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-=====the canal - a biological (bee) corridor===== 
-Biological corridor is the designation for a continuous geographic extent of  habitat linking ecosystems, either spatially or functionally;​ such a link restores or conserves the connection between habitats that are fragmented by natural causes or human development. ​ Such corridors are an important aspect in the preservation of species richness and biodiversity. ​ There are different scales of biological corridors, but all share the same purpose of providing connections for species through fragmented landscapes. 
-A biological corridor, alternatively termed habitat corridor, is used for the transportation functions of fauna and seed dispersal/​propagation routes for flora and lower life forms. Specific elements of this transport for fauna include seasonal or migration movement, life cycle links, species dispersal, re-colonization of an area and movement in response to external pressures. ​ These corridors are not always literally continuous, some acting as stepping stones that provide resting and feeding stops along migratory routes that may contain inhospitable territory. ​ Managed areas adjacent to these corridors are called buffer zones. ​ These zones extend the areas within which faunal species can travel or flora species can propagate. 
-There are many different types of habitat that are suitable for these pathways: natural, semi-natural and artificial. 
-**corridors at the salon of the critical art ensemble - documenta 13 kassel** 
-In the spirit of Joseph Beuys, this salon discusses how art can be relevant again for shaping society in positive ways, as opposed to catering to the speculative interests of a small circle of rich collectors. Concretely, we put forward ecological CORRIDORS in urban environments as a new medium of social sculpture, a Gesamtkunstwerk that relies on the creative participation of many. Corridors are ephemeral living structures in the form of green spaces connected through animal life (such as bee colonies). They are set up and maintained by urban communities to regenerate areas of the city, particularly areas which are subject to social and urban stress. Corridors are here seen as art works that contribute to social cohesion and sustainability by raising awareness and minimizing resource waste. Artists create the safe spaces that enable the disruptive activities required to make corridors and they make the internal structure and activities of corridors visible through visual and auditory representations.  ​ 
-Ecological corridors rely partly on methods of urban agriculture,​ guerilla gardening, ecological management and social anthropology. Corridors can also make good use of avant-garde technologies,​ so that such projects become experiments on the edges of art, science and technology: Embedded systems, novel sensors, low energy computing and sensor networks are useful for monitoring soil quality, plant growth processes, animal activity, pollution and the movement and interaction of people within the local environment. Mobile communication and geoinformatics are useful for aggregating sensory data and projecting them in real time onto maps. Complex systems analysis, cloud computing, and machine learning are useful for detecting patterns to allow prediction and the shaping of ongoing social and biological processes. And novel user interfaces are needed to make embedded technologies accessible and usable without requiring sophisticated background or training. ​ 
-This salon discusses the theoretical bases and ecological and technological foundations of corridors and challenges us to think how corridors act as art works. It then looks at concrete examples of ongoing projects that are in the process of realizing the vision of corridors, particularly the Open Green project by Annemie Maes of the artist collective OKNO in Brussels (http://​​wiki/​doku.php/​connected_open_greens). ​ 
-**gardens participating in the case study** 
-  * vilvoorde - NNOF / your.mover 
-  * thurn&​taxis 
-  * kaaitheater 
-  * okno 
-  * gemeentehuis molenbeek 
-  * so-on x2 
-  * libanese garagehouder 
-  * semaphore asbl - péniche Jean Bart / pierre renault 
-  * barbara van dyck / kobe matthys 
-**corridors as a social sculpture** 
-  * social sculpture ref. Beuys: The idea being that every decision you make should be thought out and attempt to make or contribute to a work of art which in the end is society. This point of view invites followers to humble themselves by realizing that they are an important part of a whole not only an individual. (link with the honeybee colony) 
-  * corridors as a social sculpture => community, bottom up (the social, cultural and political function and potential of art) occupy public space 
-  * potential of art to bring about revolutionary change (Beuys) transformation (metaphore = honey) 
-  * effect environmental and social change through this project 
-  * participating gardens => active creative expressions of the participating inhabitants,​ communities,​ neighborhoods 
-  * social awareness raising : human activity that strives to (re)structure and (re)shape society and the environment 
-  * knowledger building of cities as complex ecosystems 
-**corridors as artworks** 
-  * bee tracking & mapping : flightroutes as emergent behaviour (http://​​wiki/​Emergence) 
-  * the color & texture of pollen + wax 
-  * alternative economies : honey & plants & vegetables as exchange for services 
-**the importance of bees in the corridors** 
-  * introduction of bees/honey => stands for transformation in habits, in society 
-  * honey (analysis) => can give diverse info on the habitat, on the available plants and food (urban agriculture) in the perimeter of the hive (connected OpenGreens) 
-  * honey analysis => compare the polluants in the different OpenGreens of the corridor 
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