In the morning of 13th of September I joint Nicol Zânâ in the dinamics of a community workshop about medicinal plants in San Miguel de Tlaxcaltepec. Nicol is a biologist with interest in medicinal plants who teach at the Universidad Autonoma de Querétaro in Amealco. She also co-funded cine teatro Ar Zá, an independent creative space also in Amealco (Mexico).
After a few conversations we found commonalities in our interests and decided to lead the session together. Participation was stunning and we both learn from the local interest and vast knowledge of medicinal plants. The workshop dynamic in this session was based on deep creative mapping where group discussions took place by creating a sense of territory based on their living spaces and medicinal plants. The partipants's willingness to exchange was beautiful, a real sense of community to learn from.
In addition, Diego Ugalde gave a quick introduction about the local language providing names of some plants while comparing some variants of the language with participants, some speak the local variant of otomí fluently.
The course is still taking place and I wish them the best for those unique shared moments learning together. Thanks Nicol for giving me the opportunity to be there.
Photos by Seila Fernández Arconada and Diego Ugalde
On the 13th of September I had the real pleasure to talk about my practice at cineteatro Ar Zá in Amealco. This talk was titled "Artistic experiments at the in between space" focusing on the role of artistic practice in the dialogue of different kinds of knowledge based on some of my recent projects. I would like to thank all participants for their interest and participation in the fantastic conversation afterwards.
Photos by Diego Ugalde
I am very pleased to share the next event I am working on "Experimentos artísticos en el espacio intermedio". This talk will focus on some of my recent projects which will be taking place at Cine Teatro Ar Zá, an independent creative space in Amealco (Querétaro, Mexico). This space not only opens the door to a wide range of creative activities but also aims to protect the local language and culture.
The documentation of the event Disonancia Sugerida, experimento artístico en el espacio intermedio has been uploaded, Please find it HERE
Suggested Dissonance is an invitation to an artistic research process by sharing cross-sectional narratives to questions and encounters. This path will take us through the forest, the relational, the interdisciplinary, the sense of belonging, the notion of place, exchange and dialogue between different kinds of knowledge which are intertwined concepts in a space in between. This collective ritual offers the opportunity for participants to become active agents in this shared multisensory experience.
This event is part of the project "Colombia BioResilience: Biodiversity resilience and ecosystem services in post-conflict socio-ecological systems in Colombia", an interdisciplinary collaboration between the University of Bristol and University of Exeter (United Kingdom), which has given the opportunity to the artist Seila Fernández Arconada to generate this research during her placement at the Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute (Colombia).
Photo by Felipe Villegas
What can I say? I am overwhelmed after the few days spent last week at the Indigenous Intercultural University Ayuuk in Jaltepec de Candayoc (Mixe indigenous region) Oaxaca (México). ISIA was originated with the indigenous organization SERmixe aiming to serve the indigenous communities in Oaxaca.
The three main principles of this university are commonality, integrality and solidarity taken to practice in a unique holistic vision, structure, living space, sessions... While I was there Pr. Gunther Dietz (Universidad Veracruzana) gave a talk about "educación y diversidad cultural" as well as the few days presentacions of the first local masters thesis to whom I would like to congratulate for such incredible work. There is so much to learn from such university model over the occidental format that forgot its purpose in society.
Thanks so much to Alejandro Mira Tapia for making this happening as well as the whole ISIA team, in particular to the Director Francisco Morfín. Gracias @ISIAyuuk
I am so pleased to have contributed to the introduction of the event "Ecológicas Tentaculares" with Pr. Donna Haraway which took place at Universidad del Rosario (Bogotá, Colombia) on the 8th of August. Thanks to Santiago Martínez Medina for this opportunity and thanks so much Pr. Haraway for being such inspiration...
The event can be seen in the following link:
Gracias al equipo de Ciencias Sociales del Instituto Humboldt por estos tres maravillosos meses! Me llevo en mi maleta mucho cariño recibido, recuerdos lindísimos y mucho, mucho aprendizaje! Instituto Alexander Von Humboldt - Venado De Oro. Colombia
I am very pleased to announce that I have been granted with one of the grants for arts by the Botín Foundation this year. This grant will enable me to develop a project at the river Amazons between Perú, Colombia and Brasil.
"Ocho artistas de cuatro nacionalidades diferentes (cinco españoles, un peruano, un israelí y una portuguesa) serán los beneficiarios de la XXVII edición de las Becas Internacionales de Artes Plásticas de la Fundación Botín. Los nuevos beneficiarios de este programa de ayudas expondrán sus proyectos artísticos en la muestra Itinerarios XXVII, cuya celebración está prevista para el año 2021.
Los creadores seleccionados han sido: Armando Andrade Tudela (Lima, Perú, 1975), Gruber Assaf (Jerusalén, Israel, 1980), Lucía Bayón (Madrid, 1994), Alfonso Borragán (Santander, 1983), Seila Fernández Arconada (Santander, 1986), Esther Merinero (Madrid, 1994), Juan Morey (Mallorca, 1972) y Ana Santos (Espinho, Portugal, 1982)".
Experimento artístico en el espacio intermedio
Por la artista Seila Fernández Arconada
A las 18:00, el jueves 25 de Julio de 2019
En El Parche Artist residency
Cra. 9 #2287, Bogotá (Colombia
Cupo limitado, previa inscripción (y más info):
Disonancia sugerida es una invitación a compartir un proceso de investigación artística planteando narrativas transversales a preguntas y encuentros. Este camino viaja a través del bosque, lo relacional, lo interdisciplinario, el sentido de pertenencia, la noción de lugar, el intercambio y el diálogo de saberes que se entrelazan en un espacio intermedio; un ritual colectivo en el que los participantes serán agentes activos en esta experiencia multisensorial compartida.
Este evento se enmarca en el proyecto "Colombia BioResilience: Biodiversity resilience and ecosystem services in post-conflict socio-ecological systems in Colombia", colaboración interdisciplinaria entre la Universidad de Bristol y Exeter (Reino Unido) la cual ha permitido a Seila Fernández Arconada generar esta investigación durante su estancia en el proyecto y el Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicas Alexander von Humboldt (Colombia).
I am very pleased to announce the opening exhibition of "Antropologia, paisagem, sentidos: pesquisa e arte da/na paisagem" presentation of the work done last year in Picote (Portugal) where I had the honour to share time with Marcelo Moscheta and Lorenzo I. Bordonaro. This exhibition shows some of the work done then which will be presented at Museu da Terra de Miranda at Miranda do Douro (Portugal) on the 13th of June 2019.