News Archive 2009

 

 


20 November 2009

Sanselig Samspill ('The senses playing together,' in Norwegian)
Engeløya, Northern Norway

Utforsking av kunst og estetikk i samspill med helhetlig natur- og miljølæring. Velkommen til kurs i metodikk og formidling av erfaringene fra pilotprosjektet



Fra november til mai i 2008/9 har elever fra Laskestad Skole vært på Skagstad gård på Engeløya i Steigen til Sanselig Samspill. Med gården og årstidene som ramme har vi hatt fokus på helhetlig læring der natur, kultur, miljø, estetikk, sanselighet og kortreist mat har vært integrerte. Hver gang har hatt sitt tema, som Stein til besvær og begjær, Ild, Fra sol til korn, Lyd m.m, som vi har arbeidet med på 3 stasjoner – ei kjøkkengruppe, ei gårdsgruppe og ei kunstgruppe. Vi har lagt vekt på å gi elevene kunnskap og erfaringer der elevene opplever sammenhenger mellom teori og praksis og der elevenes individuelle behov ivaretas i et helhetlig miljø. Vi har laget stø og kokt gulrotsuppe, bakt brød av steinkvernet mel og sett film om brødets poesi, hugd og stablet ved og sortert settepotet, vært på konsert i fjæra, bygd meterhøye steintårn og lært å smi og mye, mye mer. Det har vært viktig å oppøve sansene i forhold til forandringer i naturen og på gården gjennom året. Nyskjerrigheten, skapertrangen og engasjementet har vært stort.

Vi ønsker å dele våre erfaringer fra prosjektet og inviterer til en mangfoldig kursdag den 23. november på Øvregården på Skagstad, Engeløya i Steigen, for å vise prosjektet i praksis.

Website
More information: Eva Bakkeslett, e-mail: bakkesle(at)online.no


5-22 October 2009

The Arctic Circle
The Arctic Sea

The Arctic Circle is a nexus where art interesects science, architecture and activism - an incubator for thought and experimentation for artists and innovators who seek out and foster areas of collaboration to engage in the central issues of our time.

Fourteen artists, two scientists, and a crew of four sailing as close to the North Pole pack ice as they can get away with. Aboard the M/S Noorderlicht, a hundred-year old Dutch schooner, the group left Longyearbyen on 5 october in the Norwegian territory of Svalbard, the most northerly point in the world with regular air service, for several weeks traveling the Arctic through open sea and sheltered bays, stopping along the way to respond to the landscape in artistic ways.

Website
 


18 October 2009

Introduction to Wildpainting workshop
Helsinki, Finland

On Sunday 18 October, from 11.00 AM until 16.00 PM, Jan van Boeckel will present an "Introduction to wildpainting" workshop at TaiK (University for Art and Design Helsinki), Hämeentie 135C, in room 7010 (Art Pedagogy).
You can sign up for the session (max. 10 participants) by sending an e-mail to:
polarstarcentre(at)yahoo.com, phone: 044 937 41 41
First come, first served.

 


21 October 2009

International Seminar on Art and Ecology
Wanås, Sweden (Language: English)

Wednesday October 21, 2009 at the Wanås Foundation, 10.30-17.00

Who will save the environment? You or the society? On Wednesday October 21, the Wanås Foundation presents an international seminar on art, ecology, and on what contributes the most to environmental progress: individual efforts or collective system changes. The question of shared responsibility and possibilities of collaboration is increasingly relevant and is well suited for a broad discussion. The seminar is presented in conjunction with the art exhibition Footprints (on view until October 25), which addresses man’s relationship to nature and includes works by the artists Tue Greenfort, Henrik Håkansson, Tea Mäkipää (with Halldór Úlfarsson), Tomas Saraceno, and Nilsmagnus Sköld.



Speakers
Max Andrews & Mariana Canepa Luna, founders of Latitudes, Barcelona, curators of Greenwashing. Environment: Perils, Promises and Perplexities (2008) and editors of the publication Land, Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook (2006).
Folke Tersman, Professor of Practical Philosophy at Uppsala University, author of Tillsammans: en filosofisk debattbok om hur vi kan rädda vårt klimat (2009).
Joanna Yarrow, media commentator and expert on sustainable lifestyles, founder of the communication company Beyond Green, London, awarded an honorary doctorate at Staffordshire University.
Several of the artists in the exhibition Footprints will participate.
Moderator and co-organizer: Jakob Lind, CEO Futurniture, Stockholm

Practical information
The seminar is open to the public and held in English.
Participation fee, including entrance fee, refreshments and lunch: 450 SEK
(students 250 SEK, members of the Friends of the Wanås Foundation 350 SEK)
Register to pedagogik@wanas.se by Monday October 5, 2009.

Travel suggestions
Train to Hässleholm C (1,5 hrs from Copenhagen C, 2 hrs from Gothenburg C, 3,5 hrs from Stockholm C)
Bus 542 from Hässleholm C to Wanås: 09.47-10.10
Bus 542 from Wanås to Hässleholm C: 17.42-18.10
The seminar is made possible through generous contributions from Letterstedtska Föreningen, Stiftelsen framtidens kultur och Stiftelsen Längmanska Kulturfonden.


