Poligonal: Art and Science Talks is a program run by Fundación Mar Adentro, which aims to present the multidisciplinary work carried out by artists and scientists in relation to environmental protection and awareness.
Open to the public, Poligonal seeks to reflect the work and perspective of each participant, bringing together art, science and their common points. In addition, these dialogues are expected to broaden the interests of artists, scientists, decision-makers and the public, showing concrete examples of interdisciplinary work in order to address the environmental problems we currently face more comprehensively.
The environmental crisis we are currently experiencing for a long time now has become not only a scientific discussion. To address the challenges posed by climate change, it seems that interdisciplinarity is key in the search for innovative solutions that address the multiple causes and consequences of this global problem.
In this sense, bringing together art and science is no longer a strange combination, on the contrary, it is becoming stronger. That is why, Fundación Mar Adentro – which for several years has been working on the crossing of these disciplines – has wanted to highlight this issue, generating a space for reflection for citizens, interested in knowing new perspectives and collaborations related to the care of nature from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Its first version was held at the Planetarium of Santiago on June 20, 2019, in which participants addressed the issue of Daño Foliar Araucaria (DFA), a disease that is currently threatening one of Chile’s most important native species, the araucaria tree (Araucaria araucana). Poligonal Nº1 brought together visual artist Máximo Corvalán-Pincheira and scientist Eduardo Castro, expert in genetic material, in a panel moderated by art historian Catalina Valdés, current curator of the 14th Santiago New Media Biennial. The dialogue concluded with an immersive sound performance composed of the Planetarium’s starry sky with audio recordings obtained in Bosque Pehuén, Fundación Mar Adentro’s privately protected area of nature conservation, by sound artist Gregorio Fontaine of Ecolab.
The audience was able to participate in a conversation that approached the araucaria from different perspectives, seeking to prompt in each of us an expansion and deepening of knowledge beyond the scientific causes of the disease that this species is suffering. Thus, the participants of Poligonal, were able to reflect on how art and science contribute to each other in the search for more comprehensive responses to a phenomenon, which also accounts for social, cultural and environmental aspects.
Below, the video recording of Poligonal Nº1 for those unable to attend (audio is in Spanish, for English subtitles click on subtitles icon ):