Agrikultura Opening

Logo2001 July, 2017
11:00 – 18:00
Hyllie, Malmö

Kulturföreningen Triennal and Public Art Action are delighted to announce that Agrikultura, an exhibition of public artworks, installations, meals, performances, urban interventions, mobile kitchens, and events to take place outdoors in Hyllie, Malmö, opens on 1 July and will be open with various programs scheduled every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until 27 August, 2017. Check out our map for exact locations of the artworks!

The project is realized and installed on 8 hectares of the future “English Park” in Hyllie, and includes artworks, performances, and projects by: Agata Bielska (PL/SE), Antonina Simeti (US), Åsa Maria Bengtsson (SE), Bent Bøgedal Christoffersen (SE), Bjørn Wangen (SE), Egle Oddo (IT/FI), Erik Sanner (US), Farah Marie Velten (US), Grit Ruhland (DE), Gunnel Pettersson (SE), Håkan Skytte (SE), Helena Marika Ekenger (SE), Jessica Segall (US), Johanna Kindvall (SE/US), Josh Miller (US), Juanli Carrión (ES/US), Kira Nam Greene (KR/US), Leonardo Aranda (MX), Luke Lowings (UK), Malin Lobell (SE), Marek Walczak (UK/US), Mari Keski-Korsu (FI), Marianne Morild (UK), Mark Shepard US), Martinka Bobrikova (NO), Mary Mattingly (US), Monix Sjölin (SE), Oliver Kellhammer (CA/US), Oscar de Carmen (ES/NO), Rendel Ibing (DE/SE), Robert Ek (SE), Rory Solomon (US), Sam Van Aken (US), Shu Lea Cheang (FR), Sophia Warsh (US), Ursula Endlicher (AT/US), Wes Heiss (US).
Many of the artists will be present at the opening, and several will be doing performances, tours, and workshops on our Opening Day.

We invite you to join us to explore works in the fields, and participate in workshops and performances. Bring bring a picnic, food to share, picnic utensils, glasses (and if you have it, also a picnic blanket or cloth) and join us in the park for a celebratory picnic at 17:00. We will provide a celebratory drink, prepared at Johanna Kindvall’s Field Kitchen.

The schedule of activities:

Opening Day hours: 11:00 – 18:00

Take a walk around the fields and listen to Rory Solomon’s Radio Tree Malmö in the woods; explore Oliver Kelhammer’s Neoeocene grove of ancient trees; pick lettuce leaves from Åsa Maria Bengtsson’s Edible Carpet; forage from Cluster, Malin Lobell and Mary Mattingly’s permaculture planting; hang out at Oscar de Carmen and Martinka Bobrikova’s Kitchen Dialogues installation; find Farah Velten creating cyanotypes of current festival blooms or possibly foraging edible plants for her Agriphoto-Culturagraph; visit Monix Sjölin as she builds her Spirit House.

11:00 – 12:00 OSS#HL Planting
Join Holma and Kroksbaäck residents for the planting on OSS#HL a healing garden made in collaboration with Juanli Carrión to commemorate more than 25 years of Självförvaltning.

12:00 – 14:30 Calling for the Others
Join Mari Keski-Korsu and Grit Ruhland for their environmental-sound-project, Calling for the Others, to learn kulning – traditional cattle calling.
Please register on Eventbrite here: Calling For The Others registration

13:00 – 16:00 Input Field
Ursula Endlicher will give tours and provide bites sampling the functionality of the input fields.

13:00 – 15:00 Collaborative Possibilities
Join instigator of Martian Weed and Pest Utility Research Erik Sanner for a workshop to explore how we might survive on Earth, on Mars, on the Moon, on a space station, or under the ocean. The most powerful ideas are only adopted through conversation, through sharing, through exploring reality together in creating something out of our limited understanding.
Limit to 15 participants. Please register here: Collaborative Possibilities registration

13:00 – 15:00 Hive Perspective
Join Jessica Segall for a pin-hole camera workshop, for a bees-eye view of the world.

13:00 – 15:00 The Importance of Being …
Join Malin Lobell for a composting workshop, and explore the world from the perspective of worms.

15:00 – 15:30 Landscapes of Resistance
As part of her Ark of Seeds installation, Egle Oddo will offers to the public miniature edible sculptures filled with seeds and herbs. They have been designed in collaboration with chef de cuisine Lorenzo Eleuteri.

