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Welcome, Not Welcome - by Alvaro Urbano. If you manage to get past the doors, you are warmly welcomed to Festival of Future Nows, tonight at Hamburgers Bahnhof, Berlin.

What Goes Down (And Must Come Up) by Euan Williams, one of the many artists participating in Festival of Future Nows opening tonight at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. Come join us!

Tomorrow is going to be incredibly exciting! Festival of Future Nows opens at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin with more than 100 participating artists affiliated with Institut für Raumexperimente. Performances and interventions throughout the weekend. Join us tomorrow evening!

In collaboration with National Geographic, TBA21–Academy team discovered glowing red and green biofluorescent shells in Hawksbill turtles - a critically endangered species – during an expedition to the Solomon Islands in August.

Over the past two decades, the sea has slowly crept into human geography. Together with colleagues in the emergent field of critical ocean geography, we have been making the argument, time and again, that geography has historically been a land-locked and terra-centric project. Geography is earth-writing, and earthlessness has been taken very literally in shaping the spaces in which geographical study has taken place. As we have been arguing, new geographical knowledge can be unearthed when thinking from the sea [...] Subjects, objects, knowledges, and forces – seafarers, migrants, offshore protesters, fishermen (and women), naval officers, fish, ships, fossil fuels consumer goods laws, current, and infrastructures have all featured in the numerous publications that now pay attention to life at sea.

– Kimberley Peters and Philip Steinberg, p.28. Allan Sekula: OKEANOS, the sea-themed book on the late U.S. photographer published by TBA21. For his work Fish Story he spent 7 years photographic harbours and port cities around the world

Drawdown - 100 most substantive solutions to global warming: Marine Permaculture :
Reversing global warming by restoring the primary production of oceans, using kelp and other seaweeds. Primary production is the creation of organic compounds from carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. Oceans face a dire situation. They absorb half of the carbon dioxide recaptured from the atmosphere, which causes acidification, and over 90 percent of the heat from global warming. Ocean deserts are expanding. Marine life in subtropical waters can be saved with thousands of new kelp forests—what is called marine permaculture.The key technology involves marine permaculture arrays (MPAs), lightweight latticed structures roughly half a square mile in size, submerged 80 feet below sea level, to which kelp can attach. Attached buoys rise and fall with the waves, powering pumps that bring up colder, nutrient-rich waters from far below. Kelp soak up the nutrients and grow, establishing a trophic pyramid rich in plant and animal life.

Cooking with seaweed in the studio kitchen
Studio Kitchen Instagram

What are the alternative sites of modernity, we may then ask, connected to the oceanic space that we need to reclaim and can reclaim only if we finally give up the notion of the phenomenological void of the ocean? And finally: what does the relationship to water, to the riverine, the estuary, the oceanic bring us? What zones of relationality does it establish? How can water be seen as a hyperlink, as a connection, as a network of
connected thinking along geopolitical fault lines? What does the ocean want to tell us?

From Not just a Fish Story by Daniela Zyman, on Allan Sekula's essay-film The Forgotten Space p. 29 Allan Sekula: OKEANOS, the sea-themed book on the late U.S. photographer published by TBA21.

Clip from Skop's film "Temporal Lineation"

Artists Francisco Regalado, former studio-member and Benjamin Skop, close studio-collaborator, are presenting viewers with interpretations of the deconstruction of movement. Benjamin Skop presents a study of the abstraction of the human body into a self-developed movement classification system RAAP (Right Angled Arm Positions), whereas Francisco Regalado’s work relies heavily on digital tools to translate the approximately 0.70-second movement of a skateboard in space into a physically manifested sculpture on the gallery floor. www.on-movement.com

Festival of Future Nows is a marathon remedy for apathy and dissociation, taking place at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin next week, 14–17 September. More than a hundred artists associated with the Institut will be presenting works, interventions and performances for four intense days at the museum, looking to the future, being the future now Institute für Raumexperimente

Little Sun Diamond

The 5 years of Institute für Raumexperimente seen through its archive footage
Movements Are Facts: A film by Natascha Mendonca www.soe.tv

To mark Little Sun's 5th anniversary, I have created a new Little Sun - it's a work of art and is called Little Sun Diamond! My work in general is about potential, about turning thinking into doing. With Little Sun Diamond, you can harvest the sunlight during the day and illuminate your night with it. In doing so, you can help us deliver clean energy to areas of the world without access to power. The Little Sun Diamond has a faceted, crystalline lens and comes with a stand, so that you can choose whether to use it as a table lamp or as a small glowing sculpture in your art collection.
Get yours on Little Sun

Little Sun

designboom (DB): what drives your continued interest in working with light?

olafur eliasson (OE): we take light for granted when we can turn it on with a switch whenever we want to, but light has an incredible effect on everything we do and how we do it. in my artworks dealing with light, I am interested in making people aware of the significance of their surroundings, heightening their perceptions. little sun builds on this, in that it deals with the role light plays in perpetuating structural disadvantages.

DB: as an artist and designer, how do social and environmental conditions and affect your creative thinking?

OE: I would say that social and environmental conditions are not external to creativity. creativity is in fact not an isolated formal exercise but one which plays an integral part in the processes of our world. the essence of success in designing something comes from the consequences that the design has in the world. social and environmental conditions are never separated from creative activity.

