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Climate change as an opportunity to build a better quality of life

What led you to specialize in climate studies? An experience in nature? A professor? No, the truth is that working in climate came about separately from an obvious interest in nature. I mean I’ve always had an interest in nature,...

Who brought the water?

We live in a time of dizzying changes both in society and science, and especially in astronomy. In the last decade, we’ve discovered thousands of exoplanets (planets that orbit stars like the Sun), most of which are completely different to...

The movement of plants is political

Interview with Fiorella Angelini, Chilean visual artist and director of “The Araucaria Project: My journey to discover the sacred”. Through her installations, analogue photography and video, Angelini explores various issues that affect nature, territory and identity. Her latest audiovisual work...

Animating Characters in an Incomplete World

Interview with Marcos Sánchez – artist and filmmaker Visual artist, animator and filmmaker, Marcos Sánchez will be participating in the Ars Electronica 2021 Festival as part of Fundación Mar Adentro’s Polygonal Forest platform. In this interview, Marcos reflects on the...

The artistic process as a game

Interview with Cristóbal León, artist and filmmaker. Co-Director of the award-winning film La Casa Lobo (The Wolf House), together with Joaquín Cociña, Cristóbal speaks in this interview about the role of art in the climate emergency, the upcoming premiere of...

The Natural Resources Trap: How to Avoid It?

About 30 years ago, the book Trayectorias divergentes (Divergent Trajectories) was published, edited by Patricio Meller and Magnus Blömstron. In this book, Latin American and Scandinavian authors compared the divergent long-term trends of both groups of countries. One of the...

A Story and its Unforeseen Materialities

Interview with Cristina Sitja, illustrator and ceramist. Driven by an interest in the animal and plant world, Cristina Sitja's work takes different forms and materialities that invite us to observe what surrounds us. In this interview we talk about her...

Grasslands: Places of Pioneering Species

“Pioneer plants, those that are capable of living in the midst of an ungrateful environment, are, in fact, fragile; they die outside of that environment. Riches do not suit them.” – Gilles Clement, Garden in Motion When I arrived to...

Rituals and Treasures of the Pacific Coast

Interview with Begoña Ugalde, poet and founder of Ediciones Liquen. A poet and narrator, Ugalde has made nature a constant theme in her writing. In the last few months, she published a book together with her publishing house about a...

Flooding Spaces with Native Green

Interview with Magdalena Valdés, founder of Bosko and dedicated to creating fast-growing native forests. Magdalena’s interest in nature and concern for the loss of native plant species led her –a historian with studies in sociology– to investigate the Miyawaki method...

Cosmic Order, Invisible Energies and Cycles of Nature

Interview with Elisa Balmaceda, visual artist, teacher and researcher. Always interested in the cycles of nature, Elisa Balmaceda began working with the sun and later expanded her research to include subjects linked to ecology, the understanding of time and space,...

Voices of a Woven World: Poetics and Inner Sustainability

Our feet trace a path of twisted roots and earth adorned with pine needles alongside the frozen body of Suur-Kaksjärv, a lake enveloped by pine trees. I catch the glowing face of a four-month-old held against his mother’s chest as...

System Suspect Suffering: A Work by Máximo Corvalán-Pincheira

Transition to Nature Padece is the first result of a year-long process (and ongoing) of an artistic research by Chilean artist Máximo Corvalán-Pincheira that took place within both a lab as well as onsite on the damage that the araucaria...

Traditional Seeds: A Living Heritage in Need of Rescue

Interview with Thamar Sepúlveda – Seed Guardian and  co-founder of Biodiversidad Alimentaria Traditional seeds are a natural wealth that is often unknown or forgotten, with a story that dates back to hundreds and even thousands of years. They have unique...

Algae, with a capital A

Algae constitute an entire world in and of themselves and are a group of plants that live in water. They are thalophytes, that is, they have a thallus in which roots, stem, or leaves are not differentiated, and can be...

The Wilderness Archive at Centro Cultural La Moneda

Remember the last time you walked through the aisles of a museum of natural history? Those cabinets full of specimens standing on a pin or glued to a board under screens of clear glass framed in varnished wood or against...

Conservation as a Citizens Movement

Interview with Bruno Monteferri, Director of Conservamos por Naturaleza Connecting urban dwellers with conservation projects, working with local communities, empowering privately protected areas, and creating a network of volunteers and massive environmental campaigns which have succeeded in impacting laws in...

Bio-art, Installation and Performance as Holistic Modes of Understanding the Human and Non-Human

Biological cultures, artistic methods as alternate forms of ecological sampling, and critical theory are some of the multiple resources that drives artist Jasmin Märker’s creative process. Our virtual relationship with Jasmin began the beginning of this year, we had just...

The Internet of Things: Environmental and Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence

How are we able to conserve human qualities, their particularities and unpredictabilities– those that differentiate us from algorithms–is the question. Technology seems to be evolving faster than ever and it is now a matter of urgency to reflect profoundly on...

Sustainable reactivation now

The impending social and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus in Chile is far from being fully understood. For thousands of people, subsistence has become an omnipresent phantom, both in their workplaces and in their own homes. For the most...

Circular Urban Metabolism: Cities as Living Organisms

One of the crucial discussions currently surrounding the climate crisis is closely related to the need to re-think our cities. What to do with waste; how to generate circular economy policies; and what you can do in your own home...

Anthropology, Science and Mapuche Society

The relationship between science and history, heritage, the Mapuche society –indigenous habitants of present-day south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina–, and capitalism, as well as the devastation of the ecosystems, were some of the issues we discussed with Diego Milos: chilean...

A Mycelium-Like Network

“We hear about precarity in the news every day. People lose their jobs or are angry because they never had them. Gorillas and river porpoises hover at the edge of extinction. Rising seas swamp whole Pacific Islands. But most of...

Privately Protected Areas in Chile: Biological corridors for ecological connectivity

Privately protected areas (PPAs) have been internationally recognized by scientists and experts as an important conservation strategy to face the current global biodiversity crisis. In this scenario, the development of private conservation initiatives in accordance with international standards and in...

Biomaterials for Societies of the Future

The instability that the current pandemic has produced over global economic logics as well as political and power structures, has emphasized the existing breakdown in how we relate to and connect with nature. A nature caricatured as an image of...

Messages from the Bat God: Towards a Decolonized Art and Education

The global health crisis has left a trail of images and ideas that our culture will take time to assimilate: the bodies of the victims and the evident absence of a symbolic space to deal with death; the return of...

Looking Back at our Dietary Past for a Better Future

“The current socio-environmental health crisis that we are living, requires rethinking what truly is essential as well as identifying the elements that will allow us to face quarantine and its effects on vulnerable sectors of society. A key element is...

The Non-Visible Life

Evolutionary stories of plants, how a virus behaves, and the fragility of our surroundings and systems, are some of the topics that we discussed in these times of confinement with Chilean biochemist Pablo Zamora: expert in plant species genomics, PhD...

Urgency of Environmental Education in Face of a Climate and Health Crisis

The permanent degradation of ecosystems and greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere have brought us various serious consequences in recent years. Today, as we face a climate crisis and a pandemic, it is essential to reflect on what has led...

Art, Education and Nature: Building New Forms For A Transformative Reality

The ability art has to encourage wonder, creativity, critical thinking, as well as promoting reflections and working hand in hand with various disciplines, puts it in a relevant role against the urgency of educating and generating innovative actions to seek...

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