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Amy Franceschini
30 Jul 2008
Borgerhout, Belgium
in week 32

An open meeting around the pamphlet
'design your own utopia'.

Art + Activism / Events / Social Practice
29 Jul 2008
In 2008, Amsterdam hosts its first edition of the Biennale, from 18 September to 2 November, under the theme Space and Place – Design for the Urban Landscape.

ExperimentaDesign Amsterdam 2008 highlights urban culture as the playground for the global citizen. The world’s cities are not only home to over half of the world’s population, they are also a metaphor for today’s cultures and a testing ground for new forms of conviviality and interaction. Throughout its three core exhibitions, the Biennale turns the spotlight on innovative urban design as a process of social action, exchanges and experiment.

Events / Social Practice / Urban/City
29 Jul 2008
It has been a while since i posted, and I remember when we first started this blog that one of the criteria was to post all things "free". So here is a lovely festival if you are in Belgium.

Hope to see you there!

20 Jul 2008
Where do you stand?
US, Chicago
July 21 + 22nd, 2008

Futurefarmers in collaboration with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will host two building workshops and 4 discussion sessions led by scientists from the University of Chicago. The general public will be invited to participate in discussions with the guests in the Energy Tent.

Art + Activism / Free / Public Projects / Social Practice
15 Jul 2008
July 19th-November 2nd, 2008
Raqs Media Collective's , co-curated portion of the nomadic biennial Manifesta 7, will be presenting an exhibition entitled "The Rest of Now" which addresses historic residues in the present tense. Set in an abandoned aluminum factory in Bolzano, Italy, the show works "to see what can be salvaged from the oblivion to which the residues of Modernism are normally consigned."

Artists / Exhibitions
08 Jul 2008
San Francisco
It is really happening. Instigated as an art project and utopian proposal to the city, San Francisco has accepted and hosting a Victory Garden in front of City Hall.

Art + Activism / Public Projects
06 Jul 2008
Gallery 16 generously publishes "Victory Gardens 2007+". A chronicle of the reimagining of the original wartime Victory Garden program. The book features essays by Lucy Lippard and Mike Davis along with historical photos and context, and project documentation and insight.

Art + Activism / Books
05 Jul 2008
A series of seminars, lectures, screenings, syllabii and literature on the notion of the political in postmarxist theory developed by Katja Diefenbach, Advising Researcher Theory Department, Jan-van-Eyck-Akademie Maastricht

2008 the seminars focus on the analysis of labor power, immaterial work, and the notion of common.

Art + Activism / Education
26 Jun 2008
London, UK
1 July at 7pm

If the government is to be believed, we are undergoing a streak of freakily bad luck. First the credit crunch, then astronomical fuel price hikes and now a global food crisis. Could all these by any chance be connected?

Mute magazine will be hosting an open discussion with contributions from: Gareth Dale (author of recent critiques of 'green capitalism' including 'On the Menu or At the Table: Corporations and Climate Change'), James Heartfield (author of Green Capitalism: Manufacturing Scarcity in the Age of Abundance), Helena Paul (co-director of Econexus, and long term campaigner against GM and Agrofuels), Graham Burnett (vegan-punk permaculturist and founder of

The Church House
Fletcher St (off Cable St)
London E1

Events / Sustainability / Urban/City
23 Jun 2008
Public Collectors consists of informal agreements where collectors allow the contents of their collection to be published and permit those who are curious to directly experience the objects in person. Participants must be willing to type up an inventory of their collection, provide a means of contact and share their collection with the public. Collectors can be based in any geographic location.

The purpose of this project is for large collections of materials to become accessible so that knowledge, ideas and expertise can be freely shared and exchanged. Public Collectors is not intended, nor should it be used, for buying and selling objects. There are many preexisting venues for that.

Free / Public Projects
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The project intersects with recent public debate in Copenhagen about air pollution in the city. In collaboration with Senior Scientist Jørgen Brandt from The National Environmental Research Institute in Denmark a first prototype is developed for making an indicator that can be placed in the city and display local levels of pollution as well as pollution forecasts on individual streets. The project holds an open source script for displaying data from the Internet in a variety of forms.
Link of the Week:  
Interview with Fritz Haeg by Nato Thompson

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