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Maarten Inghels - The Invisible Route
"This map shows the extensive camera network (private and public) and the last route to stay invisible in the controlled public space. As walked by Maarten Inghels on June 21, 2017 in Antwerp, Belgium."
surveillance  maarteninghels  maps  mapping  cameras  2017  antwerp  belgium  urban  urbanism 
september 2017 by robertogreco
Flatbread Society Seed Journey

This journey to the Middle East can be seen as an awakening of the memory—the long journey the grain itself has taken—through the hands of time.

-Michael Taussig

Seed Journey is a seafaring voyage connected to a public art project* in the former port of Bjørvika in Oslo, Norway. Seed Journey moves people, ideas and seeds through time and space. This voyage—its crew and cargo—are agents that link the commons as they relate to local networks and a more global complex of seed savers and stewards of the land, air and water. A rotating crew of artists, anthropologists, biologists, bakers, activists, sailors and farmers join the journey and share their findings at host institutions along the route from small harbors to large ports from barns to museums (contemporary art, natural history and maritime) to social centers.


Seed Journey departs from the port of Oslo, Norway beginning with a few key defining points and space for new stops and invitations along the way. The crew’s interests will influence the route, but ultimately grains are the compass. Seed Journey maps not only space, but also time and phylogeny: while the more familiar space yields a cartographic map, time yields history and phylogeny yields a picture of networks of relationships between and among living beings—relationships between cultural groups, but also between human and non-human living forms such as seeds, sea-life and the terrestrial species from the various places and times we will traverse.



Flatbread Society is a permanent public art project created in a “common” area amidst the waterfront development of Bjørvika, in Oslo, Norway. In 2012, the international arts collective, Futurefarmers formed Flatbread Society as a proposition for working with local actors to establish an aligned vision for the use of this land. The groups’ dynamic activation of the site through public programs, a bakehouse and a cultivated grain field has attracted the imagination of farmers, bakers, oven builders, artists, activists, soil scientists, city officials; while simultaneously resulting in the formation of an urban gardening community called Herligheten, a Declaration of Land Use, and a permanent grainfield and bakehouse.

Flatbread Society has extended beyond Oslo into a network of projects and people that use grain as a prismatic impetus to consider the interrelationship of food production to realms of knowledge sharing, cultural production, socio-political formations and everyday life.

Flatbread Society is part of Bjørvika Utvikling (BU) public art program Slow Space, commissioned and produced by Bjørvika Utvikling and supported by The Norwegian Public Road Authroities (Eastern Region)."
futurefarmers  seedjourney  michaeltaussig  art  norway  oslo  bjørvika  naturalhistory  flatbreadsociety  slow  baking  biology  science  classideas  activism  sailing  boats  anthropology  barns  museums  seeds  sailboats  spain  denmark  españa  vejle  london  england  cardiff  wales  uk  antwerp  belgium  asturias  lena  mallorca  rmallah  palestine  istanbul  turkey  johanpetersen  børrepetersen  carlemilpetersen  fernandogarcíadory  agency  didierdemorcy  amyfranceschini  marthevandessel  viviensansour  ignaciochapela  martinlundberg  alfonsoborragán  hananbenammar  joeriley  audreysnyder  annavitale  jørundaasefalkenberg 
january 2017 by robertogreco
Escaped zebras chased through Brussels by police | World news | The Guardian
"Three zebras have led police and zookeepers on a trotting-speed chase in Brussels, as documented by Belgian media and a collection of videos and photographs posted online.

The animals, which have now been caught, were chased through the city by up to five police cars after they escaped from a local zebra ranch.

It is thought that they used the Van Praet tunnel to walk to the centre of Brussels, where they enjoyed a casual stroll along the canal. Images also showed the animals – known collectively as a herd, cohort, zeal or dazzle – trotting behind moving cars.

According to Twitter users, radio stations called on drivers to “be careful, there are three zebras walking around in Brussels”.

Police said no one was injured by the animals, though many surprised spectators have discovered a whole new meaning to the term “zebra crossing”.

Unsurprisingly, #zebragate went viral this afternoon, with tweeters and wags weaving images of them into various internet memes and images."
animals  zebras  multispecies  belgium  2015  brussels 
april 2015 by robertogreco
Lisa Ma - Human Invasives Interaction on Vimeo
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“Designer Lisa Ma wants us to eat grey squirrels”

“The future of activism isn’t loud. There’s a world of innovation in the field of activism that we are wasting away.”

