The Forum for Radical Imagination on Environmental Knowledge (FRIEK) was a widely interdisciplinary arts and creative engagement platform that took place from June 4th to 7th 2019 at the Sorbonne University in Paris. The platform was designed, built & curated together with Carmen Bouyer, and Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro, and involved more than 15 artists, dancers, poets, and other creative practitioners. FRIEK was produced for the Nature of Cities Summit, a global conference of nearly 400 ecologists, urban planners, academics, scientists, and civic leaders from 52 countries, working to create cities that are better for both people and nature.
FRIEK included exhibits, spaces, talks, workshops, and happenings that challenged the framework of established knowledge within an academic conference. Attentive to the urban landscape, and partnering with human and non-human companions, FRIEK helped us imagine new ways to weave our own work and ideas into a broader transdisciplinary fabric.
FRIEK was produced with support from The Nature of Cities and ArtsEverywhere / Musagetes Foundation.