Rewilding

This year's festival theme is "Rewilding"

In 2023 Copenhagen is appointed the world capital of architecture, and the festival will be part of the celebration, which is dedicated to the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals. We have chosen the overarching theme of ‘Rewilding’ for this year’s open call to connect with the celebration, the sustainability theme and to build bridges to our own exhibition park situated in the urban wilderness of Beddingen on Refshaleøen, which used to be an industrial shipyard building site.

Rewilding

‘Rewilding’ refers to a process of letting nature regulate itself without human interference. Instead of ‘caring’ for nature in a way that serves human purposes or profits, rewilding seeks to restore, repair or even cure nature in a sustainable way that serves nature in itself and aids our gasping climate and biodiversity. The concept has flourished in recent years and proposes solutions but also contests existing (man-made) structures and power relations. In the context of architecture, rewilding proposes new (or returning) perspectives on how to deal with the current climate and biodiversity crisis and as such it may inspire future (urban) landscape solutions and how we may perceive urban living in the future.

We asked the applying artists to explore the theme “rewilding” in the widest sense of the concept and the complexities it entails. From the rewilding of nature or architecture as mentioned above to the rewilding of other spheres e.g. art, individuals, bodies, society, social structures or photography in itself. What are the implications of “rewilding”?