Earlier in January, I was incredibly pleased to have to opportunity to run the winter collective space “Seeds in the Snow: Winter Artistic Collaborations for a Shared Future” in Nigüelas (Granada, Spain). From the years of research I designed this conceptual experiencial experience as this project was created to cultivate togetherness through artistic explorations in Nature as a gesture of stewardship for a shared future. I had the privilege to invite the experts to participate in this collective journey as well as leading this pathway which gave me a lot of new learning and hope.
Here some more information of what “Seeds in the Snow: Winter Artistic Collaborations for a Shared Future” was about:
¨During five-days artists, scientists, youth workers and civil society activists explored the tangled threads of the ecosocial crisis through collective learning inspired by socially engaged art practices. Through hands-on transdisciplinary methods, reflective dialogues and shared rural experiences, we look for artistic “natural” connections between different kinds of knowledge while experiencing togetherness.
During the time together we explored the uncertainties of the contemporary landscapes reflecting on the uncertain times we are living while rethinking about sustainability, climate change, collaboration and Nature among others. From the led presentations and discussions, to activities in the mountains and the local science museum (Parque de las Ciencias de Andalucía) while having local experts like Félix Picazo who shared with us a great lesson about ecology by collaborating with Nature. Also, these five days allowed an immersive (co)habiting experience as we lived together at the Molino while all the exchanged was taking place (listening, talking, drawing, hiking, reading, playing, watching, laughing, thinking, creating… and loads more).
As result, all participants created projects in collaboration to take further ideas and experiment on methodologies for all to experience. In addition, the process became an outcome collected in an “experimental tool guide”, a collective book created out of this project, soon will be published online!
This space was created by Seila Fernández Arconada together with Lernlabor team and the special professional guests as seeds in the snow, participating in this artistic endeavour together.
Thanks to all who made such special project possible in particular to the 15 participant experts invited:
Olga Lucía Hernández
This project was organised by Lernlabor and co-funded by the European Union.¨
I am very pleased to share the new project coming up for March which I am leading together with Lernlabor. This call for participants is for an international trainning course taht will be taking place in Germany in March 2024. Feel free to apply or share the call with whom might be interested!
We are looking for participants from Germany, Spain, Greece, Italy, and Poland for the Training course (15-24.03.24) "Harvesting Hope: Artistic Alchemy and Collective Care for Eco-Social Renewal" in Germany.
This workshop focuses on the dynamic intersection of Art, Alchemy, and collective Care, drawing inspiration from ancestral and alternative practices while envisioning future scenarios of eco-social renewal. Through hands-on collaborative artistic methods, we will explore and interact with Nature, reflecting on the ongoing eco-social crisis to propose new questions and explore other forms of engagement in connection to topics like sustainability, climate change, extractivism, and uncertainty.
Participants will have the opportunity to explore these topics while actively participate in the alchemical process of artistic creation. This involves transforming individual narratives into collective creations that embody hope and renewal.
Led by Seila Fernández Arconada, an experienced multidisciplinary artist and researcher with international expertise in participatory and collaborative transdisciplinary projects. The workshop is designed as a hybrid format, blending elements of a training course and an experimental laboratory taking place over a 10-day training program from March 15th to 24th, 2024, in the unique setting of Lutter am Barrengerge, Germany.
Deadline for application 24 of January 2024
The application form: https://forms.gle/5kZyAwR9E5hgZGkM8
For more information, feel free to contact me: email@example.com or to:
"Seeds in the Snow: Winter Artistic Collaborations for a Shared Future" represents the beginning of 2024, it is a new space and collective methodology I am crafting with care. I am very excited to have such opportunity to share with other artists and scientists which I will be facilitating as artistic director of the German organisation Lernlabor.
In this program we have invited professional artists and scientists to explore the tangled threads of the ecosocial crisis through collective learning during a five days cohabiting experience in rural Granada, from the 18th to the 24th of January 2024.
This collective space will focus on Nature through hands-on transdisciplinary methods, reflective dialogues and shared rural experiences. We will look for artistic “natural” connections between different kinds of knowledge, collective actions using artistic methods to look for other questions, other forms of engagement, vital in these uncertain times we are living.
