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PARTICIPATIVE GARDEN PROJECT BY MIRKO NIKOLIĆ AT ECOISMI 2012
WITH ASSISTANCE OF IL FOLLETTO VERDE AND WITH HELP OF 17 GARDENER/MAPPERS

JUNE 2, 2012

POLICY-MAKING FOR WEEDING

Together with gardener/mapper Corina Findeisen, we have carried out the first action of weeding by hand. In the process, some unexpectedly significant queries came up. After merely a week of the Garden Map's life, I have already been confronted with an ethical dilemma I have discussed with Hans De Wolf, one of the Ecoismi 2012 artists. We wondered about sociopolitical implications of deciding to expel certain plants from the garden, or, simply said, about weeding, that fundamental gardening and horticultural activity. This question assumes much more emphasis by the fact that this garden is a polis, or at least, a visualisation of a city.

My opinion is that there are certainly ways how to integrate selvatic cultures, like grass, with the ones we planted, with begonias, tagetes and others. Without doubt, their ways of living in common will result a little bit complicated, but it is necessary to explore them, and to practice them. For this reason, I am greatly enthusiastic about liminal areas of the Garden Map, there where the city ends. It will be curious to watch how they will develop, with the collaboration of gardener/mappers.

One question springs into my mind: what would the plants/citizens say about these cohabitation styles in a participative garden democracy?

Begonias with a couple of newcomers.
A strip of grass along the eastern side of Viale Europa. Inches away, a flowerbed of begonias. Two very different lifestyles in the same neighbourhood.
Peripheric zones at the corner where Via Cristoforo Colombo and Via Marconi meet.
Spontaneous grass growth in the river Adda's basin.
As usually, grass is a staunch follower of railway tracks.
A view from the river on Via Q. D'Avona residential neighbourhoods.

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