An introduction to the poster as an artistic contribution.
The Sympoiesis Garden
On gardening together as an artistic practice
The edition of Fall 2023 Forum+ holds a poster between her pages, it is a map into the The Sympoiesis Garden, the artistic research project on starting up a community garden in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. We have made this poster together: Maren Rommerskirchen, Kristina Fekete, Lotte De Voeght and me Eline De Clercq for this edition of Forum+ on the art school as an ecosystem. The poster captures a moment in the making off this garden by more than human species who all play a role in the ecosystem of the Academy. The Sympoiesis Garden is a project in the care of the research group Art & Ecology, and the ideas and methodology fit within the mycelium of an old and new network by artists who engage with nature. This poster is a map into the garden, a path into the research, a string figure in gardening and a S.F. for artistic practices we’re happy to share with the readers of Forum+.
In September 2022, Eline De Clercq started a community garden together with students and artists at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. The Sympoiesis Garden is a three-year artistic research project on art and ecology and functions as a non-formal learning environment about climate change, gender norms, decolonisation and intersectionalism. The text for the poster is written similar to a garden, with patches of words and a path for the reader to enter the project.
Keywords: art and ecology, community garden, climate change, intersectional practices
Eline De Clercq (she / her) is a visual artist working at the intersection of gender, lesbian identity and ecology. Eline uses gardening as part of a wide artistic practice. In the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp she initiated the artistic research The Sympoiesis Garden.
Format: B2 (500 x 707 mm), folded into B5
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