Con/vivir: Art and Ecology in Education – A New Collaborative Publication

A new e-book published by Fundación Mar Adentro will delve into the reflections, experiences and learning methodologies of various people from the areas of science, art and humanities. With a holistic approach, the e-book addresses the interconnection of ecosystems and the inextricable complementarity between nature, culture and territory.

The publication emerged as the result of the latest edition of the Active Teachers program, which was carried out digitally in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Throughout six sessions, participants from the areas of education, arts and the environment got together to reflect on how to approach education with a focus on caring for nature, within the current context. Conversations centered on a territorial approach based on aesthetic experiences and biocultural heritage, moving from the individual to the collective.

The publication of “Con/vivir: Art and Ecology in Education” came about from this co-learning space, created jointly among some of the participants. The Con/vivir concept is an invitation, among other things, to understand ourselves as relational beings that are part of a fabric of interdependencies between the living and nonliving. It visibilizes the existence of each other, of culture and territory, and with it, a system of reciprocities based on mutual care between nature and human beings, for mutual survival.

The virtual launch of the book–which will be available for free download on our website–will take place on August 30 through Fundación Mar Adentro’s social networks. The participants will include María Jesús Olivos, Territorial Community Outreach Coordinator at FMA; José Tomás Ibarra-Eliessetch, agricultural engineer, anthropologist and ecologist; Teresa Rubio, cultural mediator, educator and artist; Mary Carmen Jaramillo, teacher and graphic designer; and Maqui Cáceres, physical engineer specializing in the environment.

The publication is divided into two thematic chapters: “Pedagogical ecologies of good living” and “Territorial Teachings-Learnings”. The first includes texts on biocultural memory, the relationship between food, memory and territory, Mapuche cosmovision, and transdiscipline in education. As for the second chapter, it includes reflections on nomadic learning, biocultural education in protected areas, memories of ocean territory, and other topics.

Download Con/vivir: Art and Ecology in Education here.

About the authors:

Maqui Cáceres: Chilean, with a Degree in Applied Physics and Physical Engineering, Cáceres is also the co-founder of Fundación MAPA and founder of Casa Maquis, a creative space for art and science in Frutillar, Chile.

Alejandra Cariman: A basic education teacher specialized in Bilingual Intercultural Education from the Catholic University of Temuco and with a Masters in Education, with a focus on educational curriculum and community from the University of Chile. She has worked in designing programs, texts and curricular proposals for work in an intercultural context. Currently, she is an intercultural adviser to the Centro Cultural La Moneda.

Javiera Espinoza: Ecotourism administrator, specializing in interpretation and environmental education for conservation. She is a co-founder of the NGO Aula de Mar and an academic of the Andrés Bello University. Member of the Network of Women in Conservation of Latin America and the Caribbean and of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Hugolino González: Supporter of the Novomar School in Puente Alto and creator of the Matrix of Thought and Nomadic Learning. A Journalist and Communications graduate, he is also a technology and human resources magazine editor. With extensive experience in work with children and poverty, culture of peace and rights approaches.

José Tomás Ibarra: Agricultural engineer, MSc Anthropology and PhD in Ecology, dedicated to research, education and socio ecological action. He currently works from the ECOS (Ecosystem-Complexity-Society) Co-Laboratory, at the UC Center for Local Development and the Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Studies (CIIR), Villarica Campus and the Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry Engineering of the Catholic University of Chile. He is also a researcher at the Cape Horn International Center for Global Change and Biocultural Conservation Studies (CHIC ) and at the Center of Applied Ecology and Sustainability (CAPES).

Mary Carmen Jaramillo: Teacher, graphic designer, yoga instructor and performer. Her interest in education led her to become involved with various artistic expressions that range from the two-dimensional visual to the more corporal, three-dimensional area of performance. She currently works in the faculty of architecture of the Universidad Mayor and participates in independent projects related to ecology.

Constanza Monterrubio: A Biologist who is currently undertaking her postdoctoral research on biocultural food heritage in the Araucanía region, at the Interdisciplinary Complex for Sustainable Development (CIDS) of the Catholic University of Chile, Villarrica Campus. Interested in biological and cultural diversity, she has dedicated herself to the study of collective processes for the management of natural assets in community and indigenous conservation areas and in the role of women in the conservation of agrobiodiversity.

Claudia Müller: Visual artist and Master of Arts from the University of Chile. Her work has been exhibited both in Chile and abroad, and has received various awards and distinctions, including: the National Fondart, the BilbaoArte Foundation scholarship and the CAB Art, Science and Humanities Residence Award. Currently, she is working in public spaces, such as the 2022 Santiago airport (first place in the MOP public art contest) and Astro in Parque Mapuhue.

Daniel Opazo: Biologist and Doctor in ecology and evolution. With vast experience in education and scientific research, both in the field and in the laboratory, on animal behavior and learning. He is currently a researcher at the UC Center for Local Development and director of the regional associative project Explora La Araucanía.

Constanza Pinochet: Biologist and Master in biological sciences. She has specialized in the study and practice of conservation, with an emphasis on areas under private and community protection. As a member of the Llampangui Foundation, she collaborates in the development of the APP Parque Hacienda El Durazno in terms of research and social development.

Ximena Romero: Ecotourism administrator and with a diploma in environmental education. She is the coordinator of the education and outreach programs of the Altos de Cantillana Corporation. She has experience linked to research on cryptogamous species, as well as in the planning and execution of environmental education programs for formal and non-formal spheres.

Teresa Rubio: Cultural mediator, art educator and collage artist. She has promoted various art initiatives in Spain and from 2009 to 2020, she co-directed the Educational Service of the Centre d’Art Tecla Sala de L’Hospitalet in Barcelona. Between 2021 and 2022 she carried out the project What the cell!, a macro look at the unity of life, presented at the Centre d’Art La Capella (Barcelona).

Francisco Vergara: Journalist, Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Universidad Católica del Norte, and candidate for a Master’s in Media Arts from the University of Chile. He has developed his career as a social communicator in public and private media and institutions, in artistic creation projects, and in other editorial instances. He is currently the external programming editor for Canal Universidad de Chile TV.


Editing/Style correction: Maya Errázuriz and Tatiana Pavez

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José Tomás Ibarra-Eliessetch, Contanza Monterrubio, Alejandra Carimán, Mary Carmen Jaramillo, Claudia Müller Montes, Macarena Cáceres, Teresa Rubio, Hugolino González García, Ximena Romero Gárate, Constanza Pinochet Cobos, Daniel Opazo Bunster, Antonio Tobón Restrepo, Mariana León Villagra, Javiera Espinoza, Francisco Vergara.