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The Gerrard Winstanley Radical Gardening Space Reclamation Mobile Field Center and Weather Station (European Chapter)

Concept and design by Nils Norman

Built by Doepner / Cummerow // f18, Hamburg 2000

Produced, assisted and cycled by the Galerie für Landschaftskunst

Supported and financed by Anne Marie and Sören Mygind

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The Gerrard Winstanley Radical Gardening Space Reclamation Mobile Field Center and Weather Station (European Chapter) is a specially designed bicycle trailer that when in transit is a compact, weatherproof, lockable unit, roadworthy and user-friendly.

It has been designed to travel between community gardens / allotments, town fairs, protest camps, and schools, where it is opened up and made ready for action.

When stationary the bike trailer opened up reveals a small xerox machine, a library of books available for xeroxing, a weather station and a small working desk. Ontop is a solar panel which collects solar energy whenever the sun is out.

The library consists of a unique collection of books, some quite rare, on experimental urban gardening / farming, horticulture, weather, D. I. Y. (do it yourself) culture, alternative city design and city gentrification.

The bike is named after Gerrard Winstanley, the leader and Spokeperson for “the Diggers”, a group of 17th century indigent peasants who tried to defy the enclosure of common land by private interests; occupying it in en masse, digging it up, cultivating it for food and squatting.

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Left: First exhibition and starting point for the voyage: Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg, January 15 - February 5, 2000.
Right: At Cosima von Bonin's "The Cousins", Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2000. Photo: Nic Tenwiggenhorn

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Left: Visiting Dan Peterman's & Galerie für Landschaftskunst's "Extended Falster Video/Greenhouse", Campus of the University of Lüneburg, 2000.
Right: Passing by the Kunstverein Wolfsburg, 2000.

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Left: Visiting Dan Peterman's "Business Miles", Stichter See / Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen, 2000.
Right: In the exhibition "out of space - Schnitt Ausstellungsraum im Kölnischen Kunstverein", Cologne, 2000. Photo: Kölnischer Kunstverein.

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Left: Tate Britain, London, 2004. Photo: Tate Britain
Right: At the exhibition and symposium KÜHLLABOR, Krakauebene, 2012. Photo: Wolfgang Thaler

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At the Yamuna-Elbe-Project, Hamburg, 2011.

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Museum Het Domein Sittard, in Nils Norman's exhibition "Life in the Projects and the Proposals", 2016

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Im LESERAUM des Heidelberger Kunstvereins (konzipiert und arrangiert von Ursula Schöndeling), 2017

72 250 vlcsnap-2011-12-15-11h28m53s104.png A video by Florian Hüttner, Anna Gudjónsdòttir, and Nils Norman:

The Gerrard Winstanley Radical Gardening Space Reclamation Mobile Field Center and Weather Station (European Chapter)

