliminal State agitates against the exclusive use of empirical evidence in the search for truth. It is an organization that believes there are many different types of digging that may be productively undertaken.

The Society for a Subliminal State mirrors the form of a traditional historical society, contributing to the public discourse through a newsletter, a variety of public projects, a membership program, and a website.

The Society believes that if you see it three times then it too may be the path to truth.

Articles / Organizations / Virtual Soil
27 May 2008
US, Detroit
'From The Ground Up' is a project Nick Tobier is working on with a group of students from the Univerity of Michigan. They are living and working in the city, building an orchard and constructing an outdoor classroom with EarthWorks Urban Farm and working through the radical food and community networks in the city of Detroit.

"Easy access to easy food is what we as a nation leave to Detroit and to so many of our inner cities. The cumulative effects of this are manifold--from childhood obesity, to lack of choice, from the loss of a connection to culturally significant foods to an abrogation of the bond between people and place.
Walk a few blocks parallel to the major streets in Detroit and a potential solution to these concerns is visible. Through hard work, residents of many Detroit neighborhoods are answering their concerns through gardens. Breaking rough ground to plant delicate seeds is an act that requires nourishment and nurturing. The fruits (or vegetables) of this willingness to wrestle something fantastic and vital out of what has been left to decay is a creative act that, like other art forms, is often relegated or isolated as a luxury, while in fact it is central to culture ... "

Organizations / Public Projects / Sustainability
23 May 2008
Focus on Gender in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction
October 19-22, 2008

"Women are most vulnerable to the bad effects of climate change and yet women are absent in the decision-making process, the discourse and the debate on climate change, a global mainstream issue that is affecting the entire world.
Changing and influencing the course of climate change and preparedness thru disaster risk reduction are the two main strategies which women must understand and engage in.
There is an urgent need for political leaders and legislators to commit to creating a gender responsive enabling environment for responding to climate change and preparedness through disaster risk reduction at national and international levels."

The Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP) is a non-partisan, non-profit and non-governmental regional organization (NGO) dedicated to promoting equal participation of women in politics and decision-making. CAPWIP was established in 1992 by a group of women from the Asia-Pacific region who share a vision of governance that affirms gender equality, integrity and accountability, excellence, sustainable development and peace.

Events / Organizations / Sustainability
14 May 2008
An ongoing video project about global justice movements
'In between the movements' looks at the networking that is taking place between global justice movement groups. The project investigates corresponding practices and their influence on theory.

Interviews were conducted on various subject areas. ‘No Border No Nation’ and ‘§129a’ looks at the criminalization of left-wing movements in the course of the anti-G8 demonstrations in Genoa 2001 and Heiligendamm 2007. The situation of the residents near a G8 summit is topic of ‘NOG8’. ‘Transplanted’ talks about the lack of a genuine civil society in Albania. ‘Queer’ shows the necessity of Queer Politics and anti-discriminatory demands. ‘Transversal’ is a little stroll through a socio-cultural center in a search for transversal lines that always cross through new movements and institutions.

Each video as well as its poster is developed in close collaboration with activists from different geographical and cultural contexts giving insights into various perspectives of resistance. In between the movements constitutes itself as an example for collective knowledge production.

Art + Activism / Organizations
28 Apr 2008
Art, Nature & Environment Conference 2008
9 - 12 July, University College Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

The second Art, Nature & Environment conference organised and hosted by the RANE research cluster at University College Falmouth, will take place over four days in July of this year. The conference aims to bring together some of the leading members of the artistic community and the growing community of artists and researchers already engaging with RANE, to consider and discuss how artists might best address current ecological concerns.

Events / Organizations / Sustainability
13 Apr 2008
Brussels, Belgium
EuroMayDay is a transnational demonstration of precarious and migrant people held the First of May in more than a dozen European cities. It is a process by which actions and demands are put forward to fight the widespread precarization of youth and the discrimination of migrants in Europe and beyond: no borders, no workfare, no precarity!

Press Conference: Monday, April 14 at 14h30, Maison de la Paix, rue Van Elewijck, 35, 1050 Brussels, to demand for unconditional basic income stability a european living wage full legalization for migrants self-organizing and unionizing rights freed from repression access to culture, knowledge, and skills the right to cheap housing.

Events / Organizations
01 Apr 2008
Perspectives on Migration in Europe
Brussels, Belgium
"Migration is a thing of all ages. Where Europeans once colonized various continents and emigrated en masse to other lands both in and beyond their own continent, movement from the opposite direction has now taken hold. Capital, goods and information circulate freely in the late-capitalist, globalized world economy. For people, however, mobility is arranged somewhat differently. Borders and territories are still the primary expression of national sovereignty, however multi ethnic populations may have become. For Europe – which permanently shifts between regulating, even attracting, and then repelling strangers – these are the outer borders, the so-called Schengenland regions.

No Place - Like Home (note the hyphen) investigates how inner and outer space, how 'we' and 'they' maintain complex relations with one another and the frictions this generates."

Argos is a Brussels based centre for art and media that was founded in 1989. Over the years the organisation has developed from a distributor of artists' video and film into a broader art centre incorporating also functions as exhibitions, screenings and events, production, conservation and preservation, publishing and the development of a public media library.

Exhibitions / Organizations
26 Mar 2008
London, UK
"The Arts & Ecology programme is engaged in a series of initiatives alongside the conferences and lectures. This is envisaged as part of the same long-term strategy to be a catalyst:
- Profiling interesting practice
- Initiating and supporting new work
- Making links with artists and organisations across disciplines to promote dialogue"

Their new blog consolidates some of the latest projects and contemporary thinking around the roles and responsibilities of contemporary arts towards ecological concerns.

Art + Activism / Blogs / Organizations
12 Mar 2008
Shared Memories, Shared Histories to Shape a Shared Future...
San Francisco
"Shaping San Francisco is a living archive of the city providing people with access to its lost history. Hundreds of people have contributed stories, photos, video oral histories, and more. Through our unique approach to community history, we focus mainly on labor, ecology, transit, and dissent and how they have changed the landscape of San Francisco since the 1850s. Our projects attempt to show that history is much more than Richter scales and gold rushes."

Organizations / Public Projects
04 Mar 2008
US, Los Angeles
"A school with no curriculum, located underneath TELIC Arts Exchange, a non-profit organization that provides a place for multiple publics to engage with contemporary forms of media, art and architecture. For four years the space has been a platform for exhibitions, performances, screenings, lectures and discussions. TELIC’s program emphasizes social exchange, interactivity and public participation to produce a critical engagement with new media and culture.

The Public School operates as follows: first, classes are proposed by the public (I want to learn this or I want to teach that); then, people have the opportunity to sign up for the classes (I also want to learn that); finally, when enough people have expressed interest, the school will find a teacher and offer the class to those who signed up."

Artists / Education / Organizations / Social Practice
21 Feb 2008
"Constant is a non-profit association for art and media, based and active in Brussels since 1997. Constant works in the fields of open source, free software, cyber-feminism, social interaction and participation, copyleft and copyright alternatives, the conditions of cultural work.

Constant develops radio works, electronic music, database projects.Constant functions as a networked laboratory for a group of artists, designers and researchers. We generate reflection on network culture through the creation of art projects, networks, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Networks and links between cultural producers shed new light on the conditions of work, and make analysing the transfer of digital information necessary."

Art + Activism / Open Source / Organizations / Virtual Soil
10 Feb 2008
"In Popular Terms is an interactive visualization, created by The Studio for Urban Projects, that tracks the shifting language of ecology. Drawing from both historical sources and contemporary usage on the internet, In Popular Terms maps the catch phrases, scientific terminologies, and bumper sticker slogans that surround the changing language that we use to describe our relationship to nature."

