: Projects2016.10.04 22:24



The More You Give, the Richer You Are


Leaves, flowers, stones are the mediums that make up most of my artworks. All of these are from nature, there is no need to pay for them, and they are truly beautiful materials. Using them gratefully, observing their subtle beauty, seeing the result with my efforts, every time I am in awe of these materials. It helps me to realize each time, that by nature I live a life, full of gifts from all around me.


Happily, I am willing to share these gifts with others with the understanding that, even though made these art works using my hands and a full heart, they're not really 'mine'. Rather, they are gifts from nature. With this mind, I believe I should give them to others as gifts, for I have already received enough joy just from the process of discovering, collecting, and making them.


“The urge to own diminishes as our sense of connectedness and gratitude grows, and we realize that our labor power is not our own, and what I make is not properly mine. Is not my ability to labor, and my life itself, a gift too? In that realization, we desire to give our creations to all that have contributed to our being and granted us the gift of life … the more you give, the richer you are.” – Charles Eisenstein


Through the process of making this work, I decided that it should be a gift exhibition. So, please feel free to take these art works if you like them, and enjoy the beauty of this nature.


I hope you can realize them not as a gift from me, but as a true 'gift' from nature. Please accept and cherish them, and know that you can find more and more of the same by your own sense.



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: Projects2015.10.14 18:27


Solutions for our ecological, economic, and social crises
come from unexpected places
, as two cultural explorers
take us on a journey through Japan, Korea, and the United States,
turning our perceptions of food and life upside down
in an amazingly simple and poetic way.

Final Straw Documentary cast poster (FinalStraw.org | CC BY-SA)

During the process of making this film, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released a report which in no uncertain terms, told the world that we only have 60 years of farming left if we continue our ecologically destructive ways of growing food. Add to this issues like social and economic inequality, resource depletion, and a changing climate that threatens our very existence, and the path forward seems daunting at the least.

So where do we go from here?

Final Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness not only gives us a compelling direction for solving our most critical issues with agriculture and food, but also takes aim at the root of larger issues of social and ecological injustice

From the majestic landscapes and moving original soundtrack, to the deeply insightful interviews with world leaders in the natural farming movement, Final Straw offers viewers a stunning meditative story of age-old ideas about food, ecological connectedness, and personal happiness.

The warm cast of natural farmers, chefs, and teachers together illuminate a brilliant yet maddeningly simple path to sustainability and well being for people and the environment, centered around the philosophies of the late Masanobu Fukuoka and his seminal book One Straw Revolution.

Current-day leaders in the natural farming movement are featured, including Yoshikazu Kawaguchi (Japan), Seonghyun Choi (Korea), and Larry Korn (United States), as well as a dozen others from farmers to chefs to urbanites.

The film is introduced with a delicate and moving hand drawn animated short – created by animator Heeyoung Park, who spent an immersive year with the directors in preparation to draw the first frame – and the film continues with the same deep and attentive vision throughout.

Four years in the making, the film’s Co-Directors Patrick Lydon (Silicon Valley) and Suhee Kang (Seoul, Korea) walked away from their salary jobs to further ways of thinking, working, and living that enable humanity to thrive together with this earth. The result is a film that will leave you inspired, happier, and perhaps even motivated to make a few changes in your own lifestyle.

Final Straw is a seed to grow solutions within ourselves, not only for agricultural issues, but the issues of great ecological and social imbalance that we are experiencing today.


* 다큐 '자연농(Final Straw)'

2014년 12월 유엔식량농업기구(FAO)는 지금의 파괴적인 농업형태를 이어간다면 향후 60년 안에 농사를 지을 수 있는 표토층이 모두 사라지고 말 것이라고 경고했습니다. 이러한 심각한 환경오염을 비롯하여, 자원고갈, 사회적 경제적 불평등과 이로 인한 갈등, 테러와 전쟁의 위험 등 인류는 심각한 위기를 맞이하고 있습니다.

다큐 ‘자연농(Final Straw)’은 조화와 공존, 상생이라는 자연농의 관점을 통해, 농업뿐 아니라 현대사회의 사회적, 생태적 문제들을 두루 풀어나갈 수 있는 실마리를 제공합니다. 자연에 깃들어 평화롭게 살아가는 전세계 자연농 농부들의 행복한 삶을 소개하며, 자연과 단절되어버린 현대인들이 다시 그 연결고리를 이어나갈 수 있는 길을 제시합니다.

