SEEDING: eco-conference exploring the cross-pollination of ecology and economy

SEEDING: eco-conference exploring the cross-pollination of ecology and economy

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)

Ouida Angelica Biddle, Over Lotusland (film still), 2016. Courtesy of the artist.
May 5, 2016
SEEDING: eco-conference exploring the cross-pollination of ecology and economy

May 7, 2016, 11am–8pm

Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019


Featuring Bjarke Ingels, James Wines, Pamela Anderson, Maluca Mala, artist collective Yemenwed and many more.

On May 7, from 11am to 8pm, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will present SEEDING, a day-long eco-conference organized by the Museum’s Public Programs Manager, Katerina Llanes, and guest curated by Michael Bullock and Felix Burrichter of PIN–UP magazine on the occasion of the release of its garden and landscape issue.

The event will address cultural, physical and spiritual cross-pollination from an ecological, economic and holistic point of view. Bringing together visionary models for the present and the future, the eco-conference will address everything from architectural utopia to environmental and fiscal activism. It will feature installations and workshops on the Museum’s 7th floor and concurrent talks and screenings in the theater on the ground level.

“We’ve been working on an entire issue of PIN–UP dedicated to the art of the garden, and to the subject of landscape in all its different varieties—from the aesthetic to the social and economic aspects related to it,” says Burrichter. “It is a great honor to have been offered by MAD the opportunity to organize a conference that addresses the concept of ‘seeding’ in such a novel and inclusive way. The goal of this day-long event is to continue this conversation as well as offer new impulses to discuss and think about the subject.”

“I am very excited by the opportunity to work with PIN-UP, especially in relation to their new garden and landscape issue,” says Llanes. “It’s the perfect time to talk about the idea of ‘eco’ as both ecological and economic being that they are inextricably linked in today’s sociopolitical climate.”

Programs for both mind and body include a keynote address by original eco-architect James Wines; an Ikebana flower workshop with master craftsman Nori Noda; a moderated discussion with famed architect Bjarke Ingels; a guided meditative installation by the artist collective Yemenwed; yoga and chakra alignment classes with Dominican pop-star Maluca Mala; and a Q&A with Pamela Anderson and director Luke Gilford following the New York premiere of Gilford’s short film Connected.

All events take place on the Museum’s 7th floor and in the Theater on the ground level.
Admission: 20 USD general / 15 USD members and students

About The Museum Of Arts And Design
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields, presenting artists, designers and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill to their work. Since the Museum’s founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving 21st century innovation, fostering a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design.

About PIN–UP magazine
PIN–UP is a biannual architecture and design magazine that regularly features interviews with renowned architects as well as critical essays and photography portfolios on contemporary architecture, art and design. In 2011, the Art Directors Club awarded PIN–UP the Gold Medal for Editorial Design and in 2013, PIN–UP published its first book, Interviews, a compilation of 68 interviews taken from the magazine’s first issues. PIN–UP‘s 20th iteration has the theme “Garden Variety,” and is on newsstands in May 2016.


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