Urban horse soil action

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Urban horse soil action

The project investigated waste management, play, communality and re-introduction of animal power, with the intervention of two working horses, Sarah and Dalton, who joined us perform a service for social and ecological sustainability in the urban environment.
In a residence at Astrid Noacks atelier in Rådmansgade, Outer Nørrebro, Copenhagen, Kultivator built a common tombola-compost in the backyard of the artspace.
The compost can work as a meeting point for people in the backyard, but also to be a destination for school children from the area that can leave organic waste to it, and study how an organic circuit works. Symbolically, the compost becomes an image of seemingly useless scrap from many households together is broken down and converted into fine soil that gives rise to new life.
To introduce compost to a lot of people and open up for discussion around it, Kultivator ran a campaign to collect green waste by handing out buckets, and then collect them with the help of the two horses pulling a carriage through the neighborhood of Yttre Nörrebro, Copenhagen.
Anyone who wanted could also join her- or himself for parts of the travel. The origin of the idea comes from the second world war-time collection of kitchen waste by horse and buggy in European cities.
At that time, the public was called on to contribute to the common good in times of great need.
In our time and place, the immediate crisis of climate change and soil destruction is less visible, but not less serious. The day of gathering and slowly driving round the area to finally stop at the compost and start it, serves as an accessible and friendly opening to discuss and engage around composting and possible horse re-introduction in the city.
The compost will now digest its first portion of organic waste, and the soil will be used in the
installation of a future roof top garden in the backyard. Sarah and Dalton are back in their
countryside, but not unwilling to come back and work the urban again…

With thanks to the support of Københavns Kommunes Billedkunstudvalg, Funchs Fond and  Konstnärsnämnden




Dream animal workshop












In the Informal settlement Red Hill, Cape Town.

We did a workshop with kids from the area, asking them to imagine and draw animals from their dreams.

Installation of the Dream animals at Zeekoevlei nature reserve, Cape town.

In cooperation with the NGO Red Hill literacy project and Zeekoevlei nature reserv and Botkyrka konsthall. 

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Context in Flux: workshop

connecting practisesContext in flux symposium 2 Visby
The Swedish Exhibition Agency, Baltic Art Center, Nida Art Colony and Art Lab Gnesta
collaborate to produce the second symposium for invited participants. 
Galleri Syster, Kultivator, GKU, Livia Pancu.
The aim is to develop tools that can assist cultural institutions
who work in many and overlapping contexts. 






Workshop in connective practices,

2 steps recipe of Initiating, performing, and reconsidering connections.
Step1, initiate connection with the local situation outside of the artspace.

Ingredients: Cows, scissors, paint, gloves, fields, stables, conversation, rubber-boots, soup, curiosity and brushes.

Approach a nearby farm, by offering help with things they actually need to have done.
Perform these tasks according to the instructions of the farmer, and use the opportunity to talk to each-other,
to the people on the farm, to experience the landscape and enjoy the animals. Eat together.
The connection is established. It is yet to see whether it will be continued, and if and for whom it will be of value in the future.

Step 2, Inventory and reconsider old and new connections

Ingredients: paper, memory, pen, coffee, candidness and time.

Write down all people, organizations and businesses your organization is connected with.
Take care of noting all connections, also unprofessional, or family members or friends.
Use time and coffee. Consider if they are a plus or a minus to your organization.
Consider if your organization is a plus or a minus for them?
Reconsidering of connections is done. It might influence the way you value some connections.

Kultivator is built up as a connective practice, bridging between art and agriculture since nearly 10 years.
The intricate net of connections, debt, non-outspoken agreements and practical exchange in a rural village
is at our disposal, sometimes as the means of making things happen in our practice,
sometimes as the subject of an artwork. Always in flux, always reconsidered.
With the two steps workshop, we want to share our experience of engaging in the local community
for material as well as conceptual feed.




Urban Horse Soil Action step 1

urban horse pieceKultivator  at  a residence at
Astrid Noacks atelier:

In April 2014, Kultivator wants to build a warm-compost adjacent to the ANA in Copenhagen. The compost will be designed as a possible meeting place for people in the immediate vicinity of the backyard, but also to be a destination for a class of school children from the area who want to leave some organic waste to it, and study how a circuit works.



Symbolically, the compost becomes an image of seemingly useless scrap from many households together is broken down and converted into fine soil that gives rise to new life.
To introduce the compost and create awareness around it, Kultivator is planned a 1-2 day campaign that collects the first green waste for the compost with the help of a Police horse.
The origin of the idea comes from the old-time collection of waste by horse and buggy, especially in Holland, where the collector with his horse was a popular social institution wandering from door to door, collecting potato peeling and other green waste, mainly for animal feed.
In a song by Dutch singer Jaap Put is described how the children rush to the door with a lump of sugar on hand at the sound of the horse-hoofs clattering onto the street. Today the clatter of hoofs on streets, especially in areas like Nørrebro, is more likely to mean that the police took their horses out. The associations connected with the sound are quite different from the ones of the song.




Yak Yak

Yak Yak is a curatorial project that features newly commissioned and existing works by artists whose practices address rural contexts as particular sites for art making and cultural production. Artists and art/farming/architecture assemblages and collectives from four continents present works that engage with their own localities and with other localities, emphasizing the importance of trans-local dialogue around the future of rural places.
Yak Yak is conceived within the framework of ACRE (Australia's Creative Rural Economy), a network and project based in the Victoria/NSW region. The ACRE Project generates art interventions and dialogues in rural situations, opening a space to think differently about what can happen on farms in the present and the future.
Yak Yak takes place in the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Victoria. It ​is co-curated by Ian Tully and Fiona Woods, working closely with invited contributors.



















Guerilla Composting Ny Ork

top soil4Curated by Eva Bakkeslet

New Ork is an arena to get inspired by sustainability and green thinking and practice initiatiated by Osebakken Green Neighborhood in Porsgrunn in collaboration with Grenland Artgallery (Norway). The goal is to see how new knowledge and aesthetic experiences can inspire and create a foundation and understanding of sustainable ways to collaborate and develop urban areas.






On the stone planet Earth, a layer has been added since the beginning of life, 3.9 bil -lion years ago:
our between 5 and 20 cm thick layer of top-soil. In this thin layer, the major part of all biological activity
of Earth is going on. Through our various actions we are either nourishing or depleting this layer.
The interaction of microorganisms in the topsoil and life above means without exaggeration
everything for life’s further progression. The lack of organic matter brought back to the soil in modern large scale farming is rapidly
destroying invaluable top-soil worldwide, putting the whole foodproduction of the future at risk.  
Recent years guerilla gardening is a fantastic movement, addressing many of the problems connected to industrial agriculture
and urban – rural disconnection.
For Porsgrunn, Kultivator will make an action of“guerilla composting”, that adds to this practice,
and encourages people to feed – back nutrition to the ground they live on.