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05 Sep 2010
Art Trail across Hamburg
"Aussicht auf Veränderungen / Looking for Changes" is an art trail across Hamburg that follows Line 3 of the suburban railway, connecting the north of the city to the south. It invites both residents and visitors to Hamburg to embark on extended journeys into unknown suburbs and foreign neighbourhoods.
9 September – 3 October 2010

Events / Urban/City
25 Jul 2010
July 27 & 28
Sydney, Australia
HotHouse brings together artists, designers, curators and creative thinkers in a quest to develop models for sustainable environmental change. This “collective experiment” calls upon art and design to offer practical means of transforming spaces, environments, and even cities in ways that are enduring and energising, and that, most importantly, engage all sectors of the community.

Architecture / Events / Sustainability / Symposium / Conference
19 May 2010
The "Über Lebenskunst" project is turning the city of Berlin into a showcase for initiatives that bring together culture and sustainability and examine (brand) new models for action. Whether neighborhood gardens, urban beekeepers, carrot mobs, Wiki woods, sewing cafés or climate pirates on the Berlin’s Spree River - the Call for Future is directed at everyone who wants to come up with ideas both in and for Berlin.

Art + Activism / Calls / Events / Social Practice
22 Mar 2010
US, San Francisco
"As the SF Board of Supervisors prepares to vote on a law that would make it illegal to sit or lie on any sidewalk in the city, San Franciscans from all walks of life will respond by participating in a creative celebration of the city’s public space, culture, and tradition of compassion.

On Saturday, March 27, people in every neighborhood will be doing what they love on the city’s sidewalks and they will be inviting family, friends, and neighbors to join them."

DIY / Homebrew / Events / Free
10 Feb 2010
ClubHouse at the Performance Space
Sydney, Australia
A series of informal roundtable discussions focusing on our shared natural and urban landscapes.

“DIY Urbanism” will focus on creative solutions for our cities by initiating collaborations between architects, designers, artists and thinkers. Feb 18th.

“Wildlife in the City” will examine the collision between humans and nature in the modern environment. March 4th.

The findings may be speculative or reactionary, based on scientific fact or part of the combined imagination.

Architecture / Events / Public Projects / Urban/City
24 Jan 2010
Belgium, Hasselt
February 6th till May 2nd.

"Nepotists, opportunists, friends, freaks and strangers intersecting in the grey zone is a project in which role defining, blurring and shifting intersect within and outside art. The mise-en-scène in Z33 becomes a mise-en-action, which addresses the presence, responsibility and potential actions of the artist, visitor or audience. In its form and structure, the grey zone challenges traditional presentation venues. The white or the black box becomes grey or coloured and is always changeable."

Events / Exhibitions
11 Jan 2010
April 28-30
Sydney, Australia
This inaugural camp invites germinal, spectral, peripheral, and hypothetical ideas to be presented in a range of Show & Tell formats, including Installation, Paper, Performance, Recital, Round-table, and Screening.

Welcoming research finds, works in progress, poetry readings, film screenings, slideshows, conceptual cooking, travel reflections, labyrinthine introspections, artworks, and all other profundities to be offered up for engagement. Specifically intended to facilitate outer realisations of the inner excitations of artists, researchers, academics, and practitioners, in the spirit of exposure, stimulation, and cross-pollination.

Art + Activism / Calls / Events
30 Nov 2009
Making Things, Making Things Better, Making Things Worse
Portland, Oregon
Call for Submissions
Deadline: January 15, 2010

You are invited to contribute to Open Engagement by submitting your projects, performances, tours, presentations, or panel ideas. Other formats are also welcomed. You are encouraged to think of ways to connect peers and colleagues at this conference, connect and engage a greater community and work across disciplines.

For more info:
Openly Engage

Calls / Events
15 Sep 2009
MIT Visual Arts Program Lecture Series Fall 2009
Brings together speakers from art and (counter) culture, architecture, urbanism, and media technology to discuss such questions as: In what way is the city not a fixed entity, but a process? How do artists and cultural activists reclaim the street, activating the city as backdrop and insisting on public space? What makes a city a city? Who owns the city? How can media technology be designed to intervene in and navigate the city?

Architecture / Events / Social Practice / Urban/City
09 Sep 2009
Greece, Athens
"ReMap 2 is an international platform for contemporary art taking place parallel to the 2nd Athens Biennale and takes place in the culturally diverse and dynamic Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio (KM) district of downtown Athens.
ReMap 2 considers and responds to the unique urban energy, cultural particularities and dynamic artistry of the neighborhood by offering a rich web of cultural events and art happenings that aim to introduce KM as an international hub for contemporary art."

Artists / Events
05 Aug 2009
Call for submissions: Make an image representing capitalism!
US, Chicago
AREA Chicago #8 asked readers to define capitalism, resulting in 183 diverse responses. Now they are continuing this exploration by inviting you to submit (in person, via mail or email) a visual depiction or representation of capitalism. Feel free to keep it broad and define what it is, or be specific and show how it effects you and your community.

These visual representations of capitalism will be collected throughout AREA's current exhibition and event series "Everbody's Got (more) Money Issues" taking place at Mess Hall in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood throughout the month of August.

Calls / Events / Magazines
18 May 2009
UK, Liverpool
An unconference is a participant driven face-to-face conference that sets its own agenda on the day and facilitates inclusive debate.

The UNsustainable UNconference comes out of FACT's response to Liverpool's Year of the Environment and the urgent need to establish a forum to advance the ecology and dialogue around the sustainability of society.
Held alongside Climate for Change, the UNconference invites communities of interest who have been engaged in this project and others who are operating through self-organising networks and alternative models of both capital and cultural production.

Join in for an experimental 'un'conference , 9 May, 12pm-5pm, to draw together Climate for Change activity and beyond - where participants set the agenda, and draft a collective wiki-manifesto throughout the day. Sign up and add yourself as a contributor participant on our wiki here and bring your laptops!

Events / Sustainability
12 May 2009
Out of Control
KRAX is a node of reflection, meeting and action about the implication and appropriation of the citizens in the construction and transformation of the city.

The KRAX Meeting is an international meeting of creative citizen initiatives. The KRAX Meeting visualizes and connects different independent initiatives who develop new formats of political, cultural and economic organisation and participation in the city. During the 4 days of the Jornadas, groups of 7 different cities meet in Barcelona to share and to debate, among them and with initiatives from Barcelona, creative experiences of political thought and action.

From the 20th to the 23rd of May 2009.

Art + Activism / Events
02 Apr 2009
Alternative + Sustainable Cities of the Future
Cambridge, MA
April 3-5, 2009
Harvard University
The conference will bring together design practitioners and theorists, economists, engineers, environmental scientists, politicians and public health specialists, with the goal of reaching a more robust understanding of ecological urbanism and what it might be in the future.

Architecture / Events / Sustainability / Urban/City
20 Feb 2009
U.S. Baltimore
March 27-29, 2009

A group of activists and organizers, including Red Emma's, the Indypendent Reader, The Baltimore Development Cooperative, campbaltimore, and the Campaign for a Better Baltimore are calling for a conference called The City From Below, to take place in Baltimore at 2640, a grassroots community center and events venue.

"The city has emerged in recent years as an indispensable concept for many of the struggles for social justice we are all engaged in - it's a place where theory meets practice, where the neighborhood organizes against global capitalism, where unequal divisions based on race and class can be mapped out block by block and contested, where the micropolitics of gender and sexual orientation are subject to metropolitan rearticulation, where every corner is a potential site of resistance and every vacant lot a commons to be reclaimed, and, most importantly, a place where all our diverse struggles and strategies have a chance of coming together into something greater. In cities everywhere, new social movements are coming into being, hidden histories and herstories are being uncovered, and unanticipated futures are being imagined and built - but so much of this knowledge remains, so to speak, at street-level. We need a space to gather and share our stories, our ideas and analysis, a space to come together and rethink the city from below."

Art + Activism / Events / Social Practice / Urban/City
12 Feb 2009
How to save the world in 10 days
Belgium, Ghent
"Global warming, the financial crisis, famine, drought and overpopulation… The end is near, but don’t despair: Vooruit will save the world!

Artists and experts from different disciplines will launch proposals to save the world, put the threat in perspective or blow up the whole thing.
Well-aimed happenings, bold statements, bizarre turns, sophisticated utopias and biodegradable references."

Artists / Events / Exhibitions
03 Feb 2009
Art about Human Rights
Poland, Poznań
"Stand-up". Art about Human Rights project will respond to the growing needs for acceptance and respect to diversity, dialog and social reflection.

"We believe that art is a right medium to communicate with local community. We want also create opportunity for young, active art-makers to expresses their selves and equally contribute to a more conscious and creative society which will be able to hear and speak about Human Rights problems."

Call for works / projects:
Art works / projects / other actions which are somehow connected with Human Rights problems which will be exhibited in a gallery space in Poznan (Poland) during first part of March 2009.

Art + Activism / Calls / Events
14 Jan 2009
Santa Cruz, USA
The Strengthening the Roots: Food, Justice, & Fair Trade
February 13th - 15th
The convergence is organized by the California Student Sustainability Coalition's Foods Initiative/West Coast Real Food Challenge, United Students for Fair Trade, & the Community Agroecology Network. This regional gathering of students, allies, and other key members of the Fair Trade & Sustainable Food Movement will build upon past accomplishments and serve as a catalyst for regional integration and leadership development. In addition to strengthening the roots of the movement through content explored, the convergence will broaden the leadership community by actively engaging new high school and middle school youth and deepening the commitment of our college level affiliates.

