Cluster Preparation

18th of April: Malin visits Holma Forestgarden in Höör to introduce Agrikultura and present Cluster with the goal of getting some students involved. Their teachers are Johanna Johansson and Esbjörn Wandt. During the day we went to the greenhouse and replanting cuttings from sorrels, lemon balm, sweet cicely. We are excited to have these great collaborators working with us on Cluster!

Call to take part in an art work

Join the environmental-sound-project ‘Calling on the Others’ to learn kulning – traditional cattle calling. Also we’ll learn other ways to connect with our bodies, minds and voice to the surrounding environment as well as other species. No previous experience of music, singing or sound work is required. Parts of the workshops will be recorded and afterwards composed into a sound piece that can be heard in Malmö, Hyllie in Agrikultura Triennal during July-August 2017.
Warm welcome to take part in one or both workshops:
June 28. at 12-14:30
July 1. at 12-14:30
Location: Hyllie English Park, a 5 minute walk from Hyllie Train Station, please see the map at http://agrikultura.triennal.se/visit/

The workshop is free of charge. The language is English, some Swedish translation available. If you have any questions, need more info etc. please contact mkk (at) katastro.fi

The workshop sessions are by artists Mari Keski-Korsu and Grit Ruhland. Helle Thun is the visiting kulning guide.

More info also at  http://agrikultura.triennal.se/artworks/calling-for-the-others/

Egle’s 2nd trip


Egle came to Malmö for her 2nd time to work on the Ark of Seeds from 7 – 11 May, 2017.

She sowed extra seeds, fertilized, and had some help from students at Hvilan Utbildning to gather stones.

The visit ended with a fabulous feast prepared by Egle with Agrikultura artists and friends.

Progress on the other side of the pond

A quick update on our progress on this side of the pond:

1. We have assembled the basic components for the sensing nodes (see attached images). We are going with sensors for soil moisture, soil pH, temperature, light, humidity. Leonardo says they are close to having a prototype ready for the node electronics (with the exception of the soil pH sensor, which arrived this week here in the lab).

2. The Raspberry Pi server is up and running, with the database containing dummy data for now. I am working with this to develop the dashboard and mobile client.

3. Leonardo will be sending along designs for the physical housing. We discussed 3d printing them to make them water-tight, and designing them in such a way that they can be partially buried in the ground to help keep them from growing feet and walking away at night.

On the Swedish side of the pond, we have found hundreds of wild roses we can use, and a lot of sea buckthorn.. neither of which are kind to humans, but have some great benefits to nature.

Almanac

Rendel is creating a catalog that consists of an envelope inside which are a selection of postcards and an updated ‘almanac’ – with instructional pages created by the artists.

Orientation collaboration

Marianne Morild and Luke Lowings are collaborating on Orientation – Monument to the Honey Bee. Marianne sent us through her initial artwork for the piece.

Are tea plants innately slug-resistant?

An Alaskan gardener suggests using coffee grounds as slug repellent, as slugs apparently hate caffeine.
A Swedish farm already grows tea, and they sell tea seedlings.
As part of our research at Agrikultura, Martian Tea proposes to introduce tea seedlings into one of the gardens in a nearby town which is tormented by black slugs.
Tea may be a source of nutrients to Mars inhabitants should the Martian slug population get out of control and devour many other crops.

The spiral forest

On Robert Ek’s suggestion, Oliver’s grove of ancient trees is in the form of a spiral. To be seen by aircraft, but also related to a number of theme’s in Oliver’s thinking.

Dandelion progress

Bjørn has seeded dandelions – we are waiting to see if they show up. Once they are growing, he suggests that he might show you where to pick them. Follow the process at http://www.700dandelions.bjornwangen.se

Progress with the Ark of Seeds

In early March 2017, Egle visited Hyllie to map out her oval for Ark of Seeds. She had the ground turned, and planted a range of seeds from wild species and traditional cultivars. A lot of birds were watching, so the seeds had to be placed deeper in the soil. Small seeds like to be close to the surface, as they need to find the light to germinate, so Egle planted larger seeds together with them to help break the ground. Hopefully it works. The smaller tip of the oval land-shape points towards south.