손으로 섬세하게 그려낸 애니메이션(박희영 작)을 시작으로, 빛나는 논밭의 풍경과 아름다운 멜로디, 생동감이 살아 있는 등장인물 개개인의 흥미로운 이야기들이 어우러진 64분의 러닝타임은 그 자체로 평온한 쉼과 안식이 됩니다. 나아가 관객들 스스로 우리의 먹을거리와 삶의 터전, 더 나은 미래에 대한 진지한 성찰을 이끌어낼 수 있도록 합니다.

패트릭 라이든과 강수희, 다큐 ‘자연농(Final Straw)’의 저희 두 감독은 이 다큐멘터리가 보다 건강하고, 더욱 행복하며, 자연과 조화를 이루는 미래를 가꾸어가는 씨앗이 되었으면 합니다. 그리하여 관객들의 마음 속에 새싹이 돋고, 꽃이 피고, 열매를 맺길, 그렇게 세상 곳곳에서 작은 변화들이 일어나기를 온 마음으로 기원합니다.


다큐 '자연농(Final Straw)'

http://www.finalstraw.org/


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  1. 약으로 학대해서 키우는것도 부족해서 유전자 조작까지해서 키워대는 시대인데 FTA까지 된 이후로 수입품들 덕분에 가격은 더 떨어져서 국내 농가들이 굉장히 힘들어 졌죠... 그나마 적은 쌀 자급 자족율도 더 떨어지고 있는데 이런 시기에 오히려 자연과 함께하는 농사가 있다니 관심이 많이 가네요... 생산량이 기존과 다르지 않을런지 궁금하구요 생산량이 기존과 크게 다르지 않다면 이런 농사법이 많이 퍼졌으면 좋겠습니다. 빨리 보고싶네요 +_+

    2013.03.17 01:11 신고 [ ADDR : EDIT/ DEL : REPLY ]
    • 덧글 감사해요! 정말 그렇죠.. 너무도 문제점들이 많고, 고쳐나가야 할 점들도 많고요. 앞으로도 저희 다큐에 많은 관심과 응원 부탁드려요 ^.^

      2013.03.18 12:46 신고 [ ADDR : EDIT/ DEL ]

: Projects2015.05.22 03:24

 

 


REALtimeFOOD
23 May - 23 July
at
北加賀屋クリエイティブファーム


events and workshops on

art, food, and nature


with artists in residence

patrick lydon (USA) suhee kang (Korea)


 

You walk into an empty 'restaurant' with no cook, no dinnerware, and no food, and order dinner. The waiter tells you “thank you, please come back in several weeks, after we grow your food.”


This is opening event of REALtimeFOOD, a two month series of community events hosted by Patrick Lydon and Suhee Kang, an ecological artist team who are in Osaka to explore our connections with food and nature in the city. 


All workshops and events are based on「ギフト経済」and include:

  • 'REALtime' dinner

  • urban gardening

  • community eco-art exhibition

  • weekly nature art workshops every Saturday morning

Let's come together to enjoy community, nature & art in the urban garden!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events


15 MAY – 23 JULY

Ongoing Open Garden! Visit us any time to participate!


20 JUNE – 7pm | RealTimeFood Dinner Ordering*

27 JUNE – 10am | Soil Art Workshop

4 JULY – 10am | Flower Art Workshop (part 1)

11 JULY – 10am | Nature Feeling Drawing Workshop

18 JULY – 10am | Flower Art Workshop (part 2)

24 JULY– 5pm | Nature Art Exhibition

7pm | RealTimeFood Dinner Eating

 

Made possible with support from:

Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka


All events are based on「ギフト経済」and open to the public!


Events take place at

第1農園:大阪市住之江区北加賀屋2-4-6

phone: 06-6654-8830

 

 

 

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2013. Jun - Aug 

Megijima, Japan




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2013. Jun - Aug 

Megijima, Japan



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: Projects2013.08.06 15:31

[HUMAN:NATURE] Megijima



Combining technology, art, and social ecology to envision a future for the environment and for local communities.


Both as a process, and as an exhibition, the [HUMAN:NATURE] project is set at the crossroads of environmental study and socially-aware art practice.

