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Harvest what you sow

Essay by researcher Sophie Krier

The way forward is to learn, again and again, how to harvest what you sow. It all starts with observing interaction on site and finding room to manœuvre. Walking slowly. Working from the margins – helping to make them bear fruits. Spotting laundry along the road. Washhouses. A porcelain bucket. Giving the world back to innocence and imagination.

Scrap pieces, found, to be re-used. Packed and unpacked. Worlds unfolding under the table, off the books, through the back door: someone told me we live in a world that thrives with informal possibilities. A world that ignores official deadlocks. A world of abundance, not scarcity. Someone told me that the way forward is not to tiptoe your way through life, afraid of doing wrong. The way forward is to learn, again and again, how to harvest what you sow.

A model world.

If the economy of a project isn’t realised, the project isn’t realised. It was Joseph Beuys who once said this to visual artist Louwrien Wijers [1], who worked alongside him between 1968 and 1986. Money has to flow. If it gets stuck somewhere, it will cause a disease. Beuys typically put his ideas directly into practice: he always kept stacks of banknotes in the pockets of his vest. Regularly, he would redistribute the money to whoever was present in the room. In the same way, energy needs to travel in, out and between our bodies. If accumulated, it can cause malfunctioning.

Models for travels through paradise.

The word economy stems from the Greek oikonomicos, referring to governing, taking care of a household. In the mid 17th century the term referred to a judicious use of resources. Oi-ko-no-mi-cos: such beautiful syllables could be hummed as a healing mantra. Instead, they got stained with the lure of money making for the sake of money making. But stains can be washed clean. Thus, let’s reclaim the term economy and make it beautiful again. Let’s breathe new life into the Principe d’Économie Poétique (the principle of poetic economy) formulated by artist Robert Filliou (1926-1987). Filliou described himself as a genius without talent; he dedicated his life’s work to the celebration of innocence and imagination as vital agents of permanent creation; Création Permanente. To illustrate the continuously expanding principle of the universe, he made a stamp saying Création Permanente-Principe D’Équivalence: Bien Fait = Mal fait = Pas fait (Permanent Creation-Equity Principle: Well Made = Badly Made = Not made). Filliou used this stamp as a tool to allow multiple manifestations of a thought to emerge. He noted that every idea should be ‘well made’, ‘badly made’ and ‘not made’ three times.[2]

Installing disorder and sending it to heaven.

Permaculture is a way of working the land that enhances biodiversity – that uses life to create life – in contrast to the massive soil impoverishment engendered by monoculture. Absorbing and creatively responding to change is one of twelve tentative principles used. Storing and collecting energy, producing a yield, prioritising renewable resources and services, integrating functions rather than separating them, privileging small-scale solutions and patience, making use of available interfaces and margins are daily practices that the ‘permaculturist’ trains with heart, hands and mind.

It all starts with observing interaction on site and finding room to manœuvre.
Walking Slowly. Working from the margins – helping to make them bear fruits.
Spotting laundry along the road. Washhouses. A porcelain bucket. Cleaning what is stained, or making stains beautiful. Letting miniature cleaners, embroidered stitch by stitch in colourful yarn on a white apron, guide our fingers.
Building a water school so that children can teach us about water[3].
Giving the world back to innocence and imagination.
Giving the world back.
Giving.

1 Louwrien Wijers (1941) is a visual artist who organised the remarkable series of conversations ‘Art meets Science and Spirituality in a changing Economy’ in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 1990 with guests such the Dalai Lama, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, J.C.J. Vanderheyden, Mother Tessa Bielecki, Lawrence Weiner and Marina Abramovic. In 1992 she published ‘Writing as Sculpture’, a collection of her interviews. http://www.louwrienwijers.nl/

2. http://www.fondationdudoute.fr/artiste/7/1584-presentation.htm

3. https://challenge.whatdesigncando.com/projects/water-school/

ABOUT THE ESSAYIST

Sophie Krier (LU / BE), artist and researcher, develops tools for collective narration and reflection. Through her situated practice, she invests herself in education, research and interventions in public space at the intersection of art and deep ecology. In 2008, she initiated Field Essays, an ongoing research project in which she brings together artistic practitioners and thinkers in an effort to bridge the various forms of knowing intrinsic to their practices, published by Onomatopee. Krier currently directs Art & Design Practice: a program in the spirit of Liberal Arts & Sciences, which she developed on invitation of the University College Roosevelt (NL). She is an associate researcher at Ensadlab, Paris.

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see ARCHIVE • Verb: archive; 3rd person present: archives; past tense: archived; past participle: archived; gerund or present participle: archiving.

http://www.kantamotwani.com/aw7i58kqx2o 1. A collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people. “a section of archive film”.
https://www.broommanufacturers.com/2024/01/31/jx1pz45v 2. The place where historical documents or records are kept. “they were allowed to study in the archives”. go to site 3. A complete record of the data in part or all of a computer system, stored on an infrequently used medium.

follow url Synonyms: records, annals, chronicles, registers, accounts.

https://www.skipintros.com/photos/98539/drj1ul3 Origin: Early 17th century (in the sense ‘place where records are kept’): from French archives (plural), from Latin archiva, archia, from Greek arkheia ‘public records’, from arkhē ‘government’. The verb dates from the late 19th century.

3380 Design Biennale

For the first edition of the London Design Biennale, Studio Makkink & Bey developed a three-dimensional blueprint of the personal salon of the studio’s founders, Rianne Makkink and Jurgen Bey.

This contemporary diorama – originally a picture viewing device through which an interior is viewed – is a replica of their archive at home.

