making milpa

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 

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The milpa was the Aztec technique of agriculture common in Central America based on collaboration, entanglement , diversity and concatenation between different species (critters, plants, and human social groups). It stands for sustainability providing food and multiple harvests throughout the year without degrading the soil as opposed to extractionist and capitalist colonial forms of mono-cultural plantations. The milpa is an open form that consists on a small scale model, a parcel of land, with a mix entangled crops growing (re)inventingforms of collaboration by sharing and accommodating resources in the same space (for example beans and corn establish a reciprocal relation, the corn enables the beans to grow along providing vertical structure and the beans help by holding nitrogen in the soil when it’s leaves fall to the ground).

The milpa is an open form as it allows new and diverse species to join the entanglement and create further interrelations. In the milpa one thing connects with many others. One on/for/ along/with/towards another in an ongoing process.

Following these prepositional forms of relation, making milpa as (art) practice consists of enacting, translating, thinking-with and along the milpa and its driving principles (of collaboration, diversity, sustainability, concatenation, scale) towards inventing collective practices, forms of radical pedagogy and micropolitics. Making milpa is an ongoing effort towards exploring ways of inhabiting spaces (otherwise) and forms of be-longing. Creating learning environments based on forms of collaboration, sharing resources and non-hegemonic forms of knowing, unfolding from conviviality, diversity/vitality, care/curiosity, and porosity.

Making milpa is nomadic; moving between grounds and contexts willing to host its activity, concatenating processes, and (ex)changing methods and practices between localea. As a network it seeks to build long-term relations towards social and ecological justice.

Mexican milpa. Photo by Iván Juárez

milpa’s network of collaborators

Agnieszka Bandura

Dr Agnieszka Bandura is Assistant Professor in the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Wrocław and a Senior Lecturer at the E. Geppert Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Wrocław. She is specialized in contemporary aesthetics and art theory, with a focus on the historical and philosophical backgrounds of art. She likes what is obvious and what is strange.

Paweł Drabarczyk vel Grabarcyzk

Art historian, academic teacher. Especially interested in the interaction of artworks and categories, such as the sublime, the unimaginable, the numinous, the sacred, and the uncanny. He follows the changes of art under the influence of selected ideas, but also the transformations, distortions and revisions that these ideas undergo in current artistic realisations. Fascinated by the long duration of the romantic imaginary, phantom institutions created by artists, and alternative art histories.

Iván Juárez

Architect, landscape architect, practicing artist and educator. Ivan Juarez works at the intersection of practice, research and teaching, across a wide variety of media and scales. He holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture with distinction from Corvinus University of Budapest, where he received the ECLAS outstanding MLA Student Award given by the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools. He also holds a Specialization in Landscape Architecture from UPC, Barcelona and his BArch from Habitat Faculty, UASLP, Mexico. Lecturer of environmental design disciplines, including architecture, landscape & urban design and lecturer of art disciplines including installation and environmental art.

Diego Gutierrez Valladares

Interdisciplinary artist, researcher and learner working in the intersections of collaborative art practices, technology studies and radical pedagogy. His practice and research is concerned with investigating notions of care and porosity. His artistic experimentation explores action, affect, collaboration towards collective forms of making/learning. His work includes different media like drawing, printing and mapping to workshops, improvisation, conversation and listening practices.

Sepa Sama

Sepa Sama is an artist, architect, researcher, and educator. His journey has started in Asia, continued to America and Europe. His transdisciplinary work focuses on architecture, art, and urbanism and their relationships. He collaborates with different professionals to experiment and formulate new possibilities. He is a fellow Sci-arc (2008) and UCLA graduate (2011) while finishing his Ph.D. at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, focusing on the topic of walking (2022).

Urszula Lisowska

Dr Urszula Lisowska holds a PhD in Philosophy and is the faculty member in The Institute of Philosophy (The Chair of Social and Political Philosophy) of The University of Wrocław. Her current research interests focus on possible Anthopocene-adjusted revisions of politics. These should combine two tasks. On the one hand, the porosity of the boundaries between the human and the non-human worlds has to be recognised. On the other, to some extent, their mutual otherness should be nonetheless maintained – both for the sake of taking political responsibility for anthropogenic climate disruption and to respect the relative transcendence of nature vis-à-vis human action.

Thomas Tajo.

Thomas Tajo is a blind thinker, researcher, inclusive artistic, consultant, inclusive activist and educator, who developed the theory of Visual Culture having its foundation in prehistory. He is one of the pioneers of human echolocation. He developed the pedagogy of Inclusive Mobility under the framework of new international non-profit Vision Inclusive which he co-founded. Vision Inclusive seeks to bring people with and without disabilities together to build and promote a culture of openness.

Vassilis Theodorou

Is a research analyst, sound artist and movement trainer. Following years as Research Director and Analyst at leading brokerage houses, he now works independently as an analyst reviewing sector trends across industries within the context of the so called “markets”. Concurrently he writes sound poetry by combining the performative gestures of improvisation, with the use of any instrument and socio-political statements. He perceives sound art as a tool to engage listeners and prompt their participation.