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Space Studios has initiated...

A new series of residencies, talks, workshops and training opportunities exploring the convergence of art, media culture, technology and sustainability.

Details of the programme can be found here.

There seems an obvious overlap between Sustainability and permaculture. Both are broad topics with an added layer of interpretation. This page will serve as a space to explore that overlap and develop a proposal that meshes respective aims and objectives.

Aim of PermaCultures

  • To support the creative research, development and production of new artwork exploring media culture, technology and sustainability.
  • To explore the impact and sustainability of creative technological practices.

Aim of Sustainability

  • To explore what the discourses of 'sustainability' might reveal about creativity, creative practices, and the structures that support them.


Relevant quantities for meshing
Permaculture - an approach to designing human settlements and perennial agricultural systems that mimic the relationships found in the natural ecologies. - Wikipedia

Sustainability - Meeting the needs of an individual or community in the present, without compromising the ability of future generations or communities to meet their own needs - Sustainability

Creativity - New ideas or concepts, or new associations of the creative mind between existing ideas or concepts. - Wikipedia

PermaCultures - A general philosophy for design of sustainable systems with particular attention paid to the interconnection and relationships between differing areas or objects. It alludes to networked technologies through the prefix 'perma' (see permalinks) and has the aim of exploring the impact and sustainability of creative technological practices.

Media technologies hold extensive democratic potential, posing interesting questions to existing systems such as finance, politics, ownership and art.

Ecology and economy What kind of permanence would suit culture? Agro-permaculture rejects the free market wilderness of untended ecology in favour of a managed system (more akin to socialism or communism perhaps?). The idea of managed culture may provoke discomfort.

The Sustainability project refers to Case_Studies. A case study of specific 'ecology' of a creative individual or instance of creativity will provide a valuable metaphor to engage with the principle of interconnection and interdependence that underpins the philosophy of permaculture.

Can it be said that there is strategic and tactical creativity? It may be interesting to pursue case studies with a connection. - some instances of creativity define the terms/create the conditions that others respond to e.g.

'Natural Systems Design' is the observation-based approach to a self-sustaining ecology - Is it appropriate to attempt to map this ecological methodology to a social context (social far less predictable)? This doesn't seem to bother economists! Is it a valid aim to test this?

PermaCultures Residency Proposal

Deadline: 5pm March 23rd 2009. Documents should be sent in pdf format with images as jpg or pdf documents and video as URL links. Applications should include:

A short proposal (2 page A4 maximum)

An outline of the project containing

  • Aims
  • Methodology
  • Support / equipment you will need
  • How the project relates to PermaCultures
  • What you think you will gain from the residency
  • An idea for a workshop with our Youth Trainees.