Events / Sustainability
24 Dec 2008
Belgium, Brussels
"Climate change forces us to face the consequences of our actions and overturns our world-view of endless growth and progress. Sombre predictions are no longer dismissed as apocalyptic millennial madness. Our ‘longing for the wilderness’ is put to the test by melting ice caps, acidified primeval forests, felled rain forests and endangered animal species.

Under the heading Burning Ice, the Kaaitheater will for a whole week be gathering together artists, scientists and cultural critics. They will be discussing with each other the role art might play in all this, and will also show their work."

Events / Exhibitions
12 Dec 2008
Belgium, Brussels
"Politics of Change is a research project in which artists, theorists and activists reflect on innovative ideas, contributions and solutions which support distributed and grassroot structures. This reflection takes place through a program of free discussion and dialogue and is documented in a multimedia archive-installation.
The focus is on the role of women at the core of these communities.
Drawing on a wide range of artistic and theoretical approaches, the aim is to imagine new and sustainable relationships between humans, their environments and (appropriate) technologies."

December 18, 19 and 20, 2008

Art + Activism / Events
09 Dec 2008
V2 Institute for Unstable Media
TransAgriculture is a one-day manifestation featuring penetrating introductions to the field, lectures on guerrilla and avant-gardening, and bioart forms. It will also have a live streaming of the event on Dec 19.

Events / Symposium / Conference
20 Nov 2008
The Present and Future of Park Planning and Design
San Francisco
9 December 2008 - 11 December 2008

Forward-thinking designers, planners, park and resource managers, scholars, preservationists, conservationists, social scientists, and students will come together to analyze current conditions and present critical issues that must be addressed in public park design in order to maintain their relevancy and sustainability into the 21st century.

Events / Symposium / Conference / Urban/City
18 Nov 2008
The Alphabet City series challenges us to rethink ideas central to our lives. In each volume writers and artists address single theme from many perspectives, revealing its processes and possibilities.

This issue, FUEL, examines the future of energy by asking about the politics, science, and history that have shaped the impending crisis of supply while describing possible futures. How will world work after coal and oil? Will the changes be slow or sudden? How might we steer toward a future without massive disruption to our economic life? FUEL addresses these and other questions about the necessary radical reinvention of energy.

Alphabet City is co-published with The MIT Press and appears each October accompanied by an arts and ideas festival in Toronto.

Books / Events / Sustainability / Symposium / Conference
11 Nov 2008
U.S. Boston
The MIT Visual Arts Program hosts a cross-disciplinary lecture series that includes speakers from art, architecture, urbanism and technology from around the world. These speakers will start a discourse to imagine tomorrow's urban living conditions.

Events / Urban/City
28 Sep 2008
Contemporary Art Shows Since 1968
London, UK
"Landmark Exhibitions: contemporary art shows since 1968 brings together world-renowned artists, critics, curators, museum directors and scholars to identify and analyse key moments in the histories of exhibitions of the last forty years.

This two-day symposium argues that the exhibition, long overlooked as an epiphenomenon, is central to our understanding of contemporary visual cultures. Participants will discuss the (in)visibility of exhibitions, the proliferation of biennials, the exhibition as archive, the politics of curating, and the sitedness of exhibitions."

Friday 10 October 2008, 10.30–20.30
Saturday 11 October 2008, 10.30–19.00

24 Sep 2008
A multifaceted project on a national scale, Democracy in America travels across the country to take the temperature of artists’ relationships with and reactions to the historic roots and practical manifestations of the American democratic tradition. Creative Time will promote active participation and open discourse during the 2008 election season and beyond by engaging a diverse community of artists, activists, thinkers, and citizens to create spaces for dialogue, exploration, and congregation. The project includes: a 7-day exhibition at the historic landmark Park Avenue Armory, performative artist commissions from coast to coast and at the RNC and DNC, mobile projects visiting communities in Queens and Brooklyn, and a publication giving artists a platform to reflect on democracy in this country.

Art + Activism / Events
16 Sep 2008
3 day conference; 18-20 September 2008
Copenhagen, Denmark
Politics of Designing broaches the issue of a possible political practice, and translates it into the field of design and architecture. Speakers and titles include: "Jakob Jakobsen: Gentrification & Revolt in Copenhagen", "Jens Haaning: Design and Fascism in Denmark today – from Bodum to Arne Jacobsen"
Speakers also include Pelin Tan, Lars Bang Larsen and others. Held at (but not organized by) Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture.

Architecture / Events / Urban/City
12 Sep 2008
Alt_cph and the Free art fair
Copenhagen, Denmark
Sometimes confused if you are at an art fair or in a shopping mall? Two art fairs in Copenhagen and London gives you a break.

This year Alt_Cph offers a platform for Scandinavian non-profit art spaces. It presents projects engaged with immaterial art practices such as sound art, performance, activism and net art. 19-21 September 2008

The Free Art Fair is an art fair where all the work is given away at the end. Taking place in London 13-19 October

Events / Free
09 Sep 2008
Austria, Vienna
Sept. 12-13, 2008
Symposium in 3 "heuristic historical phases":
-the 18th century – man, along with all other creatures, is embedded in an Economy of Nature (Linné).
-19th century - this wholeness seems to be lost: the discovery of ‘ambiences’ results in the duplication of heterogeneous environments in sociology as well as in biology.
-20th century onwards - these different environments tend to be colonised more and more by the term ‘system’.

Art + Activism / Events
04 Sep 2008
US, San Francisco
The Great Rehearsal:
A symposium and week of events
on the World Revolution of '68 and its legacies

September 17-25, 2008

1968 was a world revolution. From Mexico City to Tokyo, Paris to Prague, Columbia University to Berkeley, it was a revolutionary event that at once failed and transformed the world. The process it put into place continues today. 1968, the long '68, altered fundamental balances of power and set the stage for today's new movements. '68 was a great rehearsal. For what, it is up to us to decide.

The Global Commons Foundation, PM Press, and Historians Against the War invite you to a week of discussions and events on the worldwide events of 1968 and their legacies.

Art + Activism / Events / Free
28 Aug 2008
Aug. 30 + 31

Wander to the wild with artist Amy Franceschini and botanist Stefen Ericsson. Learn to identify the natural enviroment
surrounding your city. By examining a 10 x 10 meter sample of wild space in Umea, Sweden, workshoppers will discuss the relationships in this community of plants as it might relate to relationships in cities both spatially and socially.

Art + Activism / Events / Sustainability / Urban/City
22 Aug 2008
US, Chicago
Hull-House Kitchen: Re-thinking Soup
Every Tuesday, 12-1:30pm
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Residents' Dining Hall
800 South Halsted

A gathering every Tuesday to eat delicious, healthy soup and have fresh, organic conversation about many of the urgent social, cultural, economic, and environmental food issues facing us all.

Please join us in the historic Residents' Dining Hall, where Upton Sinclair, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B.DuBois, Gertrude Stein and other important social reformers met to share meals and ideals, debate one another, and conspire to change the world. Activists, farmers, doctors, economists, artists, and guest chefs will join us each week to present their ideas and projects.

Art + Activism / Events / Free / Sustainability
18 Aug 2008
US, Los Angeles
Park[ing] Day 2008 hits the streets of Los Angeles on Friday, September 19, 2008, as artists, designers and activists throughout the city step up to the curb, put a quarter in the meter, and transform curbside metered parkings spots into temporary public parks.

Art + Activism / Events
30 Jul 2008
Borgerhout, Belgium
in week 32

An open meeting around the pamphlet
'design your own utopia'.

Art + Activism / Events / Social Practice
29 Jul 2008
In 2008, Amsterdam hosts its first edition of the Biennale, from 18 September to 2 November, under the theme Space and Place – Design for the Urban Landscape.

ExperimentaDesign Amsterdam 2008 highlights urban culture as the playground for the global citizen. The world’s cities are not only home to over half of the world’s population, they are also a metaphor for today’s cultures and a testing ground for new forms of conviviality and interaction. Throughout its three core exhibitions, the Biennale turns the spotlight on innovative urban design as a process of social action, exchanges and experiment.

Events / Social Practice / Urban/City
26 Jun 2008
London, UK
1 July at 7pm

If the government is to be believed, we are undergoing a streak of freakily bad luck. First the credit crunch, then astronomical fuel price hikes and now a global food crisis. Could all these by any chance be connected?

Mute magazine will be hosting an open discussion with contributions from: Gareth Dale (author of recent critiques of 'green capitalism' including 'On the Menu or At the Table: Corporations and Climate Change'), James Heartfield (author of Green Capitalism: Manufacturing Scarcity in the Age of Abundance), Helena Paul (co-director of Econexus, and long term campaigner against GM and Agrofuels), Graham Burnett (vegan-punk permaculturist and founder of

The Church House
Fletcher St (off Cable St)
London E1

Events / Sustainability / Urban/City
20 Jun 2008
June 28 - 29
Amsterdam will give away all its books. They cancel their library in protest to skimpy Dutch art funding policy.

All members of the mediamatic community (and other book lovers) can pick up their favorite books for free. You just have to publish the ownership on your profile. And promise that you will always honor a lending request from an other community member. Et voilá, a distributed library. First come, first serve. They have a library with thousands of books, magazines and multimedia.

Books / Events / Free
03 Jun 2008
US, San José
Time for some self promotion!

