Designing Economic Cultures is a series of seminars organised by
Brave New Alpes, and
tailored for design students that takes the contemporary precarious
working conditions of creatives as a starting point and
investigates strategies of how to go beyond this current state of
As the crisis of the financial market seems to have turned into
the crisis of all social relations and of everyday life itself,
designers are as affected by these developments as most other
actors in society. How can we face these conditions with our
creative skills and deal with them in a more proactive and
The seminars will serve as a platform to discuss and develop
questions like the following:
How can designers avoid the conventional choice between either
financial stability or critically engaged work?
Which work settings may positively affect our abilities to address
contested social, political and environmental issues?
What alternative economic values and strategies can be adopted to
What can critically engaged creatives learn from the experiences of
self-organised citizens and workers in other fields?
public works – exchanging practices
· speaking about the organisational structure of their collective
· introducing two projects with different economies
· mapping the growing international network of colleagues, sites
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Matilde Martinetti who currently works with public works went to
Birmingham for the Public Evaluation Event of Eastside Projects:
a three day production symposium, analysing and evaluating three
years of work and presence in the city. Refelcting on shifts in
artist run activity in Birmingham, the UK and internationally, and
impact and changes in cultural policy agendas, regeneration and
support structures for art spaces with invited
public works handed out some lovely gold medals alongside some
reflections about what we like and dislike, and we had stickers
prepared for everyone in the audience to set a shelf life for
certain elements in the space.
For a 30 min clip of the whole event on Bambuser click
The ever-so-good-looking compact seed bombs are part of
Dutch Design Week
TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT, at the
Van Abbe Museum in Einddoven, 22nd to the 30th October. Poster
designed by Andreas.
We will be taking part in two evening discussions that week.
The first one on invitaion by Helen Stratford, called "Performative
Architecture" at The Showroom on Tuesday 25th of October at
18.30, together with Jane Rendell and Doina Petrescu from aaa.
And on Wednesday the 26th of October at 19.00 on invitation by
magazine - the Paper for Emergin Architectural Research - at the
We will be giving a talk in Innsbruck, Austria on the 14th of
October as part of the 'Workspaces' series in the 'Bäckerei'
orgainsed by Birgit Brauner and Nicola Weber. (text is in German
Stadträume – Aneignung und Intervention
Öffentlicher (Stadt)Raum wird von allen Seiten beansprucht.
Investoren, Stadtplanung, Verwertungseffizienz,
Sicherheitsansprüche und Einzelinteressen zerren an den Räumen und
Rechten des städtischen Kollektivs.
In letzter Zeit ist aber ein neuer Anspruch der Selbstbestimmung
spürbar. Neue urbane Praktiken der Aneignung, Teilnahme und
Mitgestaltung werden erforscht, stereotype Nutzungspraktiken
aufgebrochen, Grenzen verschoben, Lücken erobert, das
Gestaltungspotenzial des Stadtraums wird neu verhandelt.
Von der minimalen künstlerischen Intervention bis hin zum
sozialen Nachbarschaftsprojekt - immer spürbarer wird eine Kultur
des urbanen Handelns, die - eingebunden in das Alltägliche - dazu
auffordert den öffentlichen Raum neu zu erobern, ihn sich
anzueignen, Verantwortung dafür zu übernehmen. Spontan oder
langfristig. Nomadisch oder dauerhaft.
Die Bäckerei startet im Herbst 2011 die Veranstaltungsreihe
"workspaces" zum Thema und möchte über verschiedene Formate
Methoden des Intervenierens im und mit dem öffentlichen Raum sowohl
praktisch als auch theoretisch diskutieren und Möglichkeiten der
An zwei Terminen werden KünstlerInnen / ArchitektenInnen /
StadtforscherInnen aus London, Berlin und Rotterdam eingeladen ihre
Projekte vorzustellen und mit Kulturschaffenden vor Ort und
interessierten StadtbenützerInnen in einem Workshop zum Thema zu
arbeiten. Die in den Workshops entstandenen Arbeiten werden in
einer Ausstellung im Rahmen der Premierentage gezeigt.
The Isola Art Centre
in Milan is in the process of setting up a new public space and
garden on Via Pepe. In support of their new initiative they have
organised an exhibition entitled Green Desire / Desiderio Verde.
The show runs from the the 12th to the 20th of October at Sassetti
Cultura, Via Voltunro 35, Milan, Italy.
We are still hopeful that - despite the posatl strike in italy -
our specially dedicated seed bombs will make it on time for the
Float has been part of the
Creative Egremont Programme, curated and
delivered by Grizedale
Arts, since 2007.
This Saturday, 1st October 2011, the float will be all shiny and
in use again for the official opening of Florence
Mine in Egremont, which is the new creative centre for
the town, and combines many aspects and activities that have been
tried and tested throughout Creative
After the weekend the two vitrines at the back of the float-
which were designed to allow the float to also enter exhibition
spaces with smaller dooors - will travel to the Mobile
Solutions exhibition at the Mackintosh Museum in
Glasgow, on invitation by Jenny Brownrigg.
Read all about the Peoples Pitch drawing on http://thepeoplespitch.tumblr.com/
In collaboration with Christopher King from
Mabley Meadow we
are collecting ideas for alternative use for Mabley Green.
On Saturday the 20th of August we will produce a giant drawing
on the green illustrating all the ideas for possible use .. not
Tell us what you'd really like - or always wanted to do on
Mabley Green. It can be anything you like, anything at all - from
the fantastical to the practical.
Then on Saturday 20 August, all of your ideas will be sketched
out and painted HUGE on the grass of Mabley Green using Hackney
Council's football-pitch painting machine.
Better still, your ideas will be used to help kick start a new
Master Plan for Mabley Green. So get creative and help build a
brand new park. The People's Pitch is a collaboration between
public works and Christopher King, with support from muf and the
Design for London.
All ideas will be published on the PEOPLES PITCH WEBSITE.
If you'd like to get in touch, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of Assembles 'Folly for a flyover'
project the Wick
Curiosity Shop was invited down to open it's doors to the
public in Hackney Wick, under the fkyover on the Eastway.
The shop becoming an interactive 'Wick Tourist Information' point
at the mobile porch, inviting people to learn a little more about
what makes the Wick the Wick! A guide called ON foot was created by
Polly Brannan from the shop with illustrations of the Wick and it's
many hero's by UAE based illustrator Khlaid Mezaina, it was given
to onlookers to guide themselves around the Wick with a map and a
badge! 'Tourists' contributed ideas, stories and their observations
from the ON foot guide to the ever growing Wick Curiosity Shop's
archive they were also encouraged to have their picture taken next
to one of the large Wick landscapes created by Khalid as a postcard
and piece of Wick memorabilia to to take home with them. The shop's
archive was on display through out the day.