Organizations / Quotes / Virtual Soil
03 Feb 2008
"The International Institute of Social History was founded in 1935. It is one of the world's largest documentary and research institutions in the field of social history in general and the history of the labour movement in particular. Most of the collections are open to the public. The IISH holds over 2,700 archival collections, some 1 million printed volumes and about as many audio-visual items. The available collections are accessible through an online catalogue, an online index of archives and inventories.

The IISH carries out and stimulates scholarly research. It is a respected meeting place for researchers from all over the world and organizes conferences, symposia and international research projects. The Institute publishes research results through international academic publishers and its own inhouse publishing unit."

Free / Organizations
03 Feb 2008
Call for Participation
Ekaterinburg, Russia
In Transition: Cultural Identities in the age of Transnational and Transcultural Flux

This interdisciplinary conference aims to contribute to the ongoing discussion concerning the realities, dilemmas and responses of people facing displacement or insecurity because of social, environmental and political instability, both global and local. The main objective of the conference is to contribute to the further analysis of such important issues of contemporary world as:
* migration and discrimination
* economic, political, religious, and gender displacement
* the destiny of "imagined communities" of the nation-state and formation of transcultural "imagined worlds"

Deadline: March 20, 2008

Calls / Events / Organizations
02 Feb 2008
The world's largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 70 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With over 2 million members and supporters around the world, we campaign on today's most urgent environmental and social issues. We challenge the current model of economic and corporate globalization, and promote solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.

Organizations / Sustainability
30 Jan 2008
US, New York
A new downtown satellite space for innovative contemporary art. Ludlow 38, designed by artists Ethan Breckenridge and Liam Gillick, is located a short walk from the New Museum on the Lower East Side and in Chinatown.

The inaugural exhibition, publish and be damned is a public library consisting of over 300 international publications, assembled since 2004 by the British curators Emily Pethick (Director Showroom, London), Kit Hammonds (Curator, South London Gallery), and Sarah McCrory (curator).

Exhibitions / Organizations
29 Jan 2008
EYFA (European Youth For Action) developed from a tour that was initiated by a Swedish/German group in 1986 to save the old forests in Europe: then named European Youth Forest Action. From these 'routes', it developed into a platform for grassroots movements working to transform local and international communities in their approach to environment and social, political and economical positions.

"Our main aim is to encourage people's initiative and autonomy; people feeling empowered to act and to raise their voices in decision making processes that effect their lives. We promote and use consensus decision-making processes, whereby information is openly shared and decisions are only made when everyone can agree. As a social and information network we share information, resources and skills to achieve better solutions while building community based on trust. Socially sustainable and just communities go hand in hand with environmentally sound ways of living. Our environmentalist perspective is based on the understanding that most environmental problems are also a question of social and economic injustice. EYFA works to challenge the current dominant social and economic system, while creating new methods based on social and environmental sustainability."

Organizations / Social Practice / Sustainability
16 Jan 2008
Portland, Oregon
City Repair was formed in Portland, Oregon in 1996 by citizen activists who wanted a more community-oriented and ecologically sustainable society. Born out of a successful grassroots neighborhood initiative that converted a residential street intersection into a neighborhood public square, City Repair began its work with the idea that localization (of culture, of economy, of decision-making) is a necessary foundation of sustainability. By reclaiming urban spaces to create community-oriented places, we plant the seeds for greater neighborhood communication, empower our communities and nurture our local culture.

Art + Activism / Organizations / Sustainability / Urban/City
07 Jan 2008
European forum for young artists
"Students from ten art schools from eight European countries have all worked on a common theme: the multiple relations between moving image and performance. Passage, initiated by Contour Mechelen (BEL), is the first networking event of its kind. Among the many candidates, the jury has selected thirty four talented young artists. For these, Passage provides an excellent opportunity to make their entrance on the European art scene.

It is the intention to organize this European forum every two years, centralized each time in another European country and organized by another institution as project leader."

Events / Exhibitions / Organizations
24 Dec 2007
Belgium, Antwerp
"Mimétisme is a group exhibition probing an alternative conceptual framework for "theatricality" in the visual arts. Rather than looking at formal exchanges between theatre and the arts, this exhibition brings together works that use and critically reflect the abilities to act and to become like something else. In doing so, it leaves behind the dominant understanding of mimesis as realist pictorial representation in favour of what Walter Benjamin has referred to as the "mimetic faculty": the mind's ability to detect and appropriate similarities, to mirror others, to imitate, to immerse and to become."

Exhibitions / Organizations
11 Dec 2007
MFK is a gender separatist art and educational space by and for persons who identify as women. It's an ongoing public art project aiming to create a place were art, politics and feminism are brought together, opened and combined. Their blog is in Swedish but you can also see this interview by Jeuno JE Kim.

Art + Activism / Blogs / Education / Organizations
25 Nov 2007
Greece, Athens
The Streetpanters is a bunch of friends who started slapping orange stickers on cars, after walking around Athens had become a living hell.

"There is absolutely no respect for the pedestrians, the sidewalks and zebra crossings are occupied by cars, walking is no more a legitimate means of transportation. So, we decided that we waited long enough for the state, the local authorities and the police to wake up. It was time for action. Whoever doesn’t comply, pays the price on the spot."

They handed out more than 250,000 stickers depicting a donkey in a car above the message, “I park wherever I want” ... a self-adhesive reminder for inconsiderate drivers to respect those who commit the unforgivable crime of walking.

Organizations / Urban/City
24 Nov 2007
Formed in 2000 by scientists and physicians, PLoS is a non-profit organization committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.

"PLoS publishes peer-reviewed, open access scientific and medical journals that include original research as well as timely feature articles. All PLoS articles are immediately freely accessible online, are deposited in the free public archive PubMed Central, and can be redistributed and reused according to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License."

Articles / Free / Open Source / Organizations
21 Nov 2007
From Campus to the Middle East
US, Berkeley
Last year, a group of UC Berkeley students and faculty members organized a teach-in about Israel's war on Lebanon. Attended by hundreds of students, faculty, and community members, the event was an opportunity to challenge assumptions and consensuses. The teach-in on December 6 is a follow-up event to last year's, stemming from our concern about the direction of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and increasing campaigns against critics on U.S. campuses.

The teach-in focuses on the continuing occupations of Iraq and Palestine, on the threats of American wars against Syria and Iran, and on the intimidation crusades of lobbies and pressure groups against members of the academic community who have voiced criticism. We think these issues are linked and need to be publicly debated. Our teach-in features four experts who will provide informed and critical perspectives.

Organized by a UC Berkeley Faculty and Students Collective: Berkeley Teach-In Against America’s Wars.

Art + Activism / Events / Organizations
20 Nov 2007
Call for Videos
NeMe and Lanitis Foundation are collaborating for the organisation of The Mirror Stage, an international event to take place at the Lanitis Foundation, Limassol, Cyprus on 17-28 September 2008.

The event will examine the question of video integrity and authorship in an age of deceptive and ambivalent mass media coverage, and is currently accepting video submission.

Calls / Organizations
14 Nov 2007
“How can China proceed with its ambitious project to improve living conditions for its population without exhausting the very resources needed to sustain a better life?”

This is the question that the Danish curator and architect Henrik Valeur asks with CO-EVOLUTION. The visionary exhibition shows how architects, in cooperation with researchers and planners, are helping to meet the global challenges following in the wake of China’s massive economic growth and the intended “welfare boost”. The exhibition is the result of a project involving some of the most talented young Danish architects and students and professors from four top universities in China.

Architecture / Exhibitions / Organizations / Urban/City
12 Nov 2007
Project Compost is a student-run, student-funded unit of the Associated Students of the University of California, Davis (ASUCD). Four student staff members, many interns, and even more wonderful volunteers cooperatively manage Project Compost.

