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Marine conservation seen from the collective work between scientific and local communities

Chile is an oceanographic power in Latin America, says British scientist Susannah Buchan, who together with the first female park ranger of the Atacama region, Marinella Maldonado, discuss the joint work they have carried out in the Chañaral de Aceituno...

(Español) El valor de la biodiversidad ante la crisis planetaria a la luz de La Araucanía

Sorry, this entry is only available in European Spanish.[caption id="attachment_15731" align="alignnone" width="570"] Huiña ©Jose Gerstle[/caption] Existen múltiples dimensiones a la hora de abordar los valores de la biodiversidad en la Región de La Araucanía, y como lo es también a...

Writers Advocate for Historical Injustices in Dialogue With Nature

An exploration of the voices of Latin American women writers who have immersed themselves in terror and healing rites with elements of nature. During the month of the book, we spoke with Dr. in Literature Carolina Navarrete, an associate researcher...

(Español) Arte de desastres: afectos, comunidad e historia

Sorry, this entry is only available in European Spanish. Es común describir a Chile como país de desastres y a su población, como una comunidad que se levanta ante la adversidad. Sin embargo, para hablar de este tema, es necesario...

Emerging into the ocean opens a door towards physical and mental well-being

[caption id="attachment_15607" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Crédito Rodrigo Farías[/caption] This month is the inauguration of the Ocean School Pichilemu, a collaborative initiative betweenFundación Rompientes andParley for the oceans that facilitates intergenerational educational events to learn about oceanic culture through talks, educational outings,...

A house-museum on an untamed island of Tierra del Fuego: a journey of art and science that began 20 years ago

Twenty years ago I visitedPuerto Yartou for the first time, an island area in Tierra del Fuego where a wooden sawmill operated between 1906 and 1947, a heritage site linked to my family history. Today, this place houses the Alberto...

A Historical Look at Botanical Gardens and Their Contribution as Spaces of Social Integration in the Present

When thinking of a botanical garden, some of the concepts that tend to come up are conservation and protection of various vegetable species. Perhaps due to these associations with conservation, the devastating fire that affected the National Botanical Garden of...

Sprouts Of Resilience After The Fires Of Altos De Cantillana

[caption id="attachment_15520" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Sendero Loma de la Olivera[/caption] In December 2023, the Altos de Cantillana Natural Reserve suffered through a fire that destroyed almost 100 hectares. The coordinator of the protected area and president of Así Conserva Chile, Fernanda...

The body as a collective power to conserve wetlands

Is it possible to have a conversation with a wetland? This was one of the questions that came up when two researchers came together to think about the collaborative capacity of various actors when it comes to transforming socio-ecological systems;...

Transdisciplinary Learnings and Local Knowledge: UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development Network Global Meeting

Ensuring that Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) becomes an effective tool to face the current socio-ecological crisis is a significant challenge. It is therefore important to create instances to share successful experiences and initiatives in the field. It is in...

Regeneration and new narratives for a socioecological transition

Regeneration is "the process of renewal and growth that allows cells, organisms, and ecosystems to become more resistant to fluctuations or events that can alter them."(1) This has been one of the guiding concepts for the development of our programs...

Colaboratory Kitchen: Sovereignty Around Food Landscapes

The kitchen isn’t just a space to prepare food; it unfolds as a territory of emotional ties, memory and creative processes. It is also a place where cultural factors come into tension around gender and class, a frontier of flavors...

Algae Archive Project: Digitization and Exhibition of Seaweed from the SGO Herbarium, National Museum of Natural History

The Seaweed Collection of the SGO Herbarium (MNHN) began in 1911 , however, it was not until 1980 that the Botanical Area constituted a line of research on seaweed from the coast of Chile with emphasis on the island territories...

Smart forests: Community networks at the center of environmental technologies

Jennifer Gabrys, a researcher of the Sociology Department at Cambridge University, recently visited Chile, one of the case study countries of the projectSmart Forests: Transforming Environments into Social-Political Technologies. The project explores the uses of digital technology for the monitoring...

Hypereikon: Digital creation as an extension of nature allows us to reimagine what we observe

Images and sounds of nature, 3D sculptures as well as  microscopic designs coexist in the work of Hypereikon (collective formed by the duo of artists Constanza Lobos and Sebastián Rojas) to deconstruct visual elements present in nature throught he use...

Interpreting time in non-linear ways through art

Ela Spalding, Panamanian artist and facilitator, reflects on the ways in which art can help us accept the changing nature of environments, as well as find ways to adapt to the socio ecological crisis. For fifteen years she has been...

Metaphors and learnings inspired on the behavior of Andean plants

What can we learn about caring for life from the plants of the Andean landscapes? The mountains of Chile are frequently perceived as the background landscape that accompanies us, where sports activities take place, or where people can enjoy panoramic...