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Abu-Lughod, Janet L.: From Urban Village to East Village
Arnold, Nick: Vicious Veg
Ashworth, Suzanne: Seed to Seed
Backer, Harry: Growing Fruit *
Beecher, Jonathan and Bienvenu, Richard: The Utopian Vision of Charles Fourier
Bell, Graham: The Permaculature Garden
Benson, Ragnar: David’s Tool Kit: A Citizen’s Guide to Taking Out Big Brother’s Heavy Weapons *
Biehl, Janet: The Politics Of Social Ecology
Booth, Stephen: City-Death
Boroor, Donald J. and White, Richard E.: Insects
Braine, Bob: Two Waters
Brass, Elaine and Poklewski Koziell, Sophie: Gathering Force (The Big Issue) *
Brickell, Christopher: The Royal Horticultural Society Pruning *
Brower, Michael: Cool energy
Bunkter, Sarah: Diggers & Dreamers
Callenbach, Ernest: Ecotopia *
Capon, Brian: Botany for Gardeners *
Carey, John (edit.): The Faber Books of UTOPIAS *
Carlsson, Chris: Critical Mass *
Cherfas, Jeremy and Fanton, Michael & Jude: The Seed Savers’ Handbook *
Coates, Chris: Utopia Britannica (volume I) *
Cole, Nancy and Skerrett, P.J.: Renewables Are Ready -People Creating Renewable Energy Solutions *
Coleman, Eliot: Four-Season Harvest
Coover, Virignia: Resource Manual For A Living Revolution
Crouch, David and Ward, Colin: The Allotment *
Davis, Mike: City of Quartz
Day, Martyn: Environmental Action
De Geus, Marius: Ecological Utopias *
DeKorne, James B.: The Hydroponic Hot House
Dennis, Ron, Smith, Alan, Low-Cost Load-Carrying Devices *
Deutsche, Rosalyn: Evictions *
Dion, Mark & Rockman, Alexis: Concrete Jungle
Dobson, Ross V.G.: Bringing the Economy Home from the Market *
Douglas, J. Sholto & Hart, Robert A. de J.: Forest Farming *
Doyle, Timothy and McEachern, Doug: Environment and Politics
Edgerton, William: Memoirs of Peasant Tolstoyans in Soviet Russia
Engels, Friedrich: Socialism: Utopian and Scientific *
Engwicht, David: Reclaiming Our Cities & Towns
Engwicht, David: Street Reclaiming
Fairlie, Simon: Low Impact Development
Fern, Ken: Plants for A Future. Edible & Useful Plants For a Healthier World *
Fitter, Richard and Alastair, Blamey, Marjorie: Wild Flowers *
Fleming, Marie: The Geography of Freedom *
Foreman, Dave and Haywood, Bill: Ecodefense. A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching *
Fukuoka, Masanobu: The Road Back to Nature *
Fukuoka, Masanobu: The One Straw Revolution *
Ganeri, Anita: Stormy Weather
Gerard, John: Gerard’s Herbal *
Gershuny, Grace: Start With the Soil
Gibbons, Euell: Stalking The Wild Asparagus *
Glick, Wendell: Great short Works of Henry David Thoreau
Godwin, William: The Antichrist Writings of William Godwin – edited by Peter Marshall *
Goldman, Michael: Privatizing Nature
Goldring, Andrew: Permaculture Teacher’s Guide *
Golob, Richard and Brus, Eric: The Almanac of Renewable Energy
Goodman, Percival and Goodman, Paul: Communitas *
Gordon, David: Green Cities
Guattari, Felix: Chaosmosis
Guattari, Felix: Soft Subversions edited by Sylvère Lotringer
Guattari, Felix: The Three Ecologies
Anna Gudjonsdottir, Florian Hüttner, Till Krause, Daniel Maier-Reimer: Helligkeits - Dunkelheitskartierung Düsseldorf *
Guérin, Daniel: No Gods No Masters (Book One) *
Guérin, Daniel: No Gods No Masters (Book Two) *
Guilfin, Guilford: Information Newstreet, February 1996 (Magazin) *
Harris, Dudley: The Illustrated Guide to Hydroponics
Hart, Robert: Forest Gardening. Cultivating an Edible Landscape *
Henderson, Robert K.: The Neighbourhood Forager *
Herwig, Rob: The Pocket Guide To Houseplants. Complete Care for 300 Plants
Hess, Karl: Community Technology
Hodges, Geoff: Backyard Biohazard *
Holtz Kay, Jane: Jane Holtz Kay - Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take It Back
Hooper, Ted: Guide to Bees & Honey *
Jeavons, John: How to Grow More Vegetables *
Jeavons and Cox : The Sustainable Vegetable Garden *
Jenkins, J.C.: The Humanure Handbook *
Johnston, Jacklyn and Newton, John: Building Green *
Kneen, Brewster: Food and the Culture of Biotechnology *
Kourik, Robert: Designing and maintaining Your edible Landscape Naturally
Krause, Till: Durchgänge in der Hamburger Innenstadt
Krieger, Louis C.C.: The Mushroom Handbook
Kropotkin: Kropotkin – the Conquest of Bread and Other Writings, edited by Marshall S. Shatz *
Kropotkin, Peter: Fields, Factories and Workshops Tomorrow *
Lang, Peter: Rebuilding the Local Economy *
Lefebvre, Marcel: The Urban Revolution *
Lerner, Steve: Eco-Pioneers
Lester, Regionald M.: The Observer’s Book Of Weather
Lipset, S. M.: Agrarian Socialism
Lobell, John: The Little Green Book
Loveday, Pete: Russell: the Saga of a Peaceful Man
Loveday, Pete: Russell: the Saga of a Peaceful Man, Part 2