There are 2 parts to Project Compost: Education and Action
The Education portion means we offer free composting workshops through the Experimental College, make presentations to clubs and classrooms, as well as make home compost consulatations and construct compost bins to give away.

The Action portion of the program consists of compost pickups. Each and everyday we collect over 1,000 pounds of food matter from the Dining Commons (Tercero, Segundo, Oxford Circle, and Castilian), ASUCD Coffee House, Coffee Kiosks on campus, the Pomology Department, the Greenhouse, and several labs on campus. This organic matter is composted by Project Compost on the Student Farm in windrows.

Education / Organizations / Social Practice / Sustainability
28 Oct 2007
he Sustainable Everyday Project (SEP) proposes an open web platform to stimulate social conversation on possible sustainable futures…The SEP network is organized around 3 core activities.

-The promotion of a Scenarios laboratory where new visions of sustainable everyday life are proposed and discussed.

-The constitution of a Catalogue of cases showing examples of social innovation from all other the world developing original solutions promising in terms of sustainability.

-The organization of a traveling exhibition to meet public events, confront with close scientific communities and give visibility to new visions of sustainable daily living.

Organizations / Social Practice
23 Oct 2007
The Copy South Research Group was established in December 2004. It is a loosley-affiliated group of researchers based in a number of countries across the South and the North who seek to research the inner workings of the global copyright system and its largely negative effects on the global South.

The entire group first met together in August 2005 at the University of Kent in Canterbury, United Kingdom for a 'by invitation only' workshop. Its first publication is the Copy/South Dossier.

Art + Activism / Free / Organizations
20 Oct 2007
The MediaShed is the first "free-media" space to open in the east of England. It's a place where members can come hang out, learn, propose some training, create and propose new projects using free-media or show things they have made on one of our screening nights. The MediaShed is designed to be as open and accessible as possible, welcoming all.

Free-media is best thought of as a means of doing art, making things or just saying what you want for little or no financial cost by using the public domain, free software and recycled equipment. It is also about saying what you want "freely", using accessible media that can be taken apart and reused without unnecessary restrictions and controls - "free as in free speech".

Art + Activism / Free / Organizations
16 Oct 2007
The Netherlands, Dordrecht
"Noordkaap Foundation is an artist-collective network organization that aims to make a critical contribution to urban renewal projects by initiating multidiscipline art-projects in public space and in empty buildings. From their temporarily headquarter, they aim to make the notion of city development and contemporary artistic strategies in public space accessible to a bigger public. The project-space is a platform for research, intervention and exchange and Noordkaap organizes exhibitions, as well as open brainstorm meetings, lectures, videoscreenings and communical activities to get the people actively involved in the restructuring of their own street."

Call for submissions
Noordkaap is open to project-proposals by guest curators, artists, designers and thinkers that test and question the urban landscape by the use of interview, cover stories, poster art, swopactions, performances, research, etc. They kindly invite you to become part of our growing international network by using our projectspace as a platform to test and present your ideas.

Artists / Calls / Organizations / Urban/City
15 Oct 2007
Call for Submissions
NeMe is currently seeking submissions to be included in the project "In Transition Russia 2008" which is an international interdisciplinary exhibition and conference dedicated to making visible and creating dialogue about displacement as a result of war, globalization, and socio-economic, religious, race, gender and class tensions.

The exhibition is a continuation of the project initiated by Helene Black and Sheila Pinkel, "In Transition Cyprus 2006" which took place in Limassol, Cyprus in October 2006. It included the work of 87 artists from 31 countries and incorporated an opening series of lectures during the exhibition geared at creating consciousness and dialogue about global displacement.

"In Transition Russia 2008" is a NeMe project presented by the Independent Museum of Contemporary Art (IMCA) and will take place at the National Centres of Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg and Moscow, Russian Federation between 16th October and 22nd December 2008.

Deadline for the call is December 20th, 2007.

Artists / Calls / Exhibitions / Organizations
01 Oct 2007
The free-media toolkit
"Gearbox is the outcome of twelve-months development work between the MediaShed and Eyebeam Art and Technology Centre in New York, to create a resource for low-budget filmmaking. Comprised of “how to” step by step examples, Gearbox shows people innovative ways of recording footage using unusual combinations of found resources (such as CCTV Video Sniffin' or Spy Kiting) and low-budget methods of reproducing professional film making techniques (for example, achieving a crane shot using a fishing pole).

The MediaShed is the first “free-media” space to open in the East of England and is located at the mouth of the Thames. It's a place for doing art, making things or just saying what you want for little or no financial cost by using the public domain, free and open source software, recycled equipment and enthusiasm. It's also a place to say what you want “freely”, using accessible media systems that can be taken apart and reused without unnecessary restrictions and controls."

DIY / Homebrew / Free / Organizations
29 Sep 2007
The revolution is calling
"Telekommunisten is a worker owned and operated telephone company. Their Venture Communism is a project to research, experiment with, and initiate social enterprises, particularly a rent-sharing based proposed form called a Venture Commune. The project also encourages dialogue and investigation of alternative economies and workers struggle against private property .
The goal is to promote understanding of the relationship between distribution of productive assets, political power and global exploitation and poverty and to investigate how worker-controlled enterprises can contribute to solving this problem, as well as to put such ideas into practice."

11 Sep 2007
The Community Arts Network (CAN) supports the belief that the arts are an integral part of a healthy culture, providing both intellectual nourishment and social benefit, and that community-based arts provide significant value both to communities and artists.

CAN is promoting information exchange, research and critical dialogue within the field of community-based art

Organizations / Public Projects / Social Practice
29 Aug 2007
Vienna, Austria
"Founded in 1998, Vienna's Vegetable Orchestra performs on instruments made of fresh vegetables and at the end of the concert, the audience is offered fresh vegetable soup.

The further exploration and refinement of performable vegetable music is a central part of the orchestra's aesthetic quest. Every individual background that is brought into the project is of vital importance in sustaining the fundamental artistic objective of the Vegetable Orchestra.The broad variety of creative approaches at the same time secures the artistic autonomy of this unique ensemble."

Watch their video.

29 Jul 2007
The camp is a continuation of the tradition of No Border camps on Eastern borders of the Fortress Europe, which were organized between 1998 and 2005. This year the international movement makes a major step forward, as the camp in Ukraine will be first ever organized on the territory of the former Soviet Union.

First of all it will be a camp for communication, networking, planning and popular education. Some of its aims are: 1) To create a ground for communication between activists from Eastern and Western Europe and from everywhere else. 2) To attract attention to the racist policy on migration. 3) To create contact with local people in the region of Transcarpathia.

The noborder network is sending out this call: "We already started to form a program of workshops, discussions, practical trainings etc. But we prefer the program of the camp to be formed by the people who will come there. So if you've got something to share or contribute - please let us know now! It can be any topic you are interested in, not only the main topic of the camp."

A related article by Stefan Dünnwald can be found here.

Calls / Organizations
25 Jul 2007
Delhi, India
Sarai is a programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, one of India’s leading research institutes with a commitment to critical and dissenting thought and a focus on critically expanding the horizons of the discourse on development, particularly with reference to South Asia. They are a coalition of researchers and practitioners with a commitment towards developing a model of research-practice that is public and creative, in which multiple voices express and render themselves in a variety of forms.

Education / Organizations / Urban/City / Virtual Soil
15 Jul 2007
Bikes that haul, for all.
US, Berkeley
"Worldbike is an international network of bicycle designers and industry leaders, and international development professionals, working together to provide transportation solutions and create income-generating opportunities for the world’s poor. All across the developing world, people use bicycles the way we use pickup trucks and school busses. However, the bicycles sold in developing countries are those designed for recreation and are ill-suited to carrying loads.

