Artistic mediation, biocultural memory and immersive experiences are part of our participation in FECI Araucanía

The Science Festival (FECI) 2023 is approaching, to be held in each region of the country between October 1 and 8. From Fundación Mar Adentro we are part of the convening institutions in La Araucanía and we will be present with two workshops on biocultural memory, one on water and in an exhibition that seeks to expand the imaginaries of connection between heaven and earth.


Discover the science that is in you is the slogan of the new edition of the Science Festival (FECI) . This year, as a foundation, we will be part of the convening institutions in the region of La Araucanía – together with the Ministry of Science, Knowledge, Technology and Information, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universidad Católica de Temuco – through the implementation of two sessions of artistic mediation workshops on biocultural memory. We will also be present at the exhibition “Panorama effect: Collective laboratory of territorial imagination”. 

Various free access experiences make up the versions of FECI throughout the territory: workshops, experiments, theater, meetings on artificial intelligence, art and technology, among more than 150 activities. At FECI Araucanía, an opening open to the community will be held on Monday, October 2 at 12:00 at Campus Villarrica UC.

An exhibition that connects territorial dimensions

Between Tuesday, October 3 and Friday, October 6, the exhibition Panorama Effect: Collective Laboratory of Territorial Imagination will be held at the Local Development Center (CEDEL) of Campus Villarrica UC, open to the public between 10:00 and 20:00 hrs. Our foundation will participate through the exhibition of two works by the Chilean artist Claudia Müller , who was part of our Residency program in Bosque Pehuén, a conservation area managed by Fundación Mar Adentro in Palguín Alto, Pucón.

One of the works by the artist Claudia Müller is titled Orbital (2018)–Room 4–, an installation composed of a motorized object from which three volcanic stones are suspended that simulate meteorites wrapped in the same electromagnetic field. The work suggests the notion of a stone family composed of three subjects that present a cyclic movement in a fixed orbit, whose alignment is always changing. The installation is complemented by a projected image captured in real time of the three stones in orbit.


Likewise, the work Frontera Líquida will be part of the exhibition (2021) –Room 2– , a visual story composed of three moments that travel between the limits of the underwater and terrestrial world, where the relationship between water and the universe is addressed. The script is a sound journey that presents physical phenomena of light and water, these elements being portals to access the underworld and other possible dimensions in dialogue with the figure of the rainbow, which connects with the Andean worldview.

The works of other prominent artists that will be present in the exhibition, mainly through audiovisual formats, installations and sculptures, will be by Seba Calfuqueo, Harun Farocki, Jonas Staal and Francisca Montes. The invitation is to imagine, think, expand and question established ways of understanding the territory, blurring the limits of heaven and earth.

A journey through the biocultural memory of La Araucanía

Additionally, within the framework of FECI Araucanía we will hold the “Memory of the Forest” workshop on two occasions. The first mediation space will be open to the community with an intergenerational focus and will take place on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Pedagogy Library of the Villarrica Campus of the Catholic University (UC) . Registration at this LINK .

 This workshop will seek to “generate an instance of creation and encounter between young people and adults, which facilitates co-learning and connection with the biocultural memory of wild foods and temperate rainforests of southern Chile, through the creation of a collective book , in the preparation of which materials from the forest floor, native plants and lichens will be used,” they explained from the learning area of our foundation.

suitcase “The memory of the forest” will be unveiled , a pedagogical tool that reflects the result of research and collective work that included workshops, fanzines, interviews and various actions with the local community of Curarrehue, in order to raise awareness and value the biocultural heritage around the wild foods of La Araucanía Andina.

The second day of this workshop will be held internally in local schools, aimed at an audience of girls, boys and young people between 10 and 16 years old. It will be taught on Wednesday, October 4 at 11:00 a.m. , also in the Pedagogy Library of the Villarrica UC Campus.

A journey into the depths of the water 

Ojo de Agua: A sensory journey to the aqueous depths , is the name of the second type of workshop that we will give in La Araucanía, which will have only one version in the region. This space will seek to approach water through the senses and imagination to experiment with the sound, texture and movement of this vital element.

“We will provide a space for participants to dialogue with water, their language and memories; an invitation to decipher graphic codes that reveal various poetic questions to dialogue with this essential component of ecosystems,” detailed the learning director and the project coordinator of the same area, Manuela Mendez and María Jesús Olivos, respectively, who will mediate the day. . This workshop is aimed at girls, boys and young people between 10 and 16 years old, and will have an internal call. It will be given on Thursday, October 5 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 11 of the Villarrica UC Campus .

Ojo de agua

Special participation in FECI Los Ríos

In addition to being conveners of FECI La Araucanía, our foundation was invited to collaborate in FECI of the Los Ríos region, led by the Universidad Austral de Chile (UaCh) in conjunction with the Ministry of Science, Knowledge, Technology and Information. In this context, on Monday, October 2 at 10:00 a.m. in the Panguipulli Cultural House , We will develop the Ojo de Agua workshop : A sensory journey to the aqueous depths , also aimed at boys, girls and young people between 10 and 16 years old, with a maximum of 30 places, upon registration here. 

This activity will also include a discussion or Trawün (in Mapudungun) entitled The Mountain: where life and culture are born , where the water cycle in a hydrographic basin will be delved into, from a socio-ecological perspective.

In this space for dialogue, researchers from various disciplines from the UACh and the Southern Andes Natural Laboratory of Chile will share experiences and knowledge about water, hydrographic basins and the communities that inhabit them with students from the commune of Panguipulli.

 The immersive experience will be mediated by María Jesús Olivos, Learning project coordinator at Fundación Mar Adentro; and will have the support of the Director of Conservation, Amerindia Jaramillo, and the area’s project coordinator, Sebastián Carrasco.

Learn more details about FECI at the country level in this LINK .