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24-31 October 2009

Transhumance in Bulgaria
Stara Planina, Bulgaria

The NGO RebelFarmer organised in collaboration with the Bulgarian organisation, Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna (FWFF) the 2nd edition of the sheep transhumance in the Stara Planina Mountains, East-Balkan peninsula. Actually the shepherd, the 8 participants and the sheep liked it so much last year that we decided to renew the experience in 2009 and here we are: we propose people to join us for the autumn transhumance from the 24 to 31 October, 2009
Rebelfarmer is very proud to see that this long distance transhumance consisting in moving the herd depending on the season has now been revived again; it had been totally lost due to the pressure of modernization and the economic nationalization during the communist period.
This process involved a transformation of livestock breeding but involves also a total transformation in the importance given to this ancestral tradition by the Balkan inhabitants.

See photos and read more

 


3 October 2009

HAVAHDUS
Helsinki, Finland


Biologiaa ja taidetta yhdistävä tapahtuma



Järjestäjä: Suomen Biologian Seura Vanamo ry
Tiedustelut: sihteeri Sari Siipola, sari.siipola@helsinki.fi

TIETEIDEN TALO, KIRKKOKATU 6, HELSINKI 3.10.2009
9.00 Tilaisuuden avaus
9.05 Antero Kare: Pitkä aika – elämän historia
9.30 Anu Osva: Taiteen ja tieteen laboratorioissa
10.00 Aamukahvi
10.30 Risto Pitkänen: Onko ihminen luonnostaan luonnonystävä?
11.15 Riggert Munsterhjelm: Luonnon värit, värien luonto
12.00 Lounas
13.00 Miina Äkkijyrkkä: Luomakunnan ylistys = Luomakunta virvoittaa
13.45 Ossi Naukkarinen: Esteettinen jalanjälki
14.30 Iltapäiväkahvi
15.00 Hanna Johansson: Luonnonilmiön luonnollisuus ja taiteen väliintulo
15.30 Leena Valkeapää ja TaiKin opiskelijat: Arktinen matka – Taik ja Suomen biotaiteen seura Kilpisjärven biologisella asemalla
16.00 Yhteenveto ja keskustelua päivän teemoista


Summer/fall, 2009

LAND/ART
 Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA





Proposals for exhibitions and installations for LAND/ART are being sought by The Harwood Art Center and Richard Levy Gallery.
In the summer and fall of 2009 many of New Mexico arts organizations will join together to present LAND/ART, exploring relationships of land, art and community through exhibitions, site-specific art works, lectures and a culminating book. Focusing on "environmental" or "land" art, the collaboration seeks to address our changing relationship to nature, and to offer a new or previously unconsidered understanding of the place in which we live. The Land Art genre has been subsumed under the more general term "environmental art" which is a highly diverse and vital feature of contemporary art around the world. This new genre recognizes that what we now think of as the "environment" has broadened to include the global community, the microscopic world, and cyber space as well as wilderness, the urban environment and suburban sprawl. It includes ecological activism, reclamation and remediation projects, and ephemeral site-specific performances, among many other approaches, all of which have in common art and artists that respond to features of our natural environment.
LAND/ART is coordinated by 516 ARTS and includes many museums and arts organizations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and the region. Deadline: November 17, 2008
Website


25-27 September 2009

Landscapes of the Mind Conference
Boldeva, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Does our mental health depend on our relationship with the natural world?

Venue: The Core, Eden Project, Boldeva, Cornwall.
Sponsored by The British Holistic Medical Association.
Speakers: Isabel Clarke, Zita Cox, Graham Game, Chris Johnstone, Martin Jordan, Satish Kumar, Joanna Macy, Paul Maiteny, David Peters, Mary-Jayne Rust, Viola Sampson, Laurie Slade, Nick Totton, Sandra White

As the planet is poised at the tipping point of irreversible climate change, we struggle to conceptualise this potential catastrophe and its consequences. Too awful, perhaps, to deeply contemplate the consequences of inaction, we bury this awareness in order to re-establish the emotional comfort zone of denial. Believing, perhaps, that we are individually helpless to impact on this terrifying escalation, this helplessness is often felt as despair and moral confusion.
How profoundly does this drama play out in the psyche and in our emotional health? Do psychotherapists have the listening and vocabulary in place yet to relate to fears about environmental degradation at a sufficiently deep level? How can we develop this skill? Could an enriched sensibility to our place in nature enable us to shift from passive anguish to psychologically-healthy problem solving and greater emotional health? What is the relationship between therapy and nature? Between deep ecology and well-being?
This conference will examine how we can creatively harness our awareness of our relationship with nature - rather than suppress it - and will question whether we develop our mental health and cultural depth by relating to nature as a subject to be nurtured rather than an object to be exploited.

Website


18-20 September 2009

Ecology and Forests for Public Health
Oslo, Norway

The Aim of the Conference is to focus on environmental, climatic and cultural changes that threaten the Public’s Health today. This event will analyze the importance of forests for people on our planet. A wide range of aspects therefore will be addressed through key-note speakers, submitted abstracts, workshops and side events.
Subthemes like vocational rehabilitation in nature, recreation, physical activity, well-being and outdoor life (friluftsliv), farming for health etc. are also planned as part of the programme.

