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I have seen an oddly heartening new version of the landscape it portrays, a landscape that is not quite post-apocalyptic but that is strangely—and sometimes even beautifully—post-American.
– Rebecca Solnit, Detroit Arcadia (2007)

Upon reflection, I realized that the walk never took on a lamenting tone (I experience a lot of ecological grief), but a hopeful one as we bore witness to a mutable landscape with thriving flora. 
– FSDE participant Nina Montenegro (artist, farmer, and wilderness guide) (2014)

The Williamette Cove site had a lot of botanical diversity and what was interesting was how well developed the 'hyperecologies' were, i.e. juxtapositions of native and non-native flora to form 'emergent' forests. These are new ecological processes and well worth studying further.
– FSDE Resident Oliver Kellhammer (land artist, permaculturist) (2014)

 

DOCUMENTATION FROM DEVELOPMENT PHASE IN PORTLAND OREGON 2013 - 14
Completed during a residency at Pacific Northwest College of Art in the Department of Collaborative Design

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KAYAK

“IF YOU SEE IT, BE IT: THE JACOB V. UEXKULL MEMORIAL KAYAK”
PORTLAND, OR (2014)
Kayak field trip on the Willamette River. One of three pilot FSDE events held in August 2014.


KAYAK “IF YOU SEE IT, BE IT: THE JACOB V. UEXKULL MEMORIAL KAYAK”
PORTLAND, OR (2014)
Additional documentation of FSDE kayak trip on the Willamette River held August 2014.

SUPERFUND “THE MIGHTY MENDEL BOTANICAL SUPERFUND SCAVENGER HUNT”
PORTLAND, OR (2014)
Willamette Cove Superfund botanical walk co-designed with FSDE Resident Oliver Kellhammer. One of three pilot events, held August 2014.
WORKSHOP “DESIGN WITH NON-HUMAN COLLABORATORS”
PORTLAND, OR (2014)
Design charrette co-developed with FSDE Residents Peter McCoy and Olliver Kellhammer. One of three pilot events held August 2014.
CUPS TOXIC CLAY > CHAI CUP EXPERIMENTS
PORTLAND, OR (2014)
Digging for toxic clay, hand processing it, making cups safe to drink from, and serving tea at a “friendraiser” dinner event. With designer Sara Huston/The Last Attempt at Greatness and ceramicist Ruth Greenberg.
DINNER "SAMPAN SUPER CHAI" TASTING
PORTLAND, OR (2014)
Zurkow and her collaborators hosted conversation about the project and its central mission to utilize hospitality, curiosity and action as a means to produce intimacy with one’s environs and co-habitants at a “friendraiser” dinner event. Collaboration with ceramic artist Ruth Greenberg, designer Sara Huston/The Last Attempt at Greatness, Chef Marie Mourou, and Cyril’s Clay Pigeon Winery.

DINNER "SAMPAN SUPER CHAI"TASTING
“PORTLAND, OR (2014)
Serving chai tea in vitrified cups made from local toxic clay at this “friendraiser” dinner event. The evening’s menu used locally foraged ingredients as well as those brought across the Pacific currents.
MYCELIUM MYCELIUM MATERIALS
“PORTLAND, OR (2014)
Using mushroom materials as a substitute for plastics. Process images: using a 100 cup coffee maker to pasteurize the substrate, mixing in the grain spawn, and using plastic containers for mold-making to grow bricks.
MYCELIUM MYCELIUM MATERIALS
“PORTLAND, OR (2014)
Using mushroom materials as a substitute for plastics. Samples of objects made from Pleurotis ostreatus (oyster mushroom) mycelium materials: buoys and a serving bowl. In collaboration with mycologist Jon Salmon and designer Sara Huston.


More information on the development of FSDE is available upon request.
Please email marinazurkow@me.com