Nest 7 : Negotiating land use in between birds and humans
SWEDEN Koster islands, Göteborg city and Gärsnäs.
In Sweden we plan a three-folded Nest that will consist of three different artists and scientists working in three places with the same theme examining it from different angles. The Nest will have its base in the Marine National Park of the Koster islands, another part will take place in Göteborg city and the third part is Gylleboverket cultural platform in Gärsnäs in the south of Sweden. The focus in the Swedish Nest will be on the theme of territory/space and the negotiation of land use between birds and humans. The three-folded Nest will make space for a
discussion of the relation between the urban and the rural and open up for exchange of obstacles and solutions to the problem of habitat loss in the different contexts. The Nest will be divided into two working periods with two meetings for the artists and scientists at Koster and in Göteborg in between. There will be local public presentations in the three places such as small
exhibitions and seminars.
In Koster Islands the Nest will be hosted by the permaculture farm and public meeting place Kosters trädgårdar (Gardens) in collaboration with its founder, the permaculture designer Helena von Bothmer , and the non-profit association Koster Sculpture garden. Kosters trädgårdar is a farm and restaurant based on permaculture, a way of farming that uses less land for human food production, leaving more space for wildlife as well as accommodating animals within the production system. This is a big contrast to contemporary large-scale farming where birds are often seen as interfering with the crops. In Koster Islands a more traditional relation to birds is still alive, where fishermen used to get their weather forecasts from birds. The forecasts were often told by watching the particular behaviour of certain birds and the birds still have local nicknames based on the weather predictions. The Koster part of the Nest raises questions of how agricultural practice can maintain healthy populations of birds as neighbors and what we can learn from history when it comes to learning from birds instead of competing. The National Park of Koster and Naturum Kosterhavet as well as Koster Sculpture garden are possible local exhibition places.
In Gothenburg city the focus will be on how to provide for birds in city planning and architecture. A collaboration is established with the municipality of Göteborg, the housing property owner Poseidon, the researcher Leif Lithander at the Göteborg University and the landscape architect Martin Allik at Mareld landscape architecture working with projects in city planning and biodiversity. In Göteborg there are many possible local exhibition places that will be approached.
In Gylleboverket cultural platform in Gärsnäs the focus will be on the relation to birds in the monocultural agriculture landscapes. Gylleboverket is surrounded by large scale agriculture in an area where a large quantity of Swedish crops are grown. Gylleboverket is an experimental art collective that works in rural farmstead where they also hold exhibitions and runs a public cinema.
The three artists working in the Swedish Nest will be Etta Säfve and Jona Elfdahl, who also run Gylleboverket, and Ulrika Jansson.