2011 | Sieben Linden

What would be the artistic language in a sustainable society?

Research Residency at Ecovillage Sieben Linden, Germany

I wanted to find out how the involvement in an intentional community, aspiring towards an exemplary ecological lifestyle, would influence my work. I wanted to know what materials I would use; what actions would feel relevant in this context?

Besides the development of practices according to ecological standards in the use of construction and energy material, the real particularity of this lifestyle turned out to be the specific organisation of social relations. I was struck by how the intention to be a “model” village and the following behaviour would block the development of the project as much as the interference between communitarian aims and a capitalist reality.”

[artist statement Suzan Noesen]