Expected Outcomes
The conference is a joint endeavour of researches, policy makers and practitioners. Proposals for policies, practical solutions and further research will be developed.
Organized by Nature-Culture-Health International in cooperation with International Academy of Science – Health & Ecology, University of Oslo, Medical University of Innsbruck, Hedmark University College, Norwegian Public Health Association, IUFRO: "Task Force Forests and Human Health" and “Research Group Gender and Forestry”, UNIESCO (UN Int. Ecological Safety Cooperative Organization), The Norwegian Organization Women in Forestry, and Norwegian Forestry Society.

Pre- and Post-Conference Meetings and Excursions
Pre-Conference meeting/excursion: Sigdal/Trillemarka, Buskerud County, 16-17 September
Post-Conference meeting/excursion: Finnskogen, Hedmark County, 21-22 September

Conference Address
Prof. Gunnar Tellnes, IASAM, Univ. of Oslo
PO Box 1130 Blindern, NO-0318 Oslo
For more information see: www.nacuheal.net
Welcome to Norway and http://uk.soriamoria.no


3-4 September 2009

CREATING THE FUTURE: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN EDUCATION

Helsinki, Finland

Venue: Gloria Cultural Arena, Pieni Roobertinkatu 12

The conference is useful for architects and designers, art teachers, educators, youth workers and day care personnel as well as officials and decision-makers involved with participation and
interactive planning.

The lectures and viewpoints of the two-day conference open up viewpoints to creativity and experiencing the environment as well as to pedagogical approaches and successful projects. How to approach architecture with children and youth?  What do senses tell about the environment? What is creativity? How do architects and designers find the best ideas? How do
children learn through play? Can children lead design processes? In both days the participants have also a possibility to participate in pedagogical workshops and discover new ideas and methods hands-on. The workshops can be chosen from a broad variety of themes. The emphasis of the first day is on environment and senses while the second day stresses
out creativity and planning.

Registration by 24th of August via www.arkki.net.

Download flyer
Download program


28-29 August 2009

LAND-ART
Grimstad, Norway

A two-days course with introduction to and practical work in groups within land art at a beautiful natural site in southern Norway.
Course leader : assistant professor Jan-Erik Sørenstuen, University of Agder, Faculty of Art
DATES: 28-29 August 2009. Friday: 16.00-21.00 and Saturday: 10.00-16.00
PLACE: University of Agder, Dømmesmoen, Grimstad, Norway
FEE: 1500 NOK. Food and lodging can be organised at Dømmesmoen, 500 NOK a day.


The course is primarily made for teachers in kindergartens and primary schools, but can also be used as a team-building course for different types of companies where colleagues need to work creatively together.

Contact: Jan-Erik Sørenstuen, phone: +47 47277033
e-mail: jan-erik.sorenstuen(at)uia.no

Website


July 2009

Wildpainting in the Fjords of Norway

Jølster, 6-10 July, 2009
Location on Google Maps
Kårstad Bruk, Bygstad, 13-17 July, 2009
Location on Google Maps
Skarstein gård, Kandal, 27-31 July, 2009
Location on Google Maps

Bus connections from Oslo airport or city to Kandal (Sandane)

Contact Jan in Norway (mobile): +47.98.68.85.29

New: Wildpainting at Gjendebu hytta, Jotunheimen National Park
4-9 July, and 9 Aug.-3 Sept., 2010. 
Read more (PDF)

WILDPAINTING is the name of the course and that means two things: to paint wilderness and wild landscapes, and to paint in a different, surprising way. The aim is the open up to the aesthetics and the energies of the landscape through trying to see (and smell, know etc.) as if one perceives it for the first time. It means basically to dare to draw and paint in quite a different way than we are accustomed to: leaves don't always have to be green and the sky not eternally blue. Instead we will try to observe afresh, deeper and deeper, letting the motive come to us as we experience it there and then. In that way, the artistic process becomes something between meditation and perceiving the world in the way a child does. We will use acrylic paints and heavy paper, charcoal and pencils.
The course lasts five hours each day, for five days with regular breaks for tea and coffee, for lunch, or for taking some time to talk about what has happened to that point. Every participant will get also personal comments and advice from the teacher.
There is no demand of having prior artistic skills. What is needed is the enthusiasm to participate and a desire to learn something new, to dare to participate in this process. The inspiration to this Wildpainting course comes from the painter Paul Cézanne, who wrote: “The landscape thinks itself in me, and I am its consciousness."

In Norwegian / på norsk:

WILDPAINTING heiter kurset, og det betyr to ting; å måle villmarka og ville landskap, og å prøve å måle på ein overraskande måte. Føremålet er å oppnå estetikken og krafta i landskapet gjennom å forsøke å sjå ( lukte, kjenne osb) landskapet som om ein ser det for første gong. Vi skal ganske enkelt tenkje oss vekk frå den vanlege måten å teikne og måle på;– at lauvet t.d. alltid skal vere grønt og himmelen støtt blå. I staden skal vi sjå på nytt, djupare og djupare, inn i motivet. På den måten vert arbeidsforma noko mellom meditasjon og dette å oppdaga verda slik eit barn gjer det. Vi kjem til å bruke akrylfargar og kraftpapir, kolstift og blyant.
Kurset vil vare 5 timar kvar dag, men med pausar der me drikk kaffe, et lunsj eller i samtalar gjennomgår kva me har kome fram til så langt. Kvar enkelt deltakar vil få personlege råd og kommentarar frå læraren.
Det finst ingen krav om at ein deltakar har måla eller teikna før. Det som trengst, er entusiasme og eit ønske om å lære nytt, - at vi vågar å bli med i denne prosessen.
Inspirasjonen til desse Wildpainting-kursa kjem frå post-impressionistiske målarar som Cézanne som sa: "Når eg målar, er det landskapet som uttrykkjer seg gjennom meg. Eg er landskapet sitt medvit."

