NAH_Residency / NAH_Residenza

announcing 2020 topic:
ANIMALI: Interdependence Beteween Species

December 12 - LAUNCHING EVENT - Details HERE 

call forthcoming_Early December 2019



Grasses and Pastures:
Imagining a Regenerative Economy of Cheese
2 Residencies are offered:
June 2019
ALT RES July or August 2019


NAHR June: extended to February 16th, 2019

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Nature finds itself under an unprecedented assault that demands urgent reconsideration in order to address the legacy of humans’ destructive impacts. The linear productive and consumptive processes implemented by humans impose multiple, complex stresses on ecological cycles in both direct and indirect ways. 

Increased awareness of environmental impacts due to the visible effects of climate change around the globe has generated a renewed interest in resilient solutions. Inspired by history and tradition, these solutions must take into account both current lifestyles and aspirations, and unprecedented technological advancements.

This year, NAHR looks at how multiple disciplines coming together can start to address, design, implement and respond to cyclical and seasonal economy. With the Taleggio Valley as case study, one is clearly aware of its largest assets: its biodiversity; its people; and the way the blending of these assets over centuries has generated a rich culture of cheese production - two of the most famous being Taleggio and Strachitunt. The “cheese chain” starts in the high pastures, where the grass is first processed by the animal stock. It then is followed by a cycle of local production and consumption, intertwined with the larger scale global economy that put Taleggio cheeses on the world map. The cycle should be understood holistically as a combination of natural, socio-cultural and economic conditions, and any other influences that one might identify. Components of the cycle include: the biodiversity of the soil, grasses and bacteria; lifecycle elements such as transhumance - the movement of the cattle from their winter location to the summer high pastures, and all the traditions connected to such movement of cattle and people; the structures which host the farmers and the cows, with their traditional stone roofs made with local shale; the cheese making and curing facilities; the form and shape of the cheese; all of the animals involved in the cycle, including the cattle (their gases and the use of manure as fertilizer), the people, and the other fauna who build the ecosystem of the Valley; and concluding with the commercialization of the cheese, and the gastronomy that emerges.

Today the cheese production, distribution and consumption cycle is far from being a circular economy