New horse cultures, study circle

horse study kult smA study circle is a small group of people who meet multiple times to discuss an issue. Study circles may be formed to discuss anything from politics to religion to hobbies. They are differentiated from clubs by their focus on exploring an issue or topic rather than on activities or socializing. When they emerged in the early twentieth century they were based on a democratic approach to self-education and were often linked to social movements concerned with temperance or working class emancipation. 

The studyforum, that is a part of Konstfrämjandet Öland-Kalmars project "New horse cultures" has started! The project investigates the horse, as well in integration work as in feminist studies of power and ethnicity.  Participants of the study circle are refugee woman, with an interest for, or knowledge of horses. In the study circle of New horse cultures, we will discuss leadership, communication and social interaction connected to horse keeping. The study forum will invite special guests from different horse professions, as farrier, vet, trainer, and researcher in social sciences. We will also work with artist Signe Johannessen. Issues to discuss will be both practical and poetic aspects of being with horses, departing from the experts input and the participants own experience and future vision.

The circle will run from early May until August, and the group will combine practical riding, grooming and socializing with the horses with reading, drawing and discussing. The results and documentation of the circle work will be presented to the public in August in the form of an installation and performance with the horses.

Photos by Alireza Teimori

Table of plenty

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Table of plenty by Kultivator

A part of the alternative education programme “Everything Under The Sun”, that merges the fields of food and art under the issues of climate change through an interdisciplinary, experimental approach. Curated by Ece Pazarbasi and  Caique Tizzi in the Agora collective, Neuekölln, Berlin.

Kultivator led a module with 12 participants in this programme, choosing to set the focus on the refugee situation. From Kultivators perspective, the changes in everyday life due to the migrations of people is one of the effects of climate change that had the biggest impact so far on society as a whole, as well as on Kultivators home village and farm. This movement is big right now, but as climate change continuous, the amount of people having to re locate themselves will only grow. With the 12 great participants of chefs, artists and activists from all over the world, the aim was to create an artistic response to the possibilities and challenges of this present.

We were particularly interested in the changing cultures of food, like organization of meals,  economy, ownership, manual labor, social aspects, and the mix of traditions and recipes.

The north has since long benefitted from influences from all over the world in their kitchens. Berlins Neuekölln and Kreuzberg districts are evidence of a great wealth in food culture, from street food to restaurants, or as in Agora; cosmopolitan, artist-run cafes. In the many street markets there is an abundance of produce.

In the same areas people are living in refugee camps, at the moment extremely overpopulated, with no possibilities for people to prepare food or eat as they wish. With only one week to work with, we set out to cook something from these ingredients.

The “cooking” process started with visits to inspiring initiatives, activist groups and kitchens, and two different camps for asylum seekers. With the people we met, and in our group, we decided that we wanted to create a situation of sharing and discussion with people that are in the asylum seeking process, and together with them create something that could serve as a template for future community events at Agora cafe.

As we discussed the project with local street vendors, an overwhelming lot were more than willing to join by donating bread, vegetables, fruit and other nearly overdate produce. In one evening's gathering, we collected more than enough of material for a huge dinner. We could invite the people we had met in the refugee camps, Tempelhof (at the time housing a thousand people) and Berlin Stadtbadhaus (around 300) to share the kitchen and social space of Agora with us for one evening. The event was named “Table of plenty”, referring to both the overfull table of food material, and the chefs and guests from many backgrounds. The evening went over all expectations.

The connections made between people locally in Neuekölln, and the map of where to find food, + the new experiences and knowledge sharing of kitchen skills, could be one small step in preparation for a world that is changing, not only for the worse.

Programme Curated by: Ece Pazarbasi and Caique Tizzi



People making spaces

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18-21 September 2015 – Yaroslavl, Russia.

Organized by the team «TEXTIL» and TYP Kulturkapital.

An international conference with the design sessions with the participation of Russian and European experts in the field of culture and urban development.
The key question of the project «People Making Spaces»: whether an independent cultural center in the Russian city become a real force behind the social values ​​of urban development, engaging citizens and creating a significant artistic product?

The focus of the conference – the project «TEXTIL» Yaroslavl. Experience of project review in the present context, familiarity with the team and stakeholders, as well as the universal nature of the problems of design sessions will make a useful part in the conference for each participant, regardless of whether it is connected with the project «TEXTIL» and Yaroslavl or not.

Conference Objectives

Develop scenarios for the project "TEXTIL" in Yaroslavl. 
Suggest models, methods and examples of projects within the perspective of design sessions. The exchange of ideas and experience in the Russian and European context.