Antes todo esto era campo
“Antes todo esto era campo” is an interactive installation, concert and experience in nature with reflective purposes for humans and plants in search of a possible reconnection.
Exploring the possibilities of a living interface such as plants in order to generate a multimedia instrument that allows us to interact with nature, asking ourselves about our relationship with nature and the place it currently occupies in our society, as well as look at technology as a way to get closer
and reconnect with natural rhythms.
“Antes todo esto era campo” is my grandfather and I on a summer night looking at the sky, asking ourselves questions about the insignificance of existing and the strange pain that it produces.
Álvaro Porras Soriano
The project that will be developed during the residence could be defined as a series of scale and magnitude changes of Vall de Gallinera’s context. These changes will appear through a set of hybrid and diffuse processes such as tiny installations, fleeting actions, subtle gestures or thin interventions. In this way, Antigesta will generate multiple specific proposals that will go from miniscule to superlative scales (and vice versa) through poetic tropes and symbolic gestures.
Arch of Re-enchantment
Through my work, I plan to activate a long lost respect of nature by creating designated spaces/altars to simply experience the natural world from a perspective of solitude and gratitude in order to fully immerse oneself into the environment and to reflect on spaces that have been used for natural reverence in its various forms in the past.
Three stone altars will be established within a close vicinity. One of the three altars will form a small arc replicating or echoing La Foradà, the naturally forming stone archway local to the region. The ground of the altar spaces will be lined with moss offering the participants a chance to respectfully tread upon or sit upon this inviting space creating a serene and sheltered environment to take a breath, relax, and appreciate the space and region they walk through. On each structure, collected herbs will be placed with symbols of how they can be used inspiring people to find out what the flora around them contains, both healing and harmful. The work is meant both as an interactive learning experience and a moment to rest and take in the environment around them in order to fully appreciate it in a hopes that stronger bonds with nature will create increasing sustainable formats of living and existing on this planet.
Over the past 6 years I have been engaged with a series of public interventions under the title “Basics”, exploring an abstracted notion of form, space and utility in public sculpture. The work to be realized for the third edition of Enclave Land Art residency under the title “camino fantasma “will take its departure form this ongoing series of work. Over the course of the 2 week residency I will construct and deconstruct 4 wooden structures along the Corrals de La Carroja. Each structure (fantasma) will be built in one day, exist for one day, and will be deinstalled on the third day; starting the process again, and again and again (4 times), until all 4 “ghost” structures have appeared. Each part of this process will be considered integral to the work, akin to a series of installations that are bracketed by a performative act (installation, de-installation, and moving of material to the next location) that can be considered in its totality as an ephemeral procession along the Corrals de La Carroja.
My purpose is to make a site specific artwork, starting to identify with the inhabitants of the area a place of value and there create an installation that will have an aesthetic connotation and that serves as a meeting point and marks coexistence between artifact and environment.
To create a sculpture integrated with its environment, I will collect stones, branches and leaves to weave these elements, as in a vertical loom, connected with the trees and creating a new setting, a new spatial extension.
Eventually, to the net of branches I can add a part woven with fibers, leaves and other herbs collected in the area in order to incorporate the organic nature into my own creation.
The ultimate goal of this installation is that whoever travels this route can stop for a moment and contemplate a landscape where nature and artifact merge, which constitutes a perceptual experience with a strong emotional value for any visitor.
Infinite slowness is a field research project accessible in each part of its development and fruition, an open-ended, process-based and performative act extended for two weeks of residency.
Being generated by humans, non-human animals, and things welcomes diversity and a broad range of interconnections in continuously evolving ways. The project inquiries into the vitality of stones and their ability to move, reproduce, remember and communicate. It considers rocks and humans as entangled agent components, part of the environment at the same level of co-dependency. Rocks are layered stratification of time, encasing past memories, living archives of the Anthropocene. The human body is ephemeral and temporary, and the stone is durable and stable while performing its calm mutations. Let’s learn from the ancient, wise rocks!