Artists / myvillages.org

myvillages.org

myvillages.org is an international artist initiative, founded in 2003 by Kathrin Böhm, Wapke Feenstra and Antje Schiffers.

myvillages.org were given a residency in 2007 that has predominantly cross-referenced their work with that of Grizedale, highlighting the differences in methodology. They are currently developing a village kiosk network that links with the Grizedale network of honesty boxes in Lawson Park, Toge, Nanling and Shoreditch. This project is showcased through 'Agrifashionista.tv' and the Royal Academy GSK Contemporary Season in October 2008.

Their interest is the rural as a space for and of cultural production. The collective aims of the group are informed by the contextual nature of their individual practices and the autobiographical fact that the artists all come from small villages.

myvillages.org activities range from small scale informal presentations to long term collaborative research projects, from work in private spaces to public conferences, from exhibitions to publications and from personal questions to public debate.

'The village' as an origin, location and concept is at the core of the objectives and programme of myvillages.org. They consider that the urban/rural discussion will remain crucial to European culture, although the relationship has changed dramatically during the last centuries. The aim of myvillages.org is to initiate discussion and practice-based projects, which address the notion of the village within contemporary cultural discourse and development.

Kathrin, Wapke and Antje each have individual practices and projects alongside myvillages.org, Kathrin recently founding Company drinks, a drinks-making commercial / cultural venture.