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.


** This schedule is subject to change based on factors beyond our control.

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 (Ricardo Alzati, Virginia Colwell, Verónica Gerber, Anthony Graves, Fabiola Iza, Felipe Zúñiga), Amy Sara Carroll and Ricardo Domínguez

WEEK 02 

Monday 09th July
Seminar with Richard Lehun - Origins of the Sustainable Development Concept
This course will focus on the conceptual foundations of sustainable development in relation to critical approaches to post-Marxist justice theory. In the paradigmatic 1987 Brundtland Report sustainable development is defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Sustainable development has been erected as a unifying conceptual matrix tying together regulation, technology, and society. This it purports to do by staking out three dimensions of justice that are insufficiently articulated in conventional, market-driven deployments of regulation and technology: inter-generational justice and the alignment of incommensurable goods, and the distribution of burdens with respect to risk and uncertainty. The working hypothesis of the course is that sustainable development is a post-Marxist emancipatory justice claim that emerged as a consequence of the sublation of the opposing assertions contained within the ideological conflict at the core of the cold war. The course will seek to explore how sustainable development is conventionally understood and to contrast this with elements of post-Marxist theories of justice. To this end, the contemporary legal deployment of the concept will be contrasted against avant-garde theories of justice focusing on what in fact we mean when we affirm sustainable development as a norm.
Visit to Biquini Wax with Daniel Aguilar and Cristóbal Gracia

Tuesday 10th July
Seminar with Richard Lehun - Hegel's Copernican turn
Visit to Casa del Hijo del Ahuizote with Diego Flores Magón, walt through downtown to discuss possible collaboration, and Casa de la Moneda with Giacomo Castagnola

Wednesday 11th July
Seminar with Richard Lehun - Marx's eternal materialistic present
Visit and meal at Cráter Invertido with Jazael Olguín Zapata
Miércoles de SOMA: TBD

Thursday 12th July
Studio visit with Minerva Cuevas
Individual critiques with Magalí Arriola, Giacomo Castagnola, Mariana David, Irving Domínguez, Diego Flores Magón, Anthony Graves, 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 Sara Eliassen
Miércoles de SOMA: Sandra Rozental

Thursday 19th July
Individual critiques with Anthony Graves, Sara Eliassen, Bárbara Perea, Itala Schmelz and Sara Nadal-Melsió

WEEK 04 — 

Monday July 23rd
Seminar with Anya Sirota
Special sessions with Sara Nadal-Melsió - Ecological activism and art
The discussion of these 3 projects will consider the pitfalls of the relationship between ecological activism and art practices. It will specifically center on the difference between a content-based political art and the political possibility that art opens without ever fully occupying.

Tuesday 24th 
Seminar with Anya Sirota

Wednesday 25th July
Seminar with Anya Sirota
Miércoles de SOMA: Anya Sirota

Thursday 26th July
Studio visit with Tania Candiani
Individual critiques with mentors (Ricardo Alzati, Virginia Colwell, Verónica Gerber, Anthony Graves, Fabiola Iza, Felipe Zúñiga), Tania Candiani, Edgar Hernández,  Fabiola Iza and Manuela Moscoso 

Friday 27th July
Visit to Aeromoto bookstore with