Jølster

 

Om Jan van Boeckel:
Han har måla i mange år, og først og fremst motiv i (natur)landskapet. Han har budd kring seks år i Sverige, i det grankledde Bergslagen, der han har arbeidd som billedlærar og kunstpedagog for vaksne. Nett no held han på med eit doktorarbeid i Helsingfors, ved Høgskolen for kunst og design. Emnet hans der er: "Korleis kan vi bruke kunstnarlege uttrykk i kontakt med naturen og lære oss naturen på ein heilt ny måte."

 

Painting by Nikolai Astrup, the painter who lived at Jølster (1880-1928).   See more here

 

Download flyer in PDF
Read "preview" article in local newspaper "Jølster-sona" (21 April, 2009)
See images of Wildpainting in 2008

Vassenden i Jølster, 6-10 July, 2009, Contact Elsa Eikaas:
Kårstad Bruk, Bygstad 
13-17 July, 2009, Contact Merete Larsmon:
Skarstein gård, Kandal
 27-31 July, 2009, Contact Vesla Kallhovd:

 


14-28 June  2009

SEEDS
Plainfield, MA, United States

SEEDS Festival is a unique interdisciplinary summer festival dedicated to arts and ecology. SEEDS features workshops, collaborative design projects, live performances, films, panel discussions, interdisciplinary investigations, and an archiving project. SEEDS cultivates innovative practices, by researching the connections between green, embodiment, justice, interconnectivity, reflection, investigation, art, science, and sacred.

Below is a list of workshops that make up the SEEDS Festival with brief descriptions:
June 14 - 19 Ritual Dance: Intimate + Universal Spaces with Diego Pinon
June 14 - 18 Along the Watershed with Simon Whitehead and Jennifer Monson
June 14 - 18 Mycoscaping + Ecology of Transformation with Rafter Sass
June 19, 20, & 21 The Sustainable Landscape R.U.S.T. - Skott Kellogg
June 20 & 21 SEEDS WEEKEND Mini-Festival
June 21 - 28 Eco-Art for Everyday Life with Beverly Naidus
June 21 - 28 The Prosodic Body - Integrating Interior + Exterior Spaces with Daria Faïn + Robert Kocik
June 27 SEEDS PUBLIC COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

SEEDS is hosted at Earthdance, a dance retreat center in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts featuring two beautiful dance studios, farmhouse, comfortable dorm accommodations, vegetarian cuisine, wood-stove sauna, spring-fed swimming quarry, and 100 acres of magnificent hills.

Website


21-28 June 2009

Eco-Art for Everyday Life
Berkshire, NY, USA

This course offers an opportunity both to learn about Eco-Arts and to develop a public project with the guidance of the facilitator. Participants will explore different ways of incorporating eco-art practices into their everyday life and their communities. We will discuss some of the ecological issues facing us both on the local and global level, look at the work of contemporary eco-artists, and develop some collaborative site-specific projects.

Teacher: Beverly Naidus



Website


22–24 July 2009

Appreciating the views: How we're looking at the social and visual landscape
Carlisle, Cumbria, UK

The 2009 International Visual Sociology Association conference will be held in the north-west UK region of Cumbria, probably better known as the English Lake District. It's being jointly hosted by the University of Cumbria and one of its Research Institutes, the Centre for Landscape and Environmental Arts Research (CLEAR). The conference will address two interrelated main themes; of subject – Landscape and the Environment, and of approach – the varied methodologies of visual enquiry.
The English Lakes area is one of outstanding natural beauty; it has both the highest mountains and the deepest lakes in England, touches one end of Hadrian's Wall on the Scottish / English border, and has been a conserved and protected National Park since 1974. It's also the land of Wordsworth and Coleridge, writers of the C19 Romantic period who've left a strong legacy of the language of the ethereal and sublime attached to its crags and dales. Having been subject itself to such definitively bounded meanings it's therefore a fitting backdrop for a conference looking at current ideas of just how we conceive terms like 'landscape' and 'environment', both of which are now highly contested terms. Increasing concerns over global warming and population increase have refocused our attention toward which interests have or should be allowed to affect the wider environment, and a discourse which in the past has been largely the concern of geographers is now firmly in the sociological arena of debate around public policy. The notion of landscape is a similarly contested one, arising in ideas of class based aesthetic appreciation and land ownership in the past, but now very much part of the dialogue of conservation and the hegemony of the 'natural'. We invite anyone engaged or involved in debates around these topics to take up the chance to contribute to this event.

Website


31 July - 14 August 2009

PROJECT EARTH-TO-ART: Tapping Local Resources for Sustainable Education Through Art
 Kumasi, Ghana
 



The symposium is organized as collaboration between African Community of Arts Educators (AfriCOAE) and KNUST’s Department of General Art Studies. As a follow-up to AfriCOAE’s 2008 "Project Earth to Art: Tapping Local Natural Resources for Sustainable Art Education Development" at Accra. The two-week symposium (July 31-August 14, 2009) will deal with the issue of sustainability in the 21st century to enable visual arts education developments in Ghana and perhaps similar settings. Owing to the challenges of transition from the postcolonial stance to the contemporary, best practices and resourceful programs often fail to roll out nationwide and to be sustained. The following questions will therefore guide the dialogues: Is sustainability of art teaching and learning developments in the postcolonial African environment possible? Can the postcolonial Ghanaian environment and non-Western others today provide adapt resources for sustainable artistic practice? If so, how can the resources best be tapped for education through art in Anglophone Ghana and other Modernist African settings?
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Open to all. The event is designed to bring together Scholars, Educators, Curators, Practicing Artists, and interested others in Africa and the rest of the world for ideation and interchange on the topic.