Design Diorama, the archive as a utopic environment, consists of a space filled with blue foam copies of objects by former studio employees, freelancers and interns as well as products and artefacts from various other designers, artists and architects. The installation functions as a personal archive of the practice’s own work, mapping and placing it amongst the work of their network of designers, artists, writers, architects and curators, creating a play on the romantic representation of a designer and design studio.

Parallel to the temporary physical diorama installation a digital index has been developed which can be viewed at  www.designdiorama.com.

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https://www.ipasticcidellacuoca.com/m0tqo4e PRODUCTION • noun: production

Buying Ambien In Canada 1. The action of making or manufacturing from components or raw materials, or the process of being so manufactured. “banning the production of chemical weapons”. The process of or management involved in making a film, play, or record. “the film was still in production”. The harvesting or refinement of something natural. “non-intensive methods of food production”.

https://bakingbrew.com/recipe/q5j82b55f Synonyms: manufacture, manufacturing, making, producing, construction, building, fabrication, assembly, creation; mass production.

https://nycfoodguy.com/2024/01/31/xq2463scz3 Origin: Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin productio(n- ), from producere ‘bring forth’ (see produce).

4044 Production of the Cleaning Beauty Table, 2007
4044 Production of the Cleaning Beauty kite, 2007
4044 Production of the ceramics of Cleanliness is next to Godliness, 2007
3078 Mounting of a Strangers Bench to the ground, 2006
3078 Production of the parts of the Strangers bench, 2006
3078 Lasercutting the metal parts of the Strangers bench, 2006
3147 Clay charms of the Hermitage Chain drying, 2009
3114 Production of the bucket of Pyramids of Makkum, 2007
3377 Jurgen Bey modelling for a clay statue, 2016
3120 Shaving of one of the aprons of Witness Flat, 2008
4069 Production of first model of the Stubborn Chair, 2010
3120 Production of pieces for the Witness Flat exhibition, 2008
3102 Models for the Vitra my Home exhibition, 2007
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https://proventsystems.com/ivmb9kaclq3 DIKE • noun: dike.

get link 1. An embankment for controlling or holding back the waters of the sea or a river. “They built a temporary dike of sandbags to keep the river from flooding the town.” https://menteshexagonadas.com/2024/01/31/d8jfn9awww 2. A contemptuous term used to refer to a lesbian. “The terms dyke and bull dyke are used with disparaging intent and are perceived as insulting. However, they have been adopted as positive terms of self-reference by young or radical lesbians and in the academic community. In the mainstream homosexual community, gay and lesbian remain the terms of choice.”

https://nmth.nl/vfbkc36i Synonyms: barrier, dam, weir, milldam, dyke, enclose, lesbian, gay woman.

https://comercialfuentes.com/b1614vj Origin: Before 900; Middle English ‘dik(e)’, Old English ‘dīc’, Old Norse ‘dīki’; akin to ‘ditch’. 1940-45; earlier in form ‘bulldike’ (with a variant ‘bulldagger’); of obscure origin; claimed to be a shortening of ‘morphodyke’ (variant of ‘morphodite’, a reshaping of ‘hermaphrodite’), though morphodyke is more likely a blend of morphodite and a pre-existing ‘dyke’; other hypothesized connections, such as with ‘diked out’ or dike ‘ditch’ are dubious on semantic grounds.

Water School

Currently, a quarter of the population in India is facing water shortage. Yet, studies show that the origin of this water crisis lies not in the amount of water available, but in the way, it is used and not collected. The biggest problems related to this shortage of water arise in densely populated, fast-growing residence districts such as Dwarka, a neighbourhood in New Delhi.

To address the topic of water shortage, and show alternative ways to approach it, Studio Makkink & Bey aims to set up and build a school in Dwarka, dubbed the “Water School”. Within this school, selected emerging designers, artists and craftsmen will be invited to work together with the pupils on setting up and constructing the entirety of the school, ranging from pens to uniforms to the entire building of the school itself.

In this way, the school becomes both a learning landscape and a production landscape, therein both teaching in theory about more sustainable ways of handling water, as well as engaging students practically in constructing a real-life example of a more sustainable future.

When finished, the school will function as a sustainable hub, promoting and teaching about more environmental friendly ways of living and working.

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3410 Illustration of the Community of the Water School, 2017, ongoing
3410 Illustration of the Landscape of the Water School, 2017, ongoing
3410 Illustration of the Water School and its Organization, 2017, ongoing
3410 Illustration of the production of Bricks for the Water School, 2017, ongoing
3410 Illustration of the production of the Glass Bottle for the Water School, 2017, ongoing
3410 Illustration of the production of the Uniform of the Water School, 2017, ongoing

A recent project developed for the WATER SCHOOL:

3306 Cheese Maker

Design, education and craft from the Netherlands and India merge together in the Cheese Maker, a design by Studio Makkink & Bey that was made for Imperfect Design.

The Cheese Maker is a stack of handmade objects, to make homemade cheese with. The tower consists of a juicer, a milk jug, a spoon, a colander, a pan, a cutting board, a bowl, a cheesecloth and a press. Each product is hand-made of different materials such as wood, ceramics (blue pottery), metal, copper, cotton, soapstone and marble.

Similarities between The Netherlands and India are the basis for the design. The designers were inspired by the long tradition in cheese making, the history in craftsmanship such as ceramics, and the population density which resulted in a tradition of stacking houses and goods in both countries. The themes of knowledge transfer, development and education form an important thread in this project. Studio Makkink & Bey worked with a local trade school in Jaipur where crafts have a central role for the development of the Cheese Maker. Jurgen Bey: “In the Netherlands we see craft gradually disappear, whereas in India it is still part of basic education.” Cooperation with craft groups in India offers opportunities to contribute to knowledge and education.