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Joni Taylor
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
11 Jan 2010
New Zealand
Slowflow 2010 is the second in a series of trips down the Whanganui River, Aotearoa/New Zealand and takes place between Jan 21st and Jan 31st 2010.

Slowflow invites artists, technologists and environmentalists on a 10 day journey down the Whanganui River by double hulled 22 person waka haurua(canoe) and bicycle, creating a setting for a flow of conversations - Te Ia Kōrero. Part self propelled residency, part un-conference, part expedition - Slowflow provides an opportunity for discussing and reflecting on culture, technology and the environment.

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

02 Sep 2009
Heavy Metal
Germany, And Other Central European Countries
My new feature about the transformation of former industrial landscapes on the German - Polish border. Read it in our features section here.

Articles / Public Projects / Social Practice / Sustainability / Urban/City
01 Sep 2009
A series of temporary urban art interventions taking place in the City of Sydney.
Sydney, Australia
While Melbourne may be more known for it’s laneways, the City of Sydney has undertaken to temporarily transform eight laneways in Sydney´s CBD. Eight proposals were selected by Curator and urban designer Dr Steffen Lehmann. The proposed Laneways By George! 2009 - Hidden Networks temporary artworks are intended to be installed for the City of Sydney's Art & About event in October.

Architecture / Exhibitions / Public Projects
31 May 2009
The Gulf Region
The fabulous Volume/Archis have helped to develop this remarkable site that follows the development and urban planning initiatives happening in the Gulf regions, especially Dubai and Abu Dhabi. and their global implications. The Almanakh 2 is soon to be published.

Architecture / Magazines / Sustainability
13 Apr 2009
The House re-Growth Pod is a permanent and cost effective housing unit which can assist in the rebuilding of the fire devastated town-ships of Victoria, Australia.A competition is also calling for designs.This competition is open to architects and designers not just in Victoria, Australia but to all those interested in the typology required for the re-building of houses whilst the site is occupied by the re-Growth Pod.
It is anticipated that this competition will generate new thinking for living in sites prone to bushfires as well as creating a dialogue within the design community.

Architecture / Calls / Public Projects
11 Apr 2009
Call for Submissions
Sydney, Australia
An outdoor, free exhibition that takes place on the spactacular coastal walk between Bondi and Tamamrama Beach in Sydney. Entry forms can be downloaded directly from the site. Entries close April 20! The exhibition will take place from October 29 - November 15. A conference on "Sculpture in Public Space" will take place November 2. International entries welcome.

Calls / Exhibitions / Free
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
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On a plot of land close to the University of Chicago you find an area with lush community gardens tended by Chicagoans that care for growing their own...


FRUIT takes up the challenge of elevating the ecological knowledge of consumers and encouraging a way of life that is friendly to the environment. We want consumers to be conscious of the entire life of a product, from production to utilization, and not just what they see in the stores. Consumers must be aware that every phase of a product's life influences the environment and ourselves.

Free Soil has produced a run of FRUIT wrappers, a website, and a traveling installation as part of an initiative to inform people about alternative food systems and local food movements. The wrappers are disseminated throughout the food chain by piggybacking on oranges. Information will be carried through the food system and into the hands of consumers. The wrapper holds information on a variety of aspects concerning food movements, transport and urban farming. Get your daily dose!

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