Worldbike designs higher-strength, longer-wheelbase bicycles with integrated cargo capacity. They conduct trial markets to determine the ideal price levels, work with the bike industry to get the best quality parts and frames at the lowest cost, and partner with international development organizations like Kickstart International to sell and distribute the bicycles."

Organizations / Sustainability
07 Jul 2007
US, Los Angeles
Monte Vista is a new artist run space in Highland Park that will host art exhibitions, conversations, events and performances. There is no "manifesto" as this space will be self-determining, but their general aims are to bring a platform for art and conversation to Los Angeles that sidesteps the influence of the commercial market. "We wish to facilitate the contribution of works of art that come from non-traditional sources, and support artworks that contribute to non-traditional dialogues."

Artists / Organizations
04 Jul 2007
Kitchen Budapest, opening in June 2007, is a new media lab for young researchers who are interested in the convergence of mobile communication, online communities and urban space and are passionate about creating experimental projects in cross-disciplinary teams.

Education / Organizations / Urban/City / Virtual Soil
29 May 2007
This research project is working to uncover all of America's all-ages music and art venues. By noting the reasons behind such venues' formation, their similarities, and important contributions to communities, the project hopes that more support will follow. Ultimately, the researchers are interested in forming a national organization to support like-minded organizations and share resources. The site offers a database of spaces involved and links to more information.

25 May 2007
When the countryside becomes urban
"Firefly was set up in 1999 with the aim of integrating art into every part of daily life. Its base is in Brussels and it moves nomadically around the city and its outskirts. Its main concern is an emphatically social rooting. Firefly is intended, in its creative work, to enter into communication and dialogue with the street.

To achieve this they work on a series of Creative Platforms in combination with selected sites that they discover, analyse and artistically assimilate. These sites are in most cases non-places, places that belong to everyone and no one, places with scars, places where the collective subconscious is very much alive.

N6: The Stone Road is build up around the dream to make an inventory of all Belgian trunk roads, to interpret Belgium through its trunk roads as a single huge city. The study of the Chaussée de Mons is a first step towards realising this dream, an almost random line, running almost north-south from the centre of the country."

Art + Activism / Artists / Organizations
23 May 2007
Brussels, Belgium
City Mine(d) is a production house for urban intervention for and by the city. The organisational structure is flexible, network-oriented, rhizomatic and its activities are temporary. See the many projects they have initiated and organized!

Organizations / Urban/City
02 May 2007
'Parking Public' is a research initiative documenting specific histories of parking lot development as it relates to the more general ideology of utopian capitalism.

The Temporary Travel Office just made their 'Video Tour Into the Storage of Utopia' available for viewing on

Artists / Organizations
02 May 2007
US, San Francisco
The Collective Foundation is pleased to announce their second Collective Grant for $500.
This YBCA Grant is open to anyone and will be juried by the security guards of the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts in San Francisco. Deadline is May 30th, 2007.

Artists / Calls / Organizations
02 May 2007
"The Barefoot College is a place of learning and unlearning. It's a place where the teacher is the learner and the learner is the teacher. It's a place where NO degrees and certificates are given because in development there are no experts-only resource persons. It's a place where people are encouraged to make mistakes so that they can learn humility, curiosity, the courage to take risks, to innovate, to improvise and to constantly experiment. It's a place where all are treated as equals and there is no hierarchy."

Education / Organizations
19 Apr 2007
A Benefit for Friends of the Urban Forest
US, San Francisco
More than 100 Bay area artists and Friends of the Urban Forest invite you to join us at Arcadia: Artists Celebrate Trees, an exhibition and auction to be held April 23, 2007 at California Modern Gallery in San Francisco.

Arcadia is an invitational biennial event conceived by artists in 2002 as a way to make a significant contribution to San Francisco's urban ecosystem. Artists have welcomed the opportunity to transform their art into trees and enhance our city one artwork and one tree at a time.

Art + Activism / Artists / Exhibitions / Organizations
11 Apr 2007
Artistic Movement for an InterMediterranean Politic
"Love Difference is a network of institutions, organisations and individual people who are committed to providing society with a new model of cultural integration through art and creativity. It was established in Biella in Spring 2002 in the Politics Office of the Cittadellarte–Fondazione Pistoletto. The aim is to bring together, around the regions facing onto the Mediterranean Sea, people and institutions interested in creating new prospects that reach beyond the tragic conflict between different cultures."

Art + Activism / Artists / Organizations / Social Practice
04 Apr 2007
An artistic organization aimed at developing practical collaborative art projects within non-art contexts, as learning research about collective innovation and creative processes.

30 Mar 2007
"The Institute for Infinitely Small Things is a research organization whose mission is to invent and distribute new practices of political engagement in everyday life. While the macropolitical realm of issues, parties and policy is important, it begins with asking social and political questions about tiny things, such as, “What can you do for free in Harvard Square?” and, “What happens when you do what an advertisement tells you?” The Institute’s methodology is to complexify small things rather than simplifying large ones."

Art + Activism / Artists / Events / Organizations
29 Mar 2007
US, New York
"The Rising Tide facilitates a creative outlet to students, artists, and residents of the city to explore visually issues and concepts related to climate change. Through this action, perhaps a less abstract understanding of climate change will be achieved and provide a continued dialogue about complex issues of climate change in a relevant context. "

Organizer Sea Of People is also looking for 5,000 participants, and no less than 200 volunteers. dressed in blue, to redefine lower Manhattan under the ten-foot sea level rise scenario. The project is part of Step It Up 2007, a nationwide campaign that aims to deliver a clear and powerful message to the US congressional leadership: Cut global warming pollution by 80% by 2050!

Art + Activism / Artists / Calls / Events / Organizations / Public Projects
26 Mar 2007
Architecture + Landscape Research
US, Los Angeles
M&A is an outdoor exhibition space that is visible from the street 24 hours a day.
FREE ENTRY -- Donations are welcome!

M&A is a research center dedicated to pushing new and underused ideas for art, landscape and architecture into view.

Architecture / Organizations / Urban/City
21 Mar 2007
Debunking Olympics Myths
"Games Monitor wants to highlight the local, London and international implications of the Olympic industry. They seek to deconstruct the 'fantastic' hype of Olympic boosterism and the eager complicity of the 'urban elites' in politics, business, the media, sport, academia and local institutional 'community stakeholders'."

Blogs / Organizations
20 Mar 2007
London, UK
A campaign to stop the transfer of control over the majority of Iraq’s oil over to multinational companies like BP and Shell.
It opposes any foreign exploitation of Iraq's oil reserves that rips off the Iraqi people. Members include Corporate Watch, Iraq Occupation Focus, Jubilee Iraq, Naftana, PLATFORM, Voices UK, and War on Want.

Education / Organizations / Social Practice
14 Mar 2007
US, Berkshire
"BerkShares are a local currency designed for use in the Southern Berkshire region of Massachusetts. The purpose of a local currency is to function on a local scale the same way that national currencies have functioned on a national scale—building the local economy by maximizing circulation of trade within a defined region. Widely used in the early 1900s, local currencies are again being recognized as a tool for sustainable economic development. The currency distinguishes the local businesses that accept the currency from those that do not, building stronger relationships and a greater affinity between the business community and the citizens of a particular place.

The people who choose to use the currency make a conscious commitment to buy local first. They are taking personal responsibility for the health and well-being of their community by laying the foundation of a truly vibrant, thriving local economy."

Organizations / Public Projects
13 Mar 2007
"Trans Artists is an independent foundation that informs artists of any discipline about international artist-in-residence programs and other opportunities for artists to stay and work elsewhere 'for art's sake'.

