Festival! 7 Prototypes for Eco-Social Renewal at Silent Green

The 7 Prototypes for Eco-Social Renewal supported by Driving the Human were finally unveiled at the beautiful venue Silent Green in Berlin between November 25-27. For my project Virtual Sanctuary for Fertilizing Mourning, the opportunity was ideal, since the place used to be a crematorium. I could exhibit drawings, audio pieces and video in its Kuppelhalle, creating a temporary commemorative space for the assassinated Indigenous leaders and environmental defenders whose stories can be now found at the website Luto Verde.

During the weekend, I participated in a round table with the amazing Brigitte Baptiste and Susane Pierre, with whom I also continued discussing in a moving one to one conversation. We were challenged by Vera Saccheti’s sharp questions and I also made a couple of workshops related to the project.

All pics: Camille Blake.

Los 7 Prototipos para la Renovación Eco-Social apoyados por Driving the Human finalmente se dieron a conocer en el hermoso lugar Silent Green en Berlín entre el 25 y el 27 de noviembre. Para mi proyecto Santuario Virtual de Luto Fertilizante, la oportunidad era ideal, ya que el lugar solía ser un crematorio. Pude exhibir dibujos, piezas de audio y video en su Kuppelhalle, creando un espacio conmemorativo temporal para los líderes indígenas y defensores ambientales asesinados cuyas historias ahora se pueden encontrar en el sitio web Luto Verde.

Durante el fin de semana participé en una mesa redonda con las geniales Brigitte Baptiste y Susane Pierre, con quienes también seguí discutiendo en una conmovedora conversación uno a uno. Fuimos desafiados por las preguntas agudas de Vera Saccheti y también hice un par de talleres relacionados con el proyecto.

Todas las fotos: Camille Blake.

Learning from Plants, Rocks and Water: Counter-Narratives from Earthlings Amidst Multiple Crises

A still of my video Offering’s apprentice II used for the poster of our show!

The exhibition Learning from Plants, Rocks and Waters: Counter-Narratives from Earthlings Amid Multiple Crises was inaugurated on Tuesday the 4th at SOHO studios. The show features works of the Peruvian artists Imayna Cáceres, Alfredo Ledesma, Hansel Sato and me and will be on until October 23. Check out the program full of diverse activities!

«The exhibition is the result of a collective experiment, an ongoing collaboration between four artists with similar artistic approaches and a common interest in promoting plural ecological values ​​of coexistence with other beings on earth.

As Peruvian artists living in Vienna, they accompany each other in their migration processes and together imagine stories that could make a world possible in which borders and hierarchies between people, but also between people and nature, have been overcome. The artistic production refers to old mestizo and indigenous practices from the Amazon and Andean regions. In these cultural spaces, people are viewed as an integral part of the natural fabric.»

We are having great press coverage, as shows this article, this article, and the beautiful images taken by Joanna Pianka for Esel.

Picture taken by Joanna Pianka of my piece «An imagined friendship (A spiritual tambito)»
And some other pictures taken by Joanna, including some taken during the guided meditation I made before the opening:


Screenshot from Driving the Human’s journal with Marcelino Tangoa trying the VR version of the project

This text written by Aisha Altenhofen for Driving the Human’s journal, narrates some moments of my recent trip to Peru with Nuno Cassola, to continue the work for the project Virtual Sanctuary for Fertilizing Mourning. We went back to Sinchi Roca, Puerto Nuevo and Unipacuyacu, to show the videos made after the first trip in February, receive feedback and shooting more images, before finalizing the project which will be finally presented in November at Silent Green in Berlin.

Unearthing memories at Pact 21

In the context of IMPACT 21, which happened in 10-14 November, Imayna Caceres, Nuno Cassola, Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki and me showed some results of our shared research Unearthing Memories, Feeding Practices for Plural Knowledges and Beings. This research was part of JUNCTIONS 21, a generous opportunity organized by PACT Zollverein.

Virtual Sanctuary for Fertilizing Mourning at 21 Visions for Eco Social Renewal in Radialsystem

As one of the selected projects for Driving the Human, Virtual Sanctuary for Fertilizing Mourning participated in the festival 21 Visions for Eco-social Renewal, from October 15-17 at Radialsystem in Berlin.

More info about my project here.

More info about the festival here.

(all the beautiful pictures were taking by Camille Blake)

Meeting with the trees in Pedion tou Areos

On September the 26th Oi Mouries and Other Trees participated in Το Athens Garden Festival στο Πεδίον του Άρεως  organized by the French Institute in Greece.

«The trees in Pedion tou Areos, as well as the sky that hangs above it and the rock beneath those trees, may have a lot of knowledge that we as humans wandering on those hills, may not know. How can we learn from them? What do we want to learn from them? Are we ready to hear what they have to tell us? How do we relate to them, how do they relate to us? What is their experience of the city? How would we develop the means to hear their stories? We believe that by asking the right questions, one can begin to hear the stories of the trees. And as with any conversation, by listening to others we listen to ourselves. We aim to bring to light the stories, conscious and unconscious, that we relate to the hill, the trees, the parks, the public green spaces of our city.

We are a fluid group composed by different women at different times. At the time of writing this proposal we were Auriane Blanc, Thalia Dimitropoulou Maria Juliana Byck, Fotini Gouseti, Eliana Otta and  Sanem Su Avcı.»

Invitation text in Greek:

«Mouries, κάτω από τα δέντρα»
Οι Mouries είναι μία ομάδα γυναικών απ’ όλη την Ελλάδα και όχι μόνο, αποτελούμενη σήμερα από τις Gutierez Sanchez, Βασιλική Σηφοστρατουδάκη, Auriane Blanc, Θάλια Δημητροπούλου, Maria Juliana Byck, Φωτεινή Γουσέτη, Eliana Otta και Sanem Su Avcı. Οι Mouries συνεργάζονται με τον ανεξάρτητο πολιτιστικό φορέα σύγχρονης τέχνης, Yellow Brick, για να δημιουργήσουν από κοινού ένα χώρο απελευθέρωσης των θεραπευτικών και μαντικών ικανοτήτων μας, μέσα από τη βαθιά σύνδεση με την φύση. Μας προσκαλούν να τις ακολουθήσουμε, ανεξαρτήτως της γλώσσας που μιλάμε, για να μάθουμε να συνομιλούμε με τα δέντρα.