In the Summer of 2013, a team of four will spend one month interviewing the 30 families on the island of Megijima, Japan, documenting their stories in connection with the island’s landscape. Through these investigations, and interactions, the project represents a starting point for re-imagining our roles within the vital social and ecological support systems of community and agriculture.


Exhibition Dates

July 20 — August 18
Setouchi International Triennale
MEGI House and Ryusen-So
Megi-cho, Takamatsu, Japan


August 25 — September 8

Aichi Triennale

Aichi University of Arts Museum
Nagoya, Aichi, Japan



Team

Patrick Lydon (USA) – Project Leader; MFA Student, Edinburgh Collge of Art
Suhee Kang (Korea) – Portraits
Johann Barbie (Germany) – Software
Songyi Lee (Korea) – Social Design

with

Professor Isao Suiz (Aichi University of Art), Ross McLean (Edinburgh College of Art), Kei Toh, and Setouchi’s Team Koebi

This project is arranged through a partnership between The University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh College of Art (Scotland), Aichi University of Arts (Japan), with help from the Setouchi International Triennale.


http://pmlydon.com/humannature/



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: Projects2013.06.10 19:01

The Dumulmeori Organic Farm Complex

July 28, 2011, Paldang South Korea

A worker relaxes at Dumulmeori Organic Farm near Seoul, South Korea (photo: Suhee Kang)

A worker relaxes at Dumulmeori Organic Farm near Seoul, South Korea (photo: Suhee Kang)

Dumulmeori Organic Farm, located where the Namhangang and the Bukhangang Rivers meet to form the Han River, is a beautiful slice of nutrient-rich land which has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Government construction in this area began in 1973, when the Paldang Dam was completed and 12,240,000m² of paddy fields and dry fields were submerged along with the destruction of 10,000m²  of ‘vinyl houses’ (green houses made with plastic sheets).

Along with the loss of farmland, troubles for the residents of Paldang – now the source of clean water for the Greater Seoul Metropolitan Area – began during this construction project. The area had already been designated as a ‘Green Belt,’ or development restriction area, in 1971, and was subsequently designated as a Service Water Source Protection Zone in 1975, a Nature Preservation Zone in 1982, and ultimately as a Special Measures Area in 1990.

The regulations eased slightly with the development of semi-agricultural land in 1994, but these developments were hastily carried out with not much thought to impact on the surrounding environment – many recreational facilities were installed with the development – and led to water pollution. As a result, the regulations tightened once again with the designation of Waterside Zones in the area. Throughout all of these steps, proper compensatory measures were never taken for the residents, and their discontent and grievances continued to accumulate.

Over the next several years, however, the residents of Paldang turned what seemed to be divine punishment into opportunity. With the responsibility of protecting their ‘Service Water Source’ and at the same time make a living, they turned to organic farming and urban-rural direct dealing, founding the Center for the Organic Farming Movement in the Paldang Service Water Source Area.

The movement was replete with difficulties in the beginning as the produce-buying public in Seoul and surrounding cities were largely indifferent to organic produce. The movement, however, persevered.

Today approximately 200 small organic family farms supply almost 70% of the demand for environmentally friendly produce in the Greater Seoul Metropolitan Area, the farms maintain an annual revenue of over ₩10 billion KRW ($10 million USD.)

But the residents of the Greater Seoul Metropolitan Area have more to thank Paldang farmers for than just organic produce. Faced with the public opinion against the lifting of the regulations in the area for the last 20 years or so, the organic farmers have acknowledged the necessity of the preservation of the Paldang Service Water Source and argued for the strategic harmony of ‘protecting the water and keeping the local economy alive.’

There is no doubt that the Service Water Source for the Greater Seoul Metropolitan Area enjoys the highest priority among all the water management policies and has received immense investments. During the 13-year span from 1996 to 2008, investments for the improvement of the quality of water of Lake Paldang amounted to 11 billion US dollars.

Paldang Organic Farm, Doomulmeori South Korea (photo: Patrick Lydon)

Paldang Organic Farm, Doomulmeori South Korea (photo: Patrick Lydon)

Today, however, all of the money and efforts that have gone into Lake Paldang stand a very real chance of going to waste if the Four Major Rivers Project is carried out as planned.