Post-memory and phytopoetics: When the past becomes physical movement and record

As we approach the 50-year anniversary of the coup d’état, we speak with the philosopher Ángel Álvarez-Solís, who reflects on the relationship between memory studies, phytopoetics and plant critique. The need to articulate narrations from a sensory perspective as a...

Collaborative art as a form of socio-ecological resistance

The current demands of contemporary life and our permanent connection to technological devices encourage consumption, individualism and dematerialization. The omnipresence of screens, at the same time, can intensify the disconnection between humans and everyday elements of nature. In the face...

New routes to expand the limits of artistic creation

Claudia González and Sebastián Mejia reflect on the experiences they lived in the virtual co-creation residency (RE)Shape , which brought together cross-cultural views of creators from different countries. In this interview we address new creative possibilities, methodological links and perspectives...

Ferns: Plants do not move, they transform

Chilean film director Paz Ramírez recently premiered the short film “Helechos” (“Ferns”, in English), set to music made with plant vibrations. It was filmed during the Chilean social and health crises, and was shot in two locations: Santiago and Bosque...

Approval of the law that creates the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Service (BPAS): “For the first time, biodiversity is placed at the center of the country’s environmental policy”

Pending the promulgation of the law that creates the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Service (BPAS), our director of the Conservation area, Amerindia Jaramillo, reflects on the progress and challenges involved in implementing this legislation. A historic day was lived this...

“In this century we have managed to recover the connection between art and nature”

Nearly a decade ago, a book on ecology sought to vindicate natural history and the value of observation as the basis of the discipline. With their approaches, the ecologist Aníbal Pauchard and the late researcher, Rafe Sagarin, influenced the field...

Biological invasions and global change: impacts of biotic homogenization and challenges for biodiversity conservation

The phenomenon of global change is defined as a set of environmental alterations driven by human activities, related to the modification of ecological processes that determine the ecosystem functioning. Within the components of global change, there are complex processes such...

“Artistic mediation is key to the resilience of societies”

From a cloudy cloud forest in Xalapa, Mexico, Antonia Isaacson reflects on the transformations of artistic mediation in Chile in the Latin American context. Currently, she lives in a nature reserve, a space in which she has activated biocultural experiences...

Algae Archive: Digitizing Biocultural Heritage

If we think about conservation, there is a very relevant aspect but not usually discussed: biological collections. Keys for the study of biodiversity and a fundamental source of scientific information, are systematized, well-identified, classified and ordered repositories of some type...

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

Fundación Mar Adentro: How did your research in sound art begin? Gregorio Fontén: Very early on. My interest in sound, song and creation began when I was a child, collecting different voices and joining conversations I heard from different people....

Artificial intelligence and biomaterials: the inspiration of the Atacama desert in creating products of global impact for the conservation of nature

Fundación Mar Adentro: You have had a career that crosses different disciplines: your undergraduate degree was in architecture, then your doctorate was in design and computing, and now you’re doing your post-doctorate in the faculty of chemical engineering. How did...

Current challenges in representativeness of terrestrial ecosystems in Chile’s protected area system

Fundación Mar Adentro: In the study–entitled “Updating the protected areas of Chile: analysis of representativeness and climate risk”–that you carried out for the Center for Public Studies (CEP - Centro de Estudios Públicos), you updated the information on the location,...

Collaboration, Decisions, and New Technology: The Mysterious Power of Mycelium

Fundación Mar Adentro: Which mushroom characteristics can you also find in humans? Gabriel Orrego: Mushrooms are curious, dynamic and genetically closer to us than to plants. Until a few decades ago, they were considered part of the plantae (plant) kingdom...

Fungiverse. A Journey to the Bioarchitectures of the Future

Fungiverse   A broad rereading of the work confirmed the theory. In all fictional works, each time a man is confronted with several alternatives, he chooses one and eliminates the others; in the fiction of Ts’ui Pên, he chooses— simultaneously—all...

Nature Fund Chile: The importance of the new collaborative financing to protect our natural heritage

Fundación Mar Adentro: You’ve been working from the beginning on the founding of Nature Fund Chile, which began to take shape in 2017, when the Ministry of the Environment and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS Chile) visited the environmental fund...

Act Like Flowing Waters

  Fundación Mar Adentro: Water has been a central theme of your latest works, such as in Ko ta Mapungey ka (Water is also territory), where the Guñelve appears as a symbol of resistance, facing a land “that doesn’t dry...

Forests of fire

Fundación Mar Adentro: How does Agencia Borde come about and its interest in investigating the limits of the notions of landscape, territory and its inhabitants? Agencia Borde (Sebastián Melo, Rosario Montero and Paula Salas): We are an art research project...

Sounds of Bosque Pehuén: encountering ancient time in nature

When did you begin exploring nature via musical composition? From early on it was an important part of my work; at first as an allusion to natural organics and paying attention to the different interpretations of native peoples, until arriving...

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...

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