We were part of Ladera Sur Fest with artistic mediation workshops on “invisible trees” and a video art exhibition

A learning route that sought to explore the sensoriality and artistic potential that inhabits nature, as well as a video art exhibition made up the participation of our foundation in the massive annual meeting organized by Ladera Sur, which brought together more than 15 thousand people in its three days.

The Santa Rosa de Apoquindo Park hosted the second version of Ladera Sur Fest, which welcomed various generations around music, sustainable ventures and education, conservation and activism initiatives for nature. Our foundation was present throughout via a video art exhibition framed in the XVI Biennial of Media Arts and on November 11 and 12 with two versions of the workshop “The route of the invisible trees.”

The video art exhibition was inspired by the slogan of the biennial, which sought to reflect on “Thunder” and silence through audiovisual artistic exercises that included archival work, a collective documentary, representations about symbiotic processes in nature and transfigurations of sounds into images.

Likewise, the workshop carried out by Mar Adentro’s learning area was based on the book Notebooks to Think About Nature: Terrestrial Energy, Action 1: We are energy; and consisted of two drifts through the park, where participants explored and discovered the life and ecosystems that inhabit trees that have died standing.

Works present at the festival

“Reflections”: archive work from the Pehuén Forest, an area under private protection located in La Araucanía Andina and managed by our foundation, transformed into animations. (Marcos Sánchez).

“Mawiza”: short documentary made together with the rural school of Curarrehue, images of the territory gathered in visualities, biocultural knowledge and relationships of the inhabitants with the environment (Andrea Novoa).

“Mutualists”: Representations around the connections between fungi and plants with the development of mycorrhizae, a symbiosis that benefits both kingdoms (Juan Ferrer).

“Frequent my imaginary garden”: after documenting an abandoned garden in Valparaíso, the artist composes an improvised piano piece that results in algorithms that transfigure sound into images (Gregorio Fonten).

Workshop “The route of the invisible trees”

Guided by biological legacies of the Santa Rosa Park, participants became explorers of the landscape to observe footprints, movements and signs – sometimes invisible – that account for interactions between humans, plants, fungi and animals. Likewise, they recorded their perceptions through materials provided by the foundation, which included natural pigments – from Pigmenta Lab – to make watercolor creations.

Susana Pereira, a workshop participant, pointed out that one of the lessons learned from the event was on the “value of subjective observation” that arises when making art with nature, which can be “felt as an experience.” For his part, Ricardo Sáenz stated that he was able to stop to observe the passage of time, the adaptation and the diversity present in nature and expressed that this type of activities would be beneficial as a therapeutic space in diverse contexts.

The workshop participants belonged to various generations, who met in groups to collectively create an artistic mapping. Seeds, soil, textures and observations were part of the cartographies that were later shared, to reflect on the life that trees house towards the end of a cycle that is renewed again and again, through the coexistence of various species in their roots, soil and bark.