On gardens as protest


An interesting article from Adrienne Skye Roberts was brought to my attention, about the thesis project of a Design student from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco.
She was instrumental in developing a garden in a forgotten part of the urban landscape, with the aim of addressing and understanding the methodologies of dissent of the “millenials generation”, as she refer to people born between the 1980s and mid-1990s.
The article is very good in trying to trace some sort of changing of attitude towards civic participation and protest, drawing a host of conclusions which then gets discussed further in the comments.
How interesting to read about this while you’re having a number of conversations with the residents and hosts of Unidee, discussing and analyzing the role of art as a tool for social change, if there is any.

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Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty (www.squatspace.com/redfern) tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. www.bigfagpress.org Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (www.weedyconnection.com), short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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