I like about everything there is to like about Learning Group: their intentions, their way of collaborating, the issues they deal with and their methods and strategies.
Learning Group is an art group that is comprised of three other art groups (N55 (check out their Land project), Temporary Services and Tercerunquinto; all equally great) and as such they are collaboration to the power of three. They deal with issues such as sustainability, re-use of waste and self-empowerement.
I particularly have a crush on the the project ‘Collecting system’ (pictures above and below) which was carried out during an artists’ residency in Moriya, Japan. After studying the city (what materials and human resources are leftover or unused; what conditions people are living in etc) they decided to work with leftover cardboard. It was used to produce an outdoor cardboard dwelling (picture below) and the construction of a ‘Walking city’ (reminding me of course of the famous walking city project by Archigrams‘ Ron Herron) during a workshop at an elementary school (picture above).
The feeling of playfulness on the one hand, and the seriousness and relevance on the other is what makes the project unique. A great combination of intellectual content and joy and improvisation!