16:00 – 17:00 Meet Hedgerow Hyllie
Get to know Hedgrerow Hyllie. Learn how to interact with her, access the data that she generates and see how she impacts the local ecosystem.
Limit to 20 participants. Please register here: Hedgerow Hyllie registration

16:00 – 17:00 Pigs and Man
Join Bent Bøgedal Christoffersen and his pig collaborators for a sound performance in the Open Room.

17:00 Picnic in the fields
Join us for a communal picnic in the fields!! Please bring picnic supplies, and food to share! We will make a long patchwork of everyone’s picnic blankets and celebrate together.

A key goal for Agrikultura is to imagine sustainable solutions to food in cities. We will explore permacultural solutions – systems of agricultural and social design principles centered on simulating or utilizing patterns and features observed in Swedish ecosystems. Artists will work with city gardeners, youth groups, and citizens to reimagine urban landscapes taking into account ecological design and engineering, integrated water resource management, and sustainable landscape design to develop regenerative and self-maintaining habitats.

We aim to create a unique experience, that will not only be beautiful but that will engage our audiences in meaningful ways to think about what practical roles we might play in imagining the future of our food systems, in expansive, sustainable, and delightful ways.

We hope you can join us!

Agrikultura Curators: Marek Walczak, Amanda McDonald Crowley
and the Kulturföreningen Triennal team.


Agrikultura is organized by Kulturföreningen Triennal.

We have been fortunate to secure support from the city of Malmö, and the state of Skåne, as well as considerable in-kind support from the City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Agrikultura projects and infrastructure have been realized in collaboration with Holma Folkhögskola, MKB Fastighets AB, Holma community and Självförvaltning, Ung I Somar, Praktik vid Events, Hvilan Utbildning, Eiras Gröna. Artists have received additional support from Kone foundation, Svenska kulturfonden, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Nordic Culture Point, Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Spanish Embassy Stockholm.

Special thanks to Susanna Kapusta, Ola Melin, Lars Qvint, beekeeper Istvan, Werner Rohwedder, Jette Kjær, Åsa Hellberg, Bahram H Maaf, Anna Kindvall, Christer Berg, Mona Kindvall, Jytte Jonna Hansen, Eva Stene, Kari Mjåtveit, Sara Högberg, Anja Nilsson, Kenton Knowles and to all of you who have contributed with labor, plants, seeds, watering, building materials, and food.

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Soundview Market Place launch

18055922_1858490264399789_5868736479449523804_oJoin Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice for the launch of the Soundview Market Place
Phase One – Property Activation Project: Sponsored by NYC Small Business Services
Art Unveiling / Tour / Press Conference

At: The Point CDC, 940 Garrison Ave, Bronx, New York 10474
10am – 12pm, Thursday 27 April, 2017

Followed by a tour to the location:
Soundview Market Place
Bruckner Expressway Underpass
at the intersection of Bruckner Boulevard and Bronx River Avenue


Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice invites you to join them and their partners for the launch of the first phase of the Soundview Market Place Property Activation project underneath the Bruckner Expressway and Bronx River Avenue. The Soundview Market Place will be a community space that will have a community kitchen, space for local vendors to rent, public seating, and great programming for the community. In this phase of the project, YMPJ invited artists and architects to take community input and turn their ideas into a re-imagined space for the future marketplace underneath the Bruckner Expressway at Bronx River Avenue.

Participating Artists: Laura Alvarez, Sharon Lee De La Cruz, Lady K Fever, Edward L. Mouzon Jr and Darryl L. Mouzon, Tats Cru (BIO, NICER, BG 183), Andre Trenier, Ology Collective (Ski, Col, and 2esae), and Roxanne Rodriguez.

Participating Architects: Chris Anderson, SLO Architecture (Amanda Schachter Alexander Levi)

Art Jones and Trevon Blondet will be documenting the event!

Image design: Chris Anderson
Curatorial advisor: Amanda McDonald Crowley, Public Art Action

The project is supported by: NYC Department of Small Business Services, NYC-EDC

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SAVE THE DATE: Agrikultura opens on July 1, 2017 in Hyllie, Malmö, Sweden.


Kulturföreningen Triennal is delighted to announce that Agrikultura, an exhibition of public artworks, installations, meals, performances, urban interventions, mobile kitchens, and events to take place outdoors in Hyllie, Malmö, opening on July 1, 2017 and running until August 27, 2017.

