Farming Pollution Premiere during the Opening of Toegepast, in Z33 Hasselt.
For the 7th Design Triennial in Flanders we are invited from curator Kurt Van Belleghem to exhibit our latest developments in the Farming Pollution System. We will show a visualization of how the application could be implemented in small urban spaces.
Conflict & Nature: Farming Pollution System, a landscape strategy for soil contaminaton.
14th December 2013 – 2nd March, 2014
@ C-Mine 12, Genk (BE).
More info : http://www.conflictanddesign.be/
‘IT’S ALL IN THE AIR’ is an exhibition for young designers organized by Design Platform Limburg and Z33 Art Center. For this 18th edition, Toegepast gathers six young designers. I will present Farming Pollution Movie is a work that might seems dreamy, but more than ever, it stand with both feet in reality. The movie focuses on interesting social problems connected with soil pollution revealing hidden values of a region exploited by industries.
Other participants: Mats Horbach, Henry Baumann, Pieter-Jan Peter, Mattijs Brands, Isa Tez.
From 12/10/2013 to 19/01/2014
Water Remediation experiments. The same contaminated water has been in contact with a different amount of healing microorganisms. It’s interesting to see this empirical reaction… the color gives an idea of what is happening: In the green bucket, for instance, we sow algae growing. A clear sign that life is happening!
Visualizations of our landscape concept for cleaning up soil contamination in residential areas with a range of specific willlows.
After the start with Creative Class, the Farming Pollution System is in progress during the Sustainable Bootcamp, a training program that supports the realization of ideas towards an entrepreneurial approach. Together with a team of experts, we are developing a system that mix business, scientific development and social service for the definition of a new strategy to clean soil pollution in small residential areas. This concept is developed after having understood that many landowners are neglected from the possibility to clean their proprieties due to high price of traditional methodologies.
We believe that soon research on phytoremediation will be applied in the real world by combining bottom-up local efforts with top-down institutional development. In order to define a scenario we use an interdisciplinary approach that combines expertises of designers, scientists, engineers and civil services.
If you are Italian, and you happen to walk along the streets of Genk (BE) , you would notice that there are many familiar faces around you. The city , which I firstly get know during the last edition of Manifesta, has an high percentage of Italian emigrants that came here during the 2oth century looking for a stable work. I had the possibility to hear the story of Luciano Furia, born in Tuscany in 1933 and, only eighteen years old, moved here for working in the Waterschei mine complex. The “Mina” (how they used to call it) has been everything for these people. As he showed to me, Luciano’s working permit has changed from B (working under the soil level) to A ( work on the surface) only after four years of hard work.
Since many years after the retirement Luciano had health problems derived from coal exposoure, today this disaese constricts him to live at home close to its oxygen mask. Among his companions Luciano is one of the last people survived, many of them, died by intoxication and tumors. This story make me reflect about the importance of our environment and how it could affect our society.