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Nahuel Sánchez Tolosa

Simulacros interplanetarios: Necessary Constelations




04/05/2024 — 05/05/2024

Art and education residency organized by Terremoto together with La Escuela___, with participation from the artist Nahuel Sánchez Tolosa.

Necessary Constellations is a proposal that seeks to close the gap between artistic practices, science and technologies in the Sonoran Desert, with the intent of dynamizing the practice of research and sensible production from a Latin American and interplanetary perspective.

Nahuel Sánchez Tolosa: Activation of a crater in Laguna Azul, southern Patagonia. Courtesy: Nahuel Sánchez Tolosa.

Necessary Constellations is a project framed in the Simulacros interplanetarios research residency, the first iteration of the program Travesías Terremoto, aimed at bringing together artistic and scientific practices in Latin America through an immersion in the El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve in the Sonoran Desert.

The selected proposal is that of Nahuel Sánchez Tolosa. It is structured from a situated and territorial gaze aimed at fostering sensible practices in an exoplanetary landscape, thus projecting futures from within intersectionality. In this sense, the artist seeks to imagine emerging relationships with other planets and species. To this end, he proposes diverse pedagogic-artistic strategies that allow, on the one hand, to (re)cognize the territory/exploration scenery and, on the other, to activate situations of exchange between artists, scientists and researchers, with the goal of drawing narratives for a new geological era.

In the face of an imminent age shift, where nature and peoples are in a constant battle for survival, knee-deep in social, political and ecological conflicts, constructing moments of dialogue between artistic, scientific and technological practices represents the challenge of establishing new links that may allow us to elucidate answers and refract our shared Latin American history onto other worlds.

Is it possible to build—from within the artistic practices in relation to the science and the technologies—another type of narrative regarding the landscape we inhabit?  What kind of contributions may art generate to envision alternative futures? How may the art-education pairing allow for the construction of artistic knowledge specific to our native populations and interplanetary communities?

Nahuel Sánchez Tolosa: Awakening of the stones, El Chaltén. Courtesy: Nahuel Sánchez Tolosa.

The project’s main objective consists in closing the gap between artistic practices, science and technologies, by means of didactic proposals that enable the production of situated sensible knowledge from an extraordinary landscape. To this end, we propose a constellation of exercises that dynamize and boost the encounter between the artists in residency, along with the scientists, researchers and other agents involved in the analog mission experience.

The exercises seek to activate the curiosity during fieldwork, emphasizing actions such as walking, collecting, registering and investigating, but also stimulating the fantastical aspect and cosmic signals that give way to unexpected and significant connections.

Pedagogic and mediational project

The pedagogic and mediational project is thought out around the notion of constellation, assuming it as an imaginary configuration that, in this case, acquires a pedagogic-artistic dimension, as it is framed within the Simulacros interplanetarios residency. The constellation will be structured by diverse pedagogic-artistic exercises, which shall be both individual and collective. The production resulting from each of them will offer up sensible material to organize the public program at the Museo de Arte de Sonora (MUSAS).

Individual exercises

Designing and creating an Interplanetary Taxonomic Journal: Construction of an Interplanetary Taxonomic Journal that consists of narrative, graphic and visual material. Inspired by the Orbis Pictus (images and names of all fundamental things and life’s activities in the world), we propose the making of a journal where participants can explore and take into fieldwork. It will serve to register data, relevant information, images and graphs, notes, mappings, drawings, sensations, and anything else that the artists consider necessary for the development of a memory of Simulacros interplanetarios. The analog version of each journal will be available as mediation material in exhibitions. Finally, the journals can also be used as source material to undertake editorial processes around the experience.

Construction of an Open Sound Archive: Construction of a sound archive taking as a point of departure the documentation of the exploratory experiences in this analog mission. We propose the understanding of sound as a significant matter within the landscape and, thus, as a powerful resource for artistic work. In this sense, the main objective of this exercise is the active listening and documenting of what the landscape communicates to us. The various recordings made by the artists will make up an open sound archive that allows for a democratic access to the soundscape of the El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, to be shown and socialized in exhibitions.

Collective exercises

Construction of a Collective Atlas: Inspired by the psychogeographic driftings of the situationists and understanding the notion of drifting as an aesthetic practice, we will invite artists to carry out a series of actions (documenting, collecting, composing, among others) to construct a Collective Atlas. Throughout history, humans have found the collections of maps to be deeply important to their understanding of relations, reliefs, oceans, surfaces, limits, and symbols, which gives them a pedagogic relevance that we want to highlight. For this reason, we will take the actions thought out for the duration of the analog mission in the El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve as building blocks for an Atlas, where we shall put together the records and findings, in order to draw symbolic relationships. The composition will be accompanied by didactic labels that allow its reading.

Designing and creating an educational fanzine: Assuming editorial practices as artistic processes, we propose the artists to design and create a graphic self-published piece inspired by the visual and sound archives, to synthesize the experience at the Simulacros interplanetarios residency. It shall be a collective graphic work with an educational orientation, allowing for it to be used as a dissemination tool for the community. This piece could also serve as a postal object, spreading the experience beyond the Sonoran Desert territory, overcoming geographical limits, and reaching other regions of Latin America. The fanzine will also be adapted and digitized so that it can be downloaded from the Terremoto website.