Former Farmland 2008
Saragossa (ES) & Linz (AT)
July 2008

As farmland is a part of everyone’s cultural heritage, Wapke Feenstra decided to unearth some stories about Former Farmland. The information can be sent directly to the cellphone or be looked at online.


Wapke Feenstra, Ariënne Boelens, Vodafone R&D, Ars Electronica Festival, Martin Richartz, former farmers of The Ranillas, former farmers of Steg and Dornach, the Water Tribune Expo 08 office, Artcircolo Munich (D).
Overtures
Ars Electronica Festival

There you stand with your mobile in your hand, in connection with the whole world, but on former farmland.

When farmland is used as a site for new building projects or urban leisure areas, the farmer gets a good price for the land. The farmer then moves on. He may buy new land or decide to quit farming altogether because there is no-one to take over from him or he sees no financial future in farming. But what the farmer takes away is not just the memory of a piece of land that is about to be re-developed – he takes a wealth of knowledge about the soil he has worked on for generations. This knowledge has no value anymore. The land is designated for other purposes and the personal stories about the influence of the water and soil on the harvest are no longer relevant.

Website: www.formerfarmland.org