Estudio Nuboso, Panama
Estudio Nuboso is a nomadic platform for exchange between art, ecology, culture and society. They aim to reconnect people with nature, as well as generate and share knowledge that promotes resilience and sustainability for individuals, communities and the environment. To do so they design a range of formats for knowledge exchange and multidisciplinary encounters in different ecosystems, from residencies and short workshops to publications and audiovisual projects. They believe that sustainability lies in a strong network, which is why they work in partnerships and cherish alliances with individuals and organisations in Panama and the rest of the world.
Labverde was created to strengthen the limits of art through a broad array of experiences, knowledge sets and cultural perspectives involving art, science and nature. The program’s main goal is to promote artistic creation through a constructive debate about environmental issues generated by both theory and life experiences in the Amazon rainforest. Developed in association with Manifesta Art and Culture and The National Institute for Amazonian Research, Labverde promotes an intensive experience in the rainforest mediated by a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified specialists in art, humanity, biology, ecology and natural science.
Valley of the Possible, Chile
Valley of the Possible is located in the Cañon del Blanco, a remote and secluded valley in La Araucanía Andina, Chile, surrounded by ancient volcanic landscapes with a high level of biodiversity and a strong Indigenous presence. They are an independent cultural non-profit that offers artists, scientists and other thinkers and makers a place to connect with nature, time for research and space for artistic development. Through open calls and curated programs, they encourage interhemispheric, intercultural and interdisciplinary exchange. They invite artists and other visionary spirits from all disciplines and backgrounds with interest in subjects related to, and at the intersection of, art, ecology, science and (Indigenous) culture. Additionally they offer a platform to investigate an inclusive and community-led model for the rewilding and regeneration of nature and specifically this remote valley in the Chilean Andes.
Kiosko started the program of international residencies of contemporary art in May 2007, aiming to establish a meeting space in Bolivia and offering exchange opportunities for national and foreign artists. The residence facilitates: housing, workshop and exhibition for periods of one to two months of stay in the city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. It is a space for meeting, dialogue and exchange of knowledge and experiences, where ideas and processes intersect allowing reflection and learning in the practices and the enrichment of the contents. They encourage participants to take risks in their own practice and to experiment.
Goethe Institut Rio, Brazil
The Goethe Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, located all over the world, including Brazil. They promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. They have investigated in the changing roles and perceptions of arts and culture in the face of climate change and other man made natural disasters since many years. At the same time, they are active worldwide, depend on mobility, and they are located in large urban areas. By joining the gala network, Goethe Rio de Janeiro is hoping to contribute and profit from this continental, transnational effort of joining experience, knowledge and courage. Image: Fausto Mota, Grupo Tupife, Festival O Passeio é Público #4, Rio de Janeiro 2018.
Fundación Mar Adentro, Chile
Fundación Mar Adentro is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 and dedicated to creating collaborative experiences between art and science in order to develop knowledge, awareness, and action for nature. Their multidisciplinary team works together with a network of collaborators within our three areas of work: Conservation; Creation/Research; and Experiential Learning Dissemination. One of their core programs is Bosque Pehuén, a privately protected area of 882 hectares located in the Araucanía Andina in the south of Chile between the Villarrica and Quetrupillán volcanoes. Their work is dedicated to the conservation of temperate rainforests and conceived as an experimental outdoor laboratory in which they explore nature stewardships strategies and human-nature relations at a local and international perspective.
Museo del Hongo, Chile
Museo del Hongo (Fungus Museum), is a pop-up museum that through the integration of art, science, design and technology, proposes new ways of education. Museo del Hongo was born from, and still collaborates closely with the Chilean Fungi Foundation. Like mycelium, it has a central role in a vast network, connecting people, organisations, resources, and knowledge with the sole purpose of engaging communities with the Fungi Kingdom, its beauty and relevant role in the natural balance of our environment. The projects vary from performances, sculptures, installations, film, fashion, architecture, biomaterial development, and furthermore, depending on the issue that’s being addressed in the place in which they appear. The museum functions inspired in the versatility and resourcefulness of the fungal ways of living and working, activating a vast network of people in each apparition. As a team, they aim to approach environmental issues through this innovative model of educational practices, to raise awareness on sustainability, interdependence and remediation.
