Open-call to participate in interdisciplinary residency in Bosque Pehuén located in the Araucanía Region of Chile.

Art, science and humanities come together in the Bosque Pehuén Residency program run by Fundación Mar Adentro, a multidisciplinary research station for nature, whose open-call starts on November 26th and ends on January 6th.

Bringing together various disciplines within nature is the core of this residency program to promote research, creation and development of innovative actions for ecological education and nature stewardship. An opportunity for professionals coming from various disciplines to experience, learn and collaboratively develop projects that seek to explore the various dimensions of the forest and its relevance in accordance to the ancestral cultures present in this territory.

Chileans and foreigners from different disciplines such as visual arts, theater, music, design, photography, literature, contemporary crafts and botanists can participate. As well as postgraduate, doctoral or postdoctoral students from any field of science, such as: biology, mathematics, anthropology, geography, astronomy, sociology, among others. In the case of art collectives or work teams, only a maximum of two people may apply. The results of the selection process will be delivered on January 27th, 2020.

Bosque Pehuén Residencies are conceived as a space for experimentation, which promotes innovative research on forests and their various dimensions: sound, visual, biological, historical, cultural and conceptual, in order to contribute to the construction of a critical and conscious view of our society and its relationship with nature. The program has been running since 2016 and has received visual artists, choreographers and illustrators from Chile and abroad. For example, french artist Etienne de France was one of the artists selected in 2017 and 2018, whose research process in Bosque Pehuén recently culminated with an audiovisual installation at the 14th Media Arts Biennale, at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago on October 2019. Also, the exploration of various Chilean and Nordic illustrators who participated in different residences in this conservation area, such as Tomás Olivos, Daniela Reyes, Matías Prado, Sebastián Ilabaca, Bjørn Rune Lie, Katrine Clante, Linda Bondestam and Siri Ahmed Backstrom’s illustrations are now a part of the book titled Green/Blue. Stories of Biodiversity from the South of Chile published by Fundación Mar Adentro and distributed in numerous bookstores throughout the country.

The program considers a minimum duration of 10 days and a maximum of 5 weeks, where the selected professionals will have time to work individually and share experiences and knowledge with the different participants as well as a part of the Foundation’s staff. Field trips within the forest as well as to its surroundings will be offered and participants will have a chance to meet with local artists, activists and/or researchers according to the need of the project. One of the main purposes of this program is to generate networks and find interrelationships between different disciplines to communicate on issues relevant to nature conservation and the local community.

According to the coordinator of the Bosque Pehuén residency program, Maya Errázuriz, “residencies are a way of activating and weaving creative communities as well as making local thoughts visible. Throughout the world, research-based residences have been increasing because they offer spaces that propose new models of knowledge development.”

The Bosque Pehuén Residency Program provides various contributions, such as accommodation and meals, local transportation from the nearest airport (Temuco) and town (Pucón) to Bosque Pehuén, and fees depending on the time spent in the program and the research carried out by each participant. It should be noted that this program will be developed in two cycles during 2020 and each of them will have a different theme to work on. In the first one, the theme of “networks” will be addressed, between March 16 and April 20, 2020 and in the second, the concept of “eclipse” will be worked between November 16 and December 18, 2020 due to the fact that a solar eclipse will occur in the Araucanía Region on the 14th of December 2020.

The selection process will take into account the originality and coherence of the proposal with the territory, as well as the specific research to be carried out and the willingness of the applicant to participate together with the community of Bosque Pehuén. To learn more about the program and complete the application form you must enter here. Applications must be submitted by January 6th 2020. 

Bosque Pehuén is a private conservation initiative of Fundación Mar Adentro, a non-profit organization, whose purpose is to generate collaborative experiences that bring together art and science to develop awareness and action for nature. Since 2006, this place located in Alto Palguin of 882 hectares in the Andean Araucania, is dedicated to protecting ecosystems from the ecoregion of the temperate forests of South America, an area recognized as one of the 200 most important biodiversity sites in the world. It borders the Villarrica National Park and houses 97 species of vascular flora and countless non-vascular; 52 species of terrestrial fauna among amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

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