On June 5,6 and 7, we will present a bus tour, an outdoor film/video festival and an on-site exchange in conjunction with the 2nd Biennial 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge in San Jose, California.

This tour takes inspiration from the spirit of counter cultural activities prevalent in this region in the late 1960’s, namely the activities of the Mid-Peninsula Free University, Homebrew Computer Club,draft-resisters and the back-to-landers.

The local landscape will provide a campus for our roaming classroom. The bus will traverse the Santa Clara Valley using public facilities, nature preserves and back alleys to host projects by a wide range of practitioners. We will use this free campus to explore, discover and generate critical responses to the pressing issues that affect not only ourselves, but our whole round planet.

A Free Soil reader will be published alongside this project that looks at various forms of education as cultural production and creative resistance.

Reports will follow. Stay tuned.!

Art + Activism / Education / Events / Social Practice
01 Jun 2008
Through the Midwest Radical Culture Corridor
An invitation to look ata our collective existence on all the relevant scales: the intimate, the local, the national, the continental and the global. A mobile assemblage of people presenting their projects, observations, experiments, discoveries and questions, and producing value through social exchange.

Art + Activism / Events
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
22 May 2008
May 15 – June 1st, 2008

In anticipation of the next “official” Viva! Action Art event planned for 2009, six artist-run centres from the Montréal region are staging a “Mini” Viva!. Loosely organised around performative projects taking place this spring at La Centrale, Dare-Dare, articule, Skol, Praxis and Clark, this edition of Viva! derives its theme from a performance and workshop entitled Performance & Activism in Everyday Life presented by La Centrale, which aims to provide a space for the sharing of tactics and stories amongst peer artists. Viva!, in many respects, shares this collaborative spirit by providing a space for like-minded centres to share dissemination tactics for art practices that might not be as visible. Artists featured include Kerri Reid as well as the launch of Livraison #9, As if all were well with Stephen Wright et al. (Skol), Andrew Chartier (Praxis), Andrea Cavagnaro (Dare-Dare), The Black Market Type & Print Shop (curator: Joseph Del Pesco) and Michael Toppings (articule), Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Lori Blondeau & Adrian Stimson (La Centrale – curator: Joanne Bristol), an exhibition organised by Ayesha Hameed, Nahed Mansour, Tatiana Gomez and Leila Pourtavaf (La Centrale), and an open studio event with nearly 100 artists (Clark).

Art + Activism / Events / Social Practice / Urban/City
08 May 2008
New Media Symposium and Art Festival
US, Berkeley
June 1, 2008 - June 3, 2008

Three days of new media and art hosted by BAM/PFA and the Berkeley Center for New Media, timed to link with 01SJ: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge, a new media art biennial taking place June 4–8 in San Jose. Occurring together for the first time, these two events combine to create one of the nation’s largest gatherings of new media art, a virtual “big bang” of innovation and creativity.

The Berkeley Big Bang program will include a two-day symposium on new media, art, science, and the body in partnership with Berkeley Center for New Media and Leonardo: The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology; a campus media lab demonstration and open house; and an alternate reality game. Berkeley Big Bang is presented in tandem with BAM/PFA exhibitions of work by media artists Trevor Paglen, Jim Campbell, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Scott Snibbe.

Artists / Events / Virtual Soil
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
24 Apr 2008
Brussels, Belgium
Bains::Connective is an artistic working and presentation space located in the ancient swimmingpool of Vorst|Forest, in Brussels.

In the context of Some Political Art, B::C invited Jakob Jakobsen to talk about self-organization and autonomy in knowledge production and education. He will use his own concrete experiences with the Copenhagen Free University and the Free Class as examples of self-education, leading to a discussion about possible paths for autonomous educational initiatives and institutions in the shadow of the current neo-liberal colonisation of the educational sector.

The lecture is on Monday april 28, 2008 and is free.

Art + Activism / Education / Events
21 Apr 2008
Two days of demonstration, direct action, public information, street-party, squatting… in defence of free spaces and for an anti-capitalist popular culture. Through these two days, autonomous spaces and squats gained visibility as a european/global political movement.

Decentralized and autonomous actions of all kinds, depending on what people feel to be the most appropriate to their local context.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Events / Urban/City
16 Apr 2008
Krakow, Poland
Jagellonian University Krakow
26 April 2008

This seminar will examine the multiple legacies of 1968 for contemporary art in terms of new artistic practices involving dematerialisation, performance and the use of new media; social and institutional critique; as well as the impact of political upheavals on art. It will also consider the contemporary implications of the social movements and artistic radicalism of 1968 against the backdrop of the organised commemoration of the 40th anniversary, as well as the specificities of the experience of 1968 in the countries of Eastern Europe.

Art + Activism / Events
15 Apr 2008
Rethinking Art as Social Practice
US, Santa Cruz
The University of California Santa Cruz will host a three-day conference and month long series of interventionist exhibitions in May 2008. A series of exhibitions featuring the work of participating artists will run concurrently with the conference, hosted by: the Art department and the Sesnon Gallery at UCSC; the LAB, San Francisco; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose. Interruptions will foster exchange between scholars, innovative regional and international artists and curators, through panel presentations, performances and indoor and outdoor exhibitions. There will be a Wikipedia dedicated to real-time collaboration and exchange between participants. The conference will generate a publication documenting the scholarly and artistic work emerging from this event.

Art + Activism / Events / Exhibitions / Social Practice
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
Helsinki, Finland
GRASSROOTS is a 2-day conference, a public forum for discovering and debating the wide field art and ecology today with renowed and specialist speakers leading the way. You don’t need to be a specialist, just come with an open and enquiry mind.

Art + Activism / Events / Sustainability
24 Mar 2008
Creativity and Enclosure in the Cities
Two days of workshops, discussions, walks, presentations, installations and screenings that articulate approaches and experiences around the contentious nexus of culture and urban regeneration in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, London, Glasgow and Barcelona.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Events
04 Mar 2008
U.S. Pasadena
March 13 - 14, 2008
A two-day symposium at Pasadena City College, "Anytime, Anyplace," will examine artists' collectives that focus on political, social, and environmental issues and their strategies for engaging individuals and communities.

Keynote speaker for the event will be Grant Kester, critic and associate professor of art history at UCSD. Kester's current book project is "The One and the Many: Agency and Identity in Contemporary Collaborative Art."

Representatives from three art collectives will make presentations:

o Chicago-based Temporary Services, a group of three artists, produces creative exhibitions, events, projects and publications aimed at creating socially dynamic situations and spaces for dialogue. The artists are Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer.

o Futurefarmers, a San Francisco-based inter-disciplinary collective internationally known for a practice that extends across conventional artistic categories. Futurefarmers will begin a week as artist-in-residence at the college at the close of the symposium. Their exhibition "The Reverse Ark: The Flotsam & The Jetsam," will open in the PCC art gallery on Friday evening.

o Temporary Travel Office is Ryan Griffis, who teaches new media art at the University of Illinois, with Sarah Ross, an artist whose works focus on myths of health, safety and cleanliness that surface in the physical and visual structures of everyday space. The final session of the symposium will be a tour with Temporary Travel Office to sites of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Art + Activism / Events / Social Practice
03 Mar 2008
Nevada Museum of Art
U.S. Nevada
Land Arts of the American West, JEFF GORDINIER
Author of X Saves the World - How Generation X Got the Shaft but Can Still Keep Everything from Sucking, FRITZ HAEG, MICHAEL LIGHT, GEOFF MANAUGH, BLDGBLOG and Dwell Magazine, JENNIFER STEINKAMP.

Events / Exhibitions / Sustainability
26 Feb 2008
Boston, USA
Platform2 is a series of events in Boston, MA, that are designed to facilitate dialogue about art & social engagement. The three platforms include: Failure, RISK, The Commons, and Art + Activism.

Art + Activism / Events / Social Practice
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
03 Feb 2008
What We Know of Our Past, What We Know of Our Future
US, Chicago
A three day gathering to talk about socially-engaged, political, and critical artwork, its international iterations, history, and future.

"These three days are organized by the Library of Radiant Optimism (Brett Bloom + Bonnie Fortune), YNKB (Kirsten Dufour-Andersen + Finn Thybo Andersen) and Mess Hall. This is part of an ongoing series that asks how we can have optimism in our politics and work in the face of neoliberal globalization, war, economic, environmental, and other global crises. Our activities have included a poster show in Copenhagen and Chicago, and an upcoming discussion-based event similar to this one in Copenhagen."

Art + Activism / Events
26 Jan 2008
A day for people to collectively drop serious knowledge into Wikipedia about art: from your favorite notable artwork, artist or exhibition, to our soon-to-be-famous peers. "We'll also add structural links to alumni, schools and categories such as collective art groups, non profit orgs, etc."

Events / Virtual Soil
20 Jan 2008
Online collaborative project
Following 2 months of transnational conversations, the TRANSIT LOUNGE began on the 16th Jan. 15 artists, scattered across 5 cities, have begun a furious exchange of ideas via email, skype and online forums. An ongoing residency and collaboration project between Australia and Berlin, which culminates at the Transmediale 2008. Initiated by Free Soil guest blogger Katie Hepworth (Sydney) and Miriam Mlecek(Berlin).

Architecture / Events / Public Projects
14 Jan 2008
The Rural Route Film Festival has been created to highlight works that deal with rural people and places. While the term "rural" is defined by Webster's Dictionary as: 1) Of or relating to the country: RUSTIC 2) Of or relating to people who live in the country 3) Of or relating to farming: AGRICULTURAL, the creators of Rural Route Film Festival leave it up to you, the film and video artists, to explain your own definition of "rural."

