Repatterning 4/1 · Shelley Etkin April 2, 2023

Shelley Etkin talks about landing and healing, digging and dreaming, being in dialogue, and ways to think about gardens.

“How can we learn to include ourselves, to an appropriate degree, so that all the needs can actually start to feed and nourish each other? And that is where a regenerative framework also tries to push the notion of sustainability — keeping something going, maintaining and upkeeping operations — into how we link things together so that they actually serve and nourish each other. Including us. And including in the city, for example. How would it be to move through the city as a garden? What if the city was a garden of gardens?”

Shelley Etkin

Shelley Etkin

Shelley Etkin is a transdisciplinary artist, educator, and gardener, based in Berlin. Her work centers relations between bodies and lands, engaging in process-based ecological thinking, making, and healing.


Repatterning is a series of talks about being turned inside out. It is about the experience of being radically upended, the work of dreaming, and the ghosts that travel along the way. Concentric circles rippling outwards from art, crisis, music, sickness, reinvention, mourning, renewal, collapse, and enchantment. Picking through the remnants and imagining what might emerge, as the grains of sand pile upwards, the hope drone swells, the gamelan chimes, and the distant bells peal.

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