Game of swarms. Paula Nishijima

MUTANT INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL NARRATIVES

Desde el 14 de junio 2019
al 06 de octubre 2019
Precio: Free entry

Institución:
MATADERO MADRID

Espacio: Nave 16

The Instituto Mutante de Narrativas Ambientales [Mutant Institute of Environmental Narratives] is being created within Matadero Madrid to foster artistic practices in connection with other areas of knowledge, such as journalism, the humanities and social sciences, science and technological research, as a response to the challenges of the climate crisis. The institute postulates that the current global challenges are cultural and political, scientific and technological, and that they call for knowledge that extends across and beyond disciplinary boundaries, knowledge based on collective intelligence and social innovation that will make it possible to bring about radical structural transformations. Based on this conviction and through the research and analysis of the imaginaries and desires that continue to hold our society in thrall, the institute will be promoting strategies that help to create environmental narratives that go beyond traditional discourses associated with ecology.

The Instituto Mutante is supported by and operates through an interdisciplinary network, Platform-A [itdUPM (Technical University of Madrid), Madrid City Council (Environment and Mobility Area) and Matadero Madrid]., the members of which are an international group of artists, designers, researchers, philosophers, scientists, engineers, architects, public policymakers and many other agents.

With their help, various working spaces have been launched related to inter-species communication; the river as a core component in the transformation of the city; the rights of nature and environmental justice (addressed by studying and condemning ecocides and ‘toxic biographies’); the new climate economies; and food systems.

Its main lines of activity are presented here through a series of activities, from a radio programme to performances, citizen science initiatives and climate fiction workshops, organised around three core themes: Co-operative Resilience, Urban nature and Non-human Entities.

The institute is also presenting new works by the artists Paula Nishijima, Robertina Šebjanič and Fito Conesa, all of them joint exercises in climate change adaptation, and the proposal for the creation of a Cyborg Garden in the Matadero Madrid complex.


ECO-VISIONARIES OPENING PROGRAMME

Friday 14 June
7.00 – 8.30 pm
Conversation Eco-Visionaries. Art for a Planet in a State of Emergency

With Pedro Gadanho, Mariana Pestana and artists in the exhibition.
The Matadero Madrid Eco-Visionaries exhibition is organised thematically into four different sections: Disaster, Co-existence, Extinction and Adaptation. From the extinction of species to deforestation, from the contamination of the seas to the toxicity of the air we breathe, from the foreseeable climate refugees to the need to imagine new food systems, the exhibition addresses the most important crisis humankind faces.

> Free admission until maximum capacity reached


8.30 – 10.00 pm
Inaugural lecture Rachel Armstrong [The Experimental Architecture Group]

Understanding new ecological truths: towards an experimental mind-set

What knowledge and practices are required to tackle the planetwide crisis? Can the idea of ‘ecology’ be understood in a new way? Using concepts such as ‘post-nature’ and the idea of ‘postmodern synthesis’, which draw attention to processes of symbiosis and the idea of co-operative resilience, Rachel Armstrong (Professor of Experimental Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University), talks about the importance of promoting experimental forms of knowledge in order to adapt to climate change.

> Free admission until maximum capacity reached


Saturday 15 June
12 am – 3 pm | 4 – 6 pm
Workshop
Game of Kin

An initiative of Laboratorio del Pensamiento Lúdico to construct climate fictions through game dynamics and hybridisation with other species. Game of Kin is a game of make-believe narratives with two intentions: to present a problem and to speculate on possible solutions. The opening scenario is that the collapse of life on Earth has devastated liveable habitats. The species that have survived need to generate multiform relationships and complex stories of co-evolution and co-constitution to survive.

> Prior booking here. Maximum of 25 players per game.


7.00 – 8.00 pm
Guided tour
Mutant Immersion

Guided tour of the Matadero Madrid Mutant Institute of Environmental Narratives and Cyborg Garden with the artists. During this tour, the Mutant Institute’s areas of work and early initiatives will be presented, together with the Cyborg Garden prototypes.