Coming to the Red Vic in San Francisco Feb. 5, 2008.

Art + Activism / Events / Sustainability
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
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
13 Nov 2007
US, San Diego
The Political Equator Conferences were launched in June 2006 with an investigation into the theme of Urbanities of Labor and Surveillance. Political Equator ll stages an exploration of the intersection between sociopolitical and natural domains, foregrounding the notion of a collective territory, but also a territory of collaboration that transgresses hemispheric boundaries.

The field of operations represented by the collectives of architects and urbanists brought together for Political Equator ll traces an invisible trajectory across the political equator. This time the axis runs south to north, along which emergent Latin American practices of intervention simultaneously engage the politics of the environment and policies that are shaping contemporary cities. The Political Equator re-emerges in 2007 as a collaboration with Tránsito(ry) Público / Public(o) Transit(orio), following an event-based itinerary that travels from Los Angeles to San Diego to Tijuana, and back again. This provocative series of events and interventions will be hosted by major cultural institutions, neighborhood-based NGOs, and independent alternative spaces, eventually crossing over into the no man’s land of the border zone itself, where the Tijuana River symbolizes the conflicts these collaborative practices seek to expose and engage.

Art + Activism / Education / Events
10 Nov 2007
Artivistic is an international transdisciplinary three-day gathering on the interPlay between art, information and activism. Artivistic emerges out of the proposition that not only artists talk about art, academics about theory, and activists about activism.

For the third edition of Artivistic, the expression [ un.occupied spaces ] was chosen to stimulate new ideas in response to the hidden confusions caused by the infinite networks of 21C globalization and neo-liberalism. [ un.occupied spaces ] dares to link the charged issues of environmentalism, indigenous and migrant struggles, and urban practices together through the angle of occupation. In an interconnected world, critical thought and action cannot but become flexible and uncompromising at once. To think with occupation consequently becomes a strategy for approaching these issues in a way that will reveal their interdependence, and fuel creative and tactical collaborative actions between “co-artists” (artists and non-artists). Built around three interrelated questions, the event consists of roundtables, workshops, interventions, exhibitions, performances, and screenings at our temporary headquarters at 5455 av. de Gaspé, #701 and in different venues and spaces of Montreal.

Art + Activism / Events
06 Nov 2007
SHARE is an organization dedicated to supporting collaboration and knowledge exchange in new media communities. Local SHARE groups hold free, open jams and workshops in their communities. Participants bring their portable equipment, plug into our system, improvise on each others' signal and perform live audio and video. SHARE furnishes the amplification and projection, and happens weekly to monthly in cities around the world.

Interested in starting a gathering? See the do it yourself page.

DIY / Homebrew / Events / Free
31 Oct 2007
US, San Francisco
In relation to BioTechnique, curator Phil Ross is organizing 'Technebiotics' :
"Part science fair, part county fair, this interactive afternoon event will feature multiple live demonstrations and do-it-yourself workshops on a wide range of biological techniques and processes. Artists, scientists and educators will demonstrate how to spool DNA, extract and cultivate stem cells, construct a home distiller or a hyrdoponic garden, hybridize plants, and more. See cutting edge laboratory equipment alongside traditional horticultural methods and enjoy hands-on interaction with each display. Technebiotics promotes the intersection of the arts, sciences, and technology in a “DIY” atmosphere, and will bring together expert knowledge and playful experimentation in this afternoon of technical flora and fauna."

Artists / DIY / Homebrew / Education / Events / Exhibitions
26 Oct 2007
Contemporary art in public space
The project is a series of public debates, artist talks/workshops and exhibition realized by santralistanbul in cooperation with a number of partners. 27 October 2007, 3pm-6pm a debate will take place featuring Rosalyn Deutsche: "The Art of Witness in the Wartime Public Sphere" Gülsün Karamustafa: "Public/Private, where does the border stand?"Gerald Raunig: "The Monster Precariat" & Erden Kosova: "Radical Gestures in Restriction: Spatial Problems of Politically Engaged Art in Istanbul"

Blogs / Events
13 Oct 2007
Can art change politics, does politics determine art?
Eindhoven, Netherlands
A two day discussion seminar reflects on some of the issues
brought up in the exhibition Forms of Resistance. The seminar will introduce the exhibition and invite a number of artists, theorists and activists to discuss the political possibilities of the art field.

Some of the questions addressed include:
- What are possible relationships between art and political action?
- What role does aesthetics play in articulating the desire for social and political change?
- How can we interpret the political desires of previous artistic
generations today and how does it impact on our understanding of the history of art?

Will Bradley, Marcelo Esposito, Charles Esche, Brian Holmes,
Gerald Raunig, What, How, For Whom?, and Marina Vishmidt.

Art + Activism / Events / Exhibitions
07 Oct 2007
A symposium on art and public space
"More than twenty leading international artists, curators and scholars will present a variety of projects ranging from the Snow Show in Lapland to the Echigo Tsumari Triennial in Japan, from the make-over of Barcelona to the complexity of commissioning art in public space in New York City and addressing actual concerns and strategies."

Artists / Events
05 Oct 2007
A weekend gathering for collaborative + creative reflection on art + politics
North West, England
Technology / Authorship / Ways of Living / Art Market
5th - 7th October, 2007
Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster University, North West England.

The Knowledge Lab is an attempt to provide a collective space for anti-capitalist reflection. It is located at the margin of the university, an institution essentially geared towards the production of knowledge as a resource for corporate interest and as justification for particular constellations of power relations. The Knowledge Lab is hence also an attempt to claim back some of the university's space, resources and know-how from the military-industrial complex and make them available for people concerned about and working against the status quo of unceasing commodification, exploitation, war, and biospherical destruction.

Art + Activism / DIY / Homebrew / Education / Events
29 Sep 2007
Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War
US, Berkeley
Presented by Iain Boal, a member of Retort and one of the authors of "Afflicted Powers" Afflicted Powers is an account of world politics since September 11, 2001. It aims to confront the perplexing doubleness of the present—its lethal mixture of atavism and new-fangledness. A brute return of the past, calling to mind now the Scramble for Africa, now the Wars of Religion, is accompanied by an equally monstrous political deployment of (and entrapment in) the apparatus of a hyper-modern production of appearances.

Retort is a gathering of antagonists to capital and empire, based for two decades in the San Francisco Bay Area. The present book arises from the group's efforts to confront the current political moment and some of the main forms of resistance to it. Involved in the writing were Iain Boal, T. J. Clark, Joseph Matthews, and Michael Watts.

Books / Events / Free
10 Sep 2007
September 21 +22, 2007

An international exchange of high-level knowledge and experience in new concepts and ideas of learning. The focus of this event is on the theme of challenges in contemporary pedagogy, including the use of new media tools, but also exploring institutional and cultural issues.

25 Aug 2007
September 13-16, 2007
Bristol, UK
OFFLOAD is the UK’s first network media and systems arts event on nature, sustainability and ecology. The event brings together international, national and local artists and practitioners interested in creating work that use new and existing media. OFFLOAD is interested in interactive, playful, participatory and socially aware practice.

Art + Activism / Events / Public Projects / Sustainability
27 Jul 2007
8 - 12th August 2007
"The Chaos Communication Camp is an international, five-day open-air event for hackers and associated life-forms. The Camp features two conference tracks with interesting lectures, a workshop-track and over 30 villages providing workshops and gettogethers covering a specific topic."

Art + Activism / DIY / Homebrew / Events
20 Jul 2007
US, New York
A Summer Charette Produced by
the Forum for Urban Design and Storefront for Art and Architecture

Events / Sustainability / Urban/City
08 Jul 2007
US, Berkeley
July 11- August 29, 2007
UC Berkeley Pacific Film Archive
Eco-Amok! Whether anxiety arises from rogue radiation, environmental spoliation, or genomic manipulation, a movie can be found to match the menace. There are rarities like Saul Bass's Phase IV, an acute account of ants with larger-than-life intelligence; Jack Cardiff's The Mutations, in which a crazed botanist tries to meld folks and foliage; Michael Lehmann's Meet the Applegates, a tale of terrorist roaches that want to inherit the earth, even if it's radioactive; and Rene Daalder's harrowing Habitat, a greenhouse with effects, in which CGI meets horticultural hell.

Art + Activism / Events
07 Jul 2007
U.S. Boston
A few months ago a group of twenty-five Boston artists, curators and art professionals met one evening for a conversation about art and activism. At the beginning of the evening, pencils were distributed and the guests were asked to write questions on paper tags and hang them on the wall; resulting in a list of 45 questions.

via Big RED & Shiny

Art + Activism / Events
04 Jul 2007
London, UK
"A Festival of European Young Urbanists brings together, in one place, over one frenetic week, young Europeans working on and in cities face to face to foster, nurture and enhance human relationships, professional networks, and, to provide a platform and party for Europe's young urbanists to respond, stimulate, create and influence our cities, now and for the future."

TINAG’s Steering Committee is requesting proposals for seminars, events and parties.

Calls / Events / Urban/City
25 Jun 2007
US, New York
"Solar One presents Citysol 2007, a clean-energy-powered festival that aims to inspire interest and support for local sustainability initiatives through, music, interactive art installations, games and workshops, and numerous other elements meant to both entertain and educate."

