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Seba Calfuqueo

The Fluidity of Bodies

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Guatemala

2024—I

05/21/2024 — 06/06/2024

Educational project developed in alliance with La Nueva Fábrica, with participation from students of the Instituto Municipal de Educación Básica de Santa Ana, in Antigua Guatemala.

In this CLASSROOM, the collaboration between artists Seba Calfuqueo and Sophia Arrazola proposes a space for knowledge exchange, to recognize the fluidity of our bodies and other ways of relating to water, not in extractive terms but as the element around which community life is generated.

Seba Calfuqueo: Kowkülen (Liquid Being, 2020). Video performance.

Audiovisual register: Raúl Moncada y Cons Gallardo. Courtesy: Seba Calfuqueo.

As human beings, we are facing a crisis of water scarcity. Through this project, we propose to initiate a dialogue regarding our relationship with water on a corporal-individual and social-collective level, and to deepen the problem also from an epistemological point of view.

Given that this problem has a direct impact on the local community of La Nueva Fábrica (LNF), Aldea Santa Ana, we decided to focus our work on the young student population, specifically in alliance with the local school Instituto de Educación Básica de Santa Ana.

At LNF, we have created a playful methodology that responds to the needs and expectations of the young people of the local community (between 13 and 15 years of age), who are invited to collaborate as participants and protagonists of this space for learning and exchanging knowledge.

Throughout the CLASSROOM, we will address fundamental questions such as:

Is fluidity a natural characteristic of our bodies? What are other ways of relating to water, not based on extraction but on acknowledgement? Is water an identitarian element? Is it an entity of rights in itself? Is water a connecting element between bodies and beings?

We propose a space consisting of three core bodies for its development:

—Connecting body: recognizing the fluidity of our bodies at the individual and collective level.

—Exchange body: identifying knowledge for the social understanding of the water cycle (past, present and future).

—Resignifying body: co-creating new imaginaries on different ways of relating to water and to each other.

The project consists of creating a visualization of cycles, revisiting the past to understand our relationship with water as an identity, social, political, epistemological, and spiritual element around which community life unfolds. Based on our bodily experience, we will identify current problems and propose indicators for future change. We will imagine new scenarios, where water isn’t merely understood as a resource within an economic framework but as an actor involved in our community, and as a living archive of relationships and knowledge.

Through different future-imagining methods and narrative practices, we will create an exercise in communal poetry to shape new imaginaries and to establish other ways of relating to water from the acknowledgement of the fluidity of our bodies.