The Agrikultura curators are Marek Walczak and Amanda McDonald Crowley. The project will be realized and installed on 8 hectares of the future “English Park” in Hyllie.

Some of the questions we wish to address with the project include: What is our present relationship to the land? How can we augment and redefine our cultural and emotional connection to a nature that we have over-extended? How can we re-engage with a nature we have pushed ever further from our lives?

Walczak and McDonald Crowley developed an open call for proposals. “We were honored to receive 120 submissions from artists from Sweden, Nordic Countries, and all across the globe. From that, we have shortlisted some 32 projects for possible inclusion in the event.”

While we are still finalizing the list of projects we are pleased to announce several:

OSS Holma Healing Garden: Juanli Carrión (ES/US) will work with citizens of the adjoining Holma neighbourhood to build a healing garden of medicinal plants.

Strange Harvest: Rainer Prohaska (AT) will establish a temporary cooking-lab where research will inform food experiments and cooking performance will take place.

Edible Carpet: Åsa Maria Bengtsson (SE) will build a rolling mat – a magic carpet – of salad greens and edible flowers planted in oriental patterns, that can be harvested for meals.

Cluster: Mary Mattingly (US) will build a forest edge landscape of edible plants.

Tree of 40 Fruit: Sam van Aken (US) will grow a single tree that grows 40 different varieties of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, and cherries; and one that grows 40 different varieties of apples.

Den Javla Marmeladfabriken: Helle Robertson (SE) will invite audiences to forage in the city for fruits, by knocking on the doors of neighbours and strangers, to collectively make jam, and build community.

A key goal for Agrikultura is to imagine sustainable solutions to food in cities. We will explore permacultural solutions – systems of agricultural and social design principles centered on simulating or utilizing patterns and features observed in Swedish ecosystems. Artists will work with city gardeners, youth groups, and citizens to reimagine urban landscapes taking into account ecological design and engineering, integrated water resource management, and sustainable landscape design to develop regenerative and self-maintaining habitats.

The opening will be held outdoors with food grown in the area, and the meal itself will be designed and realized by artists, where local food producers, chefs, and artists work collaboratively to develop a performative festive feast.

We aim to create a unique experience, that will not only be beautiful but that will engage our audiences in meaningful ways to think about what practical roles we might play in imagining the future of our food systems, in expansive, sustainable, and delightful ways.

We hope you can join us!

Marek Walczak, Amanda McDonald Crowley, and the Kulturföreningen Triennal team.

Agrikultura will be realized with generous support from Malmö Kulturstödet, Kulturförvaltningen; Kulturnämnden Region Skåne; and Malmö stad.


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Human Harp: The Bridge by Dereck Higgins

Sound piece developed by Omaha artist Derek Higgins while researching the sounds of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge with Di Mainstone, for her Human Harp project. Both were Bemis Center artists in residence. 2014. Video by Make Believe New Media.

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Swale on NY1

Swale Brings Farm-Grown Food to a Bronx River Barge

By Erin Clarke
Friday, July 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM EDT

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“The 130-foot by 40-foot floating platform is the creation of the non-profit organization Swale, whose founder wants the city to explore growing fruits and vegetables in parks as a way to provide food to residents.

“Going forward we can work towards policy change in the city where right now it’s still illegal to grow public food in public spaces and what we hope is that this can set a good example and we can potentially move forward with starting to change some of those old rules,” said Mary Mattingly, the founder of Swale.

Mattingly says the barge is partly a farm, and partly a public art project, that explores a new way of living. After a year of planning, the first planting occurred this spring. And starting Saturday, the barge will be open to the public. Tours will be given by volunteers from a local environmental activist group.”

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Interview about Swale in am New York

Swale, Mary Mattingly‘s most recent massive undertaking – a public artwork, and floating food forest, is due to open at Concrete Plant Park in the Bronx on Saturday July 23, 2016, where it will dock for a month before moving on to other locations around New York Waterways. I’m working with Mary and her team to curate public programs at our docking locations, and caught up with Meredith Deliso of am New York to talk about the project on Mary’s behalf.

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Swale Kickstarter

I’ll be working with Mary Mattingly and her AMAZING team on her SWALE project this coming summer.

I’m excited to let you know that we JUST launched a Kickstarter campaign for Swale.

Swale is a public floating food forest in New York City. In the summer of 2016, people will be able to visit a barge growing edible, perennial plants, and even harvest food.

If we meet our fundraising goal, we will be ready to launch in June.