Events / Exhibitions
21 Jun 2007
August 14-21, 2007
Eight days of low-impact living, debates, learning skills, and high-impact direct action tackling the root causes of climate change.

Art + Activism / Events / Sustainability
20 Jun 2007
Oct.11-13, 2007

Artist Jennifer Delos Reyes is the conceptual director of this innovative art project that will combine exhibitions and events with a conference about contemporary art issues. For this event, Regina will host over 70 national and international artists. A keynote address will be given by Harrell Fletcher whose internationally renowned work has helped to expand the notions of socially based art practices for over a decade.

Events / Social Practice
27 May 2007
Davis, California
“Come to our treehouse and we’ll make you a sandwich.”

For one night only, Caroline Cloak and Lissa Ivy Tiegel [arborists] invite you to climb a branch ladder to our treehouse rejuvenation station.

Entry to the treehouse will be limited to coupon-holders due to constraints of time and space. Each party of 2-3 will be welcome for a 10 minute stay, including a customized sandwich. Coupons forthcoming.

Hours of Treehouse operation: 7-8pm; 9-11pm; 12-1:05am.

The treehouse is part of a lively one night outdoor art party featuring interactive, installation and performance art, DJs, live music and food under a full moon. Uncanny is put on by students at UCDavis, this year at an organic farm and vineyard with access to Putah Creek.

Davis, California
Thursday, 31 May 2007
7pm to 1:05am

Art + Activism / Events / Public Projects / Social Practice
26 May 2007
U.S. Boston
“The Commons” on The Common
Friday, June 1, 2007
Meet in front of the State House on Boston Common at the 20-foot picnic blanket. Food & drink on hand, but please bring something of your own to share.

A picnic on the Boston Common “the Commons” will be discussed in relation to the work of invited guests, including Iain Kerr, Paul Bartow, Stan Pipkin/spurse and David Bollier of Excerpts from Lewis Hyde's upcoming book on the commons will be read.

21 May 2007
"The Festival of Regions presents exclusively projects produced especially for the festival and orients itself internationally toward a contemporary concept of culture which comprises art, social research and social practices as well as links with everyday culture and interdisciplinary co-operation.

The 2007 Festival of Regions is being presented as an oversized exhibition in the public space of the focal region situated along the Pyhrn expressway in Austria. From Schlierbach Monastery to the Main Square in Windischgarsten, projects are to be found in vacated shopping centres, service stations and parking areas as well as on fields, lakes and mountain faces.

Artists / Events / Exhibitions
13 May 2007
Rome, Italy
A 3-day forum conceived as a meeting point for all structures that have the aligned ideas on bikes: their use and recycling, importance in urban zones and their political and social implications (no war, no petrol, no pollution, etc...). "This forum is also for the benefit of us all, as we will use it as a starting point for a long lasting process of friendship, collaboration and particpation europe-wide (world wide maybe?)."

Events / Sustainability
11 May 2007
US, New York
Once again. The ever wonderful festival including, city joy ride,
art exhibition, screenings, and more...
May 16-21, 2007

Art + Activism / Events / Sustainability / Urban/City
06 May 2007
US, New York
August 10, 11, 12
New York University

The theme for the 2007 IVSA conference is the multi-faceted relationship between public and private realms and how they are shaped by human action while at the same time condition our lives. The aim of the conference is to visually examine the various layers of the public/private relationship. Presenters and panelists are invited to explore how the social is embodied in the built environment, how visual media challenge and/or reinforce the traditional divide between public and private; and alternative frameworks that visual sociology offers for reconstructing this relationship.

Events / Social Practice / Urban/City
04 May 2007
04.05 - 05.05.2007
Vienna, Austria
The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna presents a symposium exploring the way in which aesthetic strategies have contested, and continue to contest the public realm. Today, the “public” is most certainly in question, and both public space and democratic processes seem to be increasingly under attack.

Art + Activism / Events
20 Apr 2007
US, New York
May 12-13, 2007
Creative Time, inSite + The Cooper Union
Two day conference re-thinking the challenges of engagement in the public sphere.
"In the network society everyone puts together their own city. Naturally this touches on the essence of the concept of pubic domain...Public domain experiences occur at the boundary between friction and freedom."

Art + Activism / Events / Urban/City
17 Apr 2007
Non Aligned Initiatives in Education Culture
May 24 to 28
The debates around education are shifting.
The crisis in education offers potential modes of critical engagement: drawing on activist practices and processes of participation which circulate in the wider culture, it allows us to claim the power to shape and define the terms of the debate.
SUMMIT is a proposal to change the terms of the debate away from a purely bureaucratic engagement with quantitative and administrative demands and from the ongoing tendency to privatize knowledge as so called "intellectual property".

Art + Activism / Education / Events
16 Apr 2007
US, Berkeley
Conference Schedule
April 27, Friday night, 7:00-9:00

The rich and bountiful commons that Californians once enjoyed as a gift of nature and fruit of public efforts are under assault today. Our resources are degraded, our services privatized and our public spaces increasingly pre-empted. But the state’s commons-wealth are not mere amenities for our private lives or raw materials for the economy. They are collective goods, shared resources and collective achievements that underpin our and future generations’ well-being, our civic life and our possibility for a democratic life together.

What exactly are commons? How do they work? How can we protect them? Join scholars, activists, scientists and writers from around the state to examine the crises of California’s commons, recover their history and imagine their possible futures.

Download the brochure.

Art + Activism / Events / Social Practice / Sustainability
08 Apr 2007
Globalism - Crisis + Opportunity
US, Chicago
Green World Symposium
April 26-28, 2007

3 days of artists and "cultural producers" addressing globalism:

"Globalism is radically transforming our world, creating new political instabilities, economic interdependencies, ecological stresses and cultural hybrids. The negative results of globalism have been widely discussed: the loss of cultural and ecological diversity; the consolidation of economic and media power; the rise of violent reactionary and fundamentalist movements."

Art + Activism / Events / Sustainability
06 Apr 2007
San Francisco
Sunday, April 15th, 2007
1-3:30pm/ Readings begin at 2pm
located on 7th Ave. at Lawton Streets

Presentations + Readings by:
Amy Balkin, Henrik Lebuhn, Marina McDougall, Rick + Meagan Prelinger/Prelinger Archives, Erik Zo

A one-day public library created by artists, gardeners and friends of the Garden for the Environment. Invited, one and all, to bring a selection from your private library to the garden for a one-day only public library. By sharing a selection of your favorite books we will temporarily create a collective dream library. Please bring no more than ten books on the following themes: Urban gardening, art and nature, food history, art/policy/farming, sustainability/self-reliance, future of food, social history of food/gardens.

Books can be children's books, non-fiction, how-to guides, scientific/botanical illustrations, recipe books, zines and fiction. Come prepared to read, sip tea and share selections from your favorite books.

If you cannot make it, we will create an online archive at Library Thing.

DIY / Homebrew / Events / Free / Public Projects / Social Practice / Sustainability
04 Apr 2007
Liam Gillick presents five thirty minute lectures, followed by drinks in the bar at unitednationsplaza.
May 7 – May 11, 2007
All sessions will start at 7:30 PM

The outline of a possible text. Five parts will be tested and developed, quickly.

Day 1: The day before closure of an experimental factory.
Day 2: Redundancy following the lure of infinite flexibility.
Day 3: Reoccupation, recuperation and aimless renovation.
Day 4: Reconfiguring the recent past.
Day 5: Relations of equivalence – three potential endings.

“The text looks again at the dynamic that exists within a group when one set of people thinks that there will ‘have to be change’ and ‘things won’t be able to continue this way’ and the other believes that change will only occur as a result of direct action.”

Events / Social Practice
02 Apr 2007
Poster project
Europe, Various Cities
The project HOLY DAMN IT is an artistic intervention in the process of a political debate about social alternatives in the international protest and resistance movements against the G-8 summit in Heiligendamm near Rostock in 2007.

Ten international artists and artist collectives from four continents have created one poster each.

Art + Activism / Events
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
11 Mar 2007
San Francisco
Over a decade ago, Bound Together Bookstore, a collectively run anarchist bookstore located on San Francisco’s Haight Street, presented the first Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair on March 30, 1996. Today, the event takes place in the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park near Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, where the event is still held annually.
Admission is free.

Art + Activism / Books / Events
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
11 Mar 2007
Seminar on the Situationist Movement in Scandinavia
Copenhagen, Denmark
The Situationist movement was a cultural revolutionary movement that had its highest point of activity across Europe in the 1960s. But many of the Situationist ideas are still relevant and useful in our daily struggle against neoliberal globalised capitalism.

The seminar also serves the purpose of putting the Situationist movement back into the Scandinavian cultural history from which it has been excluded. Read more in the Scandinavian situationist text archive

The seminar takes place: March 15 & 16 2007 at Folkets Hus, Stengade 50, Copenhagen

Art + Activism / Events / Urban/City
10 Mar 2007
San Francisco
Saturday April 21 through Sunday April 22, 2007
Along the Third St Corridor

CCA's Curatorial Practice presents: The San Francisco World’s Fair of 2007 asks, “What would today’s world’s fair look like if it didn’t privilege a singular ideology and how would it define itself?” Using this idea as our conceptual framework, the project begins to sort through the accumulated values and investigates multiple ways to proceed. Our World’s Fair creates a space in which to debate the nature of progress through the creative act.