The information of Trans Artists is also intended for organizations that are involved in offering international residency opportunities or are interested to become involved: residential art centres, providers of guest studios, art initiatives, cultural institutions and governmental organisations."

Artists / Calls / Organizations
12 Mar 2007
Wikipedia's description of 'Gleaning' is the collection of leftover crops from farmers' fields after they have been mechanically harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest.

"Glean The Planet is a community resource to facilitate the sharing of food. Gleaning is about sharing food resources that would otherwise go to waste. Whether you are looking for free vegetables or have an apple tree you don't have time to pick from, you can use GTP forums to spread the word."

Free / Organizations / Public Projects
11 Mar 2007
"The Musicians' Alliance for Peace (MAP) is dedicated to promoting and celebrating peace with music. Since 2004, MAP has called on people around the world to join together to affect change and help those in need.

Anyone who loves music can participate in the Music for Peace Project between March 30 and April 1. Past performances have ranged from intimate gatherings of friends who perform for each other in their homes to symphony orchestra performances in major concert halls. All you need is the desire to bring people together with music and you can make things happen."

Artists / Calls / DIY / Homebrew / Events / Organizations
05 Mar 2007
Mini Film-Series dedicated to food and food security
Canada, Ottawa
On March 1 (sorry, too late), 8 and 15 USC Canada, Just Food, the Good Food Box, and World inter-action Mondiale (WIAM) are bringing Reel Food, a program screening Media That Matters: Good Food, a collection of short films on food and sustainability.

Artists / Events / Organizations / Sustainability
02 Mar 2007
10 Open Education Resources
"The phrase ‘open education resources’ encompasses several different types of resources, including learning content, tools and implementation resources; and iCommons has developed a short list that contains the major Open Education Resources on the internet.

Incubated by Creative Commons, iCommons is an organisation with a broad vision to develop a united global commons front by collaborating with open education, access to knowledge, free software, open access publishing and free culture communities around the world."

Education / Free / Organizations / Virtual Soil
22 Feb 2007
My hero's:
Another amazing project/research brought to us by the Arts Council England:

'The New Audiences Website is one of the largest free resources on developing audiences in the world. It offers a great opportunity to learn from our peers and we urge arts professionals to take advantage of its richness.'

New Audiences was set up to encourage as many people as possible, from all backgrounds and every walk of life, to participate in and benefit from the arts.

Art + Activism / Organizations / Public Projects / Social Practice
21 Feb 2007
Call for proposals
US, San Francisco
The Center for Outdoor Contemporary Art (COCA) in partnership with Neighborhood Parks Council is seeking ambitious proposals for temporary site-specific projects of all media for their festival in October, 2007. The Call is fee-free and open to US-based artists.

"Open Skies is a Contemporary Arts Festival that celebrates the spirit of wonder, renewal and creative social action through artist-driven public projects that activate public space and community resources."

More details at 'parkopolis'.

Artists / Calls / Events / Organizations / Public Projects
20 Feb 2007
Mexico City
the backroom is a research-oriented project that provides access to source materials which inform and support artists’ practice. Initiated in August 2005 in Los Angeles, the temporary archive includes objects, videos, magazines, photographs, ephemera, data and written anecdotes from an evolving line-up of over forty artists, filmmakers, writers and architects, from which a series of presentations and projects have developed.

Exhibitions / Organizations
18 Feb 2007
Green Gold
A few banana links
Glasgow based artist, Jan Nimmo, has been gathering images and testimonies to make a series of portraits of banana workers since 2000. She recently completed her second documentary film, Pura Vida?, which exposes the devastating effects that agrochemicals used on Costa Rica's pineapple and banana plantations have on workers, communities and the environment.

For her projects, Nimmo has been collaborating with Banana Link, a small and dynamic not-for-profit co-operative, founded in 1996 that campaigns for a fair and sustainable banana trade. Their website is a great resource for the many social and environmental issues that affect the international banana trade.

A bit older, but still ripe:
In 2005, the second International Banana Conference took place in Brussels. One of the outcomes was the Organizer's Declaration, calling for the establishment of a permanent multi-stakeholder banana forum, some form of regulation to limit the impacts of supermarket “buyer power” and for the enforcement in practice of labour legislation, health, safety and environment measures.

Art + Activism / Artists / Events / Organizations
10 Feb 2007
The Netherlands, The Hague
"The Climate Change and Vulnerability Conference addresses the
need to build capacities for proactive local leadership to address the risks of climate warming, particularly in vulnerable island and coastal states.

The conference is organized by the University for Peace, whose
mission is to address the causes and consequences of conflict,
promote cooperation, and lessen threats to world peace, security
and development."

Events / Organizations
07 Feb 2007
Defending freedom in the digital world
"Two days ago, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) opened a new office in Brussels to work with various institutions of the European Union (EU) on innovation and digital rights, acting as a watchdog for the public interest in intellectual property and civil liberties policy initiatives that impact the European digital environment.

From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on governments or large corporations."

05 Feb 2007
San Francisco
"The Digger Archives is an ongoing Web project to preserve and present the history of the anarchist guerilla street theater group that challenged the emerging Counterculture of the Sixties and whose actions and ideals inspired (and continue to inspire) a generation (of all ages) to create models of Free Association.

The Diggers combined street theater, anarcho-direct action, and art happenings in their social agenda of creating a Free City. Their most famous activities revolved around distributing Free Food every day in the Park, and distributing "surplus energy" at a series of Free Stores (where everything was free for the taking.)"

Art + Activism / Free / Organizations / Social Practice / Urban/City
03 Feb 2007
The transnational multi-year research project Translate aims at exploring the political articulation of the notion of cultural translation in artistic practices as well as in political social movements through a number of arts and exhibition projects, discursive events and networking practices from 2005 to 2008.

Articles / Organizations
28 Jan 2007
L’Alliance pour la Planète, a collective made up of NGO's and associations in France, is calling out to Parisian and all European citizens to turn of their lights for five minutes on February 1st. The date is choosen because a new report will be submitted in Paris the next day by GIEC, an intergovernmental group of experts on climate change for the United Nations. The '5 minutes of respite' are meant to attract the eyes of the media, and show the French presidental candidates that global climate change must be included in the political debate.

Calls / Events / Free / Organizations / Sustainability
20 Jan 2007
A grassroots protest gains attention and action
The "Children of Don Quixote" organized a tent city made up of 300 red tents to house Parisians in a demonstration demanding some attention from the government to deal with the homeless situation.

Within weeks, "Quixote cities" appeared in Marseilles, Lyon, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, and Toulouse. These demonstrations led to the French government increasing funds to $92 million from $11 million, allowing shelters to stay open 24 hours - and on Monday earmarked $46 million more to place 27,000 persons. Next month, lawmakers will debate a law that makes housing a legal right - something President Jacques Chirac, under pressure from the Quixote media coverage, proposed in his New Year address.

News stories:
CS Monitor
Habitat International Coalition

Art + Activism / Organizations / Public Projects / Urban/City
17 Jan 2007
Take the Harm Out of Pharma and Industrial Crops
'The federal government's regulations of pharma crops do not address the possibility that pharma crops could contaminate seed production. As a reaction, The Union Of Concerned Scientists has launched a campaign to call on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for immediate regulatory action under the Plant Protection Act to prohibit the outdoor cultivation of genetically engineered food crops for the purpose of producing pharmaceutical and industrial chemicals.'

