Rural Knowledge Workshop
Symposium on Sustainability and Contemporary Art
Central European University Budapest
11-12 April 2007
This guest lecture and workshop by Mari-Aymone Djeribi and Dominic Stevens explores the rural as a site for contemporary art and architecture and discusses the possibilities and challenges of sustainable living. Artist and architect Djeribi and Stevens, coming from Leitrim Ireland, will present the state of the world as they see it and give an insight into their experience of art and sustainable living in a rural context.
They will also present their Rural Lexicon, which they describe as a manifesto for addressing the rural, as well as give an insight into their recent work. A workshop involving a trip to the countryside with Djeribi and Stevens is organised to compare the Irish and Hungarian rural situation in terms of sustainability.
Mari-Aymone Djeribi is an artist who makes artist's books, installations, objects, films and sourdough bread. She founded her publishing company mermaid turbulence (www.mermaidturbulence.com) in 1993. Her work appears in a number of international public collections, most notably the Tate gallery Artists Book Collection, UK and Centre National D'Art George Pompidou, Paris , France.
Dominic Stevens is an award-winning architect. His work has been published internationally (see, for instance, A10 Magazine March-April 2007) and, more importantly he hopes that it has improved the lives of the people that commissioned it. He represented Ireland at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. Having moved to Leitrim in rural Ireland in 1999, Djeribi and Stevens built a timber and strawbale house and they farm with their two small children just under five acres, tending goats, ducks, chickens and trees.
Organised in collaboration with KEK Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre www.kek.org.hu