Events / Public Projects / Sustainability / Urban/City
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
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
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
14 Feb 2007
The Hansaviertel in Berlin is a primary example of post war, West Berlin architecture. 50 years after its conception, Stadtfinden Moderne offers one a virtual tour using GPS that includes video, audio and historical background on the the area, particularily the Interbau exhibition of 1957. It offers 80 points of interest, to be found at your leisure, and the PDAs are available until May 31.
More to come...

Architecture / Events / Urban/City
14 Feb 2007
A collaborative platform for creating 100 concepts on the issue of war, to be invented, arranged and presented by scientists, artists, theorists and activists at four public, two-day events in Frankfurt, Munich, Graz and Berlin. The aim is to create key concepts that either play a significant role in current discussions of war, have so far been neglected, or have yet to be created.

Art + Activism / Events
13 Feb 2007
Art, Ecology and the Politics Of Change
United Arab Emirates
The Sharjah Biennial 8 will present various attempts in visual arts and film that address the growing social, political and environmental challenges the world is facing due to excessive urban development, pollution, political ambitions, and the thoughtless misuse, abuse and exhaustion of natural resources.

Events / Exhibitions / Social Practice
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
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
18 Jan 2007
The website is only available in Flemish, but "Ruimte te gebruiken", using clear real estate imagery, sort of translates into "Space for you to use". With this project, Marthe Van Dessel facilitates 1000 square meters at Art Centre Z33 totally free for a weekend. Organizations and individuals can apply for a 'piece of property' that includes all logistics like a film theater, a stage, audiovisual equipment, a complete museum staff and of course .. a deep fryer.

Artists / Events / Free / Public Projects
18 Jan 2007
The Living Art Park Cultural Association, co-ordinated by the artist Piero Gilardi, has been active since 2002. It brings together different professional experiences in a hybridisation of languages and scientific and technical know-how, directed at experimentation in the field of art and nature.

The Modern Art Gallery of Torino, Italy, will explore issues of Programming land and urbanism, Ecology and techno-art. The conference "From Land Art to Bioart" takes place on Saturday 20 January.

Architecture / Events / Public Projects
07 Dec 2006
The Fortune Society's 7th Annual Prisoner Art Show
US, Various Cities
Anthony Throop, an inmate at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi grew his hair for five months to make paint brushes. Other materials used include coffee, M n Ms and lime, due to the restrictions imposed on art materials. Money from the online auction goes to the Fortune Society.

Events / Public Projects
28 Nov 2006
London, UK
11 & 12 December 2006
Taking place at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the enquiry No Way Back? aims to provide different perspectives on ecological issues from major thinkers of our time. Bringing together artists, geographers, ecologists, economists, sociologists, architects, philosophers, anthropologists and others, it will focus on real places and issues. The exploration will include keynote presentations, workshops, panel discussions, walks, readings, screenings, artists' interventions and will encourage dialogue with and among the delegates.

27 Nov 2006
Martha Rosler: Art & Social Life; The Case of Video Art
The Seminar with Martha Rosler takes place in the context of unitednationsplaza December 10–15, 2006
It explores the media history of the 60'ties and 70'ties which offered the hope of social transformation through art, activism, and community interventions. The seminar deals with what kind of issues and moments can be adapted for visionary impulses in current video art.

unitednationsplaza is exhibition as school. Structured as a seminar/residency program in the city of Berlin, it will involve collaboration with approximately 60 artists, writers, theorists and a wide range of audiences for a period of one year. In the tradition of Free Universities, most of its events will be open to all those interested to take part.

Art + Activism / Events / Social Practice
13 Nov 2006
report from the seminar
Oslo, Norway
With this intriguing title the scene was set for a seminar on how electronic interfaces and computers integrated everywhere and in everything affects and changes our everyday lives.
The seminar was made after an idea by Eric Berger and organized by Atelier Nord, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Torpedo books. Adam Greenfield dealt with this in details, and recommended that the data that is collected about us by computers in the environment should be labelled, from a rights to know perspective. Per Platou delivered the talk "Failure is success (is failure)" about failing in art - after all how can you claim to make experimental art if it never fails. One of the highlights of the event was a seminar by Norene Leddy in relation to her project The Aphrodite Project: Platforms - what really worked well, and maybe better than the actual shoes; was the seminar held in the "read light" district of Oslo, with invited speakers representing sex workers, politicians and more. How to deal with trafficking and conditions of sex workers? - a complex discussion that gave plenty of things to think about.

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
03 Nov 2006
A tour to explore the unknown future of Europe
The “Lost Highway Expedition” was initiated by the School of Missing Studies [SMS].
LHE is the first event of Europe Lost and Found (ELF), a multi annual and three-phased project, involving following major themes: “Balkanization” (2006-2007), “Europeanization” (2007-2008) and “Map the Future” (2008-2009). Each project phase will build the base for the next one, thus posing new set of questions and determining new research directions. In this way, it will reflect on contemporary Europe, which it understands as a cycle of continuously reshaping social, political, economic and urban conditions and communication processes. However, each phase is planned to realize an expedition, an exhibition and a publication.

Events / Public Projects / Social Practice / Urban/City
29 Oct 2006
US, San Francisco
On Sunday November 5th, San Francisco artist Banker White organizes a beach cleanup. Volunteers will assist her by removing collecting colored plastics and remove glass and waste materials other people have left behind while seeing, experiencing and respecting this beautiful beach and ocean. When the material is collected it will be sorted by color and value, while a time-lapse video animation will be recorded of the whole process.

Want to participate.?

Art + Activism / Calls / Events
25 Oct 2006
GfZK Leipzig, 28 October 2006 – 21 January 2007
LIMINAL SPACES/ grenzraeume originated from an initiative of individual Palestinian and Israeli artists united in their opposition to the destructive dynamics and ever growing hardship and deprivation of basic civil and political rights endured by Palestinians under Israeli occupation.

An unprecedented network of artists, curators and cultural producers emerged, meeting often under difficult circumstances, despite the harsh context of ever increasing violence and the complete collapse of the political peace process.

The results are an exhibition and conference. No website but here's a link to the rhizome announcement in English.

Art + Activism / Events / Exhibitions / Public Projects / Social Practice / Urban/City
21 Oct 2006
San Francisco
Where art, activism and food collide. Bioneers is a forum for connecting the environment, health, social justice, and spirit within a broad progressive framework. Speakers include:
Michael Pollan on Centralized Food Systems,
Paul Stamets on Mycoremediation
Lois Gibbs... on Love Canal and chemical pollution.

Art + Activism / Events / Sustainability
03 Oct 2006
Maps, Models, and Metaphors
US, Stanford
This conference, organised by the Stanford Humanities Center and Woods Institute for the Environment, will bring together scholars from the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences to explore the different histories and techniques of representing the environment on a global scale, and discuss the rights and responsibilities—individual and collective—that derive from this knowledge.

26 Sep 2006
September 20, 2006
San Francisco
California College of Art’s Center for Art and Public Life is hosting the symposium, Crafting a Vision for Art, Equity and Civic Engagement: Convening the Community Arts Field in Higher Education to highlight artists’, scholars’ and students’ experiences by exchanging the best practices in the field.

Events / Free
26 Sep 2006
Bruce Mau at the MCA
US, Chicago
Massive Change: The Future of Global Design is an exhibition that changes the way you think about design just as contemporary design is changing the way we live in the world. Design affects all aspects of our lives and holds the possibility of changing the very nature of human life itself. Massive Change is an exhibition grounded in a provocative proposition. It is a celebration of the human capacity to change the world and a call to recognize both the power and the responsibility of design.

Art + Activism / Events / Exhibitions
25 Sep 2006
New Perspectives on Art and Rural Culture
International conference, October 19th-21st.
"Increasingly it is becoming clear that the rural is a contested zone, where some of the most pressing issues of our time are being played out – issues of environmental sustainability, issues of global economics versus local economies, issues of food production and genetic modification, issues of community breakdown, issues of cultural commodification. These are cultural issues as much as social and economic ones, and need to be addressed as such. A new cultural discourse is required, one which places the rural at the center of a debate about arts practice, social engagement and sustainability."

Events / 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
22 Sep 2006
Media that matters
US, New York
MediaRights is a community organization dedicated to maximizing the impact of social-issue documentaries and shorts. They help adult and youth filmmakers reach audiences, educators and librarians bring films into their curricula and nonprofits and activists integrate media into their campaigns.

MediaRights is a project of Arts Engine, Inc., an organization committed to producing, distributing and promoting independent media of consequence, for example through their film festival

Art + Activism / Events / Free
04 Sep 2006
US, Chicago
The Under Fire exhibition and series of events are a continuation of the international discussions and publications initiated by artist and writer Jordan Crandall. Under Fire presents a discursive engagement with global militarization and political violence, incorporating perspectives from multiple disciplines to explore the contemporary organization, representation and materialization of war.

Featuring: Annie Abrahams/Clément Charmet, An Architektur, deGeuzen, Joy Garnett, Mariam Ghani, Dara Greenwald, Tsila Hassine, Ricardo Miranda-Zuñiga, Hillary Mushkin, Trevor Paglen, Joel Ross, Michael Wilson & xurban

Art + Activism / Events / Exhibitions
04 Sep 2006
Food continuously circulates through the landscape into our homes and bodies organizing our calorific, symbolic and social energies. Juice, the essence of food, can also mean credit, electricity, access, flavor and love. The topic of food, as product as well as service, as metaphor as well as material, as energy as well as connectedness, will preoccupy us at Doors of Perception 9. The encounter will be held in New Delhi from 28 February to 4 March 2007.

