Program 2018

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8

July 02nd - August 23rd, 2018

SOMA Summer 2018 will focus on ideas that promote sustainability, looking closely at a handful of organizations in and around the city (Teotihuacán, Xochimilco, and Texcoco) that are working to maintain ecological and economic balance. The program is conceived as a hands-on experience where participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with a number of historians, urbanists, lawmakers and artists involved with transforming environmental limitations into more socially-fair possibilities. Local and international artists and thinkers who work alongside this parameter will nurture this eight-week experience.

WEEK 01 — Introduction

Monday 02nd July
Administration meeting, welcome meal and opening remarks
Introduction, part 1: Participants will give 10-minute presentations regarding their work. 

Tuesday 3rd July
Introduction, part 2: Participants will give 10-minute presentations regarding their work. 

Wednesday 4th July
Miércoles de SOMA: Book presentation by Amy Sara Carroll with Mariana Botey and Maris Bustamante
Welcome party

Thursday 5th July
Group dynamic with Nina Höchtl. Through different activities, such as “Collective Body Mapping”, fragmented readings and dialogic practices, this session opens up an exchange on sustainability in the given group of participants in order to awake critical inventiveness and incite imaginations for holistic ways of life.
Individual critiques with mentors, Amy Sara Carroll and Ricardo Domínguez

WEEK 02 

Monday 09th July
Seminar with Richard Lehun
Visit to Biquini Wax with Daniel Aguilar and Cristóbal Gracia

Tuesday 10th July
Seminar with Richard Lehun
Visit to Casa del Hijo del Ahuizote with Diego Flores Magón, walk through downtown to discuss possible collaboration, and Casa de la Moneda with Giacomo Castagnola

Wednesday 11th July
Seminar with Richard Lehun
Visit and meal at Crater Invertido with Jazael Olguín Zapata
Miércoles de SOMA: TBD

Thursday 12th July
Individual critiques with Magalí Arriola, Giacomo Castagnola, Mariana David, Diego Flores Magón, Carla Herrera-Prats, Alejandra Labastida and Paola Santoscoy

Friday 13th July
Visit and meal at Obrera Centro with Mauro Giaconi and Marcos Castro

WEEK 03 — 

Monday July 16th
Visit to the pre-hispanic site with art historian Miruna Achim

Tuesday July 17th
Session with Miruna Achim: distribution of water in Mexico City from ancient times to colonial times

Wednesday 18th July
Special session with Sandra Rozental
Miércoles de SOMA: Sara Eliassen

Thursday 19th July
Individual critiques with Tatiana Cuevas, Irving Domínguez, Sara Eliassen, Carla Herrera-Prats, Bárbara Perea, Itala Schmelz 

WEEK 04 — 

Monday July 23rd, Tuesday 24th and Wednesdat 25th
Sessions with Sara Nadal-Melesió and Jennifer Allora

Wednesday 25th July
Miércoles de SOMA: Allora y Calzadilla

Thursday 26th July
Studio visit with Tania Candiani
Individual critiques with mentors, Jennifer Allora, Tania Candiani, Edgar Hernández, Carla Herrera-Prats, Fabiola Iza, Esteban King Álvarez, Manuela Moscoso and Sara Nadal-Melsió

WEEK 05 — 

Monday 30th July and Tuesday 31st July
Visit to: Milpa Alta 
Mexican artist Fernando Palma will guide us through the environmental issues in the district of Milpa Alta, located in the south of Mexico City. Alongside with his family, Fernando has found Calpulli Tecalco, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of the natural environment, history, and culture of the original peoples of the region.

Wednesday 01st August
Special session with: Chip Lord
Miércoles de SOMA: Patrick Killoran

Thursday 02nd August
Group dynamic Xochimilco
Individual critiques with Magnolia de la Garza, Carla Herrera-Prats, Patrick Killoran, Alejandra Labastida, Chip Lord, Josefa Ortega, and Fernando Palma

WEEK 06 — 

Monday 06th August 
Off-Site DF: Visit to Anthropology Museum (first group) with Eduardo Abaroa

Tuesday 07th August
Off-Site DF: Visit to Anthropology Museum (second group) with Eduardo Abaroa

Wednesday 08th August
Studio visit with: Eduardo Abaroa
Swimming in the Chimaerozoic Era Session with Eduardo Abaroa. 
In these sessions, we will discuss several issues regarding the role that human activity has played in the radical transformation of our planet. Climate change and the depletion of biodiversity are just two of the most pressing crises of our time which have stimulated the quest for an accurate evaluation of the problems. There is a constant flow of scientific data and alleged practical solutions to curb land, air and water pollution, to prevent the loss of different regions of the biosphere, or to figure out new technologies that will ensure the continuity of the system of production in contemporary societies. The course implies a discussion of some of the ideas that have been put forward regarding the cluster of issues. Taking into account new concepts produced in Latin America and Mexico, which can be compared to their equivalents produced elsewhere. The course will include a visit to the National Museum of Anthropology that intends to give a historic perspective as well as an overview of some of the cultural conflicts that have defined Mexican Culture in the last century.
Miércoles de SOMA: Tania Bruguera

Thursday 09th August 
Special Session with Tyler Rowland
Individual critiques with Eduardo Abaroa, Tania Bruguera, Ariel Guzik, Larissa Harris, Carla Herrera-Prats, Graciela Kasep, Catalina Lozano and Tyler Rowland

WEEK 07 —

Monday 13th, August and Tuesday 14th August
Gustavo Lipkau will introduce us to Ciudad Futura, a project of new urban development in the West zone of Mexico City, specialized in micro urbanism tactics and critical analysis of urbanism

Wednesday 15th August
Miércoles de SOMA: TBD

Thursday 16th August
Studio visit with Ariel Guzik
Individual critiques with  Julio García-Murillo, Carla Herrera-Prats, Caroline Montenat, Angel Nevarez, Victor Palacios and Valerie Tevere

WEEK 08 — 

Monday 20th August 
Special session with Angel Nervarez and Valerie Tevere

Wednesday 22nd August
Individual critiques with mentors, Carla Herrera-Prats and 5 chosen guests
Protest Karaoke organized by Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere

Thursday 23rd August
Final remarks, feed-back and last meal with Carla Herrera-Prats


Calle 13 #25, Col. San Pedro de los Pinos, 03800 Ciudad de México