EXPERIMENTS FOR RESILIENT AGRICULTURE
Welcome to Regenerative Energy Communities! Based in Växjö, Sweden, this project explores how current energy paradigms can be challenged by energy approaches that work with agroecology and regenerative agriculture's central commitment of not only maintaining but actively reviving and enhancing the health and resilience of local ecosystems.
Funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, the project engages members of the public interested in the crucial problems of contemporary energy practices through creative, community-inspired experiments with alternative approaches to energy provision. This can include local farmers, growers and energy enthusiasts, but also anyone interested in collectively exploring what possible forms a regenerative energy practice might take.
Through a number of events, Energy and Agriculture Open Labs, podcast series (coming soon!), and free to replicate small-scale prototypes, we hope to collectively experiment with and share a range of regenerative energy practices, concepts and principles able to generate new and challenging perspectives on energy provision aimed at supporting socioecological transformation.
ENERGY + AGRICULTURE OPEN LAB
Anyone interested in engaging with issues of alternative energy and farming are welcome to visit our regular Energy + Agriculture Open Labs in Växjö, Sweden. Running approximately once a month (normally on a Tuesday from 15:00-18:00), the open lab is a place for discussion, questions and hands-on tinkering and sharing of ideas around alternative approaches to energy and agriculture. See the calendar for upcoming dates.
Outside of the scheduled open labs we also very much welcome visits to our studio space for learning more about the project and exploring ideas on enery and agriculture together. If you want to plan a visit or have questions regarding a specific Open Lab, just contact us!
WHO ARE WE WORKING WITH?
Our Project is partly located within the Brände Udde farm site hosted by VXO Farmlab, who describes themselves as: "a collective experimental urban farm space that explores local food economies, resilient food networks and regenerative cultural flourishings." VXO Farmlab follows in the footsteps of earlier active engagement with the Brände Udde site, especially the work of The Feminist Farmers and also the ongoing work of The Dirt.
Ongoing fieldnotes from us on prototyping, thoughts in the making, collaborations and other moments and works in progress!
Fieldnote: “Power Plants” from Miranda on our experimenting with cultivating the raw materials for our energy experiments on the local Brände Udde farm plot
“Black lime tea” guest entry for our growing collection of concepts from colleague and local farmer Zeenath Hasan!
4-25 Mar, 13:00-16:00
We are showing “Electric Field” as part of a 3-week long group exhibition for Elin Wägner week, celebrating Wägners pioneering works on feminism, ecology and agriculture. Italienska Palatset, Växjö. Opening hours: Thursdays 12:00–18:00, Friday 12:00–16:00, Saturday 12:00–15:00
21 Apr, 09:00-16:00
We will have a stand open to the public at this year’s Science City fair sharing ongoing work and prototypes from our project. Linnaeus University (K and M buildings), Växjö
Presentation for “Society and the climate: When energy landscapes are redrawn” MESAM energy conference. Stockholm
9 Jun-22 Sep
REC exhibition at the Awareness In Art gallery 🌱⚡ Exhibition launch and workshop on 10 Jun. Zürich, Switzerland
“Soiling renewables” presentation at Transdisciplinarity in the Environmental Humanities Symposium. University of Oslo, Norway
Stay tuned for our Regenerative Energy Communities Podcast! We will be interviewing and curating discussions with practitioners working within concepts of regenerative design, sustainable agriculture, alternative energy systems and bio-friendly technologies.
The project will involve prototyping experiments aimed at exploring what forms regenerative energy alternatives might take. This will include creative, community-inspired experiments with a series of low-cost, open-source microgeneration energy sources that can be readily reproduced and inspire further new perspectives on energy alternatives.
So far, we have been working on wind turbines grown from mycelium and making electricity and fertilizer from urine. Watch this space for documentation so you can make your own regenerative technology prototypes that will work in your agricultural setting.
SHARE YOUR ENERGY WITH US!
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Regenerative Energy Communities is a 3 year long research project funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, as part of their program People, Energy Systems and Society (MESAM), and is a collaboration between Linnaeus University (Department of Design+Change), Linköping University (Department of Technology & Social Change) and Plymouth University (i-DAT)