About 'The Land Foundation'
'The Land' has evolved after its first one year project and last year became 'The Land Foundation'. The Land Foundation is a platform of and for social engagement, experimental alternative education at the intersection of debate, and holistic learning. It is aiming to promote and support art and culture, natural farming and self-knowledge through Vipassana meditation. Its activities emphasise education, discussion of ideas, and knowledge-sharing." (www.thelandfoundation.org)
I am taking part as a part-time participant in One Year Project 2 with 'The Land Foundation'.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Does this mean a chance for a new thinking to emerge that is based on a different set of values? More in tune to compassion and nature and others? We'll have to wait and see I guess.
I have been back in Dublin now for 2 weeks and am settling back into my life here with a busy schedule ahead. I have a residency starting in airfield trust in November http://www.airfield.ie/arts_page.htm.
My collaborative project with South African artist Ralph Borland 'Tac tic" (www.tacticproject.blogspot.com) has an incubation period in Dublin's The Lab' art space and I have an exhibition with "Trespass" (www.trespass-trespass.blogspot.com) here in Dublin in February 2009.
Laters. Seoidin x
Friday, October 10, 2008
"จากที่นาสู่สยามสแควร์ " โดย ส่วนหนึ่งของศิลปินที่ร่วมใช้ชี
เปิดวัน ศุกร์ 17 ตุลาคม 2551, 19 น. - 22 น. ที่ไวท์สเปซ แกลเลอรี่ สยามสแควร์
"FROM THE LAND TO SIAM SQAURE"by part of One Year Project Residency Program The Land Foundation's Artists One Year Project 2 at the Land Foundation
Opening Friday 17th October 2008, 7-10 pm at Whitespace gallery Siam Square
An exhibition of both Thai and International artists participating in the One-Year Project 2 residency program at the land foundation. From
the land to Siam Square explores the varied perspectives of 11 visual artists inspired by the land. Each artist investigates how the
ethos of the land relates to the urbanization of Siam Square. This common thread weaves throughout this multidisciplinary exhibition
comprised of a variety of works from photographs, videos, and installations to conceptual works, books and sound.
1.Alexander F.Wang (U.S.A.)
2.Rashanna Rashied Walker (U.S.A)
3.Panomporn Choosak (Thailand)
4.Ulrika Jansson (Sweden)
5.Seoidin O'Sullivan (Ireland)
6.Komol Kongcharoen (Thailand)
7.Pitt Martliam (Thailand)
8.Aoife Desmond (Ireland)
9.Sorasak Seangow (Thailand)
10.Marius Notvik (Norway)
11.David Doyle (Australia)
Room #260, 2nd Floor, Lido Bldg.
Siam Square Soi 3, Rama 1 Rd.
Pathumwan, Bkk 10330. Thailand
tu we th fr 13:00-19:00
sa su 11:30-20:00
or by appointment
for more info pls contact
T +66(0) 2252 2900 EXT 315
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
We, the One Year Project 2 Participants at The Land Foundation are all busy preparing for a show opening on Tuesday evening at Minimal Gallery in Chaing Mai. Irish artist Aoife Desmond and myself are going to be presenting new work from our collaborative project 'Trespass'. Trespass investigates the different issues around land use and ownership in Urban environments through lens based documentation and performative actions. Together we map and intervene in disused urban space that through neglect has become wilderness. Through 'Trespass' we research and reveal the delicate balance between nature and the the built environments of cities.
So better get back to art making now . . tick tock tick tock.
Here are some images of Trespass work at Minimal:
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Mobile Rice Seed Bank Project Proposal
Artists: Seoidin O'Sullivan and Suwan Laimanee
Proposal: We propose to build 'A Mobile Rice Seed Bank' that will be parked at 'The Land'. This Mobile Seed Bank will be able to be cycled to nearby farms and villages in and around 'The Land.' It will act as a point of information on the necessity of 'seed saving'. It will provide information on the different seed varieties and also act as a distribution point for genetic rice seed varieties initially (This can later include other varities of food and vegetable seed).
It is also a point at which people can seed swap, it will be an interactive community installation to encourage the sharing of local rice seed varieties. It is about returning variety conservation to communities to strengthen the work of seed saving and protection and to help to return seed banks to their original purpose. 'being that of a back up for existing in situ conservation by farmers' (www.greennet.or)
Rice is the staple food for a large part of the world's population. The Thai government lead the way in Asia with its decision to stop field trials of GM crops in 2001. The agriculture ministry was ordered to withdraw approval for the trials to protect farmers, biodiversity and the environment from genetic pollution.'(the guardian, wednesday april 18, 2001) This year (2008) has seen an increase in the price of Rice due the current fuel crisis. Rice prices are expected to continue to increase. This project offers a small solution for future direction for local farmers. Rice demand recently outstripped supply. With the increase in urbanisation has come an increase in the demand for meat production, rice fields are being converted into places for live stock. There is a large knock on effect ocurring. Severe weather across Asia has also damaged production.With this project we wish to offer an alternative. This project encourages the sharing of resources and information, it is also about localisation . The economic and social impacts of this food crisis are having an impact on the livelihoods of poor farmers and communities.
b. Nils Norman, 1999. "The Gerard Winstanley Radical Gardening Space Reclamation Mobile Field Center and Weather Station Prototype (NYC Chapter)
c. Mobile service vehicles in Chaing Mai, September 2008.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Artist Statement on Climate Change for The Land Foundation: Seoidin O'SullivanClimate Change
Climate Change is the human race finally comprehending the impact our modern livelihoods and lifestyles are having on our natural environment. It is an opportunity for a large, collective realisation that some of our modern life choices and ways of living have a destructive effect on ourselves, our communities, other countries(usually poorer nations suffer the worst health consequences) and our planet. This knowing is not new. Many wise people have warned us about this over the last 100 years or more(see Silent Spring, Rachel Carson and The One Straw Revolution,Masanobu Fukuoka), but unfortunately we did not listen. Climate change is the environmental crisis reaching such a logger-head that the evidence can no longer be hidden or the truth denied. Averting or even slowing down Climate Change may seem like a daunting task, but many inspiring small-scale local projects all over the world give evidence that other ways of living and being are indeed possible. In order to address Climate Change we need to make lasting connections between the political, environmental, socio-economic and cultural facets of our lives. We need to comprehend that we all have a shared responsibility to bring about the necessary changes so that together we can set a new direction towards a more sustainable planet that works with and has a deep respect for nature.
Climate Change is a cultural as well as an environmental challenge. The Arts community globally (like so many other professional and business industries) has been very slow to even acknowledge climate change. Through cross disciplinary dialogues and the sharing of information and knowledge, we have the opportunity to creatively address and discover how this challenge can be met with solutions that will make a better world possible now and for the future.