In the Amazon, I “performed” some experiments in the jungle, questioning how science is kept in the ivory towers and how it has failed to affect most of public policy, such as climate change.
Jungle Experiments – Amazon (1), Video (1:20)
Jungle Experiments – Amazon (II), Video (1:39)
Jungle Experiments – Amazon (III), Video (1:40)
Thank you to LABVERDE Art Immersion Program in the Amazon and photographer Gui Gomes
(Manaus, Brazil)—I’m back from one of the coolest residencies I’ve ever had. From July 20th to 29th, I was in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil together with 14 other international artists. I’m very grateful to have spent this time in nature.
I learned a lot of things and got to do research for An Olfactory Portrait of the Amazon Rainforest!
LabVerde July 2017 edition. Photo by Gui Gomes, courtesy of Lab Verde.
I really liked exploring concepts about science and policy and how science should be more accessible to the public. A new project and line of inquiry came up, yipee!
Experiments in Nature, Nature in Experiments. Photo by Gui Gomes courtesy of LabVerde.
We presented our projects on the last day at the Museu da Amazonia (MUSA).
LabVerde final seminar at MUSA. Image courtesy of LabVerde.
More posts soon, as I recover from jet lag! Thanks, LabVerde, my fellow residents, and everyone else who made this happen. It was an awesome experience!
June 26-29, 2017, Kampala, Uganda—We presented Child’s Play: Climate Change through the Eyes of Children, at the 11th Community-Based Adaptation Conference hosted by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). It was fantastic to wrap up my art residency with Plan International. I’m really grateful to have presented the works by the children from all three of my workshops in Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines.
Some of the paper architecture made by children and youth from the Future Resilient Communities workshop
The Climatoscopes, Child’s Play edition
For this edition of The Climatoscope, I didn’t do the photos—the kids did! What are places in your communities that need to adapt to climate change?
The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store! This time, the kids made their own perfumes. I reproduced them from the recipes they gave me at the end of the workshops.
Storm Globes shows kids’ sculptures of things in their communities that are vulnerable to climate change.
Deepest thanks to Kimberly Junmookda, Plan International (especially the Indonesia, Thailand, and Philippines offices!), and the Federal Ministry for Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Germany (BMUB).
Indonesia—Last April 7th, I was in Lewoleba, a city in the whaling island of Lembata, Indonesia to hold an art workshop with youth courtesy of Plan International, with whom I am currently a residency artist. We did Smell Walks, drawing workshops, a competition to build a resilient country, etc. An exhibition will be held in June after I do this in two more countries, so stay tuned!
Artist intro with my awesome translator, Evvy!
Explaining their resilient country
I wrote an article about four years of The Apocalypse Project for Imperica Magazine, an arts and tech publication based in Oxford, UK. Grab a copy online, or check out the full text of my piece, The Apocalypse Project: Investigating Cities and Climate Change through Art and Science, on the project website.
Thanks and abrazos to my Colombian family at Casa Tres Patios who featured The Sewer Soaperie in their publication, Conocimiento: Arte / Ciencia / Trascendencia — Funciones y Roles! The project is featured on pages 20-22. You can read the rest of the beautifully designed issue here.