ECRN Artist Rooftop Residency – Maidie Van Den Bos: Distilling Nicosian sensory experiences

Artist Maidie van den Bos was selected to take part in one of the 18 rooftop residencies of the European Creative Rooftop Network. For this artistic exchange between Nicosia and Rotterdam, Maidie was asked to develop a Rooftop Art Project in Nicosia under the themes of “geopolitics” and “rooftop sensation”.

During her residency in Nicosia, which took place from the end of June until the middle of July, Maidie developed two projects which culminated in a participatory workshop and a sensory experience during  the Pame Kaimakli festival 2022: Urban Playground.

Maidie invited the local community to smell and taste a collection of Cypriot floral stories in a series of sensory experiences of local plants which she was collecting and brewing during her residency. Connecting body and mind with ecology and culture, sharing ancient knowledge, recipes and traditions of plantlife on all of Cyprus. The result was a stunning, fresh and innovative perspective on how local plants could be reinvented and tasted to allow for sensory experiences of different local corps of Cyprus.

*ECRN is a project which is co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union. Urban Gorillas represent the city of Nicosia in the network.*Maidie, as an artist and entrepreneur through the “Forêt Atelier”, builds sensory installations with flavor and scent at its core.:

Photo credits: Ioanna Economidou