Website


 7–13 June 2009

Wildbranch Writing Workshop - Nature Writing and Beyond
Craftsbury Common, Vermont, United States


Co-sponsored by Sterling College and Orion magazine

Offered at a college committed to natural resources education, Wildbranch is a week-long workshop of classes, lectures, readings, and discussions on the craft and techniques of fine writing about the natural world. The Wildbranch Workshop is for writers who want to improve and market their outdoor, natural history, and environmental writing, as well as environmental educators and activists who want to bring better writing skills to bear on their work.

One of the Course descriptions:

WRITING AT THE CROSSROADS OF ART AND SCIENCE - Alison Hawthorne Deming
Art and science are two deeply rooted ways of knowing. C.P. Snow’s old saw that these disciplines represent opposing poles of human endeavor is giving way to new modes of seeing and responding to the imperiled planet. Participants in this workshop will share stories about enterprises that meet at the crossroads of these two forms of human wisdom. We will start with the Chinese tradition of “rivers-and-mountains” poetry and make our way into the postmodern forest of interdisciplinary thinking and making. Participants will explore techniques for sharpening their perceptions of the natural world, refreshing their language with rich description and metaphor, and for finding stories that renew hope and gratitude in a dark time. Writers of either prose or poetry are welcome in this workshop. Prose writers will learn poetic techniques for enlivening narrative voice and subject matter; poets will learn to incorporate the language of science in lyrical forms. Participants are asked to bring from their home place an object from nature, the form of which they find interesting.

Website


4-10 June 2009

Art, Science and the Sacred
Pari, Italy

This course/workshop will explore the deep connections, as well as the boundaries, between art, science and the sacred. It will explore the ways in which the artist and the scientist engage the universe and encounter mystery. It will touch on the sense of awe and wonder that many scientists experience about the cosmos. It will look at ways in which the arts have sought to portray, symbolize and point to the sacred. The course will also explore the physicist Wolfgang Pauli's views on the "return of the sacred" to matter as well as the ideas of Carl Jung.



It will look to the origin of music, the notion that the cosmos was created out of sacred vibrations. It will investigate J.S.Bach's use of sacred number mysticism in some of his compositions as well as ways in which contemporary composers express the sacred. The week will also look at symbolism in sacred art and ask what is the nature of a sacred object. Time permitting we will look at some of the sacred art in Siena or visiting a site such as the burial place of Saint Galgano (the medieval knight who thrust his sword into the rock).
Instructor: Dr. F. David Peat

Website


18-20 June 2009

Denmark Studytrip

Organised by Frode Svane:


Program Thursday - June 18: Schools and parks in Lund and Malmö, - 35 min drive from Copenhagen. http://www.naturskolan.lund.se/engelska/startframe.htm
Program Friday - June 19: Schools, Kindergardens and parks in Copenhagen.
Program Saturday - June 20: Parks in Copenhagen

To be seen in Copenhagen:
1) "Urban park" . By the channel "Islands Brygge" (Open Public Park) The Bridge over to Amager. http://www.islands-brygge.com
Maritime Youth House: http://www.arcspace.com/architects/plot/maritime/maritime.html
2) Kløvermarken Nature School. A green meeting place for kindergartens and schools.
Kløvermarksvej. Situated outside the channel of Christiania. Kløvermarks Road.
http://www.legeplads.kk.dk/kort.asp?byid=8&lid=342
http://www.legeplads.kk.dk/vislegeplads.asp?id=342
Kløvermarken Nature School, in the heart of Copenhagen.
In the heart of Copenhagen you will find a nature playground where children and adults can play, learn or just stay on their own terms. Like a little pearl in the city the green paradise is situated between the external wall of Christianshavn and Kløvermarksvej (Kløvermarks road). The 1,7 acres contains an ecological established nature playground with and ecological built demonstrationhouse. On weekdays this place is much in use by pupils and children from daynurseries. The main purposes of the place are to give the children possibilities to experience, discover and explore both the great and the small mysteries of nature, and thereby get insight and understanding of the ecological connections.
3) Valby park (Contact Person: Helle Nebelong)
http://www.vejpark.kk.dk/publikationer/pdf/050_Valbyparken.pdf
(Open Public Park)
4) Handicap friendly garden in Valby Park.
http://www.sansehaver.dk/asp/side/handicapvenlige.html
5) Skate Area in "Fælled Park" (Open Public Park)
6) Garden of Senses (Helle Nebelong) (Open Public Park)
http://www.sansehaver.dk/
7) Public Playground - Sundbyøster Plads "Østen for solen - Vesten for månen"
http://www.vejpark.kk.dk/publikationer/pdf/oestenforsolen.pdf
http://www.legepladsen.org/download/sevaedig/Sundbyøster%20Plads%20legeplads.jpg
(Open Public Park) Handicap Friendly - Integrating disabled
8) Hundige School
http://www.legepladsen.org/download/sevaedig/Hundigeskolen.jpg
9) Gerlev legepark - Idrætshistorisk Værksted:
http://www.ihv.dk/ Historic Play Park - All Sorts of Games
10) Himmelhøj:
http://www.skovognatur.dk/Lokalt/Hovedstaden/Jaegersborg/Oplev/friluftsfaciliteter_gor_det_selv/Himmelhoej.htm
http://www.legepladsen.org/download/sevaedig/Himmelhøj%20på%20Vestamager.jpg

http://www.legepladsen.org /download/Legepladsen_2004_4.pdf
(Open Public Park) Huge Installations in Nature


