Following on from the Symposium on Sustainability and Contemporary Art at Central European University Budapest in March 2006, this guest lecture and workshop led by Mari-Aymone Djeribi and Dominic Stevens was organised in April 2007 to explore the rural as a site for contemporary art and architecture and discuss the possibilities and challenges of sustainable living.
Mari-Aymone Djeribi is an artist who makes artist’s books, installations, objects, films and sourdough bread. She founded her publishing company mermaid turbulence (www.mermaidturbulence.com) in 1993. Her work appears in a number of international public collections, most notably the Tate gallery Artists Book Collection, UK and Centre National D’Art George Pompidou, Paris , France.
Dominic Stevens is an award-winning architect. His work has been published internationally (see, for instance, A10 Magazine March-April 2007) and, more importantly he hopes that it has improved the lives of the people that commissioned it. He represented Ireland at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Having moved to Leitrim in rural Ireland in 1999, Djeribi and Stevens built a timber and strawbale house and they farm with their two small children just under five acres, tending goats, ducks, chickens and trees.