I would like to invite you to the collective exhibition and final presentation of "Post Truth? Countering Disinformation Narratives" in Berlin that will take place on the 12, 13th and 14th of December 2023. I have been working intensively leading this project during this year as Art Director of Lernlabor, in the role of coordination, content leader and curator.
This international project has taken place during this year with a number of collaborative art residencies, exhibitions and workshops in Ukraine, Poland, Germany and France. Together we engaged with challenges of the post-truth era focusing on the growing problem of disinformation and fake news and how it could be countered through critical thinking, media literacy and other artistic strategies.
We are very pleased to share some of the artworks done by the remarkable and talented artists who took part in this process and keep the discussion with whom would like to join in the program activities.
The collective exhibition contains some of the created artistic expressions but also documentation about the process and information about the artworks created and artists involved.
OPEN PROGRAM, ALL WELCOME!
12th from 19.00 Vernissage
13th, 14th from 16.00 to 21.00 Opening hours
14th at 19.00 Closing event & performance
Location of the event: Kunstleben Kreuzberg
Gneisenaustraße 19, 10961 Berlin
Also you can join a tour guide activities of the exhibition, options are the following:
13th Wednesday at 18:00
14th Thursday two options: 11:00 and 18:00
****Tour guide is a small group activity, please register here:
More information: www.postruthproject.net
This project has been initiated by Lernlabor and its civil society partners in Ukraine, Poland and France. The process has been guided and curated by Seila Fernández Arconada. This project is financed by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany in the framework of its Civil Society Cooperation programme.
On Thursday I will be in conversation with Lidia Gil, an event part of the series of talks "Los artistas cuentan", where artists share about their artistic processes. This will be taking place in Centro Cultural Doctor Madrazo, Santander (Cantabria, Spain). Free entrance, open to all.
More information in the following link: www.elfaradio.com/2023/11/06/sheila-fernandez-clausura-el-ciclo-los-artistas-cuentan/
"Sailing Through Liquid Realities"
Seila Fernández Arconada
"The liquid realities of the city go beyond what we see. The unknown also exists. Water is going through an ecosocial crisis that reveals its vital existence and fragility. In this collective drift, we will focus our senses on hydrological changes and transformations as we navigate through the city, exploring the hidden aspects that manifest themselves through the temporality of tides, connecting us with the land, the sea, and the cosmos. This artistic process is embedded within us to lead us to questions such as:
What memories will the future water flows we inhabit carry?"
Santander, Cantabria (Spain)
This project is in the frame of "De las calles un museo"
Organised by DidacArt financed by Fundación Santander Creativa.
I am very pleased to share that on the 28th of October at 10:00am (Colombian time), we will be presenting the collective fanzine "En las Desembocaduras" (In the Estuaries)
We will engage in a conversation with an interdisciplinary group of researchers, artists, and environmental activists who, as a result of a series of collective creative processes, created a collection of fanzines titled "En las desembocaduras." Through various collaborations, including texts, watercolors, photography, drawings, and poems, we will address the question of what grievances are generated by various forms of extractivism in different territories. We will focus on the interdisciplinary and transnational dialogues that made this collective project possible, as well as the specific cases of extractivism that these fanzines address in the Atrato and Magdalena rivers in Colombia, mining in Mexico, Germany, and Colombia, the Besaya River in Spain, and the Córdoba Wetland in Bogotá. We will also inquire about which communities are affected by these extractive practices and what we understand by the term "community."
About the collaborators: In September 2022, a group of activists, artists, researchers, and educators from Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany gathered in Kassel to reflect on the grievances of extractivism, with a focus on Colombia. This took place within the framework of a summer school with speakers invited by the University of Kassel, Más arte más acción (MAMA), and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), in the context of contemporary art exhibitions at Documenta Fifteen. The collection of fanzines received support from Más arte más acción, Documenta Institut, and CAPAZ (Colombian-German Institute for Peace). The collaborators who participated in the fanzine were Ara Goudsmit, M. Jose Ortiz, Chiari De Marchis Garofalo, Rossana Alarcón, Pedro Jiménez Herrera, Samuel Sarmiento, Gabriela Aquije Zegarra, Andrés Tafur Villareal, Maribel Rivasvas Concelos, Nohora Alejandra Quiguantar, Sabrina Herrmann, Seila Fernández Arconada, Claudia Howald, Elizabeth Gallón Droste, Pablo Torres, Ana Álvarez Prendes, Elena Blesa, Carolina Sánchez, and Diego Lagos.
