AGRIKULTURA

What is our present relationship to the land?
How can we re-engage with a nature we have pushed ever further from our lives?
How can we effect our cultural and emotional connection to a nature that we have over-extended?

Agrikultura was an exhibition of public artworks, installations, meals, performances, urban interventions, and events that tookplace outdoors in Hyllie, Malmo, in July/August 2017.

Together, we re-imagined our cities: artists, farmers, and citizens worked together to develop new ideas and answers to food security. Our vision was to create a unique experience, that was at once beautiful, and that engaged our audiences in meaningful ways to think about practical roles we might play in imagining the future of our food systems, in expansive, sustainable, and delightful ways.

We commissioned artworks that imagine sustainable solutions to food in cities. We explored permacultural solutions – systems of agricultural and social design principles centered on simulating or utilizing patterns and features of local ecosystems. We explored solutions for a sustainable, attractive, livable city. Artworks acted, in a metaphorical sense, like the architectural follies of historic English Gardens, where memories, musings, and philosophical thoughts are embedded in the landscape.

Each weekend the curators conducted tours of the projects and artists engaged the public in workshops and performances.

Artists created installations, land art projects, performances, mobile kitchens, formal and informal gatherings that took place in Hyllie’s fields and in public spaces. Invited artists worked with local communities to build projects, and prepare meals.
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Agrikultura was a Triennal exhibition curated by Marek Walczak & Amanda McDonald Crowley consisting of 30 Artworks created by 42 artists. Agrikultura took place in Hyllie, Malmo, Sweden from 1 July – 27 August, 2017.

ABOUTFACE

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About Face is a record of a time and place, a way to eulogize the present and look forward. The roundabout is a pivot into the college. On this roundabout we place a drum with profiles of people at the school – anyone who signs up can get their profile placed there – a welcoming committee to all.

STORYTIME

STORYTIME is a large sculptural monolith that displays texts that tell stories about time. A playful clock of sorts, the piece changes its content every minute.
Using a mixture of literary quotes, references to past events, puzzles, astronomical information and contributions from community workshops and website submissions, we create thousands of unique definitions of time that will appear on the monolith. We will ask people for their quotes or memories about specific times, events, and momentous occasions in their lives to become part of the piece. A collective sign that changes with the seasons, with each moment, with passing clouds and the exact time of the day you met your lover.

The artwork consists of an enclosure made of black powder-coated steel and toughened glass with a white stone bench below. Behind the glass is a dot matrix of LEDs that spell the various texts. People can sit on the bench and it would appear that the texts above are, just maybe, about them.

The texts are very large, animate in a variety of ways, can be seen from a distance or read from close by. They are various, funny, ceremonial, witty or simple, nostalgic or hopeful. The piece invites multiple visits, conversation and active participation.

Storytime will be installed September 2016 in downtown Syracuse, NY, as part of the Connective Corridor Public Art initiative.

STAPLEFIELD

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A dynamic model that expresses the state of the building and its occupancy.

An array of sensors analyse movement in the various parts of the Center and respond through a living light choreography.

FACEWALL

Facewall is a 42-foot-wide stainless steel sculpture integrated into the Second Street façade of the new arts and humanities building on the Chico State campus. Made up of 1,000 faces in silhouette of students, faculty, staff and community members, the artwork is comprised of 79 vertical stainless steel planes perpendicular to Second Street. Each 11-foot tall plane or “totem” includes 12-14 unique profiles.

The idea of inclusivity is key to the creation of the artwork. Facewall reflects the vibrant community that makes up Chico, these individuals stand like totems on the facade of the arts and humanities building, quietly watching over the equally diverse group of people who will see it every day.

FACEWALL was commissioned by California State University, Chico in 2016.
Photography by Jason Halley

14TH STREET OVERLAY

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Each instrument combines a real-time view of the streetscape with an ‘overlay’ slide that adds an additional narrative. We identified locations and stories that combine into a ‘treasure hunt’ of 23 somewhat hidden artworks.