"Lisa Ma socializes activism. Combining ethnographic research and speculative design, Lisa Ma creates platforms of engagement from surprising insights and processes that deeply resonate with the global technological community.

Placing herself as a critical explorer, Lisa Ma has built, for the city of Ghent - a political culture of consuming the invasive species that the vegetarian town would otherwise pay to poison; for a joystick factory in Shenzhen - coined the scheme of Farmification to save the worker community through technology innovation; for London Heathrow Airport - gather opposing communities between planning historians, activists to construct heritage tours of the surrounding villages under threat from the airport expansion. Through sweet storytelling of unlikely events, Lisa Ma bridges organisations with communities and through everyday clashes of values between what we do and what we believe in to make us think deeper about the future.

Lisa Ma holds a MA in Design Interactions at Royal College of Art in London and BA from Central Saint Martins. She worked as a designer/strategist with Pentagram and Deutsche Telekom's Creation Centre before making collaboration projects with Ted Global in Edinburgh, Kanvas TV in Belgium and Broadway with Arts Council."]
lisama  invasivespecies  animals  multispecies  geese  human-animalrelationships  human-animalrelations  belgium  gent  diversity  vegetarianism  vegetarians  birds  food  diet  activism  speculativedesign  farmification  bioluddism  squirrels 
march 2015 by robertogreco
The Human Rights Struggle in Europe: Educational Choice | Psychology Today
"State-mandated exams subvert self-directed education, because they dictate the content and timing of learning and undermine children’s sense that educational assessment is their own responsibility and pertains to their own personal, unique goals and values."
europe  netherlands  belgium  sweden  germany  homeschool  unschooling  standardization  standards  self-directedlearning  education  deschooling  learning  2013  petergray  assessment  humanrights  colonization 
august 2013 by robertogreco
"TRACK is a unique art experience in the public and semi public space of the city of Ghent. It offers surprising, enriching and unexpected encounters with the city, its history and its inhabitants and incites to reflect upon urban realities and the contemporary human condition in a broader sense. 41 international artists were invited to conceive new art works that are strongly rooted in the urban fabric of Ghent but link the local context with issues of global significance.

The two curators Philippe Van Cauteren and Mirjam Varadinis took the time to select exemplary locations in the wider city centre of Ghent and invited artists who have an affinity with the thematical context of those places…

TRACK is conceived as a universe of parallel narrations, occurences and (hi)stories."
parallelexperience  globalization  gentrification  publicspace  publicart  space  crossdisciplinary  interdisciplinary  science  language  economics  migration  religion  mobility  glvo  culture  place  urban  urbanism  europe  cities  art  belgium  ghent  2012  track  mirjamvaradinis  philippevancauteren 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Salakauppa (Secret Shop)
"Salakauppa (Secret shop) is Company's little dream come true in the center of Helsinki. All products in Salakauppa are designed by Aamu Song & Johan Olin of Company and are manufactured by our dearest factory friends in Finland, Belgium and Korea. For us design means celebrating the brilliant traditional skills and genuine materials. Welcome."

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wearables  clothing  design  belgium  korea  johanolin  aamusong  salakauppa  finland  helsinki  wearable 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Off The Record: A Quest For De-Baptism In France : NPR
"Up to now, observers say the de-baptism trend has been marginal, but it's growing. In neighboring Belgium, the Brussels Federation of Friends of Secular Morality reports that 2,000 people asked to be de-baptized in 2010. The newspaper Le Monde estimated that about 1,000 French people a year ask to have their baptisms annulled.

There is much anger across the continent by the recent pedophile scandals. In September, Germans marched to protest the pope's visit.

Christian Weisner, who is with the German branch of the grassroots movement We Are Church, says Europeans still want religion, and they want to believe, but it has become very difficult within the Catholic Church.