The Project area currently includes Lake Paldang and surrounding water resources, although not in terms of securing water and preventing floods. Instead, the Four Rivers Project will replace the organic farm complex on the riverside with outdoor performance stages, picnic areas, exhibition areas, ecological gardens, and lawn parks.
To this day, the Korean Government contends that the organic farming complex is the main culprit behind the pollution of Lake Paldang, yet according to the farmers and independent analysts, the biggest contributor to the pollution is firstly from domestic sewage, and secondly sewage from the land. The proportion of the land used by organic farms in the area as compared to the total land mass is insignificant, and although the organic farmland is close to Lake Paldang – presenting a possibility that its pollution effect might be greater – the government’s label of the farms as the ‘main culprit’ is laughable at best, and scientifically improbable at worst.

The plan to remove the organic farmlands echoes hundreds of other planning mishaps and oversights in the Four Rivers Project, a plan being painted by international activists and planners alike as a full-fledged assault on the environment.

Even according to reports issued by the Korean Ministry of Environment: Land for Sports Activities, Public Recreation Areas, Public Roads, etc. pollute 30-50 times more than other types of land do, not to mention performing stages and exhibition areas to which many people tend to flock. Restaurants and recreational facilities, which have already been increasing in number, will also only increase more due to the influx of people visiting this area for the water-friendly facilities.

Meet the Farmers

Yo-wang ChoiMr. Yo-wang Choi graduated from college, got a job in the city, ran his own business for some time, and came to Dumulmeori to settle down in 2004. In the beginning he came alone without his family and did whatever he had to do to make a living, including working as a hired hand. 2 years later, his wife and 2 children joined him, and now his children are in 6th and 4th grades. His wife still commutes to Seoul and although the commuting is demanding for her, the family are satisfied with the rural life at Dumulmeori. Mr. Choi grows cabbage, kale, and cucumber.

Mr. In-hwan Lim came to Dumulmeori in August 2005, the year he became 40 years old. He had always wanted to return to farming when he got older. He thought if he were to become a farmer anew, he’d better be an organic farmer. He settled down in Dumulmeori, thanks to Mr. Choi’s recommendation. For the first 2 years, Mr. Lim lived with Mr. Choi, learning farming. He also worked as a delivery man at an agricultural cooperative to which other organic farmers belonged.

 

Mr. Gyu-seop Seo settled here in 1999. Mr. Seo would have his fortune told from time to time, and the fortune tellers always told him that he was destined to ‘live with soil.’ In fact, the whole time Mr. Seo was working in the city, he missed the soil. Therefore, to him, Dumulmeori was ideal. Mr. Seo got married and had his 2 daughters ‘Gaeul (Autumn)’ and ‘Haneul (Sky)’ here.

 


Mr. Byeong-in Kim worked as a military officer for close to 10 years, was discharged following an accident, and started working as an auto mechanic. Over the years, Mr. Kim then grew skeptical and pessimistic about competitive society and an increasingly polluted urban environment. After an acquaintance told him about organic farming, Mr. Kim began learning farming in Dumulmeori, working the land every weekend for 1 year in 2003. The next year, he settled down here. He said, “I had seen only people who lived for their own interest, not anyone like these young people here who live sacrificing their own interest. I was mesmerized by them and joined the agricultural cooperative to share my life with them.”

Report from Dumulmeori

A child carries water to the field at Paldang Organic Farm, Doomulmeori, South Korea (photo: Suhee Kang)

A child carries water to the field at Paldang Organic Farm, Doomulmeori, South Korea (photo: Suhee Kang)

Organic farming means not only safe and clean farming, but more importantly healthy relationships with consumers. City dwellers trust Dumulmeori organic farming and deal directly with the organic farmers. Many of them come in person to experience farming and harvesting firsthand and feel nature. In other words, Dumulmeori is land not only of the farmers, but also of the consumers who trust Dumulmeori and cherish it.

In 2009 Dumulmeori farmers filed a suit against the Korean Government, which plans to expropriate the Dumulmeori farmlands for the Four Major Rivers Project, and were awarded a sentence in their favor in February 2011, a victory which stands alone as the only successful case against the South Korean Government regarding opposition to the Four Major Rivers Project.

The celebration was short-lived, however, as Yangpyeong-gun almost immediately appealed. The final decision from the appeals has yet to come, but in the meantime, the Four Rivers Project has continued forcibly. The construction for the Project is expected to begin in early June, right after the farmlands are placed under public trust on May 25th.

