Okno tik : creative content gathering

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Okno TIK : creative content gathering.

The creative content gathering is organised by the artist Annemie Maes (be), and invited artists Manuela Zechner (at/uk), Anja Kanngieser (de) and Els Van Riel (be).

Throughout the 2 years project, they gather preliminary content on the topic of ‘inventing’ Ecological Time. Therefore interviews are conducted with all TIK partners and local and international artists, scientists and theorists.

The TIK content gathering process is a collective work where artists, visionaires, working people, activists, theorists, scientists and ecologists want to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support decentralised structures, biodiversity and community development.

The project involves not only public discussion, but ann extensive mapping and documentation of these proposals in an art context.

Drawing on a wide range of artistic and theoretical fields, the aim is to imagine new and sustainable relationships between humans, their environments and technologies in relation to TIME.

As artists, filmmakers and activists whose practice incorporates ecological thinking, we have to enrich the public debate around ethical living, environmental sustainability and eco-technology.

We have to think about the kind of future in which we want to live and work. What lifestyles, what social and economic systems can we envisage beyond the usual? Is there anything that we can learn from existing social experiments to help us make our economic and political systems less fragile and unstable?

We direct us (and want to include) towards a public that is aware of the actions and solutions needed to build on the construction of a more balanced society, contributing sustainable changes to social and ecological structures, a public with a focus on the sharing of knowledge.


The focus lies on creative interventions that aim to be transformational, on processes that enable individuals and communities to live in a more sustainable way, or suggest alternative possibilities for sustainability.

Collaborative creation, open source technology, and questioning borders become tools to question our consumer-society and think into a more participatory culture.

Cultural diversity as a resource for sustainable innovative ideas, alternative models and experimental learning scenarios can create new hybrids of practice and research.

We will restructure for new learning cultures, new models of work and knowledge spaces; the role and inclusion of artists and extra-institutional models of organization and education can make emerge sustainable innovative networks.

If we consider knowledge production as a 2-way process, we also have to consider how a research process can become a project of partnership with full advantages for all the partners involved. These dialogues must be understood as a process at the borders of cultural diversity, where intersubjective exchanges create new forms of action that collaboratively build upon a shared knowledge.

the outcome

is a documentary installation, realized in collaboration with several artists, community actors, ecologists, theorists and other contributors. The installation builds upon the open source – open content philosophy, and is registrated under a Creative Commons license (attribution, non-commercial, share alike).

The content of the [some] interviews will be edited and will form the basis for the teoretical part of the publication.


1. july 2010 - december 2010

A research methodology will be worked out with the invited artists. After some expert meetings in Brussels and London, we define a specific questionary on topics of ecology, time, artistic research and media art.

This questionary will be used to interview thinkers and artists, activists and sociologists, related to the project (in time, in partnership or in location).

Non-limited list of interviewees: see below.

Parallel to the interviews we will conduct a research on natural patterns and processes, on a micro/macro level. ‘Wind’ will –of course- be one of the elements we focus on. The visual outcome of this research will also be stored in the database.

Residing artists will during their stay in Brussels be accommodated by our Associated Partner Nadine vzw.

2. december 2010 – december 2011

the content will be expanded and presented within mini-workshops with general presentations under the name of EcoTime conferences. Four EcoTime moments are scheduled over the timeline of the 2 year TIK project, and will be hosted in Belgium and abroad by our Associated Partners. Every EcoTime conference will consist of a balanced panel of artists, theorists and scientists out of the non-limited list of interviewees. During the roundtable discussions artworks and proof of concept will be on display.

Locations: expertmeetings (okno brussels, july 2010-dec 2010)

EcoTime I = opening weekend brussels, ateliers Claus (july 2010)

EcoTime II = Stacion, Prishtina (july 2011)

EcoTime III = V2 , Rotterdam (december 2011)

EcoTime IV = TimeLab, Gent (march 2012)

3. july 2010 – december 2011

the content will be archived and expanded in a Public Accessible Digital Media Archive, developed in close collaboration with the experts (and associated partners) oil21.org from Berlin and pad.ma from Bombay. The media archive offers extensive possibilities for descriptions, transcriptions, maps and multilayered annotations as well as numerous meta-data entries (geographical locations, timestamps, keywords, ….). The 4 initiating artists will work on the raw footage of interviews, make transcriptions, descriptions and links between topics.

