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

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

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

Organizations / Symposium / Conference
25 Jan 2010
April 15-17 201
France, Rennes
"Passionate individuals and non-profit organizations from the region of Rennes, Brittany, France invite you to participate in the first Breizh Entropy Congress. This inter-disciplinary event focuses on free (as in freedom) creations and culture.

Through a meeting fostering open-mindedness, exchange of ideas and learning, we hope to show solutions to technical, social and political problems, and celebrate free, reclaimed and creative art and technology.

We happily welcome entropy, as a means to break artificial boundaries between disciplines and find unexpected ways of doing things that promote liberalization, sharing and reclaiming of technologies that traditionnally belonged to the realm of corporations and well-funded academic labs."

Call for proposals

Free / Open Source / Symposium / Conference
11 Dec 2009
By Das Beckwerk
Copenhagen, Denmark
Song for COP 15 by artist and author:

Art + Activism / Symposium / Conference
18 Nov 2009
Imagining cities beyond oil
"Post-Oil Cities is a project created and directed by Lluís Sabadell Artiga within Híbrids 2.0 which investigates the relationship between human beings and their surroundings from an ecological point of view. In addition to POST-OIL CITIES, Híbrids 2.0 has open lines of research on Art and Ecology, Perception and Landscape and Architecture and Environment.

The project uses the capacity of visionary creativity to think, imagine and design our cities, regions and areas beyond oil (Post-Oil), generate a new imagination for the twenty-first century that will be a reference in the present."

Art + Activism / Exhibitions / Symposium / Conference
24 Jul 2009
Architecture and Human Rights at the Border
US, New York
Thursday, July 30, 2009

Van Alen Institute, in collaboration with the Human Rights Project at Bard College, presents a discussion between Teddy Cruz and Thomas Keenan on architecture, human rights, and spatial conditions at the U.S. border.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Symposium / Conference
07 Apr 2009
The Netherlands
"The investigation of production, merger, dissipation and transformation of scales reveals a common denominator of the current processes of urbanisation. This symposium will discuss scales as designed, produced and contested, rather than given by nature, and it will question the ability of architecture and urbanism to reclaim the political economy of scale as their field of competence."

Symposium / Conference
12 Mar 2009
US, San Francisco
Bound Together Bookstore presented the first Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair on March 30, 1996. The event was organized to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Bound Together, and took 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 today.

The 14th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair will be held on March 14th and 15th, 2009. Admission is free.

Books / Free / Symposium / Conference
03 Mar 2009
US, Stanford
April 15-17, 2009
The Rising Tide conference is a series of topically organized panels, seminars, and roundtable discussions, bringing together creative professionals, scholars and students to engage in conversations and debates about the intersections of ethics, aesthetics, and environmentalism. This groundbreaking conference will be jointly hosted by California College of the Arts and Stanford University.

Our audience and collaborators come from various disciplinary backgrounds. They are artists, activists, community organizers, venture capitalists, philanthropists, students, and faculty of Fine Arts, Design, Architecture, Writing, Criticism, Curatorial Practice and Environmental Sciences who are helping to push the green revolution to a tipping point.

Art + Activism / Sustainability / Symposium / Conference
03 Mar 2009
Belgium, Brussels
An operation to recontextualize the crisis, its mediatic and politic strategies, on the topics of disaster, structural instability and financial markets mythologies.

Four evenings of lectures with Geert Lovink (net activist and theoretician), Florian Schneider (writer, filmmaker, net activist), Brian Holmes (art critic), Late S. Horace Lawson-Hetchely (information systems consulting), Société Réaliste (artists), Bertrand Charles (journalist specialized in economic intelligence).

Exhibitions / Symposium / Conference
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
28 Sep 2008
'Overcoming Dictatorships' is a framework for a two-year exchange between artists, poets and authors from various European countries about their experiences of the change from dictatorship to democracy, in particular after the opening of former communist countries since the end of the 1980s. In a number of meetings (held in the participating countries, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Italy and Germany) invited poets, writers and artists will present their work and exchange their experiences from the dictatorial/authoritarian period and show how the political changes have influenced their artistic activities.

The result will be an exhibition which will start in Birmingham (UK) and then tour the participating countries. The cultural transfer resulting from this project is meant to allow the banishment of prejudices and a better understanding between Central Eastern, South Eastern and Western Europe. Ultimately it is part of the construction of a common European culture.

Exhibitions / Symposium / Conference
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Last week while I was in Barcleon...


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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