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
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.