Artesumapaz is a non profit organization that sees itself as an international Art Residency, an alternative art school, in the plastic and visual arts; in music, dance and theatre. All inspired by a close relation and interaction with Nature. They are located on an old coffee plantation (hacienda) 116 hectares, or 288 acres of beautiful wooded land in the Colombian Andes in San Bernardo, The Sumapaz region, 3 hours away from Bogota. Their mission is to nurture artistic creation and the connection to art and culture in Colombia, through inspiration in Nature, the community and the respect for life.
GoctaLab is a rural experimentation platform focused on regenerative culture and techniques. The foundation rests on two pillars: sustainable architecture and regenerative agriculture. Through their interdisciplinary residency program, they foster interaction between the Cocachimba community, the surrounding Amazonas region, and the next generation of caretakers of this fragile ecosystem. They also invite traditional artists and bearers of historical knowledge to participate. The residencies culminate in workshops where participants share their experiences with the public. By sharing the beauty and wonders of the region with visitors, they are able to fund and support their residency program. This innovative approach allows them to create a self-sustaining ecosystem where the benefits of tourism directly contribute to the nurturing and development of local artistic and cultural endeavors. Their mission is to serve as a repository of local biodiversity and culture, acting as a living seed bank. They work towards the preservation and proliferation of endemic species and knowledge in the face of cultural homogenization and habitat extinction.
Sacatar supports residency fellowships for creative individuals of all nationalities and ages working within and across their respective creative disciplines. During their two-month residency period, Sacatar Fellows are encouraged and supported to utilize their creative practice to engage with the local Bahian communities in Salvador and Itaparica, resulting in rich intercultural collaborative exchanges that are shared through public programs locally and across the world. Since its inception in 2001, the Instituto Sacatar has hosted over 400 residency Fellows from sixty-six countries and has been involved in hundreds of community-based partnership programs and exchanges in Bahia and abroad.
Platohedro is a collaborative and creative innovation platform based in Medellín (Colombia). Since 2004 they have investigated contemporary issues and the defence of Human Rights through the liberation of knowledge, exploration and autonomous and collective reflection. Through artistic experimentation, the appropriation of technologies, free communication and alternative pedagogies, they attend to problems that affect their context through workshops, collective actions, public interventions, content generation and networking. They offer permanent support to life projects of children, adolescents and young people, and in this way they try to disassociate them from the dynamics of generalized violence, establishing a close link with the community.
HAWAPI is an independent cultural association that takes interdisciplinary artists to specific locations to conduct research and produce interventions in public space. These encuentros take place in sites that are impacted by, and representative of, particular social, political, economic and environmental tensions. Providing artists the opportunity to work in these contexts compels them to grapple with the complexities of the place, in order to better understand critical regional issues. After the encuentro, HAWAPI creates opportunities for the artists to share their insights with the established contemporary art community in the form of public exhibitions, events, publications and conversations.
No Lugar, Ecuador
No Lugar – Arte Contemporáneo is a project that hybridizes the artistic production and curatorial practice. The project works as an independent art platform, an artist residence and a commercial gallery, in order to operate in an autonomous way. No Lugar defies actively these preconceptions in art by fusing these two traditionally opposite strategies, to present and support contemporary art, looking forward to generate new contributions in the Ecuadorian scene in different levels such as artistic practice and institutional management in the new global context. Established in 2010, the project seeks to represent, promote and support contemporary art from the region to the world by making exhibitions, art talks, artist residencies and other events. They are a creation and discussion platform seeking to promote artists, researchers and curators. They look forward to activate new enunciation places, with different and critical ideas and senses.
Operating in Mexico City since 2013, Terremoto is a leading bilingual magazine and not-for-profit international network of artists, curators, scholars, critics, institutions and collectives focusing on contemporary art in the Americas. With an emphasis on current issues like feminisms, queerness, decolonial and institutional critique, Terremoto has complemented its quarterly thematic magazine with La Postal, an exhibition program based on annual open calls for projects based on archival material and Temblores Publicaciones, a publishing house dedicated to showcasing emerging and mid-career artists throughout the continent.
