Open System Model
Open systems have a number of consequences. A closed system contains limited energies. The definition of an open system assumes that there are supplies of energy that cannot be depleted; in practice, this energy is supplied from some source in the surrounding environment, which can be treated as infinite for the purposes of study. One type of open system is the so-called radiant energy system, which receives its energy from solar radiation – an energy source that can be regarded as inexhaustible for all practical purposes.
Project 'Soft Green Light' is a field trip to the the area of Kepa Zawadowska in Warsaw, located 5 km from Wilanów on the river bank.
In the 70-ties & 80-ties a boom of the glasshouse business took place here. It was announcing soon to happen economical and political change after year '89. This year also marks the end of the glasshouse prosperity. Today lots of them were put down, abandoned or changed its original function. The way the farmers (which were given the disrespectful name of 'steam man') were organizing their micro economy in the central (govern) - controlled economy was in fact the economical sabotage of the system from within.
The glasshouse becomes the metaphor of participation, the ability to take one's own decisions and act in a free, self-ruling way.
foto: kinga kielczynska, bartosz stawiarski
‘While the refusal to participate in order to create an alternate and independent society seems the only option in face of the evidence, participation does hold an equally utopic charm. Boris Groys points out that “a total space of participation is fascinating, even ecstatic and dangerous at the same time.”21 This is evident in all of the micro-inventions in the city today with the intention of doing good. With all of the hyperactivity this entails, it leads us all into an entangled, open-ended and organic movement of collaborators. As this process is overwhelming, we get even more involved: to be inside rather than out, with the hope of making the world a better place. However, one needs to ask: how do we participate? And, for whom? The act of participation should not be about achieving harmony or making the world just a bit better but of providing a shared, symbolic space whereby differences are not smoothed over, but instead exposed. Getting involved is not enough.’