Re: [holistichelping] Uzupis microhouses for our global villages?
AndriusI have to say this looks very powerful idea i wish you and all luck in gettting it done.
PO BOX 17382 20100
Kipchoge Keino Avenue
Nakuru Players Theatre behind Bontana Hotel
--- On Mon, 9/21/09, Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...> wrote:
From: Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...>
Subject: [holistichelping] Uzupis microhouses for our global villages?
To: email@example.com, "help group" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, "learningfromeachother" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Monday, September 21, 2009, 12:51 PM
I ask us to consider how we might make good use of a "microhouse" for
catalyzing a global village. Would you like to live in such a
microhouse? or host visitors? or work on projects? or build a team for a
global village? We may be able to provide you with one! We need your
help to explain your needs and your suggestions.
I spoke on Sunday with Vytautas Ratkevicius about a proposal he is
writing. Vytautas is the Sheriff of the Republic of Uzhupis.
Lithuania's Finance Ministry has responded positively to their plan to
build a new art center made of modular rooms. My understanding (I need
to double check) is that each room will be a shipping container (roughly
20 feet x 8 feet x 8 feet which is 5.9 meters by 2.3 meters by 2.3
meters). Each room is like a small house, like a trailer that
construction workers use. The rooms can fit together in different ways
so the entire building can be reorganized with a crane. Or you can move
a room to the countryside or the seashore. Rooms are furnished (I think
with wood) and equipped with technology and be economical and ecological.
Vytautas knows about Minciu Sodas and is interested in our international
network. Let me explain a bit about Uzupis.
Uzhupis is a historic neighborhood of Vilnius, Lithuania. Many artists
lived there. They declared independence in 1997 (not entirely
seriously) and have their own constitution, flag, foreign minister
(Tomas Cepaitis), all a bit humorous.
http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ U%C5%BEupis Kennedy Owino and the Nafsi
Africa Acrobats performed last year during Uzupis independence day
(April 1). Vygantas Vejas curates the Uzupis Art Incubator's gallery
http://www.umi. lt/galera. php Thanks to Vygantas and Tomas, I did my
first art show there in May. At the time, Giedrius Bagdonas, leader of
the Incubator, invited me to apply for a room at the new art center they
hope to build.
Recently, Giedrius invited me to expand my request. I asked for two
rooms, one in Uzhupis and one in the countryside, so that I and other
Minciu Sodas / Worknets participants could stay there. I thought of
them as "gates" (of creativity) for our Global Villages Network, linked
by video bridges.
Vytautas explained further. They are now writing a detailed proposal to
Lithuania's Finance Ministry. They would like to establish about
one-fifth of the rooms in different locations around the world. They
are very impressed with our global network. Also, Thomas Chepaitis,
foreign minister of Uzhupis, is active in Minciu Sodas and many of our
participants have become ambassadors of Uzhupis. Thomas has organized a
network of some 200 ambassadors.
My understanding (I need to double check) is that, if this project is
approved, and if we participate, then Lithuania (and Uzhupis) would
* provide us with microhouses
* equip them with technology
* deliver them to us
We would have to:
* own land to put them on
* make good use of them
* maintain them
* pay for utilities (heating, electricity, Internet)
* communicate our design ideas
* promote Uzhupis and its artists
* host visitors from Uzhupis and work together
I think they would be very happy that our networks Uzhupis, Minciu
Sodas, Worknets all work alongside in harmony.
What locations might participate? Please speak up! Here are some ideas:
* David Ellison-Bey (Moorish Cultural Workshop) in the South Side of
Chicago. We spoke today and he might be interested.
* Franz Nahrada's Hotel Karolinenhof, Vienna, Austria
* Samwel Kongere's lab in Rusinga Island, Kenya
* Ben de Vries wherever you are! including Silicon Valley, California
* Josephat Ndibalema, William Wambura, UYOGA in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
* Wael Al Saad in Palestine
* Kennedy Owino in or near the slums of Nairobi, Kenya
* Markus Petz in Tampere, Finland
* Fred Kayiwa, Kampala, Uganda
* Sasha Mrkailo, Sombor, Serbia
* Benoit Couture, Edmonton Reconciliation Centre, Canada
* Fantsuam Foundation, Ago-Are eco-village, Nigeria
* Wendi Losha Bernadette (Cameroon), Tom Ochuka (Kenya), Edward Cherlin
(Silicon Valley), Janet Feldman (Rhode Island), Jeff Buderer (Arcosanti,
Arizona), Pamela McLean (London), Andrius Kasparavicius (London), Marcin
Jakubowski (Factor E Farm, Missouri), Steve Bosserman (Columbus, Ohio)
and add your name!
You can see that this could be a very exciting network and a smart
investment for Lithuania and a good leveraging of the idea of the
Republic of Uzhupis.
The priority is for places where there could be ongoing activity and
connection with travelers. My thought is that these would be bases for
encouraging the creation of global villages. The microhouse could be
there for a few years and then moved elsewhere as the village builds
momentum or moved around as needed.
We need places ("global villages") to put the microhouses, but we also
need travelers who might live and work there for long and short visits,
typically for a few months. We would have to make a commitment so that
this works out. We need to think, who among us might like to travel and
live in such a little house and engage others?
Vytautas asks for our help to think, how do we imagine using such
houses? What activities might take place there? What are our needs? We
can write about the activities we imagine, which might include video
bridges, fabrication laboratories, creating artworks, scientific
investigations, agricultural projects, crafts and textiles, sports,
music and film studios, Internet access, libraries, cooking, etc.
Our answers and examples will help them write their proposal. We don't
know if their proposal will be confirmed, I am glad they are inviting
and including me and our network.
Are you interested? Do you have ideas? Please let us know!
Please ask any questions and I will try to share more details.
+370 699 30003