Archive 2010





The very first image one sees when visiting is a land art work in the Dovrefjell mountains in Norway. The photo was made by Jan van Boeckel, who happened upon the art work by coincidence during a hiking trip in 2007. Years later he learned that it was made there by Dutch dramatist and artist Anna van Diepen (also from Amsterdam!) and a group of friends. Above is an image of how the art work looks in the summer of 2010, when Jan visited the place again.

Below the image from 2007:



Children's labyrinth

A neglected area of the LABYRINTH at Saksala ArtRadius in Finland is transformed to a special place for children. Here they can go around and find the spaces, objects and paths the artists have created. This LABYRINTH is made to go in, to play and to add also something. The LABYRINTH will never be finished, it is a growing project and after the artists also the children are invited to participate in it.
In contrast with the regular part of the LABYRINTH, this part is not cleared up, the area has to be inviting to start doing something. If children want to reorganize a part for themselves it is possible, they can use the material that is left.
The artists have added art works which fit in the space. Constructed walls and a light tower; different creatures coming from different directions; objects that invite to go in, to swing or to let them balance. With and through these art works children can feel their relation with nature and art. It appeals on their imagination and invites to interact.



Sápmi / Norway

Sami Ánde Somby joiks River and Wolf

Ánde Somby sings the Salmon Song at the mountain's meeting (Earth Jurisprudence Retreat):

Click here to read Ánde Somby's text 'Joik and the Theory of Knowledge.'




Return of Birdsong

In artist Milja Viita´s four-channel video installation children from Finland and Kenya give voice to endangered forest birds. The children´s skilful imitations of birdsong are also a touching statement of future generations for the preservation of forest biodiversity.

Return of Birdsong from Milja Viita on Vimeo.

The piece is a public artwork that invites viewers to consider the impacts of our lifestyle on forests in Finland and in the developing countries, and on the communities that are dependent on them.

Viita´s work was shot in Finland and Kenya with groups of children from schools and daycare centres. The artist took the children to visit former nesting areas of endangered or extinct birds. She wanted the bird songs to be performed by children, because the deterioration of forest biodiversity means that the song of many more birds will never be heard by future generations.

In the original installation consisting of four video projections, the groups of children are presented in an interactive relation to each other – each group, one at a time, imitates the birds while the other groups listen. The audience steps into the centre of the piece and joins the listeners.

A girl group from Mida Primary School in Gede, at the coast of the Kenya.

A group from Tuorila Primary School in Karkkila, southern Finland.




Seed Cathedral at the Shanghai World Expo

This structure, the so-called "Seed Cathedral" by Thomas Heatherwick, under construction in Shanghai for this summer's 2010 World Expo, has an amazing ulterior motive: at the end of every one of the 60,000 transparent acrylic rods that you see fuzzing outward into the sunlight are the seeds of plants.
From the New York Times: "Heatherwick and his team worked with Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership to showcase Britain’s commitment to conservation. They encased thousands of seeds in the ends of the transparent rods, creating a larger-than-life catalog of the plant species that contribute to national and global conservation programs, in a veritable cathedral of seeds."


Thomas Heatherwick's "Seed Cathedral" at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo; photo by Reuters/China Daily, via The Big Picture.



The seeds revealed; photo by Aly Song for Reuters, via The Big Picture.



The Ice Cathedrals of Adam Scheibach

During the freezing cold nights, artist Adam Scheibach is out to co-create, together with the water and the frost, his amazing ice cathedrals

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United Kingdom

Danu Fox Earth Singers

Earth Singers: using song to care for the landscape.




The Making of Window farms

windowfarms finland collage

Finnish makers Mikko Laajola and Niko Punin have been working in collaboration with artist-producers Andrew Gryf Paterson and Ulla Taipale/Capsula to create a new localised manifestation of the Windowfarms Project in Finland, using local specialist (hydroponic and LED growing technologies) and recycled materials. They were joined by a group of local enthusiasts in the construction and documenting process. The plants grown will be used in participatory Herbologies workshops during Pixelache Festival.


More on Window farms in general




Antarctic Animation

"The initial impetus to use animation to describe Antarctica was a heightened sense of being that I had experienced there. Because I had used gestures and lines to describe feelings about other places, I imagined it was possible to do this for Antarctica.
The second, and far stronger impetus, was a desire to articulate scientific knowledge of Antarctica. Our ship had arrived in Antarctica on the day that George Bush had refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol (February 2002). After witnessing expressions of disbelief in the faces of scientists on board, I felt compelled to find ways to convey what they know.
What could be done? If animation could be used to combine a heightened sense of being, with scientific data from Antarctica, perhaps awareness of our connection to global warming could be raised.
To describe Antarctica's changing environment seemed at first an impossible task. However, understandings and skills grew from conducting interviews and workshops; drawing, painting, making and animating; establishing and maintaining a website and a blog.

Antarctic Animation describes Antarctica through gestures and lines that combine my experience of Antarctica with my understandings of insights shared by other Antarctic observers."
The website Antarctic Animation contains material for a doctoral thesis being prepared by Lisa Roberts for submission to the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, in March 2010.




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