Toca do Coelho is a permaculture farm and creative hub developed by the Konijn collective - a group of artists and performers from the Netherlands with a long history of organizing cultural events. Konjin set up a base in the hills of Algarve, near Alferce, a region that is environmentally degraded due to intensive land use and drought. Here, they fixed up a house, designed a permaculture garden, and built their own irrigation systems. With healthy soil and a diversity of crops, Toca do Coelho contributes to creating a more resilient ecosystem. We spoke to the collective about the vision and ideas that drive this inspiring project.
Toca do Coelho : a collective bringing together art and agriculture in Algarve, Portugal
Designing a sustainable future
Permaculture and Conscious Living at CLOAAT, India
An interview with Patrick Roberts, founder of the Hemp Co-Op “Hempen”
Blending beauty into the icebergs
An interview with environmentalist painter Zaria Forman
Take it to the streets
NEVERCREW’s large scale murals highlight the effect of humans on the natural world
An interview with Jason deCaires Taylor
A delicate balance
Can systems of man and nature co-exist ?
Aloha Bonser-Shaw Photographs an Alternative Community Living Off-Grid in Andalucia
Trees as a living picture
Scenes of Anémomorphose
Visiones del Salto
The Salto de Tequendama (Tequendama Fall) is an iconic place of the Colombian landscape and is part of the collective mind of its inhabitants. The Salto was originally a place of worship for the pre-Hispanic indigenous groups. During past centuries it was one of the most emblematic symbols of the country, before being confined in oblivion for several decades at the end of the twentieth century. It is a very complex place, full of history and legends. It is a place almost impossible to represent, where premises and hypotheses coexist in the middle of an indistinguishable fog.
Jonas Marguet’s Plant-Based Photography and a Note on Biophilia
From the Dutch tulip craze and its resulting Vanitas bouquets to Matisse’s abstract cutouts of his split-Leaf Philodendron, from Georgia O’Keefe’s modernist orchids to Robert Mapplethorpe’s eroticized representations of tulips and calla lilies, plants have occupied a blooming space in the history of art and visual aesthetics. As inherently fluid symbols, the allure of the plant lies partly in its ability to be take on a wide range of meaning: be it political or sensual, transgressive or hedonistic, frivolous or deeply poetic.