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) was a transdisciplinary platform for arts-based exhibits, actions, and methodologies, co-curated by City as Nature, along with curators from Paris.

FRIEK consisted of an international corps of artists, dancers, poets, and other arts-based practitioners, who produced exhibits, reflections, workshops, and happenings that challengeed the framework of established knowledge in an academic conference.

FRIEK installation concept (illustration: City as Nature)

Taking place within The Nature of Cities Summit at The Sorbonne University, there is a sense that FRIEK plays the role disrupting, while also seeking to open new channels of awareness, collaboration, and connection between disciplines, and 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)


Dates: June 4-7, 2019
Location: Sorbonne University (Jussieu Campus), Paris, France


More from City as Nature Art Lab:

Forest is the Artist

A Korean forest known as “Gomsil” is having its own art exhibition in Seoul, and the organizer plans to throw the profits into the forest.

City as Nature Festival, Osaka

Join a celebration and a journey through art, music, culture, and environmental landscapes in Osaka’s port-side creative village. シティーズネイチャーフェスティバルは皆のためのお祝いです。自然と水をテーマにした展覧会やトークイベント、ワークショップなどを行うアートフェスティバル。

Color Of Soil and Season

An art-making workshop where participants discover the importance of the billions of individual living beings in the soil as we slowly delicately, and mindfully explore…