Compost-ables Habitación Residency
02.09.2021 – 24.10.2021, Residencies
Centro Huarte, Navarre
Held at: Centro Huarte
Artist(s): Adriana Tamargo and Guillermo Escribano (META-colectivo)
In collaboration with: Mapamundistas
Residency • Multispecies • Ecosystem
Living urban sculptures, a fungi-human collaboration
What would a multispecies urbanism look like that puts the care and health of the ecosystem in the foreground? What kind of collaborations between humans and other critters can we imagine? What kind of art would we make together-with other organisms and for the environment we inhabit? Compost-ables explores how to work with and for an ecosystem by transforming organic waste into living urban sculptures. These sculptures will be ephemeral, biodegradable, and co-produced by the inhabitants (both human and non-human) of Huarte. META - colectivo calls them living sculptures because they are in constant change and transforming - with different organisms and agents. This cooperation responds to a philosophical position that advocates a responsible community of all organisms in the face of the climate crisis, inspired by the position of the philosopher Donna Haraway who stands for sympoiesis and making-with.
META-colectivo wants to intervene in the nature-culture dichotomy by blurring the boundaries between created by human beings and created by nature, looking for hybrid forms that are difficult to categorize as ‘made by man’ or ‘made by nature’. Through the materials, we want to reflect on who are the sculptures created for. They will not be sculptures made by humans for humans exclusively, but by an ecosystem for an ecosystem. For this, the main material used will be coffee grounds collected from cafeterias, an interesting material not only for humans but also for fungi and vegetables, serving them as substrate and fertilizer, and the work team will consist of themselves, the mycelium, and the human and non-human inhabitants of Huarte.
Adriana Tamargo and Guillermo Escribano are part of META-colectivo, an artistic collective from Donostia, focused on visualizing possible future scenarios and alternative realities. Mixing Guillermo's experience in architecture and visual arts, and Adriana's in biodesign, they come together in the interest of non-anthropocentric worldviews and material practices that show our dependence on other living organisms with which and thanks to which we exist. Their work has been exhibited atDisseny Hub Barcelona, Escola Massana, Fabra I coats Barcelona among others, and they have recently been scholarship recipients of the Fresh A.I.R 2020-2021 residency at the Urban Nation museum of contemporary art in Berlin.
This residency programme is collaborating with Mapamundistas, a local initiative developed for 15 years in different spaces in Pamplona and its surroundings curated by Alexandra Baurès. The Mapamundistas 2021 edition is entitled Un movimiento que engendra un movimiento (A movement that produces a movement) and will seek to explore the transformative power of emotions and their collective dimension.