"It's the way that the Roman Catholic Church has not followed the new approach of democracy, the new approach of the women's issue," he says, "and there is really a big gap between the Roman Catholic Church and modern times.""
secularism  europe  germany  belgium  france  2012  atheism  baptism  de-baptism  religion  catholicism  from delicious
january 2012 by robertogreco
John Lanchester · The Non-Scenic Route to the Place We’re Going Anyway: The Belgian Solution · LRB 8 September 2011
"There is, just, time for this change of course to happen, before it’s all too late. But I fear that the grip of anti-spending ideology is so strong throughout the West, and the politicians’ fear of the banks is so entrenched, that the ten-year slog looks more likely. Oh strangest of all strangenesses, the deep longing for the whole world to be more like Belgium."
johnlancaster  2011  finance  crisis  economics  policy  eu  politics  us  uk  greatrecession  debt  debtceiling  debtcrisis  belgium  from delicious
september 2011 by robertogreco
Arne Quinze - Wikipedia
"Arne Quinze (born 15 December 1971, Belgium) is a conceptual artist best known for his unconventional and controversial public art installations. Quinze also creates large and small sculptures, drawings, paintings. In his late teens he started out as a graffiti artist in Brussels."<br />
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arnequinze  art  sculpture  architecture  belgium  brussels  publicart  installation  from delicious
august 2011 by robertogreco
World's Happiest Countries: Gallup Survey (PHOTOS)
"While the United States may still be the richest nation on Earth, it can't claim to be as happy as Denmark or Finland. In fact, according to a new analysis of data provided by the Gallup World Poll, the relationship between overall life satisfaction and wealth may not be as straightforward as previously thought."
2010  countries  happiness  health  healthcare  polls  well-being  us  denmark  finland  norway  netherlands  costarica  canada  switzerland  sweden  newzealand  austria  australia  belgium  brasil  panamá  brazil 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Children as the Trojan horse | The Fifth Conference
"I guess the problem begins with our educational system, which is rotten. Children hate school. The problem is that they hate education, while they love to learn. All children love to learn. There are two things—essential things—we do not teach at school: functional technology and money...We need to teach kids to learn to navigate a world that is becoming more and more technological...Children must learn to play with maths. And we must teach them to work with resources like Wikipedia, but as critical thinkers, as people who understand how that knowledge system is put together. Ultimately it is all about teaching kids to learn and to think...“Today what we teach is confusion.”
olpc  it  education  learning  tcsnmy  lcproject  children  highered  compartmentalization  interdisciplinary  multidisciplinary  culture  europe  innovation  us  criticalthinking  skepticism  wikipedia  unschooling  deschooling  business  walterdebrouwer  belgium  curiosity 
may 2010 by robertogreco - International - Netherlands to close prisons for lack of criminals
"The Dutch justice ministry has announced it will close eight prisons and cut 1,200 jobs in the prison system. A decline in crime has left many cells empty."
prisons  netherlands  belgium  crime 
may 2009 by robertogreco
Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection >> Home
"Charles Weever Cushman, amateur photographer and Indiana University alumnus, bequeathed approximately 14,500 Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater. The photographs in this collection bridge a thirty-two year span from 1938 to 1969, during which time he extensively documented the United States as well as other countries."
photography  us  history  60s  50s  40s  30scities  vintage  collection  travel  archives  austria  bahamas  belgium  canada  france  germany  greece  greenland  holysee  ireland  italy  lebanon  mexico  netherlands  switzerland  syria  turkey  uk 
august 2008 by robertogreco
BLDGBLOG: Baarle-Hertog
"Baarle-Hertog borders the Netherlands – but, because of its unique history of political division, the town is sort of marbled with competing national loyalties. In other words, pockets of the town are Dutch; most of the town is Belgian"
identity  maps  mapping  nationality  belgium  netherlands  place  micronations  geography  borders 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Subtraction: The Adventures of Tintin in the 21st Century
"Just think about that: a simple comic book, originally intended for children (or the young at heart), that’s captured the imagination of three generations of my family, and has probably done the same for countless other multi-generational families, too
belgium  comics  tintin  hergé  children  generations  reading  adventure 
april 2008 by robertogreco
FOOPS! (from Belgium)
"first social networking site for GENERATION Z...already 12,000+ members (born and unborn), still private beta...parents place pictures/sonograms for offspring, filling out their profiles (including favored diaper, toy and apparel brands), after which the
via:trendwatching  belgium  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  children  generationz  generations  genz 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages by Alex Wright (
"A Belgian chap named Paul Otlet described something called the "radiated library" -- or the "televised book" -- in 1934:...beat Vannevar Bush by 11 years
information  history  internet  computing  media  radiatedlibrary  tv  television  sound  text  paulotlet  computers  technology  tagging  video  web  classification  books  culture  net  televisedbook  belgium  communication  visualization  vannevarbush 
september 2007 by robertogreco
the cool hunter - KIDS SPHERE HOTEL - Cocoons for sleeping
"It’s the ultimate experience for kids – a night in an alternative universe at the Kids Sphere Hotel in Belgium. Known as the Atomium, a replica of an iron molecule with nine aluminum spheres (built for the World Fair of 1958), the complex has been re
children  travel  tourism  architecture  europe  belgium 
september 2006 by robertogreco

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