- open call
- APR | MAY 2019
Pilot research program
For 30 days between April and May 2019 (autumn in the southern hemisphere), we set out on expeditions (as a group and as individuals) to discover and articulate the ecological, social and cultural complexities of the valley, its history, its ecosystems and its community. The goal of these research expeditions was to connect new and old territories of knowledge with methods from field science and the arts, which then contribute to a holistic insight into the valley. This deeper understanding will help to shape the future of the residency and the creation of an on-site refugio for art and research.
For this pilot program we selected six participants and two visiting artists from all over the world; from the Netherlands, US, Chile, France and Austria and with different backgrounds (multimedia- sound-art, bio-art, designer, curator, writer, sociologist).
The selected participants were:
Darko Lagunas León (CL/NL) - (urban) sociologist and socio-environmental researcher, investigating how the world views of the indigenous groups of Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile can inform more inclusive sustainability models and practices in, for instance, the Netherlands.
Nathaniel Popkin (US) - writer of various books, essays and articles, amongst others in the New York Times, in which he talks about ecological grief in 'the age of loss'.
Mark IJzerman (NL) - media artist, lecturer, researcher, connected to HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, researching deforestation and how this is tied to indigenous conflict in Chile with the help of satellite images from European Space Agency.
Juan Ferrer (CL) - visual artist, designer and curator of Museo del Hongo (nomadic museum about the world of mycelia and fungi)
Sébastien Robert (FR) - sound artist, photographer, musician, masterstudent of the ArtScience interfaculty of the Royal Conservatory Netherlands and the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) The Hague, researching traditional music rituals that are in danger of disappearing due to technological, societal and/or ecological issues.
Xandra van der Eijk (NL) - bio art designer and visual artist, researching ecological grief, changing landscapes and its impact on cultural identities.
And visiting artists Laurien Bachmann & Sebastian Six (AUT) - multimedia artists dealing with the geodynamic movement (and the fixed notion of borders) of the South American continental plates in their research project 'Continental Drift’.
During this program we (re)discovered complex layers of history, ecology, social structures and politics in the region and how they are all intertwined with the landscape and how they influence our environment. We learned to listen to stories of these landscapes, people and the painful history of centuries of (neo)colonial oppression of Mapuche. All in order to get a sense of place and to learn what possible future role we can have here and how we can relate to this place, at the same time offering time for participants to develop their research projects, which were all connected to this theme and this region somehow.
VIDEO: Reflections on the residency
In this short video we learn about the themes and topics related to Valley of the Possible’s first research program that took place April and May 2019. Six pioneering participants introduce their individual research projects, what they have learned over the course of those four weeks, and give us an insight into how some of the most pressing topics of our time are interwoven with their research and stay at the residency.
Conguillío National Park
Research trip guided by Mapuche Biologist Carlos Inaipil and Geologist Sebastian Nuñez
'Baños del Toro'
Participants Mark IJzerman and Sebastien Robert recording the sounds of the geyser field and the fumaroles on the flanks of the Sierra Nevada.
Research trip into the surrounding Geopark Kutralkura
Communal dinners, presentations, artist visits, intercultural dialogues, experiments, and artistic research at the lodge in the Cañon del Blanco