Jardin Nka was a two-year residency on a hectare of wasteland, planting vegetables and creating performances, agricultural rituals, wild-walks and wildflower observations. The space was open twice a week for neighbours, passersby and invited groups to garden, rehearse, or make totems, windmills, scarecrows or animal puppets. We pruned a winding path through the long grasses, gradually building ‘islands’ to visit: the vegetable patch, the orchard, our living space with tables, chairs, dry toilets and a shipping container/shed, and a wooden play-hut.
Immersive performances created: La Ferme d’Antan simulating a 19th century farm, with sheep, hand-tools and totems, and Place au Futur! experimenting with imagined and very real farming techniques of the future. Residents drew and constructed aquaponic and aeroponic growing systems, underground mushroom farms, a field of windmills and a wetland pond. Agricultural drones and remote-controlled tractors dotted the paths. Soundscapes diffused interviews collected on the varied agricultural heritage of the neighbours.