Which places, which settings and which materials can you discover when you are outside in the city, in areas where nature has a “space” like parks, gardens, possibly woods or beach (depending on which city you are). Can we listen to the voices of nature in an urban context in Hamm? in Bologna? In any city? Is there something like a boring stone? What can a tree tell us about the relation between humans and the environment they belong to? The example could invite participants to a meeting between the city and nature. Here and elsewhere, take a new look at its urban environment expressing nature (ecology/living
In times of Covid19, how can we explore those stakes using urban art/site-specific means? What methodology may conduct an artistic work-process based on the exploration of an urban landscape where nature coexists? Can we invent a strategy for ecological story-telling by changing perspectives? Can we evolve in our reception of nature ? Not as a stage-set of our lives but as a living, changing,
developing and also dying organism. What (utopian) forms of coexistence of human nature and environment will exist in the future?
Environmental issues will be taken as a topic to illustrate how the methodology may create a space for a creative youth workgroup. But for the potential end-up users, the methodology will be described in order to be available to explore any key topic.

The Intellectual OUTPUT „a boring stone” is based on the idea of a series of material researches in order to give a better understanding of the limit of local soils and the problems this causes for the region and abroad.
We have focused on the materials coal, water, peat and soil which are related to the partnercities Evora (Portugal), Hamm (Germany), Gelsenkirchen(Germany) and St. Viet (Belgium). The materials are important for the region.
The idea behind the workshop series is, to start an understanding of the topic from the body. Therefore it is important to get a better understanding of each material, its weight, constistence, its possibilities by an experience with all senses.

Workshop Part 1:

  1. The material research:
    ● We start on the level of “material research with all senses”.
    ● How is the smell?
    ● Can we eat it or not?
    ● How does it relate to the other materials ?
  2. The knowledge part:
    ● Each “knowledge part” should not be longer than 5 minutes

Workshop Part 2 optional:

  1. Groupwork of participants
    ● “What will happen if the material is no longer there?”
    This is the collective moment. We go into groups with 5-6 people and bring together our knowledge, our feelings, questions, ideas we would like to work on.
    ● If we think about the circumstances, what will happen, if the material is no longer there?
    The participants work on a presentation/performance based on their further interest on the topic.