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.