Electronic Wildertree Wrekshop
Imagine the following scenario: trees have disappeared and waste is scattered all over the planet, a fairly probable future. To prepare for this eventuality, Paul Granjon will lead groups of participants in building robotic trees out of printers, blenders, toys, radios, and other electronic waste. These can by no means replace real trees, but a tree made of e-waste shows that there is life in discarded materials and that imagination is key to survival. Electronic Wildertree Wrekshop invites children and adults to take part, and learn to rebuild nature in order to become the creators of a new race of robotic trees.
The artist will be present during Week 1 only. During Weeks 2 and Week 3, the wrekshop will be run by Museum staff.
Preserve Your Yesterday
Where Dogs Run
Do you want to make sure your favorite song will survive any kind of disaster? Visitors of all ages and abilities are invited to this workshop developed by the collective Where Dogs Run, where they will be taught how to preserve the word “yesterday”—from the Beatles song of the same name—in a glass jar and will then be able to take it home. The workshop expands the ideas explored by the group in the exhibition, but where their installation is largely focused on the future, the workshop is about the importance of the past. Preserve your own Yesterday for personal use with an individually-designed sticker for you to document the date when you did so.
The flora we find scattered unnoticed in cities is a good example of survival against the odds. The innate vitality of plants that can withstand the increasingly unfavorable conditions of the urban environment inspired Anastasia Potemkina to devise workshops around a new kind of urban ikebana. Combining the traditional principles of elegant simplicity highlighted by the natural beauty of the materials used, this new ikebana uses rebellious urban flora such as moss, self-sown trees, and seeds entwined with the landscape underfoot: gravel, asphalt, and tiles. Working in a team and individually, workshop participants will learn to observe the beauty of untamed nature in the urban environment and to bring it to light for others to see.
December 19–22: 16:00–18:00, 18:30–20:30
December 23–24: 11:00–13:00, 13:30–15:30, 16:00–18:00, 18:30–20:30