Here is a link:

We’d be so thrilled if you might be able to get involved in the project, even in a small way. And we’d also be grateful if you could share this link with your friends and colleagues.


With Swale, we want to ask, what if healthy, fresh food could be a free public service, and not just an expensive commodity? It’s important that this project happens on NYC’s water for several reasons:

      • It can move! We can visit different boroughs and the areas surrounding the city.
      • Alongside rain water, we can utilize the river water, purify it, and grow food with it.
      • You might know that all waterways are actually a form of commons: In New York’s case, they are overseen by many agencies, but not owned by anyone in particular, which is one of the reasons we have launched Swale on the water. It isn’t yet legal to grow public food in public spaces in New York City, but on a floating island… well, we’re pushing the boundaries of public space!

Swale is working on several different fronts at the same time.

1. We are co-creating a floating food forest.

2. We are working with community groups in each place we are able to dock, to establish permanent food forests on NYC’s publicly owned land.

3. We are working towards galvanizing enough support to advocate for policy change; for a city where public food is incorporated into the urban plan.

Reinforcing water as a commons also gives us more of a chance to look after them. We believe that the more we look after our common spaces, the more that they look after us.

Follow along as we develop our docking schedule:

Mary’s built an amazing team, and A Blade of Grass have provided her with a fellowship to begin the process : but its going to take YOU to help us make it REAL…

Please join us on the journey!

Amanda, Mary, and the SWALE team!




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artist residency resources

I’ve compiled a few resources for artists looking for residency opportunities. Here are a few sites that support artists and specifically list interesting residency opportunities as part of their service to artists:


Welcome to the home of Artist Residencies

We are an association of over 400 centers and organisations in over 70 countries. Our members are dedicated to offering artists, curators, and all manner of creative people a time and place away from their every-day life, an experience framed within a unique geographic and cultural context.

Alliance of Artists Communities

The Alliance of Artists Communities is an international association of artists’ residencies — a diverse field of more than 1,500 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work.

Believing that the cultivation of new art and ideas is essential to human progress, the Alliance’s mission is to advocate for and support artists’ communities, to advance the endeavors of artists.

On The Move

On the Move (OTM) is a cultural mobility information network with more than 35 members in over 20 countries across Europe and beyond. Our mission is to encourage and facilitate cross-border mobility and cooperation, contributing to building up a vibrant and shared European cultural space that is strongly connected worldwide.

Residency Unlimited – opportunities

Residency Unlimited (RU) supports the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary art through its unique residency program and year-round public programs. We forge strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions to offer customized residencies designed to meet the individual needs of participating artists and curators. They also provide a free listing service delivering up-to-date information about artist residencies worldwide.


DutchCulture|TransArtists combines and shares knowledge and experience on artist-in-programmes and other international opportunities for creative professionals to temporarily stay and work elsewhere. We offer you all about facts, use and value of international artist-in-residence opportunities. Our tools and services are developed from the artists’ perspective. Our goal is to make the enormous worldwide residential art labyrinth accessible and usable to artists through our website, workshops, AiR collection, research and projects.


  • Call & Collaborate: Publish your Open Call for participants to Wooloo’s growing network of more than 35,600 art professionals in 140 countries.
  • Show Your Art Worldwide: Build your own artist profile and showcase your work to the thousands of visitors coming to Wooloo every day.
  • Participate in Open Calls: Submit your work to the many physical exhibition opportunities being announced on Wooloo by curators and institutions.
  • Promote & Share: Wooloo technology empowers you to easily promote your art on social platforms across the internet.


Some other related useful lists:


A joint venture between e-flux and Artforum, art&education reaches an international network of more than 80,000 visual-art professionals and academics through its website and e-mail list. Its news digest—art&education announcements—distributes information about contemporary art exhibitions, publications, and symposia taking place within educational contexts, as well as academic employment positions available in the visual arts.

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Texas Tech talk – Art/Tech/Food: Cultural Collaboration

I’m heading to Lubbock, Texas this week to give a presentation – Art/Tech/Food: Cultural Collaboration, at Texas Tech University School of Art.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Texas Tech University
2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79409

The talk is presented by Landmark Arts in the School of Art. Their exhibitions and speaker programs are supported by a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation of Lubbock. Additional support comes from Cultural Activities Fees administered through the College of Visual & Performing Arts.