Loveday, Pete: Russel’s Big Strip Stupormarket
Ludlum, David M.: National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Weather
Mabey, Richard: Food for Free *
Makarenko, A.S.: The Road To Life, 1
Makarenko, A.S.: The Road To Life, 2
Mangold, Tom & Penycate, John: The Tunnels Of Cuchi *
Marier, Donald: Wind Power
McCullagh, James C.: The Soar Greenhouse Book
McDonald, Elvin: The Complete Book of Gardening Under Lights
McKay, George: DiY Culture. Party & Protest in Nineties Britain *
Merrick: Battle for the Trees. Three month of responsible ancestry
Mollison, Bill: Introduction to Permaculture
Mollison, Bill: Permaculture
Mollison, Bill: Permaculture Two
Morrow, Rosemary: Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture
Nader, Ralph: Ecotactics
Nancarrow & Taylor: The Worm Book *
Nimble, Jack B.: The Construction and Operatio of Clandestine Drug Laboratories
Nicholson-Lord, David: The Greening Of The Cities
O’Keefe, John M.: Water Conserving Gardens And Landscapes
Opler, Paul A. and Mallikul, Vichai: Eastern Butterflies
Oss, O.T. & Oeric, O.N.: Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide *
Pacey & Cullis: Rainwater Harvesting *
Papanek, Victor: The Green Imperative *
Pegler, David: Mushrooms and Toadstools *
Pitzer, Donald E. and Elliott, Josephine M.: New Harmony’s First Utopians
Pratt, Simon: The Permaculture Plot *
Purchase, Graham: Anarchism & and Environmental Survival *
Radkau, Joachim: Die Ära der Ökologie. Eine Weltgeschichte.Beck, München 2011 [Contributed by Kühllabor, Graz, 2012] *
Rave On’s, John: SchNEWSround: The Inside Story from the Direct Action Frontline *
Reed, Francis: On Common Ground
Reynolds, Michael: Earthship I
Reynolds, Michael: Earthship II
Reynolds, Ross: Cambridge Guide to the Weather *
Rifkin, Jeremy: Green Lifestyle Handbook
Rifkin, Jeremy: The Hydrogen Economy *
Ridpath, Ian: Stars & Planets
Roelofs, Joan: Greening Cities *
Roseland, Mark: Eco-City
Rosenthal, Ed: Closet Cultivator: Indoor Marijuana Cultivation Made Easy *
Rosenthal, Ed: Hemp Today
Rosler, Martha: If you lived here - Dia Art Foundation No.6
Ross, Andrew: Strange Weather
Rotheray, Graham E. and Rotheray, J. C.: Aphid Predators *
Ruano, Miguel: Ecourbanisimo Ecourbanisim *
Rushforth, Keith and Brazley, Mitchell: Trees *
Sasse, Jörg: Der Stand der Dinge [probably contributed by Kölnischer Kunstverein in 2000] *
Sassen, Saskia: The Global City - New York, London, Tokyo *
Satterthwaite, David: Sustainable Cities *
Schaeffer, John: A Place in the Sun
Schaefer, Vincent J. and Day, John A.: Atmosphere. Clouds, Rain, Snow, Storms
Sculthorpe, Harold: Feedom to Roam
Searle, Denise: Gathering Force
Secunda, Tony and Goodchild, John: Grow Your Own Trees. A Book & Seeds
Seymour, Richard B.: Compost College, Life on a Counter-Culture Commune
Shepard, Odell: The Heart of Thoreau’s Journals
Sherman, Ed: How to build A Bigger and Better Hydroponic Garden
Shatz, Marshall S.: The Essential Works of Anarchism
Simmons, Adelma Grenier: Herbs To Grow Indoors
Smith, Miranda: Backyard Fruits and Berries
Smith, Neil: The New Urban Fromtier
Smith, Neil and Williams, Peter: Gentrification of the City
Soper, John: Bio-Dynamic Gardening
Spirn, Anne Whiston: The Granite Garden. Urban Nature and Human Design
Spiro, Melford E.: Kibbutz. Venture in Utopia
Stephens, David Huw: The Survivor House
Sterry, Paul: Complete British Wildlife Photoguide *
Stout, Ruth: Gardening Without Work
Suspect/Holligan: Ideal Home. Survival Edition
Thoreau, Henry David: Walden – on the Duty of Civil Disobedience (Rinehart Editions)
Todd, Nancy Jack and Todd, John: Bioshelters, Ocean Arks, City Farming *
Todd, Nancy Jack and Todd, John: From Eco-Cities to Living Machines *
Tokar, Brian: The Green Alternative
Wackernagel & Rees: Our Ecological Footprint *
Wakefield, Stace: Not For Rent.
Wall, Derek: Earth First! And the Anti-Roads Movement *
Ward, Colin: Cotters and Squatters *
Ward, Colin: A Decade of Anarchy (1961-1970) *
Ward, Colin: Freedom To Go
Ward, Colin: Peter Kropothkin’s. Fields, Factories and Workshops Tomorrow
Ward, Colin: Reflected in Water *
Ward, Colin: Talking Houses
Ward, Colin: Welcomee, Thinner City
Ward, Colin: When we build Again
White, Tony: Road Rage. When the crusties take on the road builders, Mother Nature decides to lend a helping hand
Whitelegg, John: Critical mass
Whiteson, Leon: The Watts Towers of Los Angeles
Wilkes Bubel, Nancy: The Adventurous Gardener
Williams, Raymond: The Country and the City
Wilson, Peter Lamborn and Weinberg, Bill: Avant Gardening
Winstanley, Gerrard: Selected Writings
Zelov, Chris: Design Outlaws on the Ecological Frontier *
Zuylen, Gabrielle van: Paradise on Earth