Organizations / Sustainability
15 Jan 2007
National Endowment for the Arts Releases Study on The Arts and Civic Engagement
A large population survey is first to find links between arts participation and community health

"People who participate in the arts are people who help make communities thrive, according to a study released today by the National Endowment for the Arts. The study, The Arts and Civic Engagement: Involved in Arts, Involved in Life, reveals that people who participate in the arts also engage in positive civic and individual activities -- such as volunteering, going to sporting events, and outdoor activities -- at significantly higher rates than non-arts participants. The report shatters the stereotype that art is an escapist or passive activity, showing instead that it is associated with a range of positive behaviors. The study also reveals that young adults (18-34) show a declining rate of arts participation and civic activities.

Download the full Report:

Art + Activism / Organizations / Social Practice
12 Jan 2007
The National Park Services offers opportunities for visual artists, photographers, sculptors, performers, writers, composers, and craft artists to live and work in the parks. There are currently 29 parks participating in the Artist-In-Residence program.

Calls / Organizations / Public Projects
25 Dec 2006
US, New York
Inspired by Slow Food and the Slow Movement in general, this non-profit organization promotes 'slowness' through public lectures, discussions and exhibitions, a dynamic online project observatory and communication portal, academic programs and publishing projects.
Recently added to their set of tools is the 'slowBlog'.

Blogs / Organizations
21 Dec 2006
Call for Submissions
US, Champaign
"For Collected, OPENSOURCE Art is soliciting projects, performances, films, installations, and documentation about collections, as well as collections themselves. Submissions could
be (but are not limited to) collections of objects, critically aware collections, and commentaries on collections. We encourage submissions to consider issues of display and presentation, as well as the objects themselves."
Open to submissions from artists working in new or traditional practices, as well as from collectors not working within the arts (these could be scientists, anthropologists, antiquers, anyone).

Artists / Calls / Organizations
01 Dec 2006
Wheeled motion in companionship with like-minded souls
US, Los Angeles
Routes and Method pays tribute to an age old tradition at the same time putting their amazing 40,000 square feet space to good use!

In the mid-1800s velocipede social clubs were formed to teach ladies & gentlemen the mechanics and pleasures of bicycle riding in a safe smooth indoor setting.

Routes and Methods describes itself an open venue for the communication and exchange of ideas.

Exhibitions / Organizations / Social Practice
20 Nov 2006
Campaign for safe, healthy consumer products
US, New York
"New car smell? New shower curtain smell? That’s the smell of poisonous chemicals off-gassing from the PVC."

The PVC Consumer campaign is focused on preventing harm by shifting decision makers from producing, using and disposing of PVC consumer products and packaging and substituting it with safe materials."

Education / Organizations
16 Nov 2006
A plethora of amazing projects! The Civic Studio is an experimental applied studio project. The studio employs the methods of visual art as means to study, form, and present art in a specific public context.

Artists / Organizations / Public Projects
13 Nov 2006
Oslo, Norway
Underskog (Underwood) is a blogging community about (sub)cultural events. The idea is simple; people post events, the posts can be read on the front page sorted by the hour. By combining events and place (in this case mainly Oslo) with social software, community members can see which events others would attend. In this way you find the experimental puppet theater or art show that you would otherwise not have found. Underskog has several thousand participants -you cannot join the community, but you can harvest information. Brilliant idea!

Blogs / Organizations / Virtual Soil
13 Nov 2006
Independent Video Archive
US, Chicago
The name derived from the 1975 Ant Farm event, this beta version of the archive already comprises an amazing collection of over 35 years and over 4,000 hours of independently produced, non-fiction/documentary videotapes.
Media Burn is a project of the Fund for Innovative TV (FITV) and aims for a widespread distribution of independent media.

Free / Organizations
10 Nov 2006
The Italian Media Jacking Movement
'Telestreet' is a network of pirate micro TV transmitters setup by media activists across Italy as reaction against Silvio Berlusconi's 'personal' RAI network.

Art + Activism / DIY / Homebrew / Organizations
08 Nov 2006
International Environmental Film and Video Festival
US, California
EarthVision presents a series of films and videos in the city of Santa Cruz, California, focused on the environment. The festival also brings together producers of environmental films and videos, and both honors the environment and those that seek to protect it.

The festival seeks to raise consciousness about environmental issues, educate people and mobilize support.

Events / Organizations
23 Oct 2006
Thy, Denmark
This is amazing stuff and I cant wait to visit. The center has for two decades investigated, developed and tested renewable energy sources like wind, water, sun, bio diesel and more and tested various sorts of waste cleaning and recycling approaches. On a piece of land in Northern Jutland (DK) they have built an experimental and functional example of a future ecological society. They recently launched an updated website, the virtual tour is very much recommended.

Organizations / Sustainability
22 Oct 2006
People reclaiming their rights that were theirs in the first place.
Thomas Linzey, innovative attorney and co-founder of Democracy Schools and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund facilitates conservative American townships to challenge the validity of corporate rights, claim local self governance and reclaim democracy.

Education / Organizations / Sustainability
20 Oct 2006
World's Worst Polluted Places
In November 2003 the Blacksmith Institute launched the Polluted Places Initiative to address severely polluted sites throughout the world. By identifying polluted sites directly through an on-line nomination process, researching each site and publishing dossiers online, and conducting site assessments to consult with local stakeholders the institute puts focus on pollution problems in the developing world.

The Institute just published the top ten of "World's Worst Polluted Places"

Organizations / Sustainability
16 Oct 2006
a self-institution for independent research, collaboration and learning
London, UK
As a matter of drifting from the previous post a site most recommendable is University of Openness, one of the first art sites (that I know of) to have used a wiki effectively to make self organized projects. Especially the Cartography section offers a wealth of information and check the urban climbing section run by Lottie Child.

Education / Free / Organizations
08 Oct 2006
Latitudes is an independent curatorial practice that works with artists, institutions and organisations to facilitate and produce temporary and sustained projects such as exhibitions, commissions, publications, research and events.

Current Publication:
LAND, ART: A Cultural Ecology Handbook: (launching December 2006) |
about land, cultural production and the emergencies of our time...

Art + Activism / Books / Organizations / Sustainability
02 Oct 2006
Navdanya is a participatory research initiative. It was initiated as a reaction to the Punjab Violence and the Bhopal tragedy in 1984, to provide direction and support to environmental activism. Those events demanded a paradigm shift in the practice of agriculture. Navdanya was born of this search for nonviolent farming, which protects biodiversity, the Earth and small farmers. Navdanya is actively involved in the rejuvenation of indigenous knowledge and culture. It has created awareness on the hazards of genetic negineering, defended people's knowledge from biopiracy and food rights in the face of globalisation. It has its own seed bank and organic farm.

Art + Activism / Organizations / Sustainability
02 Oct 2006
On their website they present five examples of intercultural garden projects in Berlin, Munich, Leipzig, Göttingen and Dessau, in Germany. The initiators were faced with different starting conditions; for example with a high percentage of immigrants in the West and a low percentage in the former GDR. Also the local cooperation partners vary in each city – they are essential for the success of a project. Apart from Stiftung Interkultur, the projects have gained other actively committed partners, such as the Torture Treatment Centres, municipalities, local churches, refugee organisations, commissioners for migration in states and city councils, ministries, foundations, universities and environmental organisations.

Organizations / Sustainability / Urban/City
01 Oct 2006
Open Collaborative Design
ThinkCycle is an academic, non-profit initiative engaged in supporting distributed collaboration towards design challenges facing underserved communities and the environment. ThinkCycle seeks to create a culture of open source design innovation, with ongoing collaboration among individuals, communities and organizations around the world.

Organizations / Sustainability
22 Sep 2006
"World Carfree Day is an annual celebration of cities and public life, free from the noise, stress and pollution of cars. Each year on September 22, people around the world organize events of all sizes to showcase alternatives to the automobile. World Carfree Network invites organisations and individuals everywhere to join."

