Artists, scientists, cultural heritage professionals and all interested, joined in an international seminar workshop at the Interdisciplinary Arts Centre SERDE in Aizpute, Kurzeme (Courland) region of Western Latvia.
The event brought together persons from various disciplines--arts, design, science, heritage--to share and explore practices and methods of ‘doing it with others’ (D.I.W.O.), as well as collaborative documentation and representational strategies including online platforms (e.g. Etherpad, Google Picasa, Booki). Each invited participant was asked to prepare a short presentation, and also if they wished, to propose a practical sharing session (1-2 hrs, demonstration of practice, ideally participatory and not so formal, inviting others present to be involved in practice). So among our suggestions included: fermentation and energy processes; rocket-stove from tin-cans; mini-museum building; and starting a food-club.
The others attending were asked to take roles to assist in documenting the entire process. Consideration was made on how to present practices to various audiences. The collective-documentation 'ad-hoc team' approach is based on experience the organizers had in the Herbologies/Foraging Networks Kurzeme Expedition and also the Duisburg-Ruhrort ISEA documentation workshop, both from summer 2010. For more information: http://herbologies-foraging.net/activities/
The workshop-seminar is the part of M4m project. M4m is an artistic mobility programme facilitating encounters, exchange and common work between emerging artists and professionals from the creative and cultural world taking part in the different steps of an art production, in order to professionalize this young generation by working on several European projects requiring a transdisciplinary experience. For more information: http://www.emobility.pro/
The workshop is incorporated into the Pixelversity 2012 outreach and educational programme, under theme of open design, crafts & manufacturing: http://pixelache.ac/helsinki/pixelversity/programme-2012/