She returns from 4 – 11 May to plant additional seeds and map out pathways for her Landscape of Resistance.

Calling callers

Calling for the Others is looking for a person(s) who does cattle calling, traditional kulning. Would you like to share your kulning experience and guide the participants of the Calling for the Others  -sessions to do so, too? The sessions are lead by Mari and Grit and arranged the last week of June. The date, times and locations will be published closer to the summer. If you know someone doing kulning, do it yourself or if you’re just generally interested in taking part of the Calling for the Others -sessions, please contact us.

Plan of action

Shu Lea’s plan of action:
(1) building the shopping cart modified cookware (2) testing smelly food by inviting fellow participants or reaching out to local community by exchange.

The dumpling feast

Kira Nam Greene held an excellent dumpling workshop in Brooklyn on April 23, 2017, with Johanna Kindvall, Marek Walczak, Erik Sanner, Farah Velten, Amanda McDonald Crowley, Ben Bunch, and Rory Solomon – in preparation for her Universal Dumpling project at Agrikultura in Hyllie, Malmö, in July.

Photos by Ben Bunch

Outsider

The project Outsider, as part of ¨AGRIKULTURA Triennal¨ is developing, in the located area, a series of spaces where the management of various human activities cause the least possible impact on other species and on the terrain itself; A project dedicated to multi-species co-evolution that examines and hopes to reshape links between living beings, both human and non-human, including the biological sphere.

(The mobile) Sausage Factory

About the project – THOUGHTS:

I grew up with sausages. My grandfather was a butcher. In 1915 he started a charcuterie business with a companion and in the fifties the company had become one of Sweden’s most modern sausage factories. Grandfather died before I was born. My dad was not so interested in sausages but my uncles ran the sausage factory during my childhood.

(The mobile) Sausage Factory is part of a lifelong project. I have used my family history as a backdrop for works that investigate habitus, identity and limitations. (The mobile) Sausage Factory has a different approach: the fact that sausages are made of MEAT.

I have done several performances based on sausage making and I have an ambivalent attitude towards the meat itself. I don’t eat a lot and I carefully avoid meat from animal factories for ethical reasons. But then it’s the climate perspective… and without deeper knowledge I’ve had this feeling that ALL meat cannot be that bad??

When I began to think of the theme Agrikultura I decided to look deeper into meat and meat production. I discovered that there are strong myths, especially about beef production and the climate impact of ruminants. I realized that I have built my opinions on assumptions. I started to read about the history of agriculture and the growing of cereals, rice, soybeans, corn … and sustainable meat production.

I want to investigate the myths.

I want to problematize both meat and radical veganism/vegetarianism, and contribute to an increased awareness of the impact of (most) food production on the climate.

I’m far from done, I’ve just begun.

The Basics

A series of food and cooking performances in the twilight zone between eatable ingredients and non eatable agricultural sculptures. This includes a new form of cooking, an invention by the artist, called ‘Dada & Quantum Cuisine’ – food arrangements, which decides how they tasting, as soon as you start eating them.

Sensor Nodes

We met with Leonardo Aranda who with Daniel Llermaly worked previously on botanical sensor nodes as part of Medialabmx‘s project The Secret Life of Plants

 

The specification is now ready.

Photographs of the previous sensor nodes made for “Secret life of plants” in Oaxaca.

One plum tree and one apple tree

To begin the process of “building” the Tree of 40 Fruit, Sam van Aken will first plant a single tree, which will be grafted during the course of Agrikultura. We are currently sourcing one Opal plum tree for the stone fruit tree; and are now looking to identify the best local apple tree. The initial trees should be 1” caliper with 4-5 scaffolding branches.

Juanli in Sweden

Juanli Carrión will be in Sweden from 11 – 21 of May.
During this time Juanli will develop the public outreach among Holma residents, carrying out interviews and community meetings to work on the design of the OSS#HL garden.

His garden is located here.