Cultivating Stories is an inquiry into the culture of cultivated plants, departing by events in thick time that are impacting the current. Through guided field walks, film screenings, public talks, music and an exhibition, the program opens for questions regarding humans’ relations to cultivated plants are, have been, and could become.
July 10th. Kopparsmedjan (By the Copper Smith’s), Häglinge.
A full-day program with guided field walks, film screenings, music, and public conversations. Coffee, drinks, snacks, and meals are served. A shuttle bus brings the visitors to and from the train station of Sösdala.
11.00 Welcome and presentation of Allkorn
11.15 Field walks with Allkorn, NOrdBruk and Seeds WG EVEC
13.00 Presentation by Seeds WG EVEC
13.45 Panel with Allkorn, Nordbruk, and Seeds WG EVEC
15.00 Screening of the film Cultivated Abundance
16.00 Q&A Åsa Sonjasdotter, Hans Larsson
16.30 Stories and music by and with Mats Edén
About the contributors
Allkorn. The association Allkorn (Common Grains) is since 2004 promoting the cultivation and breeding of locally adapted cereal varieties and other grains for organic cultivation.
Hans Larsson is a plant breeder who practices participatory and evolutionary methods. In 2004, Larsson initiated the association Allkorn, which today has more than 450 members. With base at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp and in collaboration with farmers, Larsson has since the 1990s propagated and bred a variety of locally adapted grain varieties suitable for organic farming.
NOrdBruk is a peasant organization in Sweden working for food sovereignty, sustainable management of the natural resources, and human rights. NOrdBruk is a member of the international peasant movement La Via Campesina.
Seeds Workgroup, The European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) is a European grassroots organization which currently gathers 31 national and regional farmer-, farmworker- and rural organizations based in 21 European countries. ECVC is the regional member of La Vía Campesina, the largest international peasant movement.
Mats Edén is a folk musician on violin and melodeon, and a composer. Since the 1970s, Edén is a prominent figure in the folk music movement in Sweden. Edén will play and tell about how folk music during the national romanticism was brought into the bourgeoisie salons, where it was mainstreamed in a way that can be associated with how the cultivated crops have been adapted to the agriculture-, and food processing-industry.
Åsa Sonjasdotter is an artist and researcher engaging in processes for the rehabilitation and re-narration of livelihood relations. Her film Cultivating Abundance inquires cultures of cultivation and breeding of plants.
September 15, 17 - 18. Malmö Art Museum and Häglinge.
A three-day in-debt program where questions of crops and cultivation are brought into their broader socio-political scope through the format of film screenings, public talks, debates, an exhibition, and a guided field walk.
Cultivating Stories follows the rhythms of grains and takes place where they grow. During the first half of July, the heads of the straws are ripe, and various varieties’ particularities are at their utmost visibility. In September, the fields are harvested, and the straw is tied up on sheaves. The grains are ready to be threshed and ground into flour. It’s soon time for sowing next years’ harvest.
Cultivating Stories is a collaboration between the association Allkorn, the organisation potatoes’ perspective, the People’s Movement for Art Promotion (Konstfrämjandet Skåne), and Malmö Art Museum. Cultivating Stories is funded by the Swedish Arts Council and Region Scania.
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