ecoredux

ecoredux - Remedies for a Dying Planet at KSA fall 2008/ Lydia Kallipoliti and Aurel von Richthofen

The main product of this research seminar held at KSA in the fall of 2008 became an online, open-source, educational tool, assembling an unexplored genealogy of ecological material experiments that underground architectural groups conducted in the 1960s and 1970s. Workshop: An adhoc workshop headquarter was located at the top if the stairs in the main gallery to accommodate meetings and lectures. Work in progress was displayed throughout the workshop to engage the public, while students warmed out and worked individually in studio. Each student team was assigned with an experiment conducted almost 40 years ago and invited to creatively reuse the information, distill the rule- based systems and axioms of the experiment and assign new meaning to the idea by using contemporary media and knowledge of materials, methods, technology and culture. Students were asked to use their design skills and ideas with a twist of their own research interests by reusing as a reference a historic project. Finally, they were invited to produce a new story/narrative for their "reused" experiment in the form of an instruction manual or a "cookbook" that can be uploaded online for others to use and once again reuse. Information about the project: The open source website www.ecoredux.com was launched in November 2008. The project, accompanied by a homonymous exhibition, opened at the National Gallery of Art in Athens, Greece, in December 2008 and traveled to the Storefront of Art and Architecture in New York in 2009, the Metropolitan Exchange Space, in Brooklyn, NY in 2009, as well as to MIT. A printed version of the research in the form of a book (most likely) is forthcoming by MIT Press. This project is generously supported by the MIT Lawrence Anderson award for the creative documentation of history. For more information on the subsequent exhibition and online archive please visit Lydia's website www.ecoredux.com

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