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Kasvitaide / Kasvitiede (Plant Art / Plant Science)



A week of events celebrating spring, plants, gardening and art! April 17 – 22, 2014 at Hirvitalo. Hirvikatu 10, Tampere, Finland. Jodie Baltazar (Poland / US), will lead a series of events, workshop as well as share presentations, food, and films devoted to the art and science of plants and social space. We’ll make art using plants, learn all about soil and compost and talk about Hirvitalo’s 2014 garden. Additionally, on Saturday, Jodie will also share the work she has done in Warsaw, Poland on themes of community gardening, foraging, map-making, and composting. Plus, she’ll screen some interesting films she’s made over the past few years!



Under the influence of Spring (and inspiration from rituals around the world), we’ll collect materials and make costumes and sculptures using plants and other natural materials (like rope and fabrics).

Thursday April 17 18.00

Talk about ideas and get inspiration from each other as well as from historical festivals in Europe and Africa. Jodie has an interesting collection of books to inspire us! She will also show off her latest experiments, using kombucha as a building material.

Friday April 18 14.00 – 18.00

Collect materials and make stuff!


Join us for a meal and conversation about socio-ecological projects in Warsaw, Poland. Jodie will also screen animated and documentary films which she made.

Saturday April 19

17.00 – Dinner

18.00 – Presentation. Jodie will present various projects she has initiated since 2011, including:

  • “Jadalnia Warszawa” (Warsaw Diner), in which she and partner Paulina Jeziorek mapped Warsaw for wild edible foods, and used it to harvest and preserve fruit.
  • “Soil Garden Project” and “Kompostowisko” in which she has collected and composted over 30,000 liters of waste from green markets and households since 2012

20.00 – Films. Jodie will screen the following films:

  • “Unfortunate Astronaut”, animation, 1 min. A human traveler to a humanless planet does his best to destroy what lives there.
  • “Hair Monster” animation, 1 min. A boy’s haircut launches a reflection on childhood, nature… and hair
  • ·       “Wildman” live action /animation. 12 min. An adolescent boy participates in a grim dystopian children’s game to hunt down a mythical man-beast.
  • ·       “Replika Repliki” documentary/ animation. 8.45 min. A film made in the yard of a Warsaw apartment block in 1974 is reshot from the same angle in 2012. We see how differently the space is used today.
  • “Black Stork White Stork” documentary, 43 min. Ethnographic documentary film that follows an aging misfit bachelor as he negotiates his status in a world changed by nature conservation and the loss of traditional farming and forestry in Poland’s Białowieża Forest. Co-creator anthropologist Eunice Blavascunas.


Plant Science – Soil and Compost Workshop

In the process of re-building a compost bin in Hirvitalo’s yard, we will learn about soil biology, soil structure, and how composting works.

Monday April 21 14.00-17.00

First we will assess the Hirvitalo compost bins. What is happening there? How can we fix them? The focus will be on the BIG compost bin. We’ll make a plan and re-make it. During the process we will:

1 – Learn how to recognize composting problems and how to fix them

2 – Collect various organic materials to compost and discuss the benefits of each

3 – Analyze compost inputs “Browns” vs “Greens” and how to recognize

4 – Show how to mix materials in the proper proportion and how to layer the materials

5 – Discuss the cycles of composting and how to recognize them

6 – Search for and add various weeds and discuss what nutrients they can add to compost

Tuesday April 22 14.00-17.00

Today we will continue to rebuild the Hirvitalo compost bin. We will also focus on the soil in the Hirvitalo garden and do the following:

  • Examine what plants/weeds are growing naturally — what might that tell us about the soil?
  • Examine soil for large animals such as worms, millipedes, centipedes, beetles, spiders, springtails, slugs, snails by digging a hole and examining what we find and what it means
  • Test soil for texture (amount of sand, clay, and silt) — immediate results
  • Test soil for structure (by looking at it) — immediate results

Tuesday April 22 18.00

We will discuss the plans for Hirvitalo’s 2014 garden including such issues as: what and when and where to plant. Perhaps, weather permitting, we can also plant some early vegetables and herbs!

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