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making milpa



Upcoming. Zamek Culture Centre in Poznan, Residency program May-September 2022. 


Making milpa is a translocal network of artists, makers, mediators, learners and many other different backgrounds exploring forms of collaboration, ways of inhabiting spaces (otherwise) and creating learning environments towards diversity and non-hegemonic forms of thinking.


Making milpa as art practice



Collective graphics 

The
Language
of Water
 

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The Language of Water







Milpa-The Language of Water is an ongoing study group on the topic of water and listening practices.

Surveying and gathering narratives related to water such as  water struggles, commodification of water, and building a sonic archive with field recordings from different water bodies.

In May 2021, the cohort organized and designed an exhibition based on a series of participatory actions inside a wooden church from the 15th Century (before the first monoculture plantation) as a venue. It included a series of workshop/actions such as mapping unused space, enviromental listening, sound improvisation using the venue as instrument, performative lectures and prints  of our communication and process of collaboration together with a sound piece using the sonic archive of water bodies.

The exhibition was hosted by the Centre for Social Development in Wroclaw and created in collaboration with Agnieszka Bandura (philosopher, educator), Pawel Drabarczyk (art theorist and educator), Iván Juárez (artist, architect, researcher), Urszula Lisowska (philosopher and educator), Sepa Sama (artist, architect, researcher, educator), Chiara Sgaramella (artist, researcher, educator), Thomas Tajo (artist, blind activist), Vassilis Theodorou (sound artist).





The gesture of piling maize corresponds to the actions performed during the moon between May-June, following Guaman Poma de Ayala’s calendar. Making milpa at the Church was conceived as an action of gathering and piling concepts inside the church and offering publics to participate in our ongoing process. Our intervention involved using the  the exhibition as a temporary laboratory for experimenting with collaborative art practices.

Centre for Social Development
Szczytnicki Park
Wrocław, Poland
26-30.06.2021




Lecture on saliva and art, “Co ślina na język...”, by Agnieszka Bandura and Pawel Drabarczyk.

Participants of Mapping unused spaces by Sepa Sama and Jumana Hamadani.

Sound improvisation Using the Church as a musical instrument by Diego Gutierrez Valladares and Vassilis Theodorou.

Tables inside the exhibition space showing print documentation of interaction and process between the cohort in the design and program for the exhibition.  

Sound and Audio files


  1. Waterless sound track by Vassilis Theodorou.
  2. Sound improvisation remixed by Vassilis Theodorou.

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