Events / Organizations / Sustainability
17 Sep 2006
The People's Free Space is a community organization based in Portland, Maine whose mission is to create autonomous collective spaces for sharing information and resources, building community, and fostering sustainable alternatives and creative resistance to social, economical, political, ecological oppression. It is our belief that education is an essential component of building a stronger, informed and connected community.

Art + Activism / Free / Organizations
05 Sep 2006
Idea Art for Kids
US, Los Angeles
Youngest Professionals Unlimited is a school, studio, and gallery where contemporary art is manifest by The Youngest Professionals. The Youngest Professionals are children and adolescents ages 6-18 years old who share the same art practice as the post-post-modern, neo-minimalist, post-neo-romantic, neo-realist, skater-punk, institutional critique, post-studio, post-exhibitionist, relational, not-art, research-based, and new millennium conceptual artists that participate in the global art world today.

See also: Idea Art for Kids: Lesson Plan

DIY / Homebrew / Education / Organizations
27 Aug 2006
Promoting Economic Justice for Family-Scale Farming
US, Wisconsin
The goal of The Cornucopia Institute is to empower farmers both politically and through marketplace initiatives. Their Organic Integrity Project acts as a corporate watchdog keeping a close watch on companies claiming to provide organic products.

On their website you can find a link to Professor Phil Howard's Who Owns Organic Chart which shows us what companies own what organic brands and how they are interconnected.

25 Aug 2006
Activists campsite as model for sustainable living
"Environmentally sensitive" campsite set up by a loose group of anti-G8 campaigners, including Dissent Network.

- compost toilets, recycling banks, power for lighting from wind turbines and solar panels, a fixed bicycle ran a music system, grey water systems...

See also, Indymedia's: Rural Convergence Article
[Link 1][Link 2]

Organizations / Sustainability
14 Aug 2006
A temporary urban park
US, San Francisco
Last year, REBAR reclaimed the street for parks and people by transforming a metered parking spot into a park. Now they want San Franciscans' support to enlivening the streets and improving the quality of urban human habitat.
September 21, 2006 will be PARK(ing) Day.!
Goal is to call attention to the need for more urban parks and public places; and to connect with ways to permanently reclaim urban space for people.

Here is their manual.

Art + Activism / Events / Organizations / Public Projects
10 Aug 2006
Helping to Bridge the Digital Divide
"Green WiFi is committed to providing solar powered access to global information and educational resources for developing nation K-12 school children striving for knowledge in a digitally divided world ... "

With the creation of solar-powered WiFi grid networks, Bruce Baikie and his co-developers target to improve the functionality of initiatives like the UN/MIT One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project and other NGO efforts to bring affordable computing potential to developing areas.

Education / Organizations
03 Aug 2006
Copenhagen, Denmark
For a while now this excellent project has been running: The aim of the Christiania Researcher in Residence project (CRIR) is to involve artists, researchers and academics in an open, critical and reflective dialogue around the free town Christiania in Copenhagen, and to feed new creative and critical thinking into the public realm.

Christiania should be known to most people, as a long living alternative settlement in the middle of Copenhagen, if not go visit:

Organizations / Public Projects
31 Jul 2006
Quiz time.!
Informal ways to elevate our awareness.
The book 'A Field Guide to Sprawl' by Dolores Hayden Jim Wark (Photographer) is a mix between a series of kooky words and pictures of even crazier things done to the American landscape. From '' you can download the Quiz .

With The Big Here, Kevin Kelly suggests a way to keep track of where we are and what surrounds us.

In 2000, the Union of Concerned Scientist came up with The Great Green Web Game that lets you test your climate, air, water and habitat knowledge.

Last but not least,Twenty Questions: Social Justice Quiz from the Sustainable Knowledge Network.

Education / Organizations / Virtual Soil
17 Jul 2006
Bringing clean water to rural African communities
South Africa
A Playpump is a merry-go-around that pumps subsurface water into storage tanks. This way, playing children are providing potable water to millions of people in rural communities. The system excludes the hauling of water over great distances, reducing injuries and allowing children and women to spend their time differently.
The initiative comes from PlayPumps International - a nonprofit collaborative - that has enabled almost 700 of them in South Africa and continues to work in the Sub-Saharan region.

via Make blog

12 Jul 2006
SKOR (Foundation Art and Public Space) is a nationally operating organization, which develops exceptional art projects in relation to public spaces. SKOR guides and advises organizations that wish to realize art in a public location, and provides financial support where necessary.

One beautiful book project:
The Phenominal Road by Paul Meers

29 Jun 2006
The web site was first launched in 2000. It has now been relaunched as an extension of research currently underway for a book by Temporary Services. Groups can submit information on the site, and it is a great resource. Go use it!

Art + Activism / Organizations
29 Jun 2006
A micronation
Sealand was founded by a former “pirate” radio operator, Paddy Roy Bates, on the principle that any group of people dissatisfied with the oppressive laws and restrictions of existing nation states may declare independence in any place not claimed to be under the jurisdiction of another sovereign entity. The location chosen was Roughs Tower, an island fortress created in World War II by Britain and subsequently abandoned to the jurisdiction of the High Seas.

See also Cabinet Magazines article on New Foundlands

13 Jun 2006
The InterRepublic Of Hybridia
Maybe you remember the moment when The District of Leistavia was created for ISEA 2004. While this virtual community has been exhibited at several locations worldwide, a new project called 'Interrogating the invisible' has been created and selected for ISEA 2006 in San Jose. The Leistavian Federal Bureau of Information aims to gather statistics on how it is that people connect to their cultural identity by use of an online survey form. The 'Bureau' is looking for people who identify with either one or two cultures, and is interested to know whether there are any differences between those two groups. The survey will be used as a context for gathering data, and the data will be visualised both as still and moving image.
All information is strictly confidential and your feedback would be welcomed.

Organizations / Public Projects / Virtual Soil
25 May 2006
Affected local diversity
Copenhagen, Denmark
In 2004, artist Åsa Sonjasdotter visited an Indian Organic Farmer’s organisation that shares locally breaded species of rice, wheat and beans to withstand the heavy pressure to enter commercial farming. Back home she started growing different varieties of potatoes, which - she found out later - were 'illegal' as they are not included on the EU’s listing.
or .. How two seemingly very different stories are related if you look at it from a potato's point of view.!

Artists / Organizations / Sustainability
07 May 2006
Free access to wonderful content; Free Range Practice Guides, Buying Collectively, and Protesting in Public to name a few.
Other projects and connections:
Energy Beyond Oil
Access to Recycled Technology
Brave New Brum


Art + Activism / DIY / Homebrew / Free / Organizations / Sustainability / Urban/City
20 Apr 2006
Converting unused train tracks to public promenades!
US, New York
Friends of the High Line is an organization dedicated to the preservation and reuse of the High Line, a 1.5-mile-long historic elevated rail structure on the West Side of Manhattan.

If only they could keep it wild like it is right now, but they are supported by nearly all the elected officials representing the High Line neighborhoods, numerous civic organizations, and thousands of preservationists, open-space advocates, design professionals, and civic-minded individuals and businesses from New York and across the United States which seems to have pulled them in a very corporate direction.

Nonetheless, it will be an accessible, car free zone and...their site is a great resource.
{see images now!}

Art + Activism / Organizations / Public Projects / Urban/City
23 Feb 2006
An Appeal for a worldwide reading
The Peter-Weiss-Foundation for Art and Politics has declared the 20th of March (the third anniversary of the outbreak of the war in Iraq) as an anniversary of the political lie. The Foundation organizes the annual Literatur Festival Berlin and did send out an appeal for a worldwide reading of Eliot Weinberger's "What I Heard about Iraq" to heighten awareness about political communication. Readings will be held Athens, Basel, Berlin, Brussels, Calcutta, Durban, Everett, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Magdeburg, Melbourne, New York, Prague, San Francisco, Zürich, and other cities.

