Art and Nature Workshops
We are the Landscape
“Understanding the interdependence of human beings with
everything that exists is the first step in an ecological transition.
We have forgotten that we depend on our environment to
– María Novo
A collaborative artistic mediation experience between students, neighbors and various organizations of Valparaíso, which took place within the context of the Puerto de Ideas Festival, organized by Fundación Mar Adentro together with the Playa Ancha University, the Territorial Board of Playa Ancha, Teatro Odeón Association, Las Torpederas Association and Fundación Puerto de Ideas, which seeks to value the invisible aspects of the territory–but latent in local history–the landscape and their relationship with nature.
Through collaborative art methodologies* the workshops consisted in collectively constructing and gathering all local knowledge to jointly designate and identify the spaces and places in need of protection and care within the hydrographic basin of Playa Ancha in Valparaíso. This experience consisted of three instances that took place the 7th and 28 of sept., and 6th of nov.: a collective mapping in Teatro Odeón and the Club Deportivo Playa Ancha, a territorial drift (psychogeographic experience) at the La Torpederas Beach and a final activity, which consisted of the creation of dialogue tables to address the social and environmental crisis, a day that also culminated in a small process-type exhibition with the different objects recollected throughout the previous workshops and a small pot-luck celebration in plaza Waddington.
Collaborative art emerges in the 60s in Europe with a strong presence in the Nordic countries, and then manifests itself in Latin America in the 1990s along with popular education methodologies proposed by Paulo Freire. It is a form of art that focuses on a context that seeks to create collaborative and negotiation processes within local networks based on themes that arise from the community about their territory. Through artistic practices, one approach is to create spaces for collective learning, as well as narratives that are able to visualize certain tensions or multiplicities of the same community, based on individual and collective meanings.
Territorial Drift / Psychogeography
The dérive or drift as a technique or tool was originally put forward by the situationists (Debord, 1958). It allows us to immerse ourselves within the poetic meaning of an urban or natural context to complement the logical urbanist view with other forms of value, proposing new maps and cartographies with artistic and affective attributes. Under this vision, territorial drifts are essentially emotional reconstruction of places, which for the situationists is understood as psychogeographic observation. To achieve this type of observation, one must let themselves be guided by chance, which in drifting plays a more important role the less settled the psychogeographic observation. (Debord, 1999)
When we are on the move, we must capture what the landscape is building and telling us, at the very moment it happens. To observationally walk transforms into an exploratory task where interior and exterior landscape fuse together. Drifting really is an aesthetic and psycho-geographical experience which invites one to get carried away by chance and intuition to conduct a sensible journey of the territory.