Receiving the Government’s compensation and moving to another place is not so easy as it seems. On top of the compensation coming in the form of a low-interest loan granted by the Government, it is nearly impossible to find land comparable to that of Dumulmeori in Gyeonggi-do with the money given to the farmers. Because land prices in Gyeonggi-do are so high, no farmer from Dumulmeori expects to be able to pay back the loan farming on another piece of land.

There is an uncanny tension in Dumulmeori, it is the calm before a storm, and a foreshadowing of the farm’s fate can be witnessed in the adjacent, larger ‘Jo-an-myeon’ Organic Farming Complex

In neighboring Jo-an-myeon, more than 40% of the construction for the Four Rivers Project is finished. Farmers there are experiencing increasing economic hardships because the Government, which promised the Jo-an-myeon farmers alternative farmlands, has so far failed to keep that promise.

Weekend farmers at Paldang Organic Farm, Doomulmeori, South Korea (photo: Patrick Lydon)

Weekend farmers at Paldang Organic Farm, Doomulmeori, South Korea (photo: Patrick Lydon)

“When the Government executes its policy forcibly, there is nothing we, the powerless farmers, can do. If we lie down in front of a backhoe to block it, will they not just lift our bodies out of the way with the backhoe and throw us into detention cells? Of course, after we get out of the detention cells, we will go on working the land and farming. They can take our bodies in custody, but our spirits will not be overcome.”
The farmers, or the ‘site experts’ as some call them, who have experienced this area and nature in person, point out the unrealistic nature of the Four Major Rivers Project point by point.

“As you know, the purpose of the Four Major Rivers development is quadruple: flood prevention, revitalization of the local economy, the securing of sufficient water for use, and the improvement of the quality of water. But it is clear that all of these are a bunch of crap. Local economy? They say that 100,000 jobs will be created because of the public works, don’t they? But just take a look at Buyeo.

There are 1000 farm families on 3300 acres of land. Usually the husband and the wife are the workers in each household, so you can say there are roughly 2000 workers working per day, and if you translate that figure into a year’s time, there are 720,000 local jobs per year. You revitalize agriculture, then the local economy is revitalized. But with the public works, outsiders take all the profits.

And flood prevention? There are no floods here. If this area is flooded, then it means the water level got so high that it spilled over the Paldang Dam. In fact, when damages occur, they occur not so much around the main course as around the tributaries. You have to service those parts, if you want to service anything at all. Lack of water? Here we store 94% even in the driest of seasons.

new government standards show intent to increase the level of water pollution

Improvement of the quality of water? If you build a reservoir, enclosing a body of water with walls, sedimentation occurs, which pollutes water eventually. If you block water there, rotten water flows right to the Paldang Dam, which is fatal to the Service Water Source.”

What the site experts say is proven by the recently amended River Statute Enforcement Ordinance. The Ordinance forbids greenhouses (vinyl houses) and grants permits to mayors and governors of provinces to install floating moorings in order to revitalize water recreation businesses. To the organic farmers who have contributed to the improvement of water quality, the Ordinance makes no sense. Furthermore, they are at a loss of words at the Government’s proposal to “set the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD, water pollution measurement) to 3 ppm by 2020.” With a current reading of 1.5 ppm, essentially the Government intends to increase the level of water pollution.

Paldang Organic Farm, Doomulmeori, South Korea (photo: Suhee Kang)

Paldang Organic Farm, Doomulmeori, South Korea (photo: Suhee Kang)

Restoring a dirty, industrialized riverside is acceptable to many of us, but if you ask the farmers who have settled and stuck around in Dumulmeori, or the city-dwelling volunteers who come out in droves to work the land each weekend, this area of riverside is working perfectly well without government rehabilitation. In this situation, the Government’s stern rule seems quite far from the rest of the world’s idea of “Democracy,” yet the Government of South Korea – democratic though it may call itself – argues necessity and apparently has the upper hand, with seemingly unlimited power to ensure their project is completed without proper local government or citizen input.

Dumulmeori farmers are still holding out this month, but if the courts fail to uphold the farmers rights through the current appeal process, it could mean the end of organic farming in this region, as well as the end of hundreds of miles of natural rivers and lush riparian corridors.

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Report and Photos: Suhee Kang and Patrick Lydon
Translation: Taekyun Chung

http://sociecity.com/rethink/south-koreas-four-rivers-project

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