Presentation of the book Landscape Architecture and Townplanning in The Netherlands 2010, 11 December 2010 in Rotterdam.
The project The Cook, the Farmer, his Wife and their Neighbor is part of the publication: " The large-scale restructuring of post-war districts has been tackled energetically in recent years. However in response to the economic crisis and the criticism that the scale of restructuring has been too massive, housing corporations, developers and municipalities are now considering a different approach. Thus The Cook, the Farmer, his Wife and their Neighbor has put a plan on the agenda that is small scale, yet has great consequences for the residents who join in. The Cook, the Farmer, his Wife and their Neighbor is an optimism-generating example of how things can be done differently".
For more information about the publication Landscape Architecture and Townplanning in The Netherlands 2010.
Presentation of the project The Cook, the Farmer, his Wife and their Neighbor for the session Fertile City of the project Anarchitecture, 21st August 2010, Calvé terrein (Delft).
Anarchitecture is a project of current DAI student Doris Denekamp and is presented by 'Werkplaats Spoorzone Delft'. This citizens initiative focuses on the changes in the railway zone in Delft. WeSD aims to involve the citizens of Delft in this transformation. Anarchitecture is part of the manifestation Leven aan het Spoor which aims to capture the remarkable life along the rail viaduct. Saturday 21st August 2010 I presented The Cook, the Farmer, his Wife and their Neighbor as part of the session Fertile City.
For more information Levens aan het spoor and Right to the City.
Molteplicittà, una rassegna di incontri, dibattiti e spettacoli sulla città che cambia is an event promoted by Legacoop Bologna and by the City of Bologna, which took place from the 2nd to the 18th July 2010 in Bologna. The event opened with a conference in which I presented the project The Cook, the Farmer, his Wife and their Neighbor as an artistic practice for social change.
The film ZUID has been presented within the Film&Debate Evenings program in CBK Rotterdam, the 11th June 2010. After the screening a debate followed in which it was explained and discussed the South of Rotterdam context, the project Moving in Free Zones #2 - Zuid is part of - and the making of the film.
For more information see here.
Invited by Marjetica Potrc to hold a workshop 27-28-29 January 2010, within the course led by Marjetica Potrc at IUAV (Venice, italy): Sustainable Venice. The course gave place to an array of experimental workshops supported by Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa. Those workshops resulted in the exhibition Common Ground: Projects for the Lagoon which took place April 10, 2010 in Palazzetto Tito, Venice.
My workshop with the students of Visual Arts - IUAV focused on giving voice to the invisible citizens of Venice by revisiting four of my projects: The Cook, the Farmer, his Wife and their Neighbor, Homemade, Singingchairs and Moving in Free Zones #2.
By referring to the exhibition of Marjetica Potrc and Marguerite Kahrl in Palazzetto Tito, Lucy Lippard says, in her text Water Water Everywhere: “Relational objects by students, which were produced with Lucia Babina, are the result of personal discussions between students and local residents and will later be presented as gifts to the residents, emphasizing the fact that people are one of Venice’s sustainable assets. In fact, when these artists look at place, they see the people who live there and the ways their lives must be negotiated with the powers that be – both political and natural”.
© Marjetica Potrc. See also Marjetica Potrc's website
Cohabitation Strategies ran The Other City: Exposing Tarwewijk workshop which took place in Tarwewijk (Rotterdam) from the 8th till the 10th December 2009. During the workshop it was discussed and performed a research that Cohabitation Strategies carried out in the past months in order to expose problematics and potentials of the district Tarwewijk (Rotterdam). The research and the results of the workshop have been presented the 11th December 2009 in the NAi (Rotterdam), during the International Architecture Biennale 2009 (IABR).
The workshop has been produced with the suport of Cultuurel Denkwerk, IABR, NAi Deelgemeente Charlois, Woonstad, dS+V, Berlage Institute, IHS and Art Hotel Rotterdam.
During the presentation it was screened also the Film ZUID, as part of Moving in Free Zones #2.
Urbanacción Conference 25-26-27 November 2009 in La Casa Encendida, Madrid. Presentation of The Cook, the Farmer, his Wife and their Neighbor, organized by Urbanaccion
See La Casa Encendida
HOMEMADE project: First workshop 21-30 October 2009 in Venice.
See Rebiennale/HOMEMADE website
Freedom is participating into the life of your own city. Problems of a city belong to its inhabitants, as well as the joy of conducting there a good life. Finding an alternative to the social, economical, environmental and political system, we are part of, is also our duty as inhabitants and citizens. HOMEMADE is a collective project that involves inhabitants of Venice, international experts and professionals to re-think the city, to re-vitalize it and to re-appropriate it. By learning from the experience of ASC (Associazione Sociale per la Casa – Social Association for Housing) and of Rebiennale (permanent recycling workshop of materials from the Biennale of Venice) – both practices are aimed at re-using and redefining the urban habitat of Venice –, it sprang HOMEMADE.
HOMEMADE is an experimental workshop which stimulates a sense of belonging, which advocates for the right to the city and for the freedom to choose a sustainable future.
HOMEMADE aimes to:
- stimulate participatory and awareness processes
- redefine the urban space as a community space
- re-imagine a city in which inhabitants are able and allowed to decide about needs and priorities
- promote the coexistence between the rural and the urban in the lagoon of Venice
- encourage a sustainable social tourism
The project originated from the collaboration between ASC, Rebiennale, Emiliano Gandolfi, Lucia Babina/iStrike, Exyzt and Refunc, and the participation of Anomalie Urbane (IUAV). HOMEMADE intends to give a voice to inhabitants of Venice and to allow them to decide, through their active participation in a process of transformation, in what kind of city they want to live and cohabit.
Squatcity competition exhibited shortlisted projects during the IABR 2009 (Rotterdam) from the 25th September to the 10th January 2009. On this occasion Squatcity competition announced the three winners. The Cook the Farmer, his Wife and their Neighbor - project by Marjetica Potrč and Wilde Westen (Lucia Babina, Reinder Bakker, Hester van Dijk, Merijn Oudenampsen, Eva Pfannes, Sylvain Hartenberg, Henriette Waal) - was part of the exhibition and won the 3rd prize. The project "convinced the jury as strong design and community building initiative to revitalize neighborhoods".
Squatcity exhibition in IABR 2009.
To know more about Squatcity prize look at Urbaninform website.
Lu Cafausu: luoghi, assenze, iper-luoghi, territori, transiti e permanenze, on occasion of Dov’è casa? - Nomads in Res, organized by Soundres in Lecce, 22nd July 2008.
In the panel: Lucia Babina (cultural producer), Emiliano Gandolfi (architect and curator of the Padiglione Italia at the XI Biennale of Architecture in Venezia 2008), and the artists Giancarlo
Go to the Soundres website
Presentation of the book Networked Cultures (eds. Peter Moertenboeck and Helge Mooshammer, NAi Publishers, Rotterdam, 2008) which took place in the NAi, 1st May 2008.
In the panel: Emiliano Gandolfi (curator at the NAi and of the Biennale of Venice of Architecture , 2008), Sudeep Dasgupta (professor of Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam), Lucia Babina (cultural producer and president of
Moderators: Peter Moertenboeck (fellow at Goldsmith University, London) and Helge Mooshammer (founder and member of ThinkArchitecture).
Go to the Networked Cultures website