Matadero Madrid center for contemporary creation
Mutant Institute of Environmental Narratives
Today, more than ever, we need initiatives that help us foster our collective imagination to face the biggest challenge of our species: the present and future of the environmental crisis. The Mutant Institute of Environmental Narratives (IMNA), Matadero Madrid's artistic laboratory for climate action, has been working since 2018 to propose new narrative strategies and innovative projects from art and fiction.
The IMNA is not an ordinary cultural project, it is a mutant device to adapt to uncertain futures with new ways of approaching problems and storytelling. A space for research, experimental interdisciplinary creation and learning; a meeting place between very diverse agents, in which the strategies to follow are given by ants, bees or thousand-headed molds.
The IMNA postulates that the urgency and complexity of the current planetary challenges require us to activate processes based on collective intelligence, processes that go beyond particular disciplines; and that transformations will only be possible if, together with essential scientific research and technological innovation, a cultural change takes place. The IMNA promotes an understanding of the human and its position in the world that recognizes the needs of other species and is capable of establishing a commitment to coexistence with them, as well as a pact of responsibility towards future generations.
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The IMNA has been promoting a series of projects and, through them, it has been experimenting with formats such as TV series, documentaries, podcasts and radio, radical and critical cartography, gamification and playful thinking, or online collaboration and digital platforms.
- Cyborg Garden
- Riology. Empathic Strategies in Deep Times
- Game of Swarms
- Interspecies Communicator
- Ministry of the Future
- Radio Mutante
- Artistic Climatic Residence
- Cli-Fi TV Series
- Arganzuela Ecosystem
- Inhabit the River
Idea and co-direction
Co-director and curator
Amanda Masha Caminals
Co-directors and curators of the Cyborg Garden
elii [oficina de arquitectura]
Equipo Matadero Madrid, Natalia Matesanz Ventura, cumuloLimbo studio
María Buey, Eduardo Castillo Vinuesa
Rosa Ferré, Juan Azcárate, Luis Tejero, Marisol Mena, Carlos Mataix, Julio Lumbreras, Manuel Alméstar, Sara Romero, Luisa Fernanda Guerra, Alejandro Sacristán
All the programs of Matadero Madrid [Oficina de coordinación, Intermediae y Centro de Residencias Artísticas] and Cineteca Madrid actively participate in the Mutant Institute of Environmental Narratives.
EIT Climate-KIC, Fundación Banco de Sabadell, Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS - UCLA), Experimental Architecture Group, Centro de Investigación en Cognición Animal del Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique de la Universidad de Toulouse (CNRS), Área de Biodiversidad y Conservación de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Greenpeace España, Extinction Rebellion España and many more.