kies tomaten voor je geld

(choose tomatoes for your money)

A morele give-, exchange-, play- and informal- economy on the Afrikaandermarkt, Rotterdam; Tomato plants, Tomato Lamps, Tomato Chairs and Tomato Jackets.

with Marjolein Meijers en Ellie Smolenaars.

Tomato Bingo a moral economy at Afrikaandermarkt Rotterdam

the Winner of Climate Change

with Bernadette LaHengst

Strom Ab a day without energy at Wismar University

4 scenario‘s turned out to be favourite:


1 stay at home where electricity is around

(boring, you missed the party)

2 try to produce electricity yourself

(complicated, a christmas tree on lemon-ball electricity)

3 use energy from neighbors, or use yesterdays-energy

(bring spool or battery)

4 enjoy a day without energy

(relaxed, funny and social)

Survival Jackets Fashionshow

with: Iris Knabenschuh & Hanna Müller (design) __survival_Jackets_Fashion_Show.html
Survival Jackets (to sell the harvest of your free-range furniture / climate Machines__survival_Jackets_Fashion_Show.html

Een kippenkast in de keuken voor de scharreleieren, een appelboomgaard aan het infuus in de tuin. De opbrengst verkoopt ze vanuit de voering van haar jas. Een spannende worsteling tussen de grootstedelijke Gina en het plattelandsleven volgt. In een hypermoderniteit positioneert dit boek het eenvoudige leven uit de jaren vijftig in  de huidige tijd  en vervormt het  naar hedendaagse eisen en wensen. 

Konspirative Küchen Konzerte

Turbine Roulette at Freiburg Theatre

BosBus a mobile nature preserve

Moral Balance Sheet the permanent revolution of a better human being in yourself

For some years I was running my moral balance sheet. A research, as Christopher Dell formulated it in Venice Biennial, to the permanent revolution of a better human being in yourself (die permanente Revolution des

besseren Menschen an sich selbst)


My energy consumption for making this website I calculated at 2530 Watt (23 hours laptop á 50 Watt, and a light bulb of 60 Watt. I produced 3800 gram of CO2 in the wood-oven, I drank 13 cups of coffee from my Kentucky Coffee Bar, which is bio, fair trade and recycles the coffee grounds. I ate some bread with cheese, which was not fair trade, and with home made marmalade. I was wearing a second hand costume, made in GDR, no child labour involved and loads of them on the garbage heaps. Also 2nd hand shoes, and bio cotton underwear. But my socks are with some nano technique, which kills the bacteries that make my foot smell. Unfortunately not only in my shoes, but when i wash them this nano comes in the water treatment plant. kills the bacteries which clean the water as well, thus my not smelling feet causes dirty rivers!

a project by MattonOffice for Jeanne van Heeswijk / Freehouse/Kosmopolis, Rotterdam © 2009

MattonOffice; Ton Matton / Björn Ortfeld for Park Lingezeegen / Province of Gelderland, Arnhem 2007

MattonOffice at Rotterdam Architecture Biennale 2003

Wismar 2009

Freiburg 2006

Wimby Hoogvliet, Rotterdam 2007

2010 -2013

PLF Plants liberation Forest

2013

Technical Paradise at Venice Architecture Biennale

Technical Paradise by Ton Matton


Currently, questions arising from growing ecological problems are widely commented upon and criticised within architectural circles. Ever more artists, architects, planners and designers are attempting to define a position on the ecological and social complications of the contemporary city. As these matters are discussed, they become part of the broader context of problems within contemporary architecture which relate to such seemingly threadbare and yet very current concepts as mobility, identity, and globalisation.


This tendency also provides a home for the works of the German artist Ton Matton. He is an artist who consistently provokes discussion on the condition of the city and the role of the architect and artist as one who works with its substance. Matton shows that the border between architecture and art is fluid. The artist designs installations and small designer objects in which he implements the concept of planning ecological cities. Last year, he published a book entitled ‘Surviving the Suburb’, in which he investigates the possibility of a ‘semi-autarkic’ lifestyle in the suburbs.


One of Matton’s recent projects is ‘Technical Paradise’, which was part of the 'Updating Germany' collective exhibition at the 11thArchitecture Biennale in Venice(1). In the curatorial article for the exhibition, it said that the works selected for the exhibition were not so much finished projects or universal remedies, but rather "small steps in the right direction"(2) and showed that architecture, in terms of that which is “outside building”, can assist in the requisite shaping of our reality. ’s project concentrated on the investigation of the co-dependence between humanity and the space of the city. He shows their strong coexistence and dependence which merge in one coherent organism forming a membrane between the human body and the chronotypical inscription in the structure of the metropolis.


‘Technical Paradise’ is a proposal for a new public space based on the disappearance of the physical borders between space and organism. The artist created an installation comprising 50 fruit trees which were located in a specially-designed construction. Each tree is suitably lit and linked to a drip through which green liquid passes. In this way, Matton arranged an illusory “lost paradise”. He achieved his effect using the young apple trees linked to drips symbolising the synthesis of traditional rural life and the contemporary 'hyper' lifestyle.


And so, the titular “Technical Paradise” is a tool which allows the intensification of the senses and sharpens the experience of reality in a specific way.


Marcin Szczelina



1. 11thArchitecture Biennale in Venice, theme: Out There. Architecture beyond building, Director Aaron Betsky. ‘Updating Germany’ exhibition in the German Pavilion, curators Friedrich von Borriesand Matthias Bottger.


2. For: Friedrich von Borries, Matthias Böttger, Updating Germany [in:] Updating Germany. 100 projects for a better  future, ed. Sophie Lovell, sn.


Venice 2008