With the project #EstudioFlotante, cuando el río suena a Amazonas, I am looking for collaborators based at the Iberian Peninsula originally from the Amazonian territory.
More info about the project: www.estudioflotante.art.blog/
These images show some of the field work done in Campoo by the "mediation" team, including myself and the artist Nacho Zubelzu. This work is framed in Rural Experimenta II. It has been a real pleasure to collaborate with all in particular to my team partner and La Ortiga Colectiva.
For more information: Cultura y Ciudadanía
I would like to share this blog of the research team I am part of "Art, research and feminism" which is based at the University of the Basque Country.
Here you can find more information about it:
Comienza Rural Experimenta II, ahí estarémos esta semana lxs mediadorxs, Nacho Zubelzu y mi persona seremos lxs encargadxs de vincular los proyectos con el territorio y llevar el territorio de Campoo a cada unx de lxs personas que participan en Rural Experimenta en esta edición. Desde la mediación buscamos generar puentes, articulando desde el territorio para situar ideas, para buscar más preguntas que atraviesen los proyectos, para partir de lo rural para ubicar proyectos.
"Empezamos la II edición de nuestro laboratorio ciudadano #RuralExperimenta, por delante cinco días donde prototiparemos en común los seis proyectos de innovación rural.
Tejer relaciones humanas, debatir y escuchar, es esencial en el prototipado. Este año el desafío será hacerlo virtualmente.
Pese a todo estaremos en constante conexión con el valle de Campoo mediante metodologías de mediación que trabajarán sobre el territorio. Además, esta tarde inauguraremos la edición junto a Medialab-Prado, Gobierno de Cantabria y La Ortiga Colectiva, además del Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte." Cultura y Ciudadanía
Primera reunión en persona del equipo parte de Rural Experimenta II que se encuentra en el territorio de Campoo (Cantabria). En la foto, representantes de La Ortiga Colectiva, María Montesino y Angel Astorqui y lxs mediadorxs en esta edición Nacho Zubelzu Gonzalez y mi persona. Más que un honor compartir con ellxs este tiempo de inmersión en la propuesta!
Este encuentro, parte de Cultura y Ciudadanía, ha tenido que amoldarse al medio digital por cuestiones de seguridad pero nosotrxs hemos decidido trabajar desde Requejo y sus alrededores para aportar al encuentro la esencia local que tan importante es para los proyectos seleccionados.
Esta próxima semana nos adentramos en el rodaje de varios videos que serán parte de este encuentro que tendrá lugar entre el 21 y 26 de septiembre. Para más info: https://www.facebook.com/culturayciudadania
I would like to share with you this great iniciative, "Dibujos por la Amazonía" in which I am pleased to have participated. Have a look and contribute if you can. Spread the word and share please!
Os comparto esta gran iniciativa, "Dibujos por la Amazonía" en la que he tenido el gusto de participar y que siento tan importante, se agradece difusión! Gracias!
"Drawings for the Amazon brings together a volunteer group of visual artists to help the indigenous Amazon communities in Peru, who are going through difficult times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All funds raised will be directed to three social organizations that have a decisive role in communication, assistance and help in the health emergency: the Apostolic Vicariate of Iquitos, Ucamara Radio in Nauta, and Coshikox (Shipibo-Konibo and Xetebo Council) in Pucallpa. More than 250 artists have donated more than 400 original works in A4 format (approximate), which will be distributed among the project donors. By contributing a one-time fee of US$ 150, you will receive a link to discover which work was selected for you, through an automated system in the form of a raffle. The project is inspired by the Brazilian project 300 Desenhos. Your collaboration is fundamental and you can do it as many times as you want".
MORE INFO: www.dibujosxamazonia.org
(**web en ambos idiomas)
Here the images I contributed with, both done at the Amazon rainforest.
It has been some time since I am immersed in the project "Estudio Flotante cuando el río suena a Amazonas" which I have been developing along the course of the river Amazon. This journey has began in January 2020 and will end at the end of August 2020. I would like to invite you to check updates on the project which I regularly upload on the following blog: https://estudioflotante.art.blog/
"The project summary is the following: “#EstudioFlotante (#floatingstudio, when a river sounds like the river Amazon” is an artistic project inspired by the relationship between human beings and water, in the most important fresh water reserve on the planet: the river Amazon. This project is directed by the artist and researcher Seila Fernández Arconada. It takes the movement as a creative method by tracing a journey with the river, from the Nevado del Mismi (Peru) to its mouth in Brazil.
This artistic practice is based on the process as a means of socio-environmental research based on exchange, where collaboration and participation inspire reflections and artistic forms in motion; a project for dialogue with the territory. River, water, suspended time, movement, water, in between space, notions of place and identity, dialogue of knowledge, species and places are concepts of departure.
The process will have several periods that will be interwoven throughout the project from multidisciplinary research and creation about the Amazon River through meetings or stays with individuals and groups, such as scientific research centers, universities and artistic centers and / or various communities together with the creative process from the river Amazon itself, travelling on its fluvial journey in cargo ships and passengers. These boats will become floating studios; places of exchange and creation based on the expanded time aiming to reflect on the river from the river itself.
This “watery journey” will begin at the beginning of 2020 from Chivay (Perú), where a visit to Nevado Mismi will take place, the farthest source of the river Amazon. Then a journey back to Lima will lead to the journey to Pucallpa from where the river voyage will begin. Several stops are included in this journey including Iquitos and Leticia, this particular place called Tres Fronteras (an “in between space” of the shared border zone with Colombia, Peru and Brazil) will become place of creation where local artists and researchers will be invited to generate a transdisciplinary collaboration. The trip will enter Brazil passing and stopping in Manaus and other places in the river basin and arriving to the mouth where several visits and activities will be developed.
The schedule of this journey is drafted although determined by a time frame from January to September of 2020. Currently the artist is working in networks of collaboration and activities since these are the heart of this project."
Self made publication made with a selection of projects which I consider the most relevant for myself so far. These works take an essence of the last decade which is already taking form in the most important project of my life and which is place in 2020.
Thanks to all who have been part of this creative journey and which will continue with new art challenges to keep growing.
I am well happy to share the first "harvest" on this transition to 2020, the article: "#ExistenceOnSearch: Multispecies encounters and knowledge dialogue at the in-between space" written in collaboration with Santiago Martínez Medina. This text has been included at the recent online publication for the blog Platypus by CASTAC (Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology & Computing).
This article has two versions, English and Spanish (con el título "#ExistenciaEnBusqueda: diálogo desde encuentros entre especies y saberes") If you would like to read any of the versions here I share the links (**best to check in computer version rather than phone view).
English version: http://blog.castac.org/…/existenceonsearch-multispecies-en…/
Versión en español: http://blog.castac.org/…/existenciaenbusqueda-dialogo-desd…/
Newspaper El Diario Montañés, 29th of December 2019.
In these days, I am finishing the period of preproduction of the current project I am developing "Cuando el río suena, agua lleva" framed as “#EstudioFlotante (#floatingstudio, when a river sounds like the river Amazon”. This project is an artistic project inspired by the relationship between human beings and water, in the most important fresh water reserve on the planet: the river Amazon. This project takes the movement as a creative method by tracing a journey with the river, from Nevado del Mismi (Peru) to its mouth in Brazil.
This article explain briefly about the journey, feeling, expectations and other aspects related to my practice. I would like to think the journalist Nacho Cavia for this presence at the media and all the suport from the region I come from, Cantabria located in Northern Spain.