24-26 June 2009

Study trip Berlin

Organised by Frode Svane:


1) 7 (seven) schools:
a) Fläming Grundschule (Wedn)
b) Grundschule an der Bäke (Wedn)
c) Galilei Grundschule (Thursd)
d) Schweizerhof Grundschule (Thursd - Presentation of Grün Macht Schule)
(Evt. also presentation by Anne Ochmann)
e) Grundschule am Kollwitz Platz and Kindergarten Flohkiste (Friday- Bike trip)
f) Biesalski schule/Europa schule or Wedding Grundschule
g) Lenné Grundschule (Potsdam Sat. Evt. Birgit Teichmann)
2) Britzer Garten and the Öko lab (Wedn)
3) KIDS Bewegung project (pocket parks and pedestrian streets decorated by children and youth) (Thursday)
4) Volkspark Friedrichshain (Friday - Bike trip)
5) Volkspark Hasenheide (Friday - Bike trip)
5) Buga Park Potsdam (Sat/Sund)
6) Cassiopeia, outdoor climbing center and skate hall (Sat/Sund)
Plus SEVERAL small public playgrounds (also a playground for adults!)
- and small sports arenas on our way on the bike trip on Friday!.
Not to forget! Possibilities to visit the Bergmannstrassenfest - Kreuzberg Jazzt! June 26.-28.
All introductions will be done in English.
We shall have the most excellent guides on different fields in Berlin!
The tours on Saturday and Sunday are outside the main program, so the participants can freely choose to fill these two days with meaningful activities on their own, or with extra guiding.
Limit on 20 participators! So be early in your booking!


 

21-31 May 2009

Earth Matters On Stage. Symposium on Ecology and Performance

University of Oregon, United States

Ecology is at the heart of burgeoning creativity and interdisciplinary scholarship across the arts and humanities. This Symposium, together with the concurrent Festival, invites artists, scholars and activists to share their work, ideas, and passions with one another and with the larger community who attend the Festival.
We welcome creative and innovative proposals for workshops, round-tables, panels, working sessions, installations, or participatory community gatherings that explore, examine, challenge, articulate, or nourish the possibilities of theatrical and performative responses to the environmental crisis in particular, and our ecological situatedness in general.
Some possible topics for exploration include: land and body in performance; representations of bioregionalism; eco-literacy; representation of/and environmental justice; green theatre production; old cultural narratives/new stories; indigenous performance; community-based performance/ecological communities; sensing place/staging place; the ecologies of theatrical form and/or space; animal representation; and application of ecocriticism to plays, performance and culture.

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10-14 May 2009

Art: Imagination, Creativity, and Meaning
5th World Environmental Education Congress, Montreal, Canada

For humans, living on Earth gives birth to cultural productions charged with meaning and aesthetics beyond purely utilitarian considerations: aboriginal art, traditional arts, fine arts, folk art, arts and crafts, modern art, contemporary art, and so on. Art as an activity is a form of relationship with the world and a way of expressing these relationships with the world, often using the Earth's substance. Environmental education can invite us to attend more closely to the aesthetic and symbolic dimensions of relationships with our surrounding world which find expression in various artistic productions such as: cinema, dance, graphic arts, installation arts, literature, music, theatre, etc. This strand invites participants to consider artistic learning and expression in environmental education, to consider how to stimulate the development of environmental sensitivity and the expression of peoples' creative potential through artistic endeavours. It recognizes that artists are communicators with potential to imaginatively frame and reframe perceptions and experiences in new ways, to transgress boundaries, and to foster new understandings, and generate new meanings. It also considers art as a participatory activity within communities, art as a popular education, and art as a form of activism.

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2-9 May and 24-31 October 2009

Transhumance in Bulgaria
Stara Planina, Bulgaria


The NGO RebelFarmer organised in collaboration with the Bulgarian organisation, Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna (FWFF) the 2nd edition of the sheep transhumance in the Stara Planina Mountains, East-Balkan peninsula. Actually the shepherd, the 8 participants and the sheep liked it so much last year that we decided to renew the experience in 2009 and here we are: we propose people to join us for

- the spring transhumance from the 2nd-9th May. 2009
- and/or the autumn transhumance from the 24-31 October, 2009

Rebelfarmer is very proud to see that this long distance transhumance consisting in moving the herd depending on the season has now been revived again; it had been totally lost due to the pressure of modernization and the economic nationalization during the communist period.
This process involved a transformation of livestock breeding but involves also a total transformation in the importance given to this ancestral tradition by the Balkan inhabitants.

