The Forum for Radical Imagination on Environmental Knowledge (FRIEK)

Forum for Radical Imagination on Environmental Knowledge (FRIEK)

Taking place within a global academic conference on urban nature, FRIEK plays the role of disrupter. However, the ethos of our disruption is not to attack, blame, or separate, but instead to open new channels of awareness, collaboration, and connection.

The Forum for Radical Imagination on Environmental Knowledge (FRIEK) is a transdisciplinary platform for arts-based exhibits, actions, and methodologies, co-curated by City as Nature, along with curators from Paris.

FRIEK consists of an international corps of artists, dancers, poets, and other arts-based practitioners, who offer exhibits, reflections, workshops, and happenings that challenge the framework of established knowledge.

FRIEK installation concept (illustration: City as Nature)

Taking place within an academic conference (The Nature of Cities Summit) at The Sorbonne University, there is a sense that FRIEK plays the role of disrupter. However, the ethos of our disruption is not to attack, blame, or separate; instead we seek to open new channels of awareness, collaboration, and connection between ourselves and our environment.

Attentive to the urban landscape, and partnering with human and non-human companions, FRIEK works across and through disciplines, helping us imagine new ways to weave our own work and ideas into a broader transdisciplinary fabric.

Our Role

The role of City as Nature as co-curator, includes programming, creative direction, production of a daily printed arts journal, interactive exhibition planning and production, and design-build of exhibition architecture.

Project Team

Producers / Curators: Carmen Bouyer (France), Patrick M. Lydon (United States), Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro (France)

Participating Artists: 3’z (France), Emilio Fantin (Italy), Nadia Vadori Gauthier (France), Soraya Hamlaoui (France), Matthew Jensen (United States), Frida Larios (El Salvador), Robin Lasser (United States), Mary Miss (United States), Marguerite Perret (United States), Kevin Reese (United States), Bruce Scherting (United States)

With Support From: The Nature of Cities (United States), Musagetes Foundation (Canada)

Exhibition

Dates: June 4-7, 2019
Location: Sorbonne University (Jussieu Campus), Paris, France
Website: friek.cityasnature.org


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