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.
On Monday, I was invited by Txaro Arrazola to run a session in one of her courses at the Faculty of Fine Arts in the University of the Basque Country.
This faculty is the place where I studied at the first place so the visit was a re-encounter with memories from when I was a student.
Muchas gracias a ECLIPSE CIUDADANO por realizar esta documentación.
Agradezco a todo el equipo de La Voragine - Cultura Crítica por ofrecerme la posibilidad de compartir, gracias a todas y todos los que estuvisteis presentes en este encuentro además de quienes no pudisteis estar (aunque mostrásteis vuestro apoyo incondicional), gracias.
Mañana se sucederá la ponencia "Procesos artísticos ante incertidumbres socioambientales" en La Voragine, Santander. Estáis todas y todos invitad@s para más info este artículo (enlace en la imagen) de eldiario.es, gracias a todo el equipo por el apoyo.
In these days I am member of the "young jury" at Torrelavega Shortfilm Festival with regional and national shortfilms plus a selection from Mexico, invited country this year. This festival takes place at the Concha Espina Theater in the city of Torrelavega, Northern Spain.
En este encuentro, Seila Fernández Arconada expondrá algunos de los últimos proyectos que ha realizado buscando tejer diálogos sobre incertidumbres socioambientales fronterizas desde su experiencia en la investigación artística en colaboración con profesionales de diferentes disciplinas y miembros comunitarios.
Jueves 28 de Noviembre
La Vorágine Cultura Crítica (Santander, Cantabria)