The First Edition of Poligonal: Art and Science Talks Will Take Place June 20th

Poligonal will be a unique experience to learn more about the araucaria tree from an interdisciplinary standpoint. The dialogue between a scientist, an artist, and an immersive sound experience created from recordings taken in Bosque Pehuén will demonstrate how different viewpoints converge in an interdisciplinary exercise to address the questions that currently face this native Chilean tree.

©Máximo CorvalánAn opportunity to approach the araucaria–locally referred to as pewen–(Araucaria araucana) forest from three intersecting viewpoints. In this first Poligonal talk, science, visual and sound art find a common ground  from which transdisciplinary thought will emerge in order to raise awareness about the problems that this tree species currently faces.

In this way, the research of scientist Eduardo Castro, expert in the study of genetic material of the araucaria, will intersect with the work of artist Máximo Corvalán-Pincheira, whose latest work studies the DNA of the pewen. In parallel, the audience will also be asked to approach the forest through sound as artist Gregorio Fontaine from Ecolab will perform  a musical composition from sound archives obtained in Bosque Pehuén, Fundación Mar Adentro’s privately protected area.

Máximo Corvalán-Pincheira is a visual artist whose work has been widely shown both nationally and internationally in various biennials and has held numerous group and solo exhibitions. His work reflects on contemporary problems such as migration, landscapes affected by over-exploitation, the privatization of resources and the extinction of animal and plant species.

Growing Project ©Máximo Corvalán

His projects and installations reflect on the contradictions of modern consumer society. Through his work he seeks to refer, ironically, to the subsistence of unresolved issues, such as contemporary historical processes, immigration and social uprisings.

One of his most acclaimed work is Proyecto ADN (DNA Project), composed of a series of sculptures made of bones, fluorescent tubes and electrical circuits. These suspended pieces, which are also seemingly water fountains, allow the water to drop down into a large recipient installed over the floor that  floods the entire exhibition room with its flowing sound. In this work, the DNA helix is a symbol evoking science’s ability to re-edit history and redefine past events.

In Poligonal, participants will be able to learn more about his works, including the aforementioned DNA piece and his most recent work on the fungi affecting the araucaria forest.

At the same time, we will be joined by Eduardo Castro, scientist from the Centro de Bioinformática y Biología Integrativa from the Sciences Department at Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile.

In 2016 Castro received the Innovators under 35 award from the MIT Technology Review, an award that seeks to  draw attention to the work of professionals that apply  technology to provide solutions to global problems. This recognition is partly for his achievements with Aperiomics, a company he co-founded that offers pathogen detection services, through the use of a technique that combines genetic sequencing and bioinformatics.

Eduardo Castro holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the Universidad de Santiago de Chile. His research has been centered around the causes and consequences of microbial genetic diversity and how this knowledge can be applied to obtain information about the diagnosis and discovery of pathogens, microbial distribution and epidemiology.

He is currently researching the genetic material of the araucaria tree and microorganisms, bacteria and fungi living within.

On the other hand, Gregorio Fontaine Correa, is a Chilean instrumentalist, composer, visual artist and poet. His music combines the personal, popular, classic and experimental. Since 2004, he led the Chilean band Cuchufleta.

This dialogue will also be moderated by Catalina Valdés, PhD in Art History from the School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences in France, and the Institute of High Social Studies from the University of San Martín in San Martín, Argentina. Her principal area of study is the history of art and visual culture in the 19th and 20th century Latin America. She is particularly interested in the visual representations of nature and intersections between image and natural science.

This event is free of charge with prior registration using the following link.

Thursday June 20th 7:30 pm

Address: Planetario USACH – Av. Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 3349

*Metro – Estación Central, Line 1 (red)

*Free parking, accessible by Av. Libertador O’Higgins 3349, junction towards calle Ecuador.