Cocina Colaboratorio, Mexico
Cocina Colaboratorio (Colaboratory Kitchen) is a transdisciplinary platform that gathers creatives, farmer communities, scientists and chefs around the kitchen table to exchange knowledge, design and take action towards sustainable food futures. A test ground for ideas that conciliate land resauration, food production and better livelihood in rural and natural areas. This platform regards the kitchen as a co-creative space where people are connected through growing, cooking, tasting, sharing and experimenting. Aspirations and actions are shared and undertaken around the kitchen, mixing world views, knowledge, practices and produce through different activities and programs catered to specific sites and cultures. Started in 2016 as a collaboration between Cascoland, the Autonomous University of Mexico and Wageningen University, today the project involves a continuously growing group of creatives, academics and practitioners establishing long term arts+research+practice residencies within three sites in Mexico: Xochimilco in Mexico City, Santo Domingo Tomaltepec in Oaxaca, and Marqués de Comillas in Chiapas.
FIBRA is an art collective of Peruvian women founded in 2019 by the artists Gianine Tabja, Lucia Monge, and Gabriela Flores del Pozo. They understand knowledge production as a collaborative process and are particularly interested in interdisciplinary collaboration as a methodology for artistic research and practice. FIBRA focuses on environmental issues and seeks to interweave disciplinary—, traditional—, and embodied— knowledge on their research-based projects. Their focus on collaboration and ecology leads them to explore and use sustainable materials that are sometimes created hand in hand with other species. In 2020 they organized the symposium “Relaciones entre: Encuentro de Arte, Ecología e Interdisciplinariedad” in collaboration with MAC Lima and Fundación Telefónica Movistar. They have been invited to present their work in Peru, Mexico, and USA and their work has been featured in the press such as Terremoto, Artischock, Cubo Abierto, among others. Their project Desbosque: desenterrando señales is currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lima. FIBRA received an award from the Ministry of Culture of Peru in 2019 and recently the COAL 2021 Award.
colectivo amasijo, Mexico
colectivo amasijo is a group of women from different parts of Mexico (Veracruz, Oaxaca, State of Mexico and Mexico City) united in their desire to actively reflect on the origin and diversity of our food. The collective was born in 2016 and ever since has been providing a platform for non-dominant voices: the narratives of women close to the land, stories that tell us the real cost of climate change and show us the way towards regeneration. As an open collective they understand food as a network of relationships. Collectively they cook as a way to share, learn, care, conserve, relate and celebrate the (bio)diversity of food. Their projects are aimed at making visible the interdependence between language, culture and territory. Through these projects,- that can take the form of gatherings, dinners, research, actions, ceremonies, exhibitions, markets, seminars, film, talks or other – the collective builds structures to form a community in which taking care of ourselves and taking care of the territory we inhabit is priority.
Silo – Art and Rural Latitude is a civil society organization led by young women engaged in promoting dialogue between the countryside and the city, through art, science and technology. Located in an Environmental Protection Area of the Atlantic Forest, in Serra da Mantiqueira, state of Rio de Janeiro, the organization has a line of programs developed with its own methodologies, which encourage the intersection between popular and scientific knowledge. Among them is Resilience: Artistic Residency, an immersion program for research and artistic experimentation aimed at artists and curators, with the participation of scientists and farmers, which offers a geographical experience focused on everyday life, nature and peasant communities. Silo also builds dialogue between art and peasantry through the CaipiratechLAB program, which collaborates with the strengthening of regional agrifood systems and their cultural expression through mapping, continuous training courses and technology development..
TEOR/éTica, Costa Rica
TEOR/éTica is a private, non-profit organization, located in San José, Costa Rica, dedicated to art and thought. Costarrican artist and curator Virginia Pérez-Ratton (1950-2010) was the founder of this space, which opened in 1999. Today, TEOR/éTica functions as a platform for research and diffusion of contemporary artistic practices, with an emphasis on Central America and the Caribbean. Its aim as an independent art space is to promote spaces to question, debate, and generate thought. This is done through exhibitions, publications, workshops, grants, and study groups that take art as an excuse to bring people together with the aim of exploring social and political issues pertinent to our immediate contexts. The work is nurtured by TEOR/éTica’s specialized archive and library, housed in Lado V – Center for Study and Documentation.