Art + Activism / Books / Events / Organizations
18 Jan 2006
work and book
US & Denmark
Based in Copenhagen and Los Angeles, Errant Bodies has been publishing books and CDs on sound, auditory issues, spatial arts and design, and cultures of experimental audio and art since 1995.
A keen eye to social and political aspects of our environment makes this site well worth a viisit

A book just came out: Surface Tension: Problematics of Site, addressing the history and legacy of site-specific art practice

Books / Organizations / Sustainability
18 Jan 2006
An international group of artists with Cecilia Wendt, Sweden and Rikke Luther, Denmark, (co-founders of the artist group N55) Julio Castro, Mexico, and Brett Bloom, US. Who deal with urbanism, ecology and of course learning. They definately share affinities with free soil, check their site.

Organizations / Sustainability
07 Jan 2006
Combat Global Warming
US, Santa Fe
Architecture 2030 was established to conduct research, and provide information and innovative solutions in the fields of architecture and planning, in an effort to address global climate change.

Their new website is part of an ongoing effort, initiated by architect Edward Mazria, to provide information and innovative solutions in the fields of architecture and planning, in an effort to address and reverse the destructive trend toward global climate change.

Architecture / Organizations / Sustainability / Virtual Soil
02 Jan 2006
By giving freely with no strings attached, members of The Freecycle Network help build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.

Free / Organizations
12 Dec 2005
Radical Urban Sustainability Training
US, Austin
On March 25th and 26th, The Rhizome Collective will organize an intensive seminar and workshop in urban ecological survival skills. The goal is to explore the cross-section of permaculture and social activism, through both hands-on and theoretical sections.

Education / Events / Organizations
23 Nov 2005
take part in the petition
Rooseum have been on the forefront when it comes to institutions that have supported new artistic work, an institution that has hospitality and openness as a trademark and has engaged in public debate trough shows and public projects. Though it has been one of the most important and internationally recognized institutions in the Oeresund region it is now threatened with closure
Do pass by their website and show your support.

14 Nov 2005
A common ground for sustainable commerce
Reducing our ecological footprint is something that starts at a personal level and will only be effective if we come to a truely green commerce worldwide. Øfootprint acts as a link between millions of people and supports the idea that the small changes we make can lead to large results.

Organizations / Sustainability / Virtual Soil

11 Nov 2005
-a video report
US, Chicago
On a plot of land close to the University of Chicago you find an area with lush community gardens tended by Chicagoans that care for growing their own food.‭ ‬On entering the gardens only the constant humming in the background from the steam power plant, one of the cities most beautiful industrial buildings, reminds you that you are still in the city.

Just behind the gardens allmost covered by vegetation lies an odd shaped building with construction going on. ‬This is the experimental station,‭ ‬a bike workshop,‭ ‬the Baffler magazine, a small business incubator ‬and the studio of Dan Peterman who is the primus motor of the station.‭ ‬The name is well picked,‭ as ‬it is a frame-work for projects starting from a grassroots level that develop over time into small businesses,‭ ‬nonprofit organizations and art projects.

The history of the building dates back to the late‭ ‬1960's when the station was started by Ken Dunn as the Resource Center - a project that is still ongoing.‭ ‬Dan Peterman acquired the station in‭ ‬1996, but in‭ ‬2001‭ ‬the place burned down and years of work was ruined.‭ ‬Now after years of rebuilding and legal battles the place is almost back on its feet and ready for a gradual start.

The experimental station is a unique project in community-‭ ‬based neighborhood change and shows a break with the all too familiar gentrification process.‭ ‬Creating a space for artists and less affluent groups to come together and produce with the assurance that they won't be evicted allows for a different kind of investment of time and energy into the place.‭

In many ways the place is a dream situation where an institution together with artists and producers form an ecology that opens possibilities and allows for the sharing of ressources and the development of independent projects and thinking.

The video shows the present progress of experimental station as of October‭ ‬2005‭ ‬as well as an interview with Dan Peterman.
Download it here ‭(‬20‭ ‬minutes, 21 MB)

if you have a Mac you can watch it with this viewer‭

Architecture / Organizations / Sustainability
02 Nov 2005
Arts + Agricultural Change
Littoral is interested in opening up new critical territory for contemporary art practice in the context of agricultural and rural change, and supports organisations and artists interested in working on arts projects to do with agriculture, farming and other rural issues.

LITTORAL is a non-profit arts trust which promotes new creative partnerships, critical art practices and cultural strategies in response to issues about social, environmental and economic change.

Organizations / Sustainability
18 Oct 2005
Greening urban communities one tree at a time.
US, Los Angeles
The T.R.E.E.S. projects goal is to change our approach to urban watershed management, motivating other cities to adopt “best management practices”.
The Tree People try to achieve this by simply planting trees, raising a general environmental awareness, and running forestry programs in order to restore watersheds.

Organizations / Sustainability
08 Sep 2005
Errant Bodies publishing group present a new book.
Copenhagen, Denmark
Surface Tension examines the conversations that occur as negotiations between cultural production and the place of its reception. Such conversations are underscored as inherently complex, embodying intersections of the imagined and the real, and the intensities surrounding art, performance and architectural productions that seek public potential.
Edited by Ken Ehrlich & Brandon LaBelle
CD selection by Stephen Vitiello

Books / Organizations
30 Jul 2005
Camping Electronique by Code31
Europe, Various Cities
Code31 is an open studio and meeting place for electronic artists setting up their own workshops and collaborative art projects. Under normal conditions located in Brussels, from August 12 till 14 however, they will setup their tents in the parc next to Le Corbusier's "La maison radieuse" in Reze, France.

In case of a 'blackout', I highly recommend taking a look at Le Corbusier: Architect of Books by Catherine de Smet. A book that beautifully illustrates yet another activity of Monsieur Corbu.

Architecture / Books / Events / Organizations
06 Jul 2005
A site for discussing new forms and functions of public art. It has a mailinglist on projects, events and publications related to participatory, interventionist and activist practices in public art.

From the site manifesto:
It is about experimental forms of organizing, which develop in precarious micro-situations for a limited period of time, testing new modes of self-organization and interplays with other experiments. The "organizing function" of art (Walter Benjamin) creates new spaces in the overlapping zones of art practices, political activism and theory production.

Articles / Organizations / Public Projects
08 Jun 2005
US, Various Cities maps all the 'public fruit' planted on private property that overhangs public space. This project encourages people to harvest, plant and share public fruit. The project is a response to accelerating urbanization, as well as issues of grassroots community activism and social responsibility. The mission of the project is to expand the community and using Fruit maps, photos and essays to create an online, global public fruit resource.

Artists / Organizations / Public Projects / Sustainability
23 May 2005
Visualizing carbon monoxide levels in cities.
London, UK
Equator, an Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration, created a set of mobile sensors with incorporated GPS receivers to retrieve pollution data on a street basis in different locations. The results of the measurements for every specific area can be visualized in a 3D model.

Organizations / Public Projects

04 May 2005
New British Research Program
London, UK
Cultures of Consumption is a new £5 million research programme that studies consumption in a global context. Research ranges from the consumption of public services in Britain to the consumption of drugs in East Africa, from the fashionable West End of London to the commodification of water and cosmopolitan citizenship. The research programme is funded by the ESRC and AHRC and brings together leading researchers from the social sciences and the arts and humanities.

Organizations / Sustainability
21 Mar 2005
Great ressource site, on environmental art, a kind of sister organisation to free Soil

Organizations / Sustainability
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