Cycle 2: Eclipse of the Bosque Pehuén 2020 Program Begins

Artists, musicians, and curators, a total of 4 participants will take part in this year’s Cycle 2: Eclipse of the Bosque Pehuén Residences: Multidisciplinary Nature Research Station, from November 16 to December 18.

The residents, Elisa Balmaceda (visual artist), Sebastián Jatz (composer), Nicolás Aracena (architect and carpenter) and Hanna L. Kaljo (Estonian curator and writer), will carry out their research, exploration and community outreach related to the care of nature and the solar eclipse phenomenon occurring this 14th of December in the Araucanía, incorporating scientific and cultural elements, throughout an entire month in Fundación Mar Adentro’s privately protected area of conservation: Bosque Pehuén.

Elisa Balmaceda, is a visual artist, audiovisual producer, teacher and researcher, whose work focuses on applying transdisciplinary practices to explore connections between the human and non-human through a material exploration of the landscape, as well as through technology, time-space, the cyclical, ecology and environmental degradation. She has participated in various exhibitions and cultural projects both in Chile and abroad. During the residency she will be conducting research on the material, symbolic and spiritual conjunction of what a biosphere reserve entails as a living whole interconnected with the total solar eclipse and the observation of the landscape.

Sebastián Jatz Rawicz, composer, translator and bell ringer will also participate. Founder of arsomnis where he carries out large-scale projects such as Musicircus, Reunion and ASLSP by John Cage, among many more. Jatz has performed various individual and collective site-specific interventions that use various experimental sound sources, intersecting timelessness, various disciplines and reflections from literary, philosophical and religious perspectives. In the Bosque Pehuén, Jatz will be exploring human sound as shadow and the sounds of the natural world such as wind, water, nature as light, and will be generating multiple sound records to create a sound map, which will reveal different sound interventions to be created onsite within the conservation area. During the first week, he will also be working alongside Fernanda Fábrega, visual artist, with whom he has recently formed the Chusca collective along with two other members.

Bosque Pehuén will also be receiving architect and carpenter Nicolás Aracena, who has participated in a series of international exhibitions such as the Chamber Gallery, New York (2015); Omi Art Center, Ghent New York (2016); and in the Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2019). Throughout the four weeks in residency his research will focus on ancestral forms of furniture and particularly exploring with coligüe materiality as well as found wood and stones. In addition, he hopes to generate a system or catalog of ephemeral furniture or structures related to ways of interacting and observing the eclipse.

Hanna Laura Kaljo, who will be participating remotely from her current place of residence in Estonia due to the global pandemic, works with words and interdisciplinary curatorial projects. Her work begins with noticing the living presence of places, phenomena and inner worlds; her curatorial projects have taken the form of contemplative spaces, in dialogue with seasonal cycles and elemental movements. During the residency she will turn toward the potentiality of the eclipse as a shift within the ordinary and listen to the oral tradition of the region: the sounds, images, feelings and functions of poetry in relationship to Bosque Pehuén. She intends to inquire into words, indigenous and otherwise, as they relate to experiences of reverence and stewardship.

During the course of the Eclipse cycle of the 2020 Bosque Pehuén Residency program: Multidisciplinary Nature Research Station, each of the participants will have the opportunity to further develop their work and learn from each other as well as from the Foundation’s team on topics such as nature conservation, on temperate rainforests and their cultural and scientific value as well as specific astronomical information on the solar eclipse and its potential effects both naturally and culturally.