Urban Action Clinic
The clinic is a garden laboratory that aims to find strategies to propose diagnosis and solutions for ecological disorders in the city. It works as physical healer: facilitating actions, solutions and cures as an attempt to re-bound a new relationship between nature and human body.
It is a space where science, art and activism join forces to raise awareness on the impact of air pollution in the city and on solutions to remediate the body, soil and air from pollution.
The clinic is a result of an investigation focus on Human Biomonitoring research. The idea was to make publicly the testing of human air samples and to measure the amount of pollution present in the body. But duo to its impossibility of making it accessible to society, this attempt remained a dream and because of that, the clinic found a new technique to bring the results to society by doing Plant Testing.
In this manner visitors could bring an Ivy plant from their garden, road or neighborhood to the Clinic, and with the help of a scientific team from the university of Antwerp, the visitors could have an insight into the air quality in their environment. And as an outcome of this research, a map is being designed to present the levels of pollution in the city of Gent.
In the clinic visitors would receive a KIT- anti pollution with advises about phytoremediation plants, useful links concerning transition organizations in Belgium, labs where they could test their plants, most common pollutants, advises to detox body and soil.
And With Nathalie Hunter they would have a guide through the lab with explanation about plants that are detoxing the body and remediating the soil from pollution and understand better what is phytoremediation and mycoremediation techniques.
The Action stands for punctual performances in the public space with the aim to bring awareness on air pollution in urbanscapes. The idea is to facilitate artistic/ activistic ecological- oriented performances through interventions that investigate and create models of collective actions and social change. The visitors could have an individual appointment in the clinic with Maria Lucia, the appointment was about environmental situation in their neighborhood. If the participan would have concern, she would come to their neighborhood to survey and make an intervention.
Concept and Design: Maria Lucia Cruz Correia
Scientific team: Coordinator Roeland Samson and assistants: Ana Castanheiro and Verhelst Jolien
Plant research and Drawings: Nathalie Hunter
Action research and intervention: Steven Desanghere (Vredesactie vzw)
Documentation: Joey Van Kerckhove
Technical assistance: Mark Pozelp
Production assistant: Charllote Dhont
Curator: Maarten Soete
Supported by VooruitKunstcentrum and Campo (im)possible futures