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-empyre- soft_skinned_space #ArtTechFood discussion

Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 4.06.38 PM-empyre- is a global community of new media artists, curators, theorists, producers, and others who participate in monthly thematic discussions via an e-mail listserv.

-empyre- facilitates online discussion encouraging critical perspectives on contemporary cross-disciplinary issues, practices and events in networked media. The list is currently co-managed by Renate Ferro (USA) and Tim Murray (USA) with the moderating team of Simon Biggs (UK), and Patrick Lichty (USA). Melinda Rackham (AU) initiated -empyre- as part of her doctoral research in 2002.

For the month of March 2016, Renate Ferro, has asked me to moderate a conversation on all things #ArtTechFood.

We were joined by a number of luminary artists and curators, as discussants. They are: Nicole Caruth, Shu Lea Cheang, Leila NadirJodi Newcombe, Marina Zurkow, Stefani Bardin, Shilpa Rangnekar, Hernani Dias, Amy LiptonNatalie Jeremijenko, and Mary Mattingly.

The discussion is here on the March 2016, -empyre archive, and for the final part of the discussion check the first few posts in the April 2016 -empyre archive.

ART/TECH/FOOD Moderated by Amanda McDonald Crowley and Renate Ferro with invited discussants:

March 3 – Week 1: Stefani Bardin, Marina Zurkow, Hernani Dias

March 11 – Week 2: Shu Lea Cheang, Amy Lipton, Mary Mattingly

March 17 – Week 3: Nicole Caruth, Leila Nadir, Jodi Newcombe

March 24 – Week 4: Natalie Jeremijenko, Shilpa Rangnekar

Welcome to the March discussion, ART/TECH/FOOD

For our discussion on Art/Tech/Food, our hope is to identify and discuss projects and research that to bring biologists, environmentalists, food activists, and molecular gastronomists, together with artists to deliver urban agricultural strategies, bio-generative art, and potentially even open source software and hardware solutions that address our food systems.

We are especially interested in a discussion of projects and programs that undertake a critique of the commercialization of food production, where contemporary consumption is more likely to be watching people prepare food on television than spending time in the kitchen. Our observation is that where discussion does happen it is often either inside the food justice movement, with little cultural context; or in an art context, where discussion of policy, food justice, or broader cultural context of food production is almost entirely absent. Food is either designer-sexy, or a social justice issue, but rarely both. And there has been little exploration of the historical and contemporary trade routes of food and how they affect our cultural landscape.

This month of March, 2016 we invite the –empyre subscriber list to discuss these issues in our soft-skinned space with our distinguished group of weekly guests. Looking forward to it.





Moderator Biography:

Amanda McDonald Crowley

Amanda McDonald Crowley is a curator and cultural worker who specializes in creating contemporary art and new media events and programs that encourage cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and exchange. This kind of programming might best be described in terms of practice-based, creative research leading to a range of outcomes understood in terms of both traditional and non-traditional curatorial outputs – exhibitions, residencies, public programs, festivals, and participatory programs. Amanda’s work has largely been at the intersection of art + technology, and her experience and interests often revolve around working with artists and groups who have a research based practice. In her curatorial work, she is interested in developing platforms to generate dialogue, bringing together professionals and amateurs from varied disciplines, and creating space for social change and audience engagement.

Most recently, a key curatorial research focus has been around the topic of food + art, as evidenced by recent curatorial projects, including the exhibition food nostalgia, currently on view at Radiator Gallery in Long Island City, NYC; Circuit of the Senses, a celebratory meal and participatory event conceived by artist Emilie Baltz at the Bemis Center in Omaha, Nebraska in 2014; GastroLabs, a program series developed with New Media Scotland for the Edinburgh Science Festival 2014; and the exhibition CONSUME at Gallery gallery@calIT2 at the University of California, San Diego in 2012.

She has previously held positions as Executive Director of Eyebeam art + technology center in New York City – recognized internationally as a model for collaboration and innovation in art + technology; executive producer for ISEA2004 (International Symposium for Electronic Arts 2004) held in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland, and on a cruiser ferry in the Baltic sea; Associate Director of the Adelaide Festival 2002 in Australia, and in this position she was also co-chair of the working group that organized the exhibition and symposium ‘conVerge: where art and science meet’; and Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) where she made significant links with science and industry by developing a range of residencies and masterclasses for artists in settings such as science organizations, contemporary art spaces and virtual residencies online.

Amanda has also been subscribed to the empyre list since it was founded by Melinda Rackam in 2002, though she mostly lurks.

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