The city as a living organism seminar in Ekenäs!

Welcome to the City as a living organism ART & SCIENCE SEMINAR

– How do we create a holistic urban environment? Seminar about finding a common language.

Ten experts of different areas of Science and Art come together to discuss and work concretely on site. The Experts start already on 27th of May by building a house together. This sketch of a house or ruins will be the base for the next day seminar during which the audience can walk around and listen to lectures.

The seminar will be held in the Atrium of Novia University of Applied Sciences in the city of Ekenäs on 28th of May 2014.

28.05.2014 / Timetable: 10am – 5pm

The seminar starts with each expert giving a presentation about their point of view from the building session on the previous day, and ends with a panel discussion.

During the seminar you can buy refreshments and lunch at the cafeteria. The seminar will be held in English and is free of charge.

In spring 2014, AKU will organize an international transdisciplinary seminar together with the Pro Artibus Foundation and the research- and development institute Aronia at Novia University of Applied Sciences in the town of Ekenäs on the southern coast of Finland.

“City as a living organism”

The idea is to draw a parallel between the human body and a city, and between a city and the idea of a house. Can a town be perceived as a living organism, with its constituent parts corresponding to the functions and organs of the body? Can a city be transformed into a house? If it can, where in that case would certain rooms be? Where should one be able to see outside? How can the urban environment be made more natural?


Structure of the seminar

The seminar is divided into two parts, each lasting one day. The second will be open to the public.

On the first day, we invite the experts to participate in the creation of a work of art, a three-dimensional installation, a house. The second day will begin with presentations of the results of the first day and of the invited experts, followed by a panel discussion.

The house built on the first day will be used as a set for the seminar. Speakers are encouraged to walk inside the house, to refer to its structures or process in their talk. All experts will participate in the construction of the house based on their own approach and interests.

The events of the first day will be filmed, and a short video of the construction will be edited for the next day. The audience will be able to view the edited video in the seminar hall.

Following experts are participating in the seminar:

Ylva Rancken-Lutz (FIN) Sociology, Activist

Thorwald ter Kulve (NL, UK) Product Designer, Maker, Artist

Petri Kuljuntausta (FIN) Sound, Electronic Music, Soundscape/Environmental sound

Mari Krappala (FIN) Art theorist

Leena Kela (FIN) Performance artist

Tellervo Kalleinen (FIN) Artist, acupuncturist

Brad Downey (USA, GER) Artist

Howard Choy (CN, AUS, GER) Feng shui and feng shui architecture,Taijiquan and Qigong

Marco Casagrande (FIN) Architect, environmental artist, biourban theorist


The seminar is organized by AKU- visual acupuncture in collaboration with Pro Artibus and The research- and

development institute Aronia and Novia University of Applied Sciences



PLACE: Novia University of Applied Sciences

Raseborgsvägen 9, 10600 Ekenäs

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