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    • Companion
    • Project
    • Becoming Water 16 July 2019
      posted by: Nicolas Y Galeazzi
    • 09 July 2019
    • 10 July 2019
    • case of: Nicolas Y Galeazzi
    • Becoming Water

      Some workshops remain a fiction – yet a fiction can be embodied. For several reasons, the proposition of Marialena Marouda couldn’t take place at the intended ‘workshop’ – the Buratinas boat of Nadine, laboratory for contemporary art. However, her proposal to encounter water as a companion and to spend for that min. 24h on that boat let us float into the imagination of how to fundamentally shift our relation to that essential element of life.

      Never the less, the score for Marialena’s proposal can act as a companion for any circumstances where some meet water and has a bit of time. Therefore we decided to provide this score as a suggestion for everyone who wants to do this exercise – and, if possible, wants to feed back her/his experiences.

      Besides this, Christina Stadlbauer, Marialena Marouda and Nicolas Galeazzi dove into a written conversation based on Marialena’s proposal and asked themselves why water is seen as an object while it is at the same time intrinsic part of our self.

    • Companion
    • Recent Past
    • Traveling through square liberateurs – Molenbeek 15 May 2019
      posted by: Nicolas Y Galeazzi
    • Einat Tuchman
    • Square des Libérateurs, 1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean
    • 12 July 2019
    • 12 July 2019
    • I'm inviting you into my neighborhood, to discover the "Quartier Liberateurs "- a specific urban sphere that I'm investigating for three years now. Let us enter some of its local structures with their human and political complexity; small institutes, shops, and churches; artifacts, publicness, and attitudes; architecture, infrastructure, and topographies. We will explore how those elements create a natural habitat that exposes layers of exchange between needs and capacities. 
      Taking a distinctive look at the divergent attitudes towards the environment and the social struggles in these different locations, we will learn about the prototypical difficulties and potentials of such culturally dense urban areas. 
      Through a reading of Felix Guattari's The Three Ecologies, we will reflect on the three layers of its daily life circumstances. The mental state of its multicultural inhabitants, the social relations in the public sphere and the ecology it proposes. By assembling the necessities and the resources of the "Quartier Libérateurs", we will each develop on our language to interact with such spheres: Probably best we start with writing a letter, a note or a phrase that tries to connect our gazes and impressions with the reality we encounter.
    • Companion
    • Recent Past
    • Bruocsella a resilient movement for room to secondary river valleies
      07 May 2019
      posted by: Nicolas Y Galeazzi
    • Ecole Mondiale
    • Start at Zenne Garden
    • 22 May 2019
    • 22 May 2019
    • Bruocsella
      ECOLE MONDIALE experiments and experiences walking in and with the Zenne Valley while researching an alternative political model for the Brussels region, - capital of Europe, as a metropolitan landscape. Its ambitions is to transform the dominant 19th-century political model of the Brussels-Capital Region into a 21st-century vision / version based on its specific hydrographic structure. The secondary river valleys of the Zenne can provide these metropolitan landscape specific characteristic features. How can we create a mentality and culture together with the landscape of these secondary valleys, to radically transform the old model? How can we confront us with energy transition, relating humans and non-humans, and provide common places for thinking in multi-species spheres? This future model is based on the special hydrographic structure of Brussels, in particular the 8 secondary river valleys, tributaries of the Zenne which make up 80% of the total green space.
      Landscape architect Bas Smets studied the changing significance of the landscape and the open space in the 21st century metropolitan Brussels region. He mapped the importance of these secondary valleys (Molenbeek, Neerpedebeek, Vogelzanbeek, Geleytsbeek, Maelbeek, Linkebeek, Woluwe, Laarbeek, Zuunbeek) and proposed to design a network. These secondary valleys can be strengthened to become linear park landscapes that enable greater water catchment and thereby
      reduce the risk of flooding.
      Taking this study as a starting point and the positive appreciation for the Zenne river basin, we want recognize and acknowledge room to the river and to investigate agency of the basin becoming a legal entity.

      How making kin with the secondary river valleys?

    • Companion
    • Waterways 07 May 2019
      posted by: Nicolas Y Galeazzi
    • Marialena Marouda
    • 01 July 2019
    • 02 May 2019
    • Waterways
      As an additional tool of investigation for the troubled gardens, I propose to float on water. By exchanging the usual surface of this block - soil - for water, I would like to explore how this element and it’s set of conditions can leak into artistic researche(r)s - or even flood them? What does it mean to understand water as a workshop? How can this experience influence our practice in the workshops of this block?
      Asking these questions, we will spend at least 48h at the water and walk along the idea of 'canal'. Will we accompany the water or is the water our companion? How does the current of the rivers enter the streams of our communication? How do we approach this hyper-object that finally floats in the ocean?
    • Companion
    • Recent Past
    • Horror Garden 07 May 2019
      posted by: Nicolas Y Galeazzi
    • Gosie Vervloessem
    • Zenne Garden
    • 20 May 2019
    • 20 May 2019
    • Horror Garden

      One way to connect to other then humans is the horror genre. By thinking the unthinkable, we explore the limits of our ability to understand the world. But does the world lends itself to a meaningful relationship? Does increased access lead to decreased strangeness? In thinking about our relationship to the "other than humans", what is the status of the notion of obscurity and darkness? What lingers at the edges of our experience? The Horror Garden is a tool that explores the idea of our profound dark relation to the World through our relationship with plants.

      Gosie is teaching us the alchemy of making jam from horror, helps us to discover methodologies of radical weeding and will surprise us with poisonous techniques. Please be well prepared, and take your intellectual antidote. 



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