> Free admission until maximum capacity reached


8.00 – 9.30 pm
Round table
Urban Natures

With Ursula Heise (Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies UCLA), Luis Tejero (D.G. Sustainability and Environmental Control, Environment and Mobility Division, Madrid City Council), Francesca Olivieri [ETSAM, itdUPM], Santiago Moreno [ETSIAAB, itdUPM] and Joaquín Sicilia (PRONATUR).
The idea of ‘urban nature’ points to the end of the divide between ‘nature’ and ‘culture’ and is the basis for the proposals to re-green cities that take a new approach to certain traditional environmental practices such as conservation, with greater attention paid instead to the natural functioning of ecosystems.

> Prior booking 


Friday 21 June
6.30 – 8.00 pm

Workshop Comunicador Inter-especial I [Inter-special Communicator I]: The prediction of the common moorhen and the common swift
Comunicador Inter-especial is a mutating narrative on how different species communicate. Based on certain scientific studies and the use of fictional accounts, the aim is to convey a message through a chain of beings from different species. The objective is to demonstrate possible communication networks between species by means of fiction and scientific research and thereby foster mutually beneficial relationships between humans and all kinds of non-human entities. The workshops will bring together climate change experts, biologists, telecoms engineers and the public in an exercise to co-create environmental narratives, the starting point being the common moorhen and the common swift species of bird in Madrid Río.

> Prior booking 


From 24 June to 19 July
DIWO Camp for the Future of the Planet

The CIUDAD DIWO 2019 summer camp will be focusing on one the biggest challenges we face today: the planetwide crisis. Motivated by the urgency of the calls of groups of young citizens such as Youth4Climate and Fridays for the Future, who are demanding long-term social and political changes to guarantee a sustainable future, the DIWO camp proposes to imagine possible futures for our planet with the generations who will bear the brunt of the consequences of today’s crisis. A forum where children will meet and be able to share ideas and proposals to improve our relationship with the planet and which will lay the foundations for the Mutant Institute’s ‘Ministry of the Future’; a series of encounters to formulate an inter-species and an inter-generational pact.

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Friday 5 July
10 am – 3.30 pm
Arganzuela BioMarathon

As part of the Intermediae project Ecosistema Arganzuela: arte y ciencia ciudadana contra el cambio climático [Arganzuela Ecosystem: Art and Citizen Science against Climate Change], which seeks to connect the residents of Arganzuela with their natural surroundings, there will be a biomarathon or collaborative census of the biological species in Arganzuela, led by Carmen Haro.

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Thursday 11 July 6.30 pm – 8 pm
Workshop Comunicador Inter-especial II [Inter-special Communicator II]

Comunicador Inter-especial is a mutating narrative on how different species communicate. Based on certain scientific studies and the use of fictional accounts, the aim is to convey a message through a chain of beings from different species. The objective is to demonstrate possible communication networks between species by means of fiction and scientific research and thereby nurture mutually beneficial relationships between humans and all kinds of non-human entities. The workshops will bring together climate change experts, biologists, telecoms engineers and the public in an exercise to co-create environmental narratives.

> Prior booking 


Friday 12 July 6.30 pm – 8 pm
Radio Mutante I: Madrid 2059 [Mutant Radio I: Madrid 20159]

The Madrid 2059 radio programme is a joint initiative of Episkaia (which holds the concession for the Mirador Arganzuela project Arganzuela 2059, which focuses on climate fiction) and the Mutant Institute of Environmental Narratives radio programme. It consists of a two-hour-long broadcast in which, based on a misunderstanding about what Madrid will be like in the year 2059, the presenters and a group of experts in various fields (urbanism, health and social co-operation) will guide a programme that looks at the issue of what Madrid might be like in 2059 and the type of decisions that could lead up it.

> Free admission until maximum capacity reached
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