01.10.2019 - 29.02.2020 | Artistic Ecologies

SERIES OF ARTISTIC RESIDENCIES (4) AT blueFACTORY 

„ARTISTIC ECOLOGIES“

FOR ARTISTS, SCIENTISTS & OTHERS

October 2019 - February 2020 

blueFACTORY Fribourg Switzerland (NeighborHub)

This is a series of creation-processes for inter cantonal/national artists, scientists and others interested in exploring the thematic field of "artistic ecologies" through art and sharing their investigations in one way or another. In response to climate change, artists and arts festivals are increasingly addressing environmental issues and creating a new market for eco-works. Based on this exponential tendency, this residency program is aimed in particular at people who create new cycles, streams or logics and thus form "artificial" ecologies with an artistic approach. These residencies are supposed to allow and enforce such engagements and inspire the local community. 

The investigations are intended to question our conflicts between nature and culture, between digital and analogue or personal and global. This can lead to new hybrid systems, landscapes, devices and/or experiences - or to a so-called second nature! 

Picture of the main page: https://outernationale.memoryoftheworld.org/John%20Danaher/Automation%20...(10050)/Automation%20and%20Utopia_%20Human%20Fl%20-%20John%20Danaher.pdf

More information on the FREE LIBRARY: https://www.memoryoftheworld.org/blog/2014/12/08/public_library_fighting...

 

18. - 16.11. Michael David Mitchell & Jonathon Keats (Lausanne / USA)

Michael and Jonathan are investigating river systems: The Swiss River Time Initiative (SRTI) combines scientific research and public art to probe and reveal the environmental impact of phenomena such as glacier melt on aquatic systems and people’s lives. A timely art project that is deeply informed by science and designed to generate scientific data, the SRTI promises to increase understanding of climate change and augment citizens’ reemerging relationship with their rivers as society begins to contend with the Anthropocene.

OPEN TO PUBLIC: 

Fluvial Time Workshop
La Sarine River

Lead by artist and experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats in collaboration with the cultural management blueFACTORY, made possible thanks to: Ville de Fribourg

Standard time is measured on atomic clocks, providing a technical basis for global transactions. Might local rivers be more meaningful timekeepers? Might their ebb and flow encourage us to nurture our environment and the relationships that matter most? In this outdoor workshop on La Sarine, experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats will guide participants through the process of making an annual river calendar based on careful observation and documentation of fluvial phenomena.

When: Saturday 23 November, 2pm to 4pm, Meeting point: in front of the Café de l'Ange! 

We will start at the river and then move to a café to keep warm. 

Confirm attendance: write an email to michael.david.mitchell@protonmail.com

What to bring: Warm clothes and perhaps waterproof boots to wade into the Sarine. We will provide the necessary materials for the workshop.

Language: The workshop will be held in English but someone will be there to help explain in French as well. 

Detailed Description:

Participants in this workshop will be invited to create annual calendars based on their firsthand observation of the Sarine River. Each person will document qualities of the waterway that he or she considers characteristic of the Sarine in the month of November, such as the level and color of the water. The participant’s observations – which may be recorded in any medium, from watercolor painting to musical notation to written language – will fill one leaf in a twelve-page diary that the participant will craft using paper and thread. The page will be marked with the month the observations were made. River diaries will be independently completed over the next year by returning in successive months and making observations of the same fluvial phenomenon, documenting its annual cycle in a dozen discrete stages.

In future years, the booklet will serve as a personal standard for reckoning time by comparing the river to diary pages, finding the closest match, and reading the month in which the observation was made. Changes in environmental conditions will result in a discrepancy between the Gregorian and fluvial calendar. People will have the opportunity to prioritize the environment by acknowledging fluvial months as a new time standard and synchronizing their lives to it.

Note: For those who live outside of Fribourg, the workshop will serve as an introduction to a technique they can apply on their own local waterway.

 

1. - 16.10. Ecofreaks (Zurich / Berlin)

Le collectif d'artistes de Zurich/Berlin s'occupe d'art et de produits durables pour un monde durable. Les bénéfices de la vente de baskets écologiques sont reversés à des campagnes artistiques en faveur de l'environnement. Ces actions font l'objet d'une tournée européenne avec un bus qui sera converti en un nouveau système de motorisation sur le site de blueFACTORY. 

Das Künstlerkollektiv aus Zürich/Berlin setzt sich mit Kunst und nachhaltigen Produkten für eine zukunftsfähige Welt auseinander. Der Profit durch den Verkauf von ökologisch konzipierten Turnschuhen fliesst in Kunstaktionen für die Umwelt. Diese Aktionen gehen auf Europa-Tour mit einem Bus, der in der blueFACTORY auf ein neues Antriebssystem umgebaut wird.

OPEN TO PUBLIC: 16. Oktober 2019 - 17h

 

 

 

// An Open Call is open until end of October. Please write a short letter with the idea of your investigation and a link that leads to your recent work(s) to culture@bluefactory.ch.

Accommodation: NeighborHub (solar house).

Payment: 1000 Swiss francs / week

Duration: 1-4 weeks