amorph! 03 summit of micronations > protocols *
Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Growing Fruits
A Blueprint for Survival – the Ecologist *
City Cyclist, July/August 1998 *
City Cyclist, September/Oktober 1998 [1999?] *
2 x City Cyclist, January/February 1999 *
Claremont Road E 11 - A Festival of Resistance, 1994 *
Direct Action & Sabotage – edited by Salvatore Salerno *
Direct Action in British Environmentalism – edited by Seel, Paterson, Doherty *
Do & Die - No. 8 *
Do or Die – issue nine *
Do or Die – voices from earth first! *
Do or Die (voices of the ecological resistance no10) *
Easy Composting
Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
Foto - Film - Video (hineingelegt: Pressemitteilung über Dan Peterman‘s „Business Miles“) [added to the library by the Kunstverein Springhornhof]
Frontline (Isle of Wight), Issue 2/1995 *
Gathering force diY culture – radical action for those tired of waiting
Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns – Collins Pocket Guide *
The Humanure Handbook (2nd edition)
Hippycore Krew: Soy, Not Oi!
Hydroponic Food *
Ideal Commonwealths *
Ideal Home *
I spy trees
I spy wild flowers
Just One Lane, Volume 5, No. 2 - March/April 1999
Mushrooms in the Garden *
Peace de Resistance
Permaculture Magazine, Issue No 13/1996
Permaculture Magazine, Issue No 19
Practical Photovoltaics (third edition) – komp *
SchNEWs – survival handbook *
SchNEWs Annual – you are being watched *
SchNEWs, Peace de Résistance, Annual 2003 *
Schquall, Schnews issues 201-201 and the best of Squall Magazine *
Squall No. 12 - Spring 1996, Lively up yourself *
Squall No. 14 - Autumn 1996, All fired up *
Squall No. 16 - Summer 1998, Playing the Joker *
Squatting. The Real Story
Sustainable Transport, Number 8, Winter 1998 *
Sustainable Transport, Number 9, Fall 1998 *
There is an Alternative – edited by Veronica Bennholdt Thomsen, Nicholas Farachas, Claudia von Werlhof *
Transportation Alternatives, Volume 5, No.2, March/April 1999 *
The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Gardening
New left review, 232
Road Raging: Top Tips for Wrecking Roadbuilding

*  =  die im März 2017 (während der Ausstellung im Heidelberger Kunstverein) noch in der Bibliothek vorhandenen Bücher
(Dank an Lucie Strohm und den Heidelberger Kunstverein & Ursula Schöndeling für die Sichtung!)

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