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media ecologies :: the eco-garden, a long-term project

tuesday january 01, 2008 – wednesday december 31, 2008
okno, so-on - brussels
A roof terras which we want to transform in an electronic and techno-ecological garden. A project for the year 2008.

With the eco-garden project we want to blend the real and the digital in one and the same nature. We will explore how this fusion takes place: examine in a digital way the growth, blossoming and decay of plants while they are submitted to the natural elements as wind, rain, snow, etc.

How can this evolution be generated, controlled, enhanced or imagined in artworks? Is our environment programmable? How does the fusion of natural and artificial matter produce new organisms, new environments, new natures? How does technology animate nature and space, and how do users and programs animate matter?
We explore the implementation of eco-garden-elements into wireless networks, both on micro level as on city level. We research the physical connections between people, programs, sensor-networks and uses of the eco-garden.

In Media Ecologies onderzoeken we de connecties tussen verschillende media binnen 1 dynamisch ecosysteem of netwerk (dat niet per definitie gezien moet worden als enkel een ‘natuur’fenomeen, maar dat naast artistieke tevens sociale, maatschappelijke, economische, juridische en andere aspecten in zich draagt). We bekijken verschillende constellaties en hoe verschillende media elkaar daarin beïnvloeden. Veranderingen binnen de patronen hebben automatisch veranderingen binnen het (artistieke) systeem tot gevolg, en zullen aanleiding geven tot nieuwe praktijken.

In dit lange-termijnproject wordt het samengaan van de fysische met de digitale wereld onderzocht. Een ruim dakterras biedt OKNO de mogelijkheid om op een unieke manier te experimenteren met duurzame energiebronnen als zon en wind. Deze worden ingezet binnen artistieke projecten. Op deze manier wordt onderzoek en (publieke) kunst met mekaar verbonden.
De eco-technologische tuin dient alst laboratorium voor het experimenteren met de tools en de software die ontwikkeld wordt in de workshop ‘media ecologies’. Het is de plaats waar de ‘proof of concept’ op artistieke wijze wordt voorgesteld aan een publiek.



wednesday august 27, 2008
okno, brussels
OKNO and FoAM invite you to the lecture and demonstration moment

The "what?" "why?" and "how?" about rooftop gardens
- an introduction by ibic... more

thursday july 24, 2008 1pm – monday july 21, 2008 8pm
okno, brussels
Presented as a preview for our upcoming-series
?creative eco/techno gardening forgirlsandboys' (2009-...) :
the cook, the artist, the engineer and their urban garden;

OKNO/so-on invites you to participate in the mini-DIY-workshop:
thursday 24 july 2008 at OKNO, 01pm till 6pm

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monday april 21, 2008 – friday april 25, 2008
St.Erme, France
"[T]here are other things that need doing, and one of these is the development of an imaginary of technology, an understanding of its poetics and a testing manifestation of those poetics in ways that allow us to think and sense through what that technology is." -- Matt Fuller

Following the path laid out in "Towards an Ecology of MediaEcology" FoAM, Nadine and OKNO will conclude the .x-med-k. series with a final workshop in Saint Erme, France.

In this workshop, the three organisations explore media and media technologies as an ecosystem, deeply networked. At an isolated location in the Champagne region, participants will gather for a week of workshops, reflection and practical sessions around the themes of networks, collaborative projects and Tech-Nouveau. The workshop will take an 'Open Space' approach, and all participants will be expected to take an active role in shaping their activities.

OKNO will bring it's wireless routers to craft a local wireless network extended to serve as an artistic medium. FoAM will undertake hands-on experiments with simulated biological systems, experiments which will be extended along with ad-hoc discussions regarding complexity, whole-systems, patterns, biomorphism and biomimetics in physical and simulated lifeforms and ecosystems. Participants are also invited to contribute to collaborative projects, developed throughout the week, guided by Nadine.




okno --- koolmijnenkaai 30/34 --- 1080 brussels --- belgium --- steklo♥okno.be --- tel +32 2 410 9940