Art + Activism / Events / 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

28 Jun 2006
In January 2006, UNESCO appointed Berlin as a “City of Design”, a title it now shares with Shanghai and Buenos Aries. Not by chance, “Designcity” was also the theme for the 2006 Designmai Festival. Only in its fourth year, this is Berlin’s largest and only international showcase for designers. And as it partly curated (by the organization Transform Berlin), it does not have the trade fair gloss that is common with purely commercial events. It presented not just the slick wireless communication strategies needed for “modern” life but the sometimes ugly side of the current urban condition - the problems and chaos created by the exploding global move away from rural areas.(More people live in cities now than did on the whole planet in 1960.)

The look of the show epitomized the theme, with the large interior of a formal postal train station being transformed into a “mini-city” of more than 100 projects - a higgeldy-piggeldy mix of architectonic structures, landscape gardening, vehicles, urban furniture and sound installations, with a raised Eternit designed terrace and bar, with a green belt and bookshop. There were also a number of satellite venues across town, bus tours to Berlin’s outskirts and the almost as large “Designmai Youngsters” - showcasing international up and coming newbies.

Under the title “Build or Die - Constructing Survival”, and curated by Oliver Vogt and Georg Christof Bertsch, a symposium was held addressing issues such as emergency shelter and low cost housing. A partner exhibition displayed designs sent in from university students in Mexico, Switzerland and Sweden. Resembling a DIY camping-site, the results included a hut made from beer coasters, many takes on tarpaulin and the 100 Euro house. The Ideas of homelessness was partnered with the more positive image of the Urban Nomad. The “Instant Housing” projects by Winfried Baumann could be wheeled, folded, inflated and hung, and included mod -cons such as an Airport receiver and bookshelf. The Evian bottle “Iglu” by Alexander Clos came with the coupon for the 100 bottles necessary for building it (and placing it back into the economic cycle), and A96 Architects showed off their “Folding Box House”. The “Nohotel” by Tobias Lehmannn and Floris Schiferli offered temporary accommodation by transforming vacant buildings into comfortable hotel rooms.
But as every design aficionado knows, what’s an Urban Nomad without a good set of wheels? New methods of transport included the “The Smartboard” by Airprop, a mix of scooter and skateboard, and Gewerk’s redesign for Berlin’s popular pedal-powered Velotaxis. Another bike accessory was the aptly named “Holland Relief” by Luftheke Ypenburg, a bike stand that is vandalism proof and comes with a built-in pump. Urban furniture included “The Berlinbank” designed by Thomas Schneider, which is a public bench made from skeletal wooden arms that can be moved around for new viewpoints and the Imbissbude - Berlin’s romatic take on the take-away trolley - presented by plattformnachwuchsarchitekten.

Tours included an excursion to the “Garden City Atlantis”, a modernist housing and cultural complex built in the Twenties in keeping with the ideas of Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities. Recently renovated by the Berlin architects BF-Studio (sadly without the former Grand Cinema and lighting), “Atlantis” is an ongoing attempt at reviving a whole area that has been neglected for decades.

The “Designmai Youngsters” took place on the other side of town in another large wharehouse on the river Spree. Many projects were tongue in cheek and showed obvious initiative by piggy-backing on the upcoming world cup. The quirky designs included a floormat shaped as an out field and a coat rack made from Table-Soccer pieces by UK designers Mixco. Another was the Nike “Play Award for Innovation in Football”, with the winner being Joerg Diessl and his “Ego Shooter”, a device that enables one to see the game from the perspective of the ball.

The amazing Ad!dictlab from Brussels are a growing collective of international designers, who create projects, workshops and magazines- their latest being based on Cultural Heritage. Their mini-exhibition entitled ‘Universal House’ showed ingenious domestic appliances such as the chopstick/fork combo and the chair–come-bag. Particularily local were the must-have accessories for Berlin’s favourite outdoor urban sport from the “World of Ping Pong Country”. Jumpers with round pockets for rackets and fold-up tables all created a unique combo for summer fun.
Berlin currently has over 1300 designers and growing, a Metropole chock full of what writer Richard Florida refers to as the “Creative Class”. An integral part of this year’s event was the setting up of infrastructures to keep the citie’s creative output at its peak, and for designers to be represented in a business to business capacity. New initiatives such as “Create Berlin” and the “Made in Berlin” label now aim to give the city and it’s designers a collective professional identity.
In his opening speech, Berlin’s Mayor Klaus Wowereit called the city a “hot international capital of style”. Lets hope this heat can be sustainable and sustained.

Photo: Instant Housing By Winfried Baumann

(Article commissined by Artichoke Magazine)

Architecture / Events / Exhibitions
26 Jun 2006
Action-based arts and the Urban Environment
Bonnie Sherk, founder of Crossroads Community (The Farm) in San Francisco, 1974-1980. The Farm, located beneath a freeway interchange in the heart of the city, served as a series of community gathering spaces: a farmhouse with earthy and elegant environments; a theater and rehearsal space for different art forms; a school without walls; a library; a darkroom; a pre-school; unusual gardens—all providing an indoor/outdoor environment "for humans and other animals."

Other links:
-Community Arts interview with Bonnie Sherk.
-2007 at the CCA Wattis Institute exhibition.
-June 28, 2006: Lecture: Ecological Activism: Local vs. International

Related Articles:
-Playing to the Senses: Food as a Performance Medium
-Will Bradley's, Let It Grow

Art + Activism / Events / Exhibitions / Sustainability
02 Jun 2006
June 2-3, Frankfurt, First Edition
Germany, And Other Central European Countries
DOW a collaborative platform for creating 100 concepts on the issue of war, to be invented, arranged and presented by scientists, artists, theorists and activists at four public, two-day events in Frankfurt, Munich, Graz and Berlin. The aim is to create key concepts that either play a significant role in current discussions of war, have so far been neglected, or have yet to be created.

Art + Activism / Events
25 May 2006
Outdoor movie theatre
US, Santa Cruz
Beyond showing great movies and bringing a broad community together, part of their mission is helping reclaim public space and transforming our urban environment into the joyful playground it should be.
Schedules and other GDI-locations are published on the site along with a DIY page, to learn how to start your own Guerilla Drive-In.

Art + Activism / DIY / Homebrew / Events
25 May 2006
Eco-Tourists of Oakland
US, Oakland
WE Riders (West-East Oakland Riders) initiated their research project to culturally and geographically locate West and East Oakland with their tandem bicycle during the 2005 Bayennale.

Throughout May, June and July 2006, they will be collecting stories and images that will be displayed on a trailer-kiosk to help West and East Oakland residents physically locate, culturally define and celebrate their neighborhoods.

Artists / Events / Public Projects
29 Mar 2006
Research in Art, Nature & Environment
Is a program at the University College Falmouth, set out to explore the relationship between the visual arts and ecological thinking. Using artistic practice the cluster aims to offer interpretations and models of thinking about the natural world that help to promote a sustainable future.
Work undertaken by RANE includes creative research projects, a public lecture series and a forthcoming conference planned for the 12th - 15th July 2006

Education / Events / Sustainability
23 Mar 2006
Communes and Utopia in Northern California
US, Berkeley
A conference bringing together scholars, communards and cooperators, past and present, to explore the history, daily lives, and legacies - cultural, political, artistic, architectural - of the flowering of communalism in the 60s and 70s in the Bay Area and its hinterland.

West of Eden will take place on Saturday, March 25th, 2006 on the UC-Berkeley campus and is hosted by the Department of Geography and the Institute of International Studies.
Free and open to all.

Education / Events / Free

27 Feb 2006
Life Support Systems
Mushrooms dining on motor oil. In our own backyard …
San Francisco
Soil is the vital system which supports growth of plants which supply food and oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide and nitrogen is a foundation of life, yet we know less about it than we do about deep space. A shovel full of soil contains more living material than the total number of humans ever born. This is a frontier where fungi lay traps for thread-like worms, bacteria dine on toxic chemicals, and unknown species leave scientists and artists with an exciting world of discovery.

Recently, while doing research about mycoremediation we came across the work of Paul Stamets and Diane Whitmore. Stamets coined the term “mycoremediation” which refers to fungal mycelia used in bioremediation. Of particular interest was the work Stamets did with Battelle Laboratories, which was a major contribution to the research at a Washington State Department of Transportation site. This project involved four similar diesel-contaminated mounds of soil, which gave the team the possibility to apply varying remediation techniques in a comparable situation. Three mounds were covered with plastic tarps of which two piles were treated with bacterial remediation techniques and one was left unmanaged. The fourth pile was put into parallel, alternating layers of soil and pure culture sawdust spawn. This mound was left uncovered. Within a few weeks oyster mushrooms thrived on this specific pile and one month later plant life reappeared. A milieu of life forms (mushrooms, insects, larvae, birds, seeds) manifested a small ecosystem prospering on the (previously) toxic soil, in stark contrast to the three other piles. This experiment is evidence that with mycoremediation, brownfields can return to greenfields.

Mycelium possesses the ability to decompose organic structures by using enzymes to dissolve cellulose and lignin within. When the right fungal species are introduced in a contaminated environment, similar chemical bonds that are present in pollutants are broken down by these enzymes as well. Together with the habitats existent organisms, mycelium can decompose a wide variety of durable toxic chemicals. The fact that we can use mycoremediation to destroy the characteristic properties of long-chained toxins and break them down into less complex ones, gives us the possibility to use the technique in many different ways.

