The first Multidisciplinary Garden Cartography took place at the Ferran Soldevila Garden (University of Barcelona) in July 2021. The event unfolded as a think tank in which artists and scientists discussed, through participatory mapping and knowledge-sharing, the possibilities of engaging with the crisis of vegetal biodiversity from an ecological and more sustainable approach. The methodology of this event was later replicated in Paris and Linz during September 2021, adapting the format to its different gardens and participants.
The event unfolded parallel to the II Edition of the HerbArt International forum.
We invited a group of 20 professionals from different fields (artists, scientists, economists, philosophers and environmental science researchers, along with cultural actors such as curators and art critics) whose practices are linked to the plant world in different ways. Based on round tables and transdisciplinary dialogues, we analysed the crisis of biodiversity with the intention of proposing sustainable ways of relating to the vegetal realm. During the event, the participants carried out a multidisciplinary cartography, a joint mapping of the garden. Beyond its taxonomic information, this cartography had the intention of making visible discourses that consider plants as agents and not as resources, engaging memory, experience and subjective reactions.
Through these workshops, Roots & Seeds XXI seeks to safeguard and promote botanical heritage, weaving scientific knowledge with storytelling and humanities. In this way, the first Multidisciplinary Garden Cartography developed within Roots & Seeds XXI fostered the creative potential of artists and scientists working together, promoting multidisciplinary collaboration networks and hybrid methodologies.
The event included the performance of Akyute, a Barcelona-based interactive installation and performance duo using technology as a means to reconnect the human experience with the natural world, integrating nature into the digital age, unifying interaction design, audiovisual arts and generative sound.
Summarising the dialogues that took place within this event, the final publication of Roots & Seeds XXI seeks to spread the transdisciplinary botanical knowledge generated through the intersection of art and science communities.
Find a transcription of the conferences that took place within this cartography HERE.
Images from the Barcelona Garden Cartography at Ferran Soldevila Gardens of the University of Barcelona, with performance by Akyute.
Images from visits at Green For Good.
Marco Agnolin (IT): Economist that specializes in the textile industry and the fashion sector. Former CEO of Bershka and Diesel, he started A Better Mistake, a new sustainable fashion brand far from the throwaway model.
Manuela de Barros (FR): Philosopher, art theorist, curator, professor at the University Paris 8 and invited professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Author of the books "Duchamp & Malevitch" and "Arqueología de los Medios". Her research focuses on the contemporary issues, in which she mixes the aesthetics and impact of techno-sciences-industries on our representations and ways of life, as well as their political, ethical or ecological implications.
Paula Bruna (ES): Artist who graduated in Environmental Sciences and holds a PhD in Fine Art with a thesis about art and political ecology. Her practice takes as reference concepts of ecology, ecological economy, and theories on strong sustainability and degrowth, emphasizing the interaction between our society and the ecological system where it lies.
Paco Calvo (ES): Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science in the Department of Philosophy, where he directs MINT Lab (Minimum Intelligence Laboratory, specialized in Philosophy of Cognitive Science and Plant Neurobiology). He is a member of the scientific committee of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology (LINV, Florence) headed by Prof. Stefano Mancuso.
Gabino Carballo (ES): Landscaper with a Masters Degree in Project Management, and a Degree in landscaping from the UCJC in Madrid. He works as a Senior Green Technician in the projects department of the Municipal Institute of Parcs i Jardins of the Barcelona City Council.
Blanca de la Torre (ES): Curator who works at the intersection of art, cultural studies, ecology and sustainable practices. She is the curator of the XV Cuenca Biennial (Ecuador) and responsible for the Aula Sostenible at CAAM, a permanent space dedicated to art and sustainability at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Evgenia Emets (RU-PT): Artist and founder of the Eternal Forest Sanctuary Project, a multidisciplinary art project that aims to create 1000 Sanctuaries and protect them for 1000 years, through art, ecology and community.
Xavier Gabarrell i Durany (ES): Professor of the Department of Chemistry, Biology and Environment Engineering at the UAB), is director of ICTA-UAB and Coordinating Scientist of SMART-ER at ECIU University. He leads the Industrial Ecology research group called Sostenipra and the Fertilecity Project. Recognized in the Reuters list that identifies and ranks the world's 1,000 best climate academics based on their influence.
Jordi Juanos (ES): Director of Plant for The Planet (Spain), an organization that aims to create awareness among children and adults about the problems of climate change and global justice. The initiative also works to plant trees and sees this as a practical and symbolic action in efforts to reduce the effect of climate change.
Lucio Montecchio (IT): Full professor at the University of Padua, where he teaches Forest Pathology and Tree Health classes. Member of the advisory council of the Botanical Garden of the University of Padua (1575), he is the author of numerous scientific and technical publications and is a consultant to leading international institutions such as IPPC / FAO, EU, EPPO, EAC. In 2018, the Financial Times called him "The man who saves trees."
Ignacio Peres Osia (SP): Farmer specialist in permaculture, biodynamic and regenerative agriculture. He investigates horticultural varieties and techniques around the world for their introduction into local productions. He is currently responsible for organic production at the Ferrer Sustainability Foundation.
Antonio Riello (IT): Artist with a degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry with an eclectic and endless curiosity for social paradoxes. He taught anatomical drawing for several years at the Accademia Belle Arti in Bologna. Since 2010 he has managed seminars and conferences on Contemporary Art and Fashion (the relationship between the human body and clothing / uniforms) at various universities and art schools in the UK, including the Royal College of Arts (London), the University Westminster (London) and Ruskin Anglia University (Cambridge).
Joan Rieradevall Pons (ES): Doctor in Chemical Sciences (Chemical Engineering), scientific collaborator of the Sostenipra research group of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) María de Maeztu Center of Excellence of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is the founding partner of Inèdit Innova and Tectum Garden spin off the UAB. Recognized in the Reuters list that identifies and ranks the world's 1,000 best climate academics based on their influence.
Alejandro Rueda (COL): Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability, new generation agriculturist. He is Strategy & Finances Associate of a vertical farming company based in Barcelona.
Robertina Šebjanič (SI): Internationally recognized artist, whose work revolves around the biological, chemical, political and cultural realities of aquatic environments and explores the impact of humanity on other species and on the rights of non-human entities, at the same time that she calls for emphatic strategies towards other species to be adopted. In her analysis of the Anthropocene theoretical framework, the artist uses the term "aquatocene" and "formation water" to refer to the impact of human beings on aquatic environments.
Claudia Schnugg (AT): Researcher and curator with interdisciplinary experience in social sciences, business administration, cultural sciences, and the arts. She is a curator in the fields of collaboration between art and science, organizational aesthetics, incorporated knowledge and artistic interventions, and is the author of the book “Creating ArtScience Collaboration”, one of the great references in the field.