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Walled Ground, a Free Zone for Seedlings / a path is made by walking

Wolvenplein, Utrecht, Nederland
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Walled Ground, a Free Zone for Seedlings / a path is made by walking
an ongoing project by Hans van Lunteren and Ienke Kastelein

In 2016 we started an ecological project in the context of the exhibition Hacking Habitat in and around a former prison downtown the city of Utrecht (NL).
Every first Sunday of the month since we walk the area between the wall and a canal with a group of people engaging in the project. In going we walk the high path along a wall, always in silence – on coming back we share our observations on the growth of plants.
In the end we hope that this will result in a permanent Free Zone for Seedlings, where we as humans interact with other beings in an ecological balance.

On the September 6, 2020 we made a field recording during the walk.

How can a seedling, a symbol of freedom, thrive in a prison where everything is tightly controlled? For Hacking Habitat, Hans van Lunteren and Ienke Kastelein examine this interface between captivity, systems, control and letting go.
We live in a world in which more and more is regulated and controlled. Is there still room for natural, spontaneous development? Can we occupy that space for ourselves? This current, urgent question is posed by Van Lunteren/Kastelein in the ecological project Walled Ground. Seedlings are an expression of freedom in a city where every square meter is occupied. A seedling hacks the city and together with the neighbourhood the artist develops an alternative ‘hack-your-way’-route around the Wolvenplein. By means of a choreographic walk, visitors can experience the interaction between captivity and freedom.
Every Sunday between March and June 2016 , people could join the choreographic walk.

1601235987.Bemuurde Grond sept 2020

CC-BY-NC: Ienke Kastelein

APA style reference

Kastelein, I. (2016). Walled Ground, a Free Zone for Seedlings / a path is made by walking. walk · listen · create.

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A field of activist performance that utilises walking and moving and talking in rural landscapes to address issues of environmental, social or political concern (Jess Allen).

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