Artists Wesam Al Asali, FRAUD and Nastassja Simensky come together to bring a critical framing to the concept of preservation. Embracing different methodologies and spanning diverse contexts – from the Syrian conflict, to pre and postindustrial England – their practices shed light on issues of accountability, agency, power and ownership.
A series of commissions exploring ecological relationships.
Over the summer of 2010, Building Green saw three artists develop new work that explored and catalysed ecological relationships. Thinking through and enacting entanglements between human and non-human nature, they opened out to consider public space, food production and land use, making clear that ecological concerns are also deeply social.
The programme has a particularly strong afterlife. Futurefarmer's commission lead to the establishment of a garden/vegetable plot which is still used by the University's Landscaping and Gardening Society. The artist's commissions were accompanied by a lively series of public events, workshops and discussions and from these the University's Sustainability team established a long-lasting relationship with Anne-Marie Culhane, who established the popular Fruit Routes project on campus; whilst Georgina Barney was commissioned to work on Green Days, a European Partnership initiative, which involved workshops, walks and discussion in Italy, Belgium, Romania and the UK.