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NATURE AS INFRASTRUCTURE
The Winter Office
A virtual programme on bruisemagazine.com

November 14 - December 12, 2020
Detailed programme here

The year 2020 has continued to demonstrate the vitality of the artistic scene and the many international dialogues that cross it. We are therefore very happy to launch BRUISE, the new online editorial platform of Triangle - Astérides, on the occasion of our partnership with the programme Nature as Infrastructure, proposed by THE WINTER OFFICE as part of Manifesta 13 - Les Parallèles du Sud.

Initially invited by Wilfrid Almendra to conceive an exhibition and a public programme for Adelaide, The Winter Office chose to create a month-long virtual programme, which will enable many conversations that are essential today to take place in a collective manner.


The Winter Office, Re-wildering Holographic Weeds, No. 2., 2020

Nature as Infrastructure encapsulates the research interests and theoretical underpinnings of The Winter Office, focusing primarily on the relationship between nature, humans and the urban environment. These are at the same time informed by the diverse creative contexts surrounding the initiatives and projects led by the group’s collaboration with SixtyEight Art Institute and Really Simple Syndication Press, both based in Copenhagen.

More specifically, through new artistic connections and contexts, the programme examines how we can re-establish a new connection to nature, rethink a renewal of society, and inspire the design of future public spaces by asking how to reintroduce nature into cities. The initiative presents films, ideas, and conversations from a number of artists and thinkers engaging with the various preoccupations of the group, and examines how the concept of 'Nature as infrastructure' is treated through artistic strategies.

The programme includes artworks by Raul Baltazar, Filip Vest, Madeleine Andersson, Ingrid Book & Carina Hedén, Hugo Hopping, Frans Jacobi and Gitte Sætre, the Living Unliving Surveillance Poet, and THE WINTER OFFICE. A poetry performance by David Lau, as well as conversations with Gitte Juul, Anja Franke, Jeanne Betak, Laure Jaumouillé, Abdessamad El Montassir, and Cédric Fauq. Alongside this there are book discussions on No Safe Space by Peter Brandt led by Aurélia Defrance, and Cerro Point Blanco by Lehman Brothers led by Oscar Salguero. Jeanne Betak also presents Anders Abraham's A New Nature, and the programme closes with a lecture by Jeffrey C. Stewart.

The programme concludes with the launch of a new publication, Nature as Infrastructure published by Really Simple Syndication Press. The text introduces a discussion about the importance of generating higher standards of spatial justice through the design of urban forests and at the same time argues for new roles of citizen participation. This includes ideas for how to create social spaces through forest design which can lead to a new engagement with nature and urban space. The discussion is led by Elzélina Van Melle.

All these facets considered, the Nature As Infrastructure: A Proposition by The Winter Office programme aims to imagine a new role for Nature, not only as infrastructure but also as a catalyst to a discussion on the power of creativity to act as a disaster mitigator. Arguing instead for the distributive potential of an emerging consultant framework led by artists, and that any regeneration project demands new ways of imagining and driving architecture, landscape design, art, and ‘communities of practice’ to form around solutions.

This virtual programme has been organized and curated by Hugo Hopping in close collaboration with Lise Grüner Bertelsen, Camilo Montoya, and Johanna Ferrer Guldager of THE WINTER OFFICE; and through the generous support of Wilfrid Almendra and Aurélia Defrance for Adélaïde and Bruise Magazine; and through an extended collaboration with Christopher Sand-Iversen and Katie Mcdougall of SixtyEight Art Institute; and Céline Kopp of Triangle France - Astérides.

THE WINTER OFFICE is an artistic work group consisting of artists, curators, architects, designers and social scientists founded in 2010 by the American artist Hugo Hopping and the Danish architect/urban planner Johanna Ferrer Guldager.
The Winter Office is involved with various initiatives that express themselves both in art and architecture; and in favor of new uses for social/urban planning and design. To this end, the group seeks challenges in the production of final objects, constructions, research and exhibitions to introduce non-ideal values of spatial justice to raise the quality of the built environment. The group is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

ADELAIDE is a space of exchange and experimentation, where tools and ideas are being shared, and where conversations happen. It is a space of activity, labor, traffic, and generosity. Adelaide is an artist’s run space founded in 2017 by Wilfrid Almendra in Marseille, France.

BRUISE is an online publication space providing visibility for ideas, conversations, experiments, and projects generated outside of traditional exhibition spaces by artists and their associates in dialogue with Triangle - Astérides, centre d’art contemporain in Marseille.
Bruise is an experimental space in close contact with art in the making, reflecting art's radical power to open spaces for imagining new futures. Bruise is informed by a matrix of feminist and critical value systems, that borrows from a zine history, and seeks economies of difference and inclusion with a love for contact, listening ears, and the exchange of ideas.
Graphic design: © Villa Böhnke, 2018.
With support from the CNAP Centre national des arts plastiques (aide à l'édition numérique), Ministère de la Culture, and SUD - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Supported by Région Sud - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and The Danish Arts Foundation.
In partnership with The Winter Office, Adelaide, Atlantis Lumière, and Triangle France - Astérides, as part of Manifesta 13 - Les Parallèles du Sud.