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19-29 April 2009

Wind and Water expedition
F
rom Kiel - via Gotland - to Uusikaupunki (Finland)

This intensive course of EDDA Norden (the Nordic network for art education) entails a distant learning period, a sailing and working period, and a period for preparation of a virtual exhibition and evaluation.



The research group on arts-based environmental education at TaiK, in Helsinki, Finland, will coordinate this voyage on a sailing vessel through the seas that are connecting the Nordic people. During the course the participants investigate the ways in which art can be of added value in the context of environmental education on marine ecosystems and climate change. We will travel the natural slow way by wind-power, and concentrate on the basic experience and appreciation of the small size of humans in the whole, on engagement with the environment, and on what the preconditions are for creating art in extraordinary circumstances. The participants will do preparatory work before the sailing journey, and during the trip they will write and make art to share their reflections and experiences also after the voyage with a wider audience. This course expands the horizon of art education by encompassing engagement with our environment in a very deep and extended way.

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17-25 April 2009

CREDO 2009: The Herb Garden of the Ideal City
Nantes, France

The international workshop CREDO 2009 (Cooperation in Research and Education for Design Options) will be held from April 17 to 25, 2009.
The theme chosen for the 2009 CREDO session is: “The Herb Garden of the Ideal City.”
The garden is a keystone in the organization of an abbey, be it seen as an Ideal City or a just as a place to live. In a monastery the garden acts as a self-sufficient space dedicated to experimentation and preservation, a place where vegetal species with healing and soothing properties are kept. Its mention echoes several modern-day issues at the crossroads between eating habits, health/well-being and vegetal life. During this year’s session we will strive to think up new prospective scenarios to answer a number of related questions.
This theme is related to a cultural event to be held in the fall of 2009 at the abbey and called “The Ideal City.” The outcomes of the workshop will be exhibited on this occasion.
Additionally a bilingual booklet will be published as part of a “CREDO” book collection.'

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17-19 April 2009

Rising Tide: The Arts and Ecological Ethics Conference
San Francisco, USA

"Rising Tide: The Arts and Ecological Ethics Conference" is a collaboration between California College of the Arts and Stanford University and takes place on both campuses. The speakers and panelists are internationally prominent artists, designers, architects, scientists, and environmental activists.
Government environmental policies around the world are deeply influenced by culture. The urgent issues surrounding climate change can actually be catalysts for creative thinking. This event provides a forum for an examination of our rapidly evolving culture(s) and rapidly deteriorating environment. It brings together creative professionals, scholars, and students from a wide range of disciplines—stimulating dialogue across institutions, cultures, and creative communities—to articulate the connections between aesthetics and environmentalism, and to provide leadership in picturing the future.

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20-22 April 2009

Experience Earth Education in Finland
Helsinki, Finland


The Earthkeepers leadership workshop
Location: Meriharjun kurssikeskus (address: Uutelantie 32, Helsinki, Finland)
Trainer; Bruce Johnson, Earthkeepers co-author and International Program
Coordinator for the Institute for Earth Education
Cost: 150 € (including food, accommodation and workshop materials)
If you are offering Earthkeepers or considering offering it at your site or school and like to:
- learn details not available in the program book or other materials,
- find out why specific components are included and participate in the processing of all program activities,
- examine props, discuss options, and meet people leading this program from other locations and situations, then join us for this 2 day workshop that will focus on the details of leading the Earthkeepers program. It is designed both for those who have a great deal of experience with the program and for those who will be offering the program in the near future.
This workshop is going be in English.

Leading Earthwalks Day - Leadership Workshop
Location: Meriharjun kurssikeskus (address: Uutelantie 32, Helsinki,Finland)
Date: 18.4.2009
Trainer: Jon Cree is Training Officer and Education officer at Bishops Wood and International Training Co-ordinator for Institute for Earth Education (IEE). He has been conducting earth education workshops throughout Europe for the last 10 years.
Cost: 80 € (including food and the workshop material)
One of the most commonly led vehicles for encouraging people to 'live more harmoniously and joyously with the natural world' is an earthwalk - a light, refreshing touch of nature that focuses on reawakening individual senses and sharpening perceptions in the natural world (using a series of special activities).
This workshop will help you learn how to lead these 'light, refreshing touches of the natural world, focussing on the senses'.
This workshop is arranged by IEE-Finland and Nuorten Luontotalo

For further information please contact Ilkka Aula, ilkka.aula@hel.fi
Telephone +358503562942 or +358931089037


22 March - 7 April 2009

Antony Gormley: Clay and the Collective Body
Helsinki, Finland

British sculptor Antony Gormley (b. 1950) is the artist to conceive the first IHME Project by the Pro Arte Foundation Finland. Gormley will create a work in the sports field in Kaisaniemi park in Helsinki, bringing together clay and Helsinki locals in a specially erected pneumatic building.