The database is also open to project partners for collaboration on this level.

During regular meetings (EcoTime) the progress and increased information in the database will be discussed and made public.

4. may 2012

the final outcome will be a EcoTime-reading machine, rooted in the processes of the database and displaying its content in a public interactive way (working with metadata and keywords). The work will be part of the closing exhibition and conference in Brussels.

The content of the interviews will as well figure as a basis for the essays of the publication.


Before the first partner meeting and EcoTime conference [june 2010] we set up a new database, customized for the TIK project, with a general usage description for artists and organizers. This is the base for both agregate content related to the project subject, and documenting the project.

It will be used to build and store visual content output from the project too.

We set up a Public Access Digital Media Archive : a shared documentation platform to be used by all partners and associated partners and accessible for a broad public. It will be an online archive of densely text-annotated video material, primarily footage and not finished films. The entire collection is searchable and viewable online, and is free to download for non- commercial use.

The design of the archive makes possible various types of "viewing", and contextualisation: from an overview of themes and timelines to much closer readings of transcribed dialogue and geographical locations, to layers of "writing" on top of the image material. Descriptions, keywords and other annotations have been placed on timelines by both archive contributors and users.

Experts/ associated partners: oil21.org/pad.ma – Jan Gerber and Sebastian Luttgert,

Shaina Anand and Sanjay Bhangar

Location: okno brussels [1 preliminary meeting] + online

Associated partner for accommodation of pad.ma residents: Nadine vzw Brussels

Non limited list of interviewees, and possible participants to the EcoTime conferences:

Olivier Meunier, Jan Gerber, Sebastian Luttgert, Sofia Burstoff, Thomas Munz, Alexandra Dementieva, Guy De Bièvre, Els Van Riel, Barbara Huber, Reni Hoffmeier, Stefanie Wuschitz, Manuela Zechner, Junior Vandebroeck, Gert Aertsen, Pieter Heremans, Stefan Quix, Trudo Engels, Balthazar de Tonnac, Christophe de Boeck, Patricia Portela, Maja Kusmanovic, Nic Gaffney, Ferdinand Dubois, Peter Westenberg, Femke Snelting, Lina Kusaite, Yves Bernard, Els Viaene, Roman Kirschner, Stefanie Laforce, Guy Van Belle, Shelbatri Jashari, Billy Bultheel, Gerard-Jan Claes, Olivia Rochette, Becky Jashari, Stijn Demeulenaere, Frederik Dewilde, Wendy Van Weynsberghe, Albert Heta, Ive Steveheydens, Bart Vandeput, Luc Steels, Pattie Maes, Christina Stadlbauer, … (add all partners artists, theorists, …)

Short bio’s

Manuela Zechner is a cultural worker and researcher living between the UK and Austria. Her main projects include the future archive http://www.futurearchive.org, and www.vocabulaboratories.net as well as collective work related to contemporary subjectivity and ways of thinking change. She is a Phd candidate at Queen Mary University of London, writing about collective practices between the fields of culture and care.

Anja Kanngieser is a researcher and writer currently based in Hamburg, Germany. She is primarily interested in political and social collectives that use creative strategies to compose temporary commons and organisations by which to re-imagine potential political landscapes. She is a current collaborator on the future archive and vocabulaboratories projects, and works with radio.

Els van Riel lives and works in Brussels. She has studied photo- and cinematography, and has worked as a photographer, editor, and producer for various photo-, film-, video- and theater productions. She makes images move on contemporary experimental music, and creates film- and video installations based on mixed real time-recordings.

Annemie Maes lives and works in Brussels. Her artistic research and cultural activism projects are presented as the ongoing project ‘politics of change’ - with a focus on the topics womenempowerment, ecology and public space.

She is researching bottom up approach for designing human environments that have the stability and diversity of natural ecosystems. Integration of renewable energy systems, urban food/gardening systems, natural building and rainwater harvesting along with the economic, political and social policies that make sustainable living possible and practical.


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