Happy, Healthy Chernobyl
The world is more and more dotted with 'lost landscapes'. These can be found in Superfund sites in the United States, or much of the former industrial landscapes of China and countless places in between. There is a need to develop a toolkit for how to make these legacies of our mistreatment of our planet again accessible.

In recent times, the understanding of how natural systems can be orchestrated to slowly adapt these spaces has made great advances. Simultaneously these spaces are more and more seen not merely as 'no-go zones' but as places of our shared cultural heritage that can be perceived as places of reflection, lessons learned, and opportunities for reinterpretation.

Chernobyl is perhaps THE example of a lost landscape. In the past decades, the landscapes have been managed and danger zones have been caped. How could we 'design' a series of cultural landscape evolutions that allow for visitors, adaptation, and cultural engagement? Could these spaces be test sites for new nature hybrids? Could these places permit installations that speak to the legacies they represent? What forms of co-habitation [plant, animal and human] could now take place in such areas?

The workshop will be based in Kyiv from July 21-28. We will visit the Chernobyl site during the week and will be accompanied by a series of local and international experts. For those wishing to join, this workshop will be an exercise in 'do it yourself' in terms of visa, housing, etc.

It will be lead by Peter Veenstra of LOLA Landscape, Jason Hilgefort of LCC, and Julian Andres Restrepo Molina of TALLER; and co-hosted by the Aformal Academy, CANactions School for Urban Studies, and Urban Curators. The results will be documented and shared in an open source publication that will lead to further research in the area.

If you are looking for new ways of thinking about nature, new models of cultural representation, and new concepts of learning, please find your way to Kyiv on July 21st and we can explore these new layered potentials together. We seek a diverse array of thinkers and skills for this multifaceted series of questions. All with a sense of adventure, open minds, and great ideas are encouraged to join.

Workshop agenda

21.07.18. Opening event 15:00 – 17:00
22.07.18. Workshop 10:00 – 18:00
23.07.18. Workshop 10:00 – 18:00
24.07.18. Workshop 10:00 – 18:00
25.07.18. Trip to Chernobyl 08:00 – 22:00
26.07.18. Workshop 10:00 – 18:00
27.07.18. Workshop 10:00 – 18:00
28.07.18. Workshop 10:00 – 12:00

Open events for all interested (IZONE, Naberezhno-Lugova str., 8):
21.07.18. 15:00 – 17:00
28.07.18. 12:00 – 13.00
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