Jorge Menna Barreto & Joélson Buggilla: The surface of the earth I The surface of the page

Two day workshop by Joe Bugila, artist and graphic designer; and Jorge Menna Barreto, artist and researcher. The workshop will be preceded by two mini-residencies at Utopiana in the months of February and March, 2019, when we will do research, plan and prepare for the event 1000 Ecologies in September/October, 2019.

Day 1: From site to page

Take a walk on the wild side

If you haven't drawn you haven't seen

The page as a cultivation ground

On the first day, we will invite the the participants to look for wild edibles in the gardens around Utopiana. These plants can be considered a kind of counter-agriculture, as they are not cultivated and grow spontaneously from the land. In that sense, they can be considered "site-specific" food and work as connectors between the land and our bodies. The participants will then be invited to collect one plant to carry out a drawing exercise. Using these drawings and plants as mediators, we will work on translating the land into the page, considering the paper as a possible cultivation ground. In that sense, the page is not representing the site, but is part of a complex and multi-layered system.

Day 2: From page to site 

Cellular mediation


Environmental sculpture

After becoming more intimate with the wild edibles collected on the first day, we will search for larger quantities to prepare site-specific green smoothies, which is a drink prepared with a mix of fruits and vegetables. On this day, we will discuss ideas of forestness and cellular mediation, which is the ability our cells have to read the specificities of the site by metabolization. From there and through drinking, we will bathe our cells with the information contained in the green drinks to work on concepts of belonging and diversity, thus redesigning our digestive systems to begin on the land and not on our mouths. We will close the day by provoking a conversation about how our intestines are a privileged interface our relationship to other species and the landscape and how our eating habits can shape the space around us, a process we call environmental sculpture.