The ancient Silk Roads were an interconnected web of trade routes linking the societies of Europe and Asia. In 2013 China’s president Xi Jinping announced a China-led infrastructure project to re-establish the route. Named the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), if completed, will be the world's largest infrastructure project. Ushering in a new age for economic, social and cultural exchange.
The Trans-eurasian Meshwork of Ecologies (TEME) enables artistic infrastructure projects which sit beside the new Silk Road’s New Eurasia Land Bridge Economic Corridor (NELB), a section of the BRI which connects China to Europe.
How can we understand the New Silk Road as a social transformation or from the position of the ecosystems and organisms it will undoubtedly transform?
What form would spaces take where scientists, artists, corporate institutions and non-verbal living entities can create and inform one another?
How can we transform the tools used to plan and build infrastructure to benefit the organisms that the Economic Corridor currently exploits?
We understand the New Eurasia Land Bridge Economic Corridor as a system of different actors and dependencies, an ecology of human and non-human entities. TEME incorporates, supports and mediates the processes and interactions between these.
TEME is a nodal network of spaces where scientists, artists, corporate institutions and non-verbal living entities can create and inform one another.
TEME strengthens existing New Eurasia Land Bridge Economic Corridors infrastructure. Whether train track, wind farm, forest, beehive or community center.
TEME aims to become ecologically literate. It acts as a mediator, not a designer. Deploying nodes for the creation of artworks, infrastructure or scientific research and provide a platform from which users work towards an ecology in which its actors strengthen one another.
TEME will continue to generate and distribute a dialogue that investigates the BRI and its implications for the communities and ecosystems along the Northern Corridor.