Introduction to the project
The Integrated Sustainability is a long term project, including an artist-in-residency program, where artists and researchers are invited to participate in the project of pioneering the residency house as a collective post-fossil installation and an ecologically sustainable living environment.
In the Integrated Sustainability -project, the Kammari Residency house, including its experimental wild garden and orchard are at the core, as an evolving, collective post-fossil art work. It is a pioneering artistic, practical and theoretical project of understanding how ecologically sustainable, experimental forms of living and working can be developed in organic relation to contemporary art. This, in general, means combining different disciplines of contemporary art to academic research and scientific studies.
It grows out of necessity of living in an environment, where ecosystems are collapsing and fossil fuel fuelled economy and modernity is slowly coming to its inevitable end, as it is based on a finite resource.
The main principle is that any attempts of sustainability must be integrated, in the sense of including research on the ideological predicament of our modern experience on a theoretical level, just as well as practical applications of sustainable energy production.
The work started from renovating the residency building, which was an abandoned old stone house in the spring 2018. In the aim to understand and implement a post-fossil and ecologically sustainable environment as an evolving collective art work, the group is combining recycled and mostly natural materials, DIY post-fossil practical inventions, sustainable energy solution experiments, experimental architecture and landscape design, bio-art and scientific research and agricultural experimentation in the garden and orchard.
More detailed information on the program, please email us: kammari (at) kammari.org
Transition state to a post-fossil residency
The time frame of the first stage of the project is ten years. During the first stage the project aims to establish systems and innovations that allow autonomous and sustainable functioning of the residency as a space for living and working for artist and researchers.
The current state of the project is that the house and work there is fueled by fossil fuel generated electricity and transport, recycled materials from the industrial modernity, industrial food production, etc. Thus it differs little from a usual modern establishment. However this dependency allows a transition state of ten years, for experimenting and applying the new post-fossil and sustainable innovations.
Artists in the residency are working with modern contemporary tools such as computers, sensors, electronics, devices etc. on their own artistic and research projects. One of the main challenges in the project is to combine the contemporary tools to a post-fossil and sustainable reality. What is possible and what not? What post-fossil alternatives can be created?
On the second stage, after 10 years, the house is going to be fueled autonomously by sustainable energy sources, using tools and equipment that can be produced locally in collaboration with local handicraft workers, producing its own food and will be in general an established pioneer project on how to create a sustainable and autonomous place to live and work.
Research and artistic practice
The research and artistic practices of the Integrated Sustainability -project are connected to the every day life sustaining work in the residency house. For example:
Architecture and landscape design: How to create architectural experimental designs that use only local and sustainable materials and support energy autonomy? How to integrate landscape design as part of the holistically sustainable environment of the residency? How to bring other art disciplines, such as theatre, contemporary dance, fine arts etc. into architecture and creating spaces?
Local and autonomous food production: How to create new methods of food production, irrigation etc. in the experiential garden and orchard of the residency? How to create eatable bio-art? How to use wild plants for food, crafts and arts? Developing new ways of taking care of a garden. Develop experimental and multidisciplinary forms of cooking. Bring theatre methods, contemporary circus and performance elements to create new forms of social dining.
For example, the food production research aims to understand how it is significantly different without the help of fossil fuels that determine the experience for a usual modern fossil human subject.
For example, for a post-fossil subject, one has to be aware of the limitations and possibilities of input of clean water and the form of energy used to transport it. Also the labour is all done by the human body, instead of a machine. Thus we research how the body has a different relatedness and consciousness. If water needs to be warmed a sustainable way must be invented. The production itself requires containers and tools that must be created locally from natural materials. All this is connected to a theoretical understanding of ideology, the modern experience and fossil fuels as the primus motor of it.
In turn, the modern fossil subject artist goes ot the supermarket and everything is magically presented from around the world. Everything is fuelled by excess of energy whose source and web of relations the subject is unaware of. This magic reality has determined to a large extent the experience and thinking of the modern artist as a subject.
How does making art change, if the consciousness of the material reality of life sustaining elements change?
Aspects of life sustaining work in the residency become a possibility for theoretical analysis and artistic creativity as well as a site for practical innovation for solutions.
In the residency program, we invite people to participate in the evolution of the theoretical and practical aspects of the project with their own artistic or theoretical expertise.