Clay and the Collective Body will feature a huge clay cube that will be both a challenge and a shared bodily experience. Designed specifically for Helsinki and realised for the first time here, Gormley's work brings together Mass, Space and Energy in a response to the aims of the Pro Arte Foundation Finland: to ask questions about who make art, how art can be made and who it can be for.
The Clay and the Collective Body project will start with a clay cube the size of a small house (4 x 4 x 4 m) and weighing 100,000 kilograms, housed in a well-lit, humidified pneumatic building. In the first phase of the project (from 22 to 24 March), the public will be able to view the constructed cube. In the second phase (from 25 March to 3 April), the public will have an opportunity to work on and with the clay and to use it to make objects of any kind, big or small, alone or with others.
The work will take place in four-hour sessions, with a maximum of about 2,000 participants. Services will be provided on site to ensure uninterrupted work on the project. People wanting to work with the clay can sign up for the project by telephone, tel. +358 45 235 0080 or on site during the project.
Here is the artist's invitation:
"Antony Gormley invites you to participate in the making of a new artwork, Clay and the Collective Body. Come alone, with a friend or family member - anyone between the ages of 8 to 100 is welcome! You are asked to commit at least four continuous hours of your time to transforming a huge four-meter-tall cube of clay using your body as the only tool. The cube awaits you in a warm and humid space."

See filmed report on Finnish TV (with Antony Gormley)

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26–28 March 2009

Celestial Aesthetics: The Aesthetics of Sky, Space and Heaven
7th International Conference on Environmental Aesthetics
The Valamo Monastery, Heinävesi, Finland
 


 

The multidisciplinary series of conferences on environmental aesthetics began in 1994 and is now reaching its final stage. So far, the conferences have reflected on the Earth’s cover and its topography: forests, bogs, water, fields and rocks – all of which also incorporate a dimension of depth under our feet. Above, the sky unites them and provides a sheltering cover. Behind it is space, whose objects belong to our perceivable sky too; we talk about deep sky that is beyond our solar system. Our sphere of life is limited by the atmosphere, which begins from the ground and stretches all the way to up to approximately 100 kilometres, slowly becoming thinner and fading into space.

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20 February - 15 May 2009

Academic course: Arts in Environmental Education
Helsinki, Finland

Organisation: Department of Art Pedagogy, in cooperation with Department of Visual Culture (Master in Environmental Art Program), at the University of Art and Design Helsinki.
Time: Fridays from 10.00 am until 15.00 pm, with lunch break in-between.
This class will be practice-based and self-directed. It is intended to introduce participants to the potential role and existing field of using art in increasing ecological awareness. There will  be guidance by supervisor Jan van Boeckel, research assistant at the Dept. of Art Education. Students must be active in taking responsibility for their own desired learning. The course will further be monitored by Professor Pirkko Pohjakallio.
Central to this course is the triangle of art education, nature education and pedagogical science. In the context of the education, we will ask what the benefits are of looking with an artist’s gaze at environmental or outdoor education, and of looking with an environmental educators' gaze at the possible benefits of engaging art in the context of environmental educational practices.

Example of course literature for Friday 13 March 2009, 10.00-15.00:

1) "Walking and Dying With Bears: An Ecopsychological Case Study of Timothy (Dexter) Treadwell"    Download here

2) "Walking" by Henry David Thoreau, 1862 "... in Wildness is the Preservation of the World"     Weblink

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Course announcement on TaiK's website


19 January - 20 April 2009

Academic course: Human Spaces
Helsinki, Finland

Offered by the Department of Visual Culture (VisKu) at the University of Art and Design Helsinki (TaiK).

One of the hallmarks of the human species is our ability to imagine and create, and surely one of the most complex and enduring of human aspirations given material form is the city. For a score upon score of centuries, cities have provided a grand stage upon which different cultures from across the world have written their own histories, in turns epic and tragic, grandiose and mundane.

The Human Spaces curriculum is an exploration of this history, the story of urban culture. Put another way, it is an exploration of the balance between the urban and cultural elements of our city creations, what we might call the culture-scape. Although we will focus on specific urban forms and trace their development over time, we will study them not as purely architectural spaces, but as spaces created, used, tended, and then sometimes abandoned by people – in other words, as Human Spaces.
This course will focus on how society organizes its public space – the space outside of our homes where public life takes place on a day-to-day basis and binds us together into an urban species. Specifically, we will examine the following topics:

1. A Space for the Living – Public Squares and the Centering of Built Culture
2. Dispersed Culture-scape 1 – The Power Space of Politics
3. Dispersed Culture-scape 2 – The Belief Space of Religion
4. Dispersed Culture-scape 3 – Main Streets, Markets and Malls
5. A Space for the Dead – Cemeteries, Private Lives, and Public Memories
6. The Other-space of Nature – Balancing the Grown and the Built

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6-10 February 2009

PHENOMENOLOGY MEETS SEMIOTICS (where culture meets nature)
Tartu, Estonia

The events that will take place in Tartu, February 2009, represent a meeting between the traditions of phenomenology and semiotics in general, and a phenomenology of the sensuous and semiotics of nature in particular. Though many other scholars are now getting involved, the occasion of the events is philosopher David Abram´s visit to Estonia (for a brief introduction to his work, and a few quotes, see below).
The topic of the first workshop, 'The Ecology of Perception: Landscapes in Culture and Nature' (Feb. 6-7), is the land that sustains the living and constitutes their life worlds. A second workshop, 'Animal Minds' (Feb. 9-10), will focus on the existential condition of animality - including the animal factor in human nature.
The Springer journal Biosemiotics, edited by Marcello Barbieri, has made clear that it welcomes submissions from the presenters of the workshops. Depending on the number of quality-papers eventually submitted, the final outcome might be a special section in, or a special issue of, Biosemiotics. Guest editors will be Kati Lindström and Morten Tønnessen. The resulting publication will include excerpts from David Abram´s second book (to be published in the United States in 2009), Becoming Animal.

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