3rd May 2022
Nature and Us: Botany, traditional knowledge and literature in our environment
Wandering through plants and words, departing from Les Corts-Miquel Llongueras Library and culminating at the Maternity Gardens.
This interdisciplinary workshop will be merging literature and botany as part of Roots & Seeds XXI. The activity will promote, spread, share and disseminate the knowledge of Barcelona's urban flora, organised by the University of Barcelona and the Botanical Institute of Barcelona (IBB, CSIC-Barcelona City Council). Lasting for two hours, the workshop will consist of a route from the Les Corts-Miquel Llongueras Library (our meeting place) to the Barcelona Maternity Gardens. Between cartography and literary research, we will identify several plant species and learn about their ethnobotanical uses, shared by the activity's participants. Through a card game and the reading of a literary text in relation to each selected species, we will engage with the vegetal environment by writing, reciting, drawing or sharing knowledge multidisciplinarily.
The activity will highlight our connection and coexistence with nearby species through traditional knowledge, becoming aware of sensations (views, sounds, smells, textures, tastes) and feelings (comfort, tranquility, discomfort ...). The walk will foster our integration into the environment in which we live, transcending the exclusionary dichotomy between culture and nature, between humanities and sciences.
The workshop will be led by a team of professors and researchers from the Pharmacy and Food Sciences Faculty and the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Barcelona, as well as the director of the Botanical Institute of Barcelona (IBB, CSIC-Barcelona City Council): Eva Figueras (Fine Arts), Teresa Garnatje (IBB), Mar Redondo (Fine Arts) and Joan Vallès (Pharmacy and Food Sciences). The group has been working on projects together since 2019, sharing scientific and artistic perspectives.
Language: Spanish/Catalan 5:30 - 7:30 3rd May 2022
Les Corts - Miquel Llongeras Library, Travessera de Les Corts, 58
Images by Joan Martínez Urango