19.  Grounded

Grounded is the title representing a  collection of artworks which embodies a process taken forward over the past five years, during which my artistic practice has continually challenged our perception of living ecosystems, questioning through various formats how we can integrate “nature” into the digital age, reconnecting to the landscapes we belong to.

The concept began through exploring the idea of researching both lost and yet-to-be-created metaphors and analogies to navigate our surroundings, expanding our perception and forms of expression. As how can you imagine a future limited by a lack of vocabulary?

Presently, I am translating these concepts into their tangible form, creating a collection of objects to incorporate these metaphors into my day-to-day life. The curation of these metaphors are inspired by the deep understanding our ancestors held of the relationship and dependence between ourselves and the primary elements: earth, air, fire, water.

Simultaneously, this is knowledge I bring into my own practice and rituals, both at home and in my artwork, where I attempt to ensure the equilibrium of the elements within and around myself. This is reflec - ted in he form, function, materiality, and interactions of each piece.

Today my concerns in relation to the climate crisis, lie between the mechanisms of dissociation and desembodimient, and the consecuences they have created when trying to reconnect to “nature”.

This is an investigation iniciated within the Humboldt Residency Programme 2023: Our Precious Resources, Berlin.

Followed by a further investigation within the Humedal Wetlab Residency Programme, at Hangar, Barcelona.

Series:

i. Espiral, glass sculpture designed to orientate the growth of the roots of the plant.
ii. Flotar, speculative drinking glass which forces you to slow down.
iii. El Aire Permite Abrir Espacio, iron support, with motorized
disembodied petals.
iv. Hasta el Fuego Mismo Necesita Respirar, stainless steel corner shelf.
v. Encuentros Húmedos, WIP
i. To Be a Pebble in a Stream, WIP










18.  What has the landscape witnessed?

The following concept is the background I have been elaborating throughout the Humboldt Residency Programme 2023:  Our Precious Resources, Pathways to a Secure and Sustainable Future,  in cooperation with the Climate Change Center Berlin-Brandenburg and the Cultural Foundation Schloss Wiepersdorf.

Read here.

Locations:
2023: Humboldt Residency Programme, Berlin, GE

2023: Humedal Wetlab, Barcelona ES


The commodity culture embraced by the global north, which others aspire to emulate, is underpinned by unsustainable resource extraction, primarily from distant locations in the global South. Our consumer patterns and the the convenient availability of these goods conceal the underlying environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity, and inherent inequities, impacts that are far removed from producers and consumers, rendering these impacts out of immediate view—our residency project endeavors to illuminate these impacts through information, science communication, and art.
This is an investigation iniciated within the Humboldt Residency Programme 2023: Our Precious Resources, Berlin.

Followed by a further investigation within the Humedal Wetlab Residency Programme, at Hangar, Barcelona.








17.   Flotar

Flotar is a sculptural set of glasses, commissioned by Il.lacions Gallery as part of the exhibition “Una Habitación Propia”, a proposal in which the work of 10 influential female artists throughout the history of modern arquitechture is interpreted in present day. I was honored with the proposal of making homage to Lina Bo Bardi through a drinking glass.


Locations:
2023: Il.lacions Gallery, Barcelona, ES


“Lina talks about integrating transformation. She explores the way in which the human being is in constant change, and therefore, their needs and behaviors also change. Based on this idea, she comments, an artwork must always be left unfinished for this very reason. I like this idea. Being open to adapting to change, and integrating time and its rhythm within space.

In a context of climate emergency, in which my city, Montevideo, has been declared the first capital to run out of drinking water, behavior changes. There is a water rationing caused by the drought, we pray for rain and the gifts we bring from our travels are bottles of water. Water is worth more than gold, water is life. I think about how our needs and behaviors will change in the future, and how our relationship to water will change, leading to redefining the ergonomics of the tools we use daily, and in this specific case, the glass, as an object that sustains life. A luxury object and ice its specialty.
Lina Bo Bardi's work emphasizes routes, repetition, unevenness, and always alludes to floating. There is a feeling that defys the laws of gravity.

Ice marks a rhythm, and stretches time. My homage to the work of Lina Bo Bardi was thought of as a high-end cocktail experience, and is part of a collection of modular glasses, allowing the piece to become a sculptural object while not in use. It seeks to incorporate the concepts that define Lina's work, thus creating an unfinished piece that integrates the times, a future speculation in a present object.

The glass in its future version can hold the ice, allowing its melting and dripping to become protagonist. Transforming the taste of the drink as time goes by. It is an object that forces you to stop in the present to experiment.

In the present time, the glass is multi-functional. Serving on one side an expresso coffee glass, and on the other, water to accompany.





16.   Paisaje II

Paisaje II is an installation that opens dialogue towards more-than-human intelligences, challenging our perception of living in  “relation to” rather than  “in domination of”.


Locations:
2022: Mira Festival


The work takes its origin from the development of an interactive space of a technological nature titled “Paisaje Sonoro”,  in which the performer co-creates with the biodata visualization system controlled by the plants that inhabit the installation, creating a generative audiovisual soundscape in real-time.







15.   Integrating Nature into the Digital Age Workshop

How can we design interactive experiences that stimulate environmental awareness? 


Locations:
2019: Mira Festival and Ontologias Feministas, Barcelona, ES
2020: Fap-Tek, CCE, Montevideo, UY
2021: School of Machines, Berlin, GER
2021: Contorno Urbano, Hospitalet, ES
2022: Sssuave, Barcelona, ES
2022: ESDI University, Sabadell, ES


In this program we devote three hours towards interactive experiences and alternative narratives linked to the natural world and digital culture.

Together we explore the limits and possibilities between art, science and technology, creating new formats and spaces within the phyigital environment.

We delve into the open source tools and softwares we use while developing our synaesthetic experiences, and we reflect on the design theories and principles of interactive and site-specific installations, sharing our experience as a collective (Akyute) using art as a means for alternative and scientific communication.



This workshop was created through the need to generate a motivational space for personal growth and professionalization in audiovisual experiences focused on integrating nature into the digital age, with the aim of introducing speculative and alternative design proposals in a sector dominated mainly by hegemonic masculinities.

Based on the current state of our climatic and geological weather conditions, the course brings together and inspires ideas, as well as sharing innovative tools and practices so that participants can develop their own speculative proposals to question and rethink our future.

As for practice, we share how to capture the electrons that a plant emits whilst photosynthesising in order to generate sustainable future proposals that rethink our evironmental relationships.

Here new forms and aesthetics emerge that explore other possible approaches to nature, proposing imaginaries that expand the concept of what we understand as natural.


Image by Mira Festival, from the workshop presented in December 2019




 FILE 23764—39/23DBE

Magdalena Hart, 1994
Akyute Collective, 2019
Rain_and_rivers_, 2023

UK UY ES

Based in Barcelona, ES