The event will be in Zoom via this link, event will be in spanish:
ID de reunión: 943 5482 4456
Código de acceso: 564013
More information about the Humanidades Ambientales collective, host of the event:
Gracias, por la oportunidad de compartir este bonito trabajo colectivo.
This week I am in Kyiv, I am well honor to be one of the selected international artists to be part of this program invited by Інша Освіта / Insha Osvita and Асортиментна кімната in partnership with Proto produkciia, Prague Civil Society and Centre post impreza. This project focuses on Ukrainian context, where we will learn more from locals in particular from artists and cultural agents working here.
There are a two open events, on the 11th we will have a networking event at Urban Space 500.
Also I will be giving a talk on the 14th at the space National Union of Composers of Ukraine. Everyone is welcome.
Registration is required please follow the following links:
Зареєструватися на нетворкінг:
Зареєструватися на артісттоки:
"La iniciativa “DelasCallesUNMUSEO” propone cinco nuevos paseos por Santander -del 21 de octubre al 19 de noviembre- para mirarla ciudad a través de las artes y explorar los lugares por los que transitamos en nuestra vida cotidiana -desde otras perspectivas-. Diseñado por la empresa cultural DidacArt y reconocido en la convocatoria de ayudas de la Fundación Santander Creativa (FSC), este año se editará -además- un libro sobre las distintas narrativas que ofrece la ciudad.
“Perspectivas” es el título que envuelve a esta edición que recorrerá tanto el centro de la urbe como las zonas periféricas para descubrirla y alejarse de los circuitos habituales. “Se trata de un ejercicio de práctica visual que hace que los participantes descubran las piezas, los edificios, los elementos patrimoniales, los recursos del diseño urbano y el arte tras el telón urbano”, explica Laura Crespo, creadora del proyecto.
Las inscripciones, que son gratuitas, se realizarán a través de la web www.didacart.com a partir del lunes 9 de octubre. Este año se proponen cinco nuevos paseos con un total de diez sesiones. La duración de cada paseo será de dos horas y en cada uno podrán participar 20 personas.
La artista Laura Escallada, la historiadora Miriam Callejo, la investigadora y artista Seila Fernández Acornada y la gestora cultural Itziar Jiménez guiarán los paseos abordando diferentes temáticas como el urbanismo, el arte, el patrimonio industrial y la creación contemporánea....
-“Navegando entre realidades acuosas”, de Seila Fernandez Arconada – 4 y 5 de noviembre de 10:30 a 12:30 horas
Las realidades acuosas de la ciudad van más allá de lo que vemos. Lo desconocido existe. De este modo, al unirnos como cuerpos de agua en el ecosistema acuosoque habitamos, se abren nuevas experiencias percibiendo flujos no visibilizados. El agua atraviesa una crisis ecosocial que evidencia su vital existencia y su fragilidad. En esta deriva enfocaremos los sentidos hacia cambios y transformaciones acuosas mientras navegamos la ciudad preguntándonos. ¿Cómo será el futuro de los flujos del agua que habitamos?"
Extracto desde: www.elfaradio.com/2023/10/07/delascallesunmuseo-cinco-nuevos-paseos-para-contemplar-la-ciudad-desde-otras-perspectivas/
Inscripciones en: didacart.com/
Tomorrow, 2nd of September, we present final results of the Socially Engaged Art Lab.
The OD/thER border creep, is a collaborative project made during the Socially Engaged Art Lab led by the artist Seila Fernández Arconada as part of Viadrinicum 2023.
This project is done in collaboration between:
and Seila Fernández Arconada
Viadrinicum is an annual summer school at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), devoted to the countries of the Eastern Partnership, and the larger context of Central and Eastern Europe. Its 2023 edition will revolve around the multifaceted question, how cities learn, and will look into the entanglements of urban learning and dwelling practices.
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