The Amazon rainforest is a cosmic lab for the invention of shapes of life and matter, a complex ecosystem that holds a collection of memories of life experience on Earth. But this great biodiversity is reaching its tipping point. The life extinction of the forest is affected by local and international dynamics. The new political conjuncture in Brazil is softening the protection against the environment end its people, scaling back the effort to combat illegal logging, ranching and mining. At the same time, global warming is deeply transforming the biophysical aspects of the Forest, killing hundreds of species every year.
How can culture help to develop new strategies for the expansion of environmental justice in the context of the Amazon?
LABVERDE: Art Immersion Program in the Amazon functions as a multidisciplinary platform for the development of nature and ecology critical thinking. Artists, scientists and other agents of knowledge come together to recognize and narrate nature, in an attempt to create new ways of existing and interacting with the natural environment, as well as speculate on possible futures.
ART + NATURE + SCIENCE
10 DAYS SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICES IN AN INTENSIVE JOURNEY OF EXPEDITIONS, LECTURES AND ARTISTIC INTERVENTIONS
The program’s main focus is to promote artistic creation through a constructive debate about environmental issues generated by theory, data and life experiences in the Amazon rainforest. Transdisciplinary content will foster an analytical and critical perspective of issues such as landscape interpretation, nature representation, and the role of art in engaging social-ecological behavior.
Program will be held during the months of August I September 2020
The journey will take place in different locations enabling different scales and perspectives of the Amazon rainforest. Program will be developed near the city of Manaus, exploring ecological reserves and visiting forest zones impacted by the Anthropocene.
Walking trails to forest reserves under the administration of LABVERDE partners.
A regional Boat providing access to coastal communities and aquatic ecosystems.
Participants will be lodged at the boat and at the research rainforest headquarters
IN THE EXPANDED FIELD OF THE FOREST, ONE MUST COMPREHEND THE LANDSCAPE AS A PRODUCT OF INTERACTIONS AND EXCHANGES OF ENERGY BETWEEN BEINGS AND PHENOMENA
Adolpho Ducke Reserve Trails
ZF2 - Observation Tower
Balbina Eletric Dam
PDBFF Fragment Forest Project
Presidente Figueiredo Waterfall
Igapó River and Water Lilies Lake
* Phenomenological Oriented Research
Understanding Amazon biome, landscape and political issues with specialists.
Development and presentation of the artistic projects, performances and workshops.
MEDIATION CORE TEAM
SCIENTIFIC CORE TEAM
* Program schedule will be created according to scientific core availability.
All activities will be held in english, with simultaneous translations when necessary.
FROM A WAY OF SEEING TO A WAY OF LIVING AND COEXISTING IN THE LAND
To be immerse, to interact, and to exchange energy with the nonhuman life forms can be an important part of the artistic process. We perceive the experience as the artistic production summit and the works, publications and exhibitions as process surplus.
We hope the network and training process will serve as the basis for artistic research that may be developed and shared after the program. Although the program does not carry on to a physical production, there will be project presentations and group discussion, in which the specificities of each artist will be contextualized.
LABVERDE aims to foster the hybridity of expressions.
Program is targeted toward adventurous individuals and nature activists:
visual artists, musicians, writers, dancers and other cultural makers.
Fee: USD 2,900
Accommodation, meals and transfers included.
Tickets flights to Manaus and health insurance are not included.
LABVERDE partners allow us to select several artists to participate in the program free of cost. The condition for all modalities of grant will be discussed with the selected artist by Skype meeting. To apply for a grant, candidates should include a motivation letter in the attached documents.
Participants that have been investigating the intersection between art and nature will be prioritized.
DEADLINE FOR 2020 PROGRAM IS FEBRUARY 3rd
To apply please download the application form and send to the following documents:
Mini bio (max 200 words)
Description of a creative project idea (max 300 words)
5 to 10 images Portfolio, or links to sounds or videos
Application can be done in Portuguese and English. Although official program language is English.
Bianca Lee Vasquez
Carla Mercedes Hihn
Catherine Sarah Young
Elin Glærum Haugland
Erica van Loon
Laurane Le Goff
Markus von Platen
The development of the programme is a colaboration between Manifesta Arte e Cultura
and The National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA).
Manifesta Arte and Cultura is a cultural producer aiming for new ways to create and disseminate knowledge about the Amazon and the environment. It focuses on exploring the limits of art through a broad array of experiences, which involves a dynamic body of multidisciplinary knowledge and different cultural perspectives.