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Welcome to Biotopia.
Biotopia is an online community and resource building wiki intended to support a forthcoming ecology-specific art project called Biotope. As the project grows the wiki will join the location of the project this summer where visitors will be invited to contribute. After the conclusion of the art project, the wiki will intentionally expand to explore ways in which art, environment, technology, design and the public intersect through article and art work contributions. The public is available to contribute at anytime, however the wiki will roll out intentional scheduled phases.
Phase 1 | Research
Start Date: March 6, 2015
Objective: To collect research for the project.
Access: Wiki is available for public viewing and contribution.
Phase 2 | Stewardship
Start Date: June 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015
Objective: To engage visitors of art project on the site with Biotopia as an interactive educational tool for increasing stewardship awareness.
Access: Wiki will be available for public viewing and contribution with a special emphasis on site visitors.
Phase 3 | Public
Start Date: September 1, 2015
Objective: To engage visitors of Biotopia from online worldwide locations as an encyclopedic tool seeking and sharing information on the intersecting points between art, environment, technology, design and the public via open calls for articles and art.
Access: Wiki will be available for public viewing and contribution with a special emphasis on worldwide contributions.
Biotopia is part of a larger project called Biotope. Biotope is a proposal for an eco-specific floating sculpture of flora for fauna intended to advocate for stewardship of a riparian zone along the Schuylkill River next to Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia, PA in connection with Mary Mattingly's WetLand.
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Featured Work
Below is an image from artist and botanist team WE THE WEEDS. “Neighborhood Nature” is a two-block mural treatment on Warren Street between 52nd and 53rd Streets. This is one of four murals in a series made with the students of Mastery Charter Shoemaker Campus in the Conestoga neighborhood through the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, PA. The branches identified in this mural are the Princess Tree (Paulownia tomentosa) and the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima).
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If you have benefited in some way from viewing this wiki, from engaging with any works here or somewhere else in connection to this wiki, or you simply believe in the project's mission please consider supporting Biotopia with a monetary gift so that projects like these can keep being made. Visit Fractured Atlas to make a secure gift by clicking on the Fractured Atlas logo in this section just above. Fractured Atlas is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of Photosynthesister Projects are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
-To gather and share information on topics relating to art, environment, technology and design from people around the world in one location.
-To provide a means for anyone to deepen one's understanding of these subjects.
-To counteract environmental crisis by raising awareness of the subjects proposed herein.
-To harness the strength of collective intelligence worldwide on these subjects.
-To engage a variety of individuals across many backgrounds and demonstrate the benefits of collective interdisciplinary pursuits.
Photosynthesister Projects is the entity of Karla Stingerstein, an artist and adjunct professor living in Philadelphia, PA. Thank you also to Fractured Atlas for fiscal sponsorship and to Top Level Design (operator of Wiki.Wiki) for hosting