Green Cloud in Helsinki, photo by HeHe
We are currently waiting for the answer of Saint-Ouen Council to lift the blocking of Nuage Vert in Saint Ouen so that it can happen in November, alongside a mediation campaign in local schools, during the European week for waste reduction. The council cabinet met Tuesday, 11th of May but didn’t take any decision.
18th May 2010 - EDIT : Bad news for us today, the council cabinet still refuse to let Nuage vert take place. The interdiction form the prefecture of Seine Saint-Denis is still in place.
Last week we were in Orleans - Institut d’Art Visuel to run a one week workshop with students called “Designer-Trash”, which aimed to find new ways of thinking about the issue of waste. Waste carries negative values and as waste production grows, the more there is a need to hide it from view and to destroy it. But what other ways can we treat waste? The overarching theme put forward by the director of the school for this week of workshops was ‘discretion’… which fits well to the way we usually like to think about waste.
The workshop was a space for waste utopias to become a reality : from industrial design products made from waste products and activist posters to artistic and ironical happenings in public spaces.
Printemps de richesse is an weekend event to promote artistic and political exchanges, a space for sensitive and intelligent ideas which have the right priorities. It took place at Mains d’Oeuvres & l’Espace 1789 in Saint-Ouen.
Workshop : “La plus belle poubelle : Inventing metaphors about waste - for the Green Cloud project / animated by Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen”
(c) Vinciane Verguethen