same as it ever was

Feral Drifting with Lonja Wetlands – CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

A workshop by the Open Forest Collective, organised as part of the discursive program of the Croatian Pavilion – Same as it Ever Was at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

Location: Lonja wetlands, Croatia
Time: July 19-23 2023

Application deadline: June 12 2023
Confirmation: non later than June 19 2023
Questions: interakcije@umas.hr


The workshop involves a 3-day feral, performative investigation of multispecies relations and spatio-temporalities of care that shape the flow of life and death in the Lonja wetlands. Participants will experiment with feral ways of sensemaking and co-presencing that invite open-ended, multisensory, and spontaneous encounters unfolding beyond the bounds of human control. Inspired by the movements and rhythms of local other-than-human creatures, as well as the artistic strategies of dérive (including their flaws), we will drift, move-with the local ecologies, and invite pathways towards care-full co-habitation. To navigate through these space-times, we will experiment with various performative and speculative sense-making practices including walking, listening, storytelling, and forming relations. While drifting, we will follow prompts co-created with the online More-than-Human Dérive portal and document our experiences through the Feral Map and other imaginative means. The collective outcomes of our Feral Drifting with Lonja Wetlands will be showcased as part of the Croatian Pavilion’s presentation at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

This workshop is intended for master, postgraduate students, researchers, and emerging practitioners engaged with creative practices across diverse fields such as arts, design, digital technologies, psychology, social and natural sciences. The workshop will be held in English language.

The workshop participation is free. Accommodation and food will also be arranged and provided by the organisers. Participants will need to arrange their own travel from/to the Lonja wetlands (with the help and in coordination with the organizers for the local transport). The maximum number of participants is limited to 20.

During the workshop, we will be physically moving through and exploring the Lonja wetlands in the middle of summer, which requires being attentive to the seasonal conditions of the local terrain (such as a temperature above 30C, high humidity, strong sunlight, as well as mosquitos). It is important that everyone feels comfortable during the workshop, so please consider this when deciding to apply. The documentation and outcomes of the workshop may be used for publication and promotional purposes by the organisers.

Workshop tutors and hosts

Open Forest Collective is a multi-disciplinary, multi-species group of creative practitioners and researchers experimenting with feral approaches to engaging with forests and forest data. Current members of the Collective include Andrea Botero, Markéta Dolejšová, Jaz Hee-jeong Choi and Chewie. The Lonja workshop will be led by Markéta and Jaz in person. Hosts during the workshop will be Mia Roth Čerina and Tonči Čerina (curators of the Croatian presentation at the Biennale) and Ivica Mitrović (curator of the discursive program).

About Croatian pavilion

The Croatian Pavilion is an ode to the ambiances of coexistence of the wild and the domesticated, natural and fabricated, inanimate and living. It originates from the Lonja wetlands, where the dynamic environment evolved from centuries of symbioses between the landscape in constant flux and the communities that adapted their lives to it. This sample becomes a backdrop for the discursive programme of the Croatian Pavilion, an ongoing laboratory documented in real time, focused on exploring futures in practice and education. The network of the Croatian Pavilion welcomes talks and workshops that will take place on-site and off-site during the Biennale, with focus on acute issues through interaction between professionals, teachers, and students from various fields. This way, they will test the topics and future actions in the education of architects, designers and related disciplines – recognizing the multidisciplinary and transversal origin of skills engaged in caring for the future environment.