Justin Langlois and Holly Schmidt will share their research into the creation of The Floating School, a multi-year artist-led research, production, and programming initiative that will explore retreat as both a theoretical and methodological proposition. From its physical infrastructure to its curricular framework, The Floating School will examine retreat as necessary indulgence, retreat as long-term strategy, and retreat as active movement in an opposite direction.
From May 1st to November 30, 2011, Other Sights for Artists’ Projects presented Grow, a project by Vancouver artist Holly Schmidt. Grow was a public art project, teaching tool and creative laboratory for ecological and social sustainability practices. Situated in Vancouver’s Olympic Village, which was intended as a model for sustainable development but surrounded by much debate; this project brought together different interest groups, creative practitioners and publics to address issues of ecological and social sustainability.
Last summer, residents of Vancouver’s Southeast False Creek neighborhood were drawn into an unusual artistic experiment. On a vacant lot littered with the rusty remnants of the neighborhood’s industrial past, artist Holly Schmidt led volunteers in designing, building, planting,and harvesting a thriving container garden.
The Grow Project and the Bulkhead Urban Agriculture Lab began germinating long before the first seeds were sown and ended long after the harvesting of carrots, mustards greens, pumpkins, and other crops. A concatenation of performance art, sculpture, social practice and still unnamed forms of emergent creativity, Grow was a year-long event that took up sustainability and knowledge exchange as a fluid process of gardening, workshops, walks and other public events…
It may not have been the nadir of my dimness, but it was certainly the most twitlike thing I did last weekend. Believing the end time was the start time, I arrived at the Grow project’s mason-bee workshop three hours late, just after the participants had left. Still, the enthusiasm of artist Holly Schmidt and landscape architecture student Chloe Bennett shone on undiminished. Standing in the middle of what’s been dubbed the “Bulkhead Urban Agriculture Lab”, a public-art project on the south shore of False Creek, just west of the Olympic Village, they generously shared their knowledge and insights.
Grow was a public art project situated on the periphery of the Olympic Village in South East False Creek, Vancouver. As part of the Grow project, The Bulkhead Urban Agriculture Lab was an intervention into the last remaining section of undeveloped seawall on the south side of False Creek. Responding to the industrial remnants in this vacant lot, the project posed different solutions for growing food in a post-industrial landscape while creating an informal social space for the sharing of knowledge and ideas.