“Located on a busy road, on the outskirts of a town, in a commercial zone. There is nothing idyllic or easy about it. Yet it is precisely this situatedness that makes it so important.” Clara Reiner
re-imagining being here
Building the inside garden grew from a wish to expand my personal relationship with nature, in order to integrate the knowledge, the experiences, the ecology of practises gathered along the way.
Most of all it came from a wish to help sustain free culture and the friendships manifesting the collective body of artistic work. I feel like contributing by continuing creating available new grounds, building sacred safe(r) spaces and holding space for re-imagining being here.
I imagine a garden as a sanctuary away from normative perceptions and stress of everyday life. I imagine it being a shared space that works beyond neo-liberal modes of exchange and is curious to see what we generate when author rights are out of the picture. I imagine it being a place for celebrating community, gathering, creating, growing, playing, learning and cultivating.
A place where people and plants and animals and spirits that would otherwise not cross paths come together. A place where time does not (need to) exist, a place for nourishing and building alternative healthy networks of relationships.
While building the garden I see us exploring principles of permaculture; earth care, people care and self care (which enables us to be open towards others and share the abundance).
I imagine to offer creative work space for exchange of artistic practise, healing, ritual, seasonal gatherings, artists in residence, festival and study. I see us creating a pick garden and a playground for children, animals and non gendered ageless lifeforms. I imagine us working with and for nature. I imagine us welcoming the entire neighborhood and being transparent and open to the public.
I imagine the place being a matter of fact response to the violence of capitalism and ecological destruction, I imagine it being a humble yet deeply rooted project, attached to a place and a community. I feel it could offer a real alternative to current modes of living and creating, finding ways to enrich and care for those present.