FRIEK is an artist-initiated, transdisciplinary platform at the Nature of Cities Summit
2019 June 4–7 at Sorbonne University (Jussieu Campus), Paris, France

FRIEK Artwork & Events

The City Re-scripted: A Writing Workshop

Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro / France — Participants from all backgrounds join an experiment in radical storytelling. Using materials ranging from science-fiction…

FRIEK Semiotic Happenings

FRIEK Curatorial Team — Ongoing collaborative production of banners, posters, signs, and performative gestures, borrowing from protest and activist aesthetics.

FRIEK Urban Nature Library

FRIEK Curatorial Team — An open source library and reading space with an ongoing expanse of quotes culled from conference…
nature graffiti

Street Art for Greener Cities

Valerie Gwinner / Kenya — What can we do with this unique collection to promote advocacy, community, and green cities?…

Environmental Beatboxing

3’z / France — A physicist and beatboxer initiates a series of happenings, beatboxing and creating spoken word poetry as…
Kevin Reese

Nature and Cities: A Balancing Act

Kevin Reese / United States — Explore the “missing pieces” in the balance between nature and cities. Participants will collaborate…

World Tree Map

Frida Larios / El Salvador — A truly collective action in which everyone is invited to collaborate by painting, or…


FRIEK Curatorial Team — Part ecological remediation (atoning for the ills requisite of an international summit), part participatory installation.

Dancing with the Environment

Nadia Vadori Gauthier / France — Through experimental dance practices, choreographer Nadia will use dance as a catalyst for sharing…

What (is) the FRIEK?

The Forum for Radical Imagination on Environmental Knowledge (FRIEK) is a transdisciplinary platform for arts-based exhibits, actions, and methodologies, taking place within the Nature of Cities Summit in Paris, France. Attentive to the urban landscape, and partnering with diverse human and non-human companions, FRIEK challenges the framework of established knowledge, allowing new ideas for sustaining cities to be generated in collaboration between disciplines and species.

Who (is) the FRIEK?

Curatorial team

Participating artists

  • 3’z (France)
  • Emilio Fantin (Italy)
  • Nadia Vadori Gauthier (France)
  • Matthew Jensen (United States)
  • Frida Larios (El Salvador)
  • Robin Lasser (United States)
  • Mary Miss (United States)
  • Marguerite Perret (United States)
  • Kevin Reese (United States)
  • Bruce Scherting (United States)

FRIEK is produced with financial support from The Nature of Cities and Arts Everywhere / Musagetes Foundation, and in-kind logistical support from City as Nature.

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