In 2002, artist Diane Whitmore was asked to be part of Chlorophilia, a one evening event at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. This green happening, curated by Phil Ross, exhibited the work of plant breeders, garden societies and research scientists, aligning the work of both artist and expert in a tradition that is as old as human culture. Diane had been interested in collecting edible mushrooms for a few years, when her friend suggested she see a Stamets lecture. She was immediately inspired by him and started experimenting with motor oil. She felt that the word on mycoremediation had to get out into other worlds. The Chlorophilia show seemed like an excellent environment for Diane’s OYSTER MUSHROOM BAR, a format that allowed her to engage with her audience and present a recipe to reverse disasters. In one evening she reached 250 people.

Diane’s Bar project took the form of five stools surrounding a bar where visitors were presented with place settings of a different sort. They received dinner plates of snow-white mycelium, and were encouraged to place drops of motor oil onto the cultures, and examine the result with forceps, scalpels and magnifiers. About one hundred plates of agar culture were served. Each plate was served upon information-laden placemats that visitors could take home. People also received ‘servings’ of mushrooms which had been feeding off of motor oil drained straw, and dissected them. In the meantime, standing behind her bar, Diane had the opportunity to answer questions and inform her audience about the possibilities of mycoremediation.

In an email interview with Diane, she revealed the roots of her interest in recycling and renewal: “As for my personal history, I think it really hit me at the age of 25. That would have been 1988. I had a job as a deckhand sailing across the Atlantic on a wooden ship. One day, I was asked to take out the trash. This meant dumping overboard. I didn't understand some of the subtleties of boat living at this point. I simply threw the black bag overboard, expecting I guess, for it to sink. It was a doldrummy, calm hazy day and the bag did not sink. I watched it float away from the ship, unable to retrieve it. It just floated there. It was very upsetting to me.

With help, that day, I organized a system to sort, dispose of and pack out waste. There were times, out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, that I'd see a lone styrofoam cup float by. The Ocean is really big, and you don't see boats for a week at a time, yet a styrofoam cup floats by you. It changed me, I think.

My first gig at the Exploratorium was as a volunteer for a Garbage Symposium in 1994. I was still a student at SFAI. There, I met Mel Chin, who was working with hyper-accumulating plants, remediating a site in Minnesota, my home state. I got interested in that along with collecting wild food and medicine. I had been using junk in diorama-type artworks since the boat trip, then incorporated my interest in systems and sculpture into a recycling and sorting system at the San Francisco Art Institute. Later, I co-developed a human-powered recycling system for the Burning Man project, a week-long temporary community in Nevada that hosts as many as 30,000 participants.”

So for those of us not attending Burning Man, we can look to the sky while we dip our toes into the far reaches of the earth in our backyards. Think globally, act locally!

Amy and Stijn

Art + Activism / Artists / Events / Sustainability
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
11 Feb 2006
March 30-31, 2006
The symposium will explore the radical and innovatory power of the concept of sustainability, which implies a strategy for integrative development in harmony with nature and a reinvigorated notion of global justice on the basis of shared environmental responsibility.

Invited speakers include: Heath Bunting and Kayle Brandon (UK), Jonathan Dronsfield (UK), Miklos Erhardt (H), David Haley (UK), Newton & Helen Mayer Harrison (USA), Tamás Kaszás and Viktor Kotun (H), Hildegard Kurt (GER), Kristina Leko (CRO), Edit Molnar (H), Nils Norman (UK), Marko Peljhan (SLO), Renata Poljak (CRO), Rúrí (IS) and Diane Warburton (UK).

Events / Sustainability
01 Feb 2006
Strategies of over-identification
Organized by the Jan van Eyck Academy and the Stedelijk Musuem, this symposium tackles the new wave of cultural activism that has occurred through anti-populist or anti-globalist struggles.

People involved include: BAVO, Alexei Monroe, Dieter Lesage, Aernout Mik, Jens Haaning, Boris Groys, Joep van Lieshout, AS#176, Divided states of America

Art + Activism / Events
16 Dec 2005
Seminar at the MACBA in Barcelona
The seminar at the MACBA somewhat provocatively set out to:
"recuperate the relational debate from the aristocratic ghetto of the “relational aesthetics” of Nicolas Bourriaud and the Palais de Tokyo.

Here you can find my report from and discussion of the seminar

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
27 Nov 2005
First international conference on Persuasive Technology for human well-being
The Netherlands
PERSUASIVE 06 is aimed at exploring technology in the service of human well-being, within the broader context of a socially and ecologically sustainable society.

The conference will be held at the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, 18-19 May 2006.

Events / Sustainability
23 Nov 2005
Rethinking Art as Experience
Is there any other way that art can exist in the public sphere?
This is the kick off question for the seminar at the MACBA, Barcelona on November 25 and 26 from 11 am-9 pm.
This is how they describe it:
From relationality’s point of view, the Museum is a space for art in which new forms of social interaction are investigated without limiting its function to mere exhibition, but creating an experimental platform. In this way, art can contribute significantly to the multiplication of public spheres through a process in which various subjects, forms and spaces participate.

Institutions that engage actively in the public sphere is unfortunately a rare thing. Expect a report in the near future.

Events / Public Projects
15 Nov 2005
Visualizing a stratification of dirt and soil.
Lateral Architecture created for the Metis Garden Festival - in the spirit of their general modus operandi - an installation that focusses on the different layers underneath the surface of a garden, made perceivable by elevating the soil beds.

Architecture / Events
22 Oct 2005
International Conference
8th of November 2005 09.30-17.30
At: Festsalen, The Royal Danish Art Academy/ Copenhagen
With: Superflex, Suzanne Lacy, Katya Sander, Peter Callesen, Marjetica Potrc, Lars Bang Larsen, Jakob Boeskov, Christian Jankowski, Anja Raithel, Barbara Steveni, Creative Time/Peter Eleey, moderator Simon Sheik.
Arranged by Camilla Berner, Christian Skovbjerg Jensen & Kristine Agergaard in collaboration with PUBLIK and Professor Yvette Brackman.
If you are in the area this conference is an absolute must, it also marks the start of PUBLIK a new organization for public art in Copenhagen.

Events / Public Projects
24 Sep 2005
A celebration of bicycle culture through music, film + art!
San Francisco
The festival is currently rolling through San Francisco. Brought to you by our brother: Brendt Bryant Barber and friends!
Check out the photos- bicycle barbeque!

Valet parking for bikes!

Get tickets!
p.s. Bikes rule!

Events / Exhibitions / Free
22 Sep 2005
15,000 truck loads of earth and one million seeds
A living sculpture in the form of a field of corn growing in the historic center of Los Angeles. Lauren Bon's Not A Cornfield project transforms an industrial brownfield site into a cornfield for one agricultural cycle. At harvest time, the corn will be moved to another site where it will be dried out and then displayed and eventually used for the production of biodegradable containers.

This site will play host to regular visiting hours and interpretive tours, as well as a dynamic schedule of weekly events and periodic festivals.

See website for a current schedule.

Events / Public Projects / Sustainability
18 Sep 2005
Mini-festival of New Media Art Technologies and the Environment
US, Various Cities
TECHNORGANIC is a one-night mini-festival celebrating the autumnal equinox through the uncommon merger of new media art technologies with an emphasis on creative figurations of the natural environment.

7:00 PM September 22nd, 2005

Events / Exhibitions
18 Sep 2005
US, Chicago
Walking and urban research projects have a big place in my heart. Here is one from Chicago, with quite an extensive bibliography, and a range of events taking place between September 9 - October 22, 2005.
A lot of great people are participating but for the sake of walking I'll just mention:
- Go explore.

Architecture / Events / Public Projects
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
22 Jul 2005
Saturday 30 July 2005, ICA Theatre, London
London, UK
One-day symposium hosted by the London Consortium

City Escape and Escapade brings together artists, curators, writers, theorists, extreme athletes and gamers who all make the city their playground.

Featuring: Robin Priestley (Space Hijackers), curatorial practice B+B, Stewart Home, Sebastien Foucan (Parkour), Iain Sinclair, theorist
Christine Atha, Matt Adams (Blast Theory), net artist Vuk Cosic, theorist Oliver Grau and Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment)

Architecture / Events
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Apocalypse may be the new black, but the Plague, the Cold War and the Millennium Bug combined did not add ...
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nowHere, a space where a spot becomes a place.
15 march - 25 may, 2008

nowHere, is a cabinet which invokes a dialogue on re-appropriation of the private and public domain. Through personal tags and geographies (books, movies, music, websites, drawings, mappings, photocopies, art works, ... ) it reads as a 'certain' historical relation between human, space and technology.

bolwerK considers the constructed in-between space of architect C.Kieckens, within the art space, Z33, not as a sub-art space with a curatorial reading; a cabinet as 'museum' but as a space with a personal narrative and a social meaning embedded in a neighborhood. The active use of the space for living, eating, working, sleeping implies that the cabinet is more a 'room of collection', in a live, real-time situation.

During PLACE@SPACE Marthe Van Dessel will post live from Z33, as a guest contributor on Free Soil, to connect, publish and share her discourse
with the virtual open public resources of the net.

The the conceptualization of the space as 'ongoing', work-in-progress externalizes the precarity of information, issues of copyright, authorship, knowledge production and hierarchical information networks.
Link of the Week:  
Interview with Fritz Haeg by Nato Thompson

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