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“Artistic mediation is key to the resilience of societies”
It has been more than a decade since artistic mediation emerged in the country. This practice, which appeals to the creation of spaces that nurture the capacity for cooperation and experimentation, has led to reflections that range from focusing on schools to the need to move towards playful mediation. The graphic artist and mediator, Antonia Isaacson, tells Fundación Mar Adentro how this panorama has been transformed.
Algae Archive: Digitizing Biocultural Heritage
“The Algae Archive arose from the need to educate and raise awareness about the ecological and cultural value of native Chilean algae. In this way, a virtual catalog was prepared that included geolocation, 3D modeling and herborization of 10 species (in a first stage) which seeks to make visible the wealth of algae existing in the territory and highlight its role as biocultural heritage, in the way promoting conservation and knowledge about these important organisms.”
In the midst of the last forests: the need for an ecosystem approach
The native forests and the anthropic land uses are determining factors in the availability of water that flows through rivers, lakes, lagoons and other wetlands, and that finally run into the sea. Land-use changes such as deforestation and forest degradation...
Perceiving realities from the sonic realm in order to go beyond the visible
In this interview, Gregorio Fontén –artist and researcher based in Valparaíso with a PhD in Sonic Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London– tells us about his latest work, the intersection of science and music, acoustic ecology, and the importance of the sonic when approaching other spaces of reality that transcend the visuocentric paradigm.
Artificial intelligence and biomaterials: the inspiration of the Atacama desert in creating products of global impact for the conservation of nature
Paloma Gonzalez-Rojas is a developer of biomaterials based on artificial intelligence. Co-founder and CEO Atacama Biomaterials' company, she has had a career that crosses various disciplines: an undergraduate degree in architecture (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), a doctorate in design and computing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a postdoctoral degree in chemical engineering at the same university. Today she creates renewable materials and develops global warming mitigation technology. Here she talks about the inspiration of the Atacama desert in her career, and how she has created a global company that seeks to regenerate the earth through renewable materials.
Current challenges in representativeness of terrestrial ecosystems in Chile’s protected area system
We spoke with Patricio Pliscoff, who was in charge of a study published in June 2022 which updated, after almost 10 years, the database of public and private protected areas in Chile. A complete investigation, it evaluates the representativeness of terrestrial ecosystems in the Chile´s protected area system -State´s and in private conservation initiatives - which account for an adequate representation of only 28% of the existing ecosystems in the country. The study also carried out a climate-change risk analysis for terrestrial ecosystems.
Collaboration, Decisions, and New Technology: The Mysterious Power of Mycelium
An interview with Gabriel Orrego, who has specialized in forest health, the role of old-growth trees, management of native forests in Chile, understanding the importance of mycorrhizae networks, and on the fungi kingdom. A lover of fungi who tells us about his research with Suzanne Simard and delves into mycelium's collaborative capacity, its intelligence and secrets that have yet to be revealed.
Fungiverse. A Journey to the Bioarchitectures of the Future
FUNGIVERSE is a conceptual proposal that speculates about the future relationship between biotechnology in different cultural contexts through its correlation between constructive methods and ways of human inhabitation. The plot will be described by a mysterious visitor through postcards, and developed across five scenarios that occur and diverge simultaneously.
Nature Fund Chile: The importance of the new collaborative financing to protect our natural heritage
In this interview we talk with biologist Laura Cussen, who was in the Ministry of the Environment coordinating the work to create this fund, where she tells us more about this fund, her expectations and the great transformative impact that this can have in the conservation of our natural heritage.
Act Like Flowing Waters
An interview with Seba Calfuqueo, visual artist. They work draws on their cultural heritage to propose a critical reflection on the social, cultural and political status of the Mapuche subject within Chilean and Latin American society. They told us about their interest in water, their experience in Bosque Pehuén and the performance carried out in our conservation area.