Wasteland Twinning is an international collaboration network, which subverts the mainstream concept of City Twinning and applies it to urban wastelands. Urban wastelands are at the centre of conflicts around cultural, economic and historical hegemonies. The common notion still remains that wastelands are of no value until developed. However, these types of spaces hold a unique and valuable role in the future of humanity as we question notions of progress and strive for more sustainable models of living. As metaphors, wastelands typify the cause and effect of our constant (re)development. wasteland-twinning.net
Wasteland Sydney (SYD) and Wasteland Kuala Lumpur (KL) both showed signs of impending development and a twinning agreement was scripted based upon four movements of cultural significance to both countries. The twinning procedure would happen in three proceedings: online, onsite at the Wasteland in KL, and a re-enactment at the Wasteland Twinning Network Forum in Berlin. For more information see wasteland-twinning.net/projects/twinning-ceremony-sydney-kuala-lumpur/
Lena Obergfell was born in Hamburg, Germany and currently lives in Sydney, Australia. Lena is an artist working with video, installation, photography and kinetic sculpture. Her work explores ideas concerning alienation, foreign-ness, waste and reclamation. She has recently completed a postgraduate research degree at the College of Fine Arts UNSW and is a passionate collector of rubbish and yellow raincoats.