Virtual Event: Worldmaking Practices

December 10, 2020

Worldmaking Practices: A Take on the Future

A virtual event co-hosted with Delfina Foundation

Date and Time:
December 10, 2020
1:00 PM (EST) / 6:00 PM (GMT)

Online Event

Patricia Domínguez, Drone Mother, 2019–2020, 4k video, 20:51 min, video still.

Ayni. Ahuecar. Crypsis, Kab’ej, solidarity. Language allows us to name the future by opening portals to other ways of existing in the world.

Join us for a discussion of the topics, provocations and imaginaries explored in the recently-published editorial project, Worldmaking Practices: A Take on the Future.

Hear the project’s editor Sara Garzón and three of the contributing artists—Alan Poma, José Luis Macas, and Patricia Domínguez—explore how these alternative forms of worldmaking can enable the possibility of the future. 

Ongoing forms of oppression and multiple emergencies seem to threaten the very possibility of the future. In response to this, through a visual exchange, the panelists will consider how contemporary art from Latin America can foster a collective re-imagining of the future, through proposing new orientations for being and existing in the world.

This online conversation will be held in English with live closed-captioning. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be provided by Colectivo Babilla.

This event is a partnership between the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and Delfina Foundation, where writer and curator Sara Garzón is currently in-residence, as part of Delfina’s thematic programme science_technology_society – a partnership with Gaia Art Foundation.

The editorial project Worldmaking Practices: A Take on the Future, was initiated by CPPC in August 2020. Published on their website, it features contributions from eighteen artists and curators from across Latin America, together with an introductory essay from its editor Sara Garzón. 

About Delfina Foundation
Founded in 2007, Delfina Foundation is a London-based independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to facilitating artistic exchange and developing creative practice through residencies, partnerships and public programming. Delfina has hosted over 300 artists, curators and writers in-residence from around the world in its London home, and partnered with institutions such as Tate Modern, V&A, ICA, Frieze, Chisenhale and Art Jameel.

Delfina Foundation runs seasonal thematic programmes, which guide the residencies and public programmes of exhibitions and events, from talks, workshops, and performances. The thematic programmes provide a space for salient issues and ideas to be explored, and bring together artists, arts professionals and experts across civic society to engage and collaborate. Programmes include: science_technology_society, The Politics of Food, Collecting as Practice, and Performance as Process.

About the Artists
Patricia Domínguez
Patricia Domínguez was born in Santiago, Chile in 1984. Bringing together experimental research on ethnobotany, healing practices and the corporealization of wellbeing, her work focuses on tracing relationships of labor, affect, obligation and emancipation among living species in a cosmos that is ever more corporatized in nature.

Her major projects have been exhibited at CentroCentro (Madrid); Gasworks (London); Momenta Biennale (Montréal);Columbus Museum of Art (Ohio); Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA, Seoul); CentroCentro, The Future is Not What Will Happen, but What We Will Do, ARCO and Twin Gallery (all in Madrid); El Museo del Barrio, Bronx Museum, The Clemente, Yeh Art Gallery (all in New York); FLORA and Liberia (both in Colombia); Meet Factory (Prague); Centro Cultural España, CCU, MAC, MAVI and Galería Patricia Ready (all in Chile), among others.

Among her upcoming exhibitions are the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Madrid) in 2020, Gwangju Biennale (South Korea) and La Casa Encendida (Madrid) in 2021 and The Wellcome Collection (London) in 2022.

Her studies include a Master’s Degree in Studio Art from Hunter College, New York (2013) and a Botanical Art & Illustration Certificate from the New York Botanical Garden (2011). She has recently been the recipient of the Fundación AMA Grant (2017), the Media Art Award from Fundación Telefónica and the 3rd Norberto Griffa Prize (both 2014), among others. She is currently director of the ethnobotanical platform Studio Vegetalista.

Alan Poma
Alan Poma (Peru) is a multidisciplinary sound artist, whose work has focused on creating site-specific projects and spectacles. His presentations often integrate performance, video art, sound art and scientific research, creating productions that provide sensory journeys for viewers.

In recent years he has developed a series of live events and installations that reflect an investigation on the futurist Russian Opera Victory Over the Sun (1913) and the English vorticist play Enemy of the Stars (1914). He has working with an interdisciplinary group of collaborators including anthropologists, historians and physicists. With their input, Poma has raised a close relationship between Russian futurism and Andean culture, drawn from their shared iconographies.

Poma studied Sciences and Arts of Communications at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He has presented Enemy of the Stars installation at MATE Museum (2018) and Victory Over the Sun in several venues in Peru, including the Goethe Institute (2011), MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo – Lima (2014), as well as at the Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City. Victory Over the Sun won the Best Experimental Film Award granted by the Ministerio de Cultura del Peru (Culture Ministry) (2014). In 2017, he participated in a residency at Delfina Foundation (UK) and In 2015 he participated in the Nuevo Teatro Musical residency program organized by the Munich Biennale/Festival de Nuevo Teatro Musical in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

José Luis Macas Paredes
José Luis Macas Paredes lives and works in Quito. He is a visual artist, professor and researcher in the Department of Visual Arts at the Catholic University of Ecuador. He has studied the visual arts in Belgium, Ecuador, and Cuba. He holds a Master of Arts in Public Space and Multimedia from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. He is a member of the sound performance collective 0°1533, a contributor to the Kichwa artist collective Samakruray and coordinator of the Chawpi creative lab, a cultural space located in Quito.

In 2018 he received first prize at the X International Biennial of Art SIART in La Paz, Bolivia with the textile lab collective; he participated in the XIV Cuenca International Biennial, and in 2010 he exhibited in the X Biennial of Design in Saint Etienne, France. He was awarded the Wytsman and Pappaerts prizes from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels in 2010 and 2011.

His research focuses on territorial memories and poetics, investigating the construction of the nation according to geographical, astronomical and cultural singularities, and bringing together the wisdom of the ancestral-historical legacy of the Americas with the strategies of contemporary art.