Bacteria Love Letters

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Do-it-yourself: plant papermaking and bacterial printing workshop with Wojtek Mejor and Andrew Gryf Paterson

31 October 2015, 6 p.m. LTMKS Project Space Malonioji 6, Malonioji Str. 6, Vilnius


Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association presents the final workshop from “do-it-yourself” series and this time we have invited artists Wojtek Mejor (PL) and Andrew Gryf Paterson (SCO/FI), who as a result of spending time together and taking part in Pixelache 2015 Festival, are starting a new collaborative ambitious project called “Bacterial Love Letters”.

This paper-making and bacterial print workshop will introduce the method of making paper out of plant fibres and charging it with locally grown bacterial cultures! It is a hands-on workshop to explore the mind-boggling combination of paper-making and bacterial fermentation. Apart from learning a practical skill and taking home artefacts in the form of self-made sheets of paper, the participants will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge about wild edible plants, local and foreign traditions of using this often ignored resource.

Imagine you send a message from another part of the world and in it you embed a part of the very culture and environment that is nearby – a bacterial culture. Maybe you can even use it to print a short message. If additionally you produce the paper yourself from scratch out of locally grown materials, that would make quite an impressive postcard wouldn’t it?

Wojtek Mejor is a cultural producer, educator, organizer and activist living in Warsaw. Involved in the cooperative movement, food activism, art workshops, disseminating degrowth theory and community supported agriculture. Member of Dobrze Food Coop, GROWL Degrowth Network, Warsaw Degrowth Group.

Andrew Gryf Paterson is an ‘artist-organiser’, cultural producer, educator and independent researcher. Specialises in developing and leading inter-and trans- disciplinary projects exploring connections between art, digital culture and science, cultural activism, ecological and sustainability movements, cultural heritage and collaborative networks. http://agryfp.info

Wojtek and Andrew are friends since the early Pixelache Helsinki Festival years (2003-) and have been involved together in various related processes. Specifically with a DIWO (Do-it-with-others) style, they have collaborated in the ‘Allotment Games’ (aka Siirtolapuutarhapelit, 2009); contributed to different stages of the ‘Herbologies/Foraging Networks’ programme in Finland, Latvia and Poland (2010-2011), aswell as shared time and experiences at the ‘Coop Camp Tampere: Food-related cooperation’ event in 2012.

Related links to their earlier shared activities and collaborations: http://www.hirvikatu10.net/herbologies/ http://siirtolapuutarhapelit.wikidot.com/ http://www.pixelache.ac/projects/creative-neighbourhood-skills/pages/coop-camp http://www.pixelache.ac/

They will be joined by Arturs Lapka (LV) who is involved with growing hemp at his family farm near Aizpute, Kurzeme, and donated the hemp fibres for the workshop.

This event is organized by Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association in collaboration with Institutio Media and is partly supported by Lithuanian Council For Culture as well as the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.

[1] http://malonioji.lt/en/pasidaryk-pats-popieriaus-gamybos-dirbtuves-su-wojtek-mejor-ir-andrew-gryf-paterson-bakteriju-meiles-laiskai/]