"Creando Realidades/Creating Realities" 2019

Sculpture

Audiovisual document (Fernanda Oyarzún’s artistic research journal) that invites you to reflect on stories and intertwined knowledge. In this first year of research, the artist has documented in various media stories, stories and interactions of MUSELS scientists, the community and organisms in this process of adaptation to climate change in Tongoy, Coliumo, Caleta el Manzano and Hornopirén. Photo records, videos, conversation notes, newsletters, and scientific publications, conversations, with local artisans and artists feed this visualization of the new imagery being created. Here is the beginning of an intention to cultivate art + science + community knowledge through some of these interwoven images. This research is opening paths to various sculptural projects, but also to other collaborations, from workshops to murals. Art, like science, is a living process in permanent construction and this is only the beginning.In her poem “Piececitos “, Gabriela Mistral criticized the harsh situation in which children lived at the beginning of the 20th century. One hundred years later, children and young people find themselves facing another harsh reality, navigating a world that is changing rapidly as a result of global change. But the new generations begin to adapt, cultivating new relationships with their environment, with their communities and with knowledge itself. In a series of exhibitions, workshops and art +science activities held during the year 2019, I shared some reflections and stories interwoven between art, science and climate change. For more than a year, I accompanied scientists from the Núcleo Milenio MUSELS who investigate the resilience of communities and ecosystems around mollusk aquaculture in Chile. Exploring and questioning the environment with the children, youth and adults of the towns of Tongoy and Caleta el Manzano, and together with the artists and scientific illustrators Alonso Salazar, Felipe Portilla, and Sol Pacheco, we find ideas, hopes, dreams, stories and emotions, the grains of sand of this new reality. In this portafolio I show one ceramic piece that was part of the exhibit.

 

In “Re-imagining futures” a girl plays with the socio-ecological components of climate change. The cubes show the molecules of the ocean acidification process as a kids toy. The work invites us to reflect on how to approach reality with an open mind, as children, to imagine other interactions, different futures. How would you cultivate the world in an interdisciplinary way? How to incorporate emotions, dreams and hopes into scientific research? How do we change our relationship with knowledge, with our livelihood, and with the sea? How do we start again?

 

Technical information: Stoneware ceramic sculoture  based on the research on socio-ecological factors, and stories carried out in a “Caleta” at Tongoy (Coquimpo Region, Chile), Caleta El Manzano and Hornopirén (Región de Los Lagos). Electric firing, underglaze, glaze and encaustic. Additional elements: fishnet from Caleta el Manzano, drift wood, photo frames.

 

“Piececitos de niño,

azulosos de frío,

¡cómo os ven y no os cubren,

Dios mío!”

—Gabriela Mistral

 

 

Artistic Research journal on the Art + Science 2019 MUSELS project

Audiovisual document (research journal) that invites  to reflect on stories and intertwined knowledge. In the first year of research, I documented in various media stories and interactions of  scientists, the community and organisms in this process of adaptation to climate change in Tongoy, Coliumo, Caleta el Manzano and Hornopirén. Photo records, videos, conversation notes, newsletters, and scientific publications, conversations, with local artisans and artists feed this draft visualization of the new imagery being created. Here is the beginning of an intention to cultivate art + science + community knowledge through some of these interwoven images. This research has opened paths to various sculptural projects, but also to other collaborations, from workshops to murals. Art, like science, is a living process in permanent construction and this is only the beginning.