About Mind Garden
The garden exemplifies human-nature interaction through the mindful process of cultivation. Plants and soil, space and time. Psychotherapist Sue Stuart-Smith, the author of The Well Gardened Mind, sees the garden as an in-between space, where our innermost selves could connect to the real physical world. For neurodivergent people, the garden provides a spatial canvas to realise their creative minds. How alternative minds shape the garden, and what could gardening interpret for the mind? Through research and creative art, the project aims to create inclusive garden spaces for story-telling beyond negative labels associated with mental diversity.
Herbalist and foraging teacher Lynn Shore will share her experience and knowledge. Lynn Shore has been giving the Foraging for Mental Health workshop at Mediamatic since 2021. She is the founder of Urban Herbology, where she teaches about how growing, foraging and using local herbs can help improve our lives. She specialises in helping people with mental health needs and women struggling with aspects of their menopause.
Leone Contini (b. 1976) studied Philosophy and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Siena.
His research unrolls at the intersection of anthropology, aesthetics and politics and his mediums include lecture-performances, collective interventions in public spaces, textual and visual narratives, drawings. He has held exhibitions and displayed works at: Madre, Naples; Pearl Art Museum, Shanghai; Kunstverein Solothurn; SAVVY, Berlin; HKW, Berlin; IAC, Lyon; Manifesta 12, Palermo; Fondazione Sandretto, Turin; Pistioletto Foundation, Biella; Delfina Foundation, London; Kunstraum, Munich; Khoj, New Delhi; Kunstverein Amsterdam; Villa Romana, Florence.
In 2018-2019 he was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. In 2017 he won the second edition of the Italian Council award. In 2017 he collaborated with "TRACES - Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts".
With a background in Product Design, Martijn Baas has specialized in working with Mycelium, cultivating plants, Bonsai and a broad range of plant-shaping techniques. He uses his research and skills to create unique plants with unusual aesthetics and behaviour, like a botanical Dr. Frankenstein. Martijn is the project instructor of Cut/Paste Cacti at Mediamatic.