DB: what lies at the core of little sun’s mission, and why is this initiative so important to you?

OE: little sun’s mission is about spreading energy access for all. there are 1.1 billion people around the world who do not have ready access to electricity. imagine that. not having light affects everything you do – a child who does not have light cannot read or study in the evening, doctors cannot make house calls to deliver babies, people have to stop working once it gets dark.

This is a great structural disadvantage, which I believe we need to correct. many people use kerosene lamps or candles instead, and these have adverse effects on their health and on air quality. it’s also tied to the un sustainable development goals, specifically to decreasing poverty, expanding access to quality education, improving gender equality, providing affordable and clean energy, and protecting the environment.

Read full interview on Designboom

"I am very happy to get my solar lantern. My ambition to study has increased and I know this will make me be a doctor someday. My home is full of light every night. I used to sleep around 19.30, but nowadays I sleep around 21.30 after studying. The happiest moment is when I see my mother being able to do some other home chores at night unlike before I got the solar lantern." Abdillah (8) is one of the first children in Tanzania to receive Little Sun Diamond. As always, every Little Sun Diamond sold on grid delivers one Little Sun to an African community without electricity at a local affordable price. Little Sun

Cumulative CO2 emissions since 1960 - another powerful visualization by Antti Lipponen. Giving climate change a shape helps us understand it emotionally, turning abstract data into felt feeling.

The Little Sun Foundation's core mission is to deliver solar energy to children who live without access to electricity and to refugees and internally displaced persons. Furthermore, we provide educational programmes and free workshop materials that raise awareness of the importance of energy access and solar energy

Your making things explicit, 2009
Speaking with physicist Lene Hau, who is able to stop light between super cold atom clouds, later today @drkoncerthuset @carlsbergfondet

Tor Nörretranders and Olafur Eliasson in conversation, from the book; Light! On light in life and the life in light

O: We are at Eremitagen, the hunting lodge, looking across the Deer Park, We can see that the trees further away are shrouded in a little more mist than the ones closer to us. The closest tree is completely out of the mist. The size of the tree in relation to the landscape tells us how far away it is. We can just make out the horizon; or rather, we can tell that we cannot see the horizon, because it is lost in the mist.

The mist gives the light a kind of density, rendering it slightly indistinct. By looking at the light falling on the mist, I can read the depth of the space in front of me. The light tht we normally see as something intangible thus becomes material. I often use this in my works. By adding a little bit of haze, I can make the light explicit. I can turn it into an object for investigation.

Contexts in which we use our bodies and our capacity to see our bodies and our capacity to see light in order to measure and navigate the space around us interests me greatly. There are many contexts in which we do this, perhaps unconsciously.

If we measure our surroundings in the Deer Park in relation to our bodies, we get a sense of scale. If we know what scale we are in, we also know just where we are. When we know where we are, we have a sense of being, or presence, that we do not have if we have no feel for our place in the surroundings. "Now I am breathing, now my foot is touching the ground", and so on. That is to say: when we look at the light and reflect on it, we are actually looking at ourselves.

By walking we introduce time and motion. The resulting three-dimensionality revealed that one tree was much bigger than the other. What is interesting is again the question of how we locate our bodies in space: we extend our bodies into the landscape, we become part of the landscape. The topography becomes embodies, you might say, and all of a sudden I can see: "Wow! Here I am in relation to my surroundings."

I think the English garden is exciting because it isn't axial and militaristic in the three-dimensional sense. The Deer Park isn't a proper English garden, I know, but it still has some very romantic elements: we can easily get a bit lost, a feeling that demands a high degree of movement from us if we're to reestablish our navigational ability. It invokes the physical.

T: The Deer Park was laid out on a scale which was all about kings on horseback or people on foot. Everything was determined by the capacity of a horse or a human to move within this scale. The body feels this immediately. There is always sufficient variety in the detail that you pass to give you the sense that you are moving. It's not like crossing a vast plain where you don't feel you are getting anywhere. But it is still open enough for you not to feel that you are trapped in a belljar. If you were walking through a dense forest, you would feel you weren't getting anywhere because everywhere was the same. You would be able never to see more than three metres ahead, and your sense of motion would disappear. This piece of maintained landscape, this park, this forest-like park has been laid out precisely in order to make us feel we are moving nimbly and briskly because its scales all engender physical experience.

O: We can use haziness to judge distance, but we can also use clear weather with respect to mountains: the further away they are, the bluer they get. We unconsciously use these cues or signs for reading the scenery, just as we use shadows if there are any.

The relationship between me and the space I experience and perceive is a relationship that derives from my capacity for survival. The ability of our biological apparatus to read our space of action reflects huge inscrutable wisdom or sophistication on our part.

However, the technologies we are developing mean that we are the ones who light or create space in urban settings: the entire civilization process replaces the natural wilds with a world we have created and designed. We replace unregulated information-rich nature with something rather more predictable.

If we do not understand light, we won't be able to create any decent light. So our ability to read all the subtle little ways in which we judge distance is important. We haven't organized our urban spaces in ways that enable us to do this: we just don't have the same number of scales to go by. In the Deer Park there's the scale of leaves, the scale of the trees, and the scale of the landscape: there are so many things at once that enable us to see the scale. In urban spaces you usually have the scale of the surfaces of the buildings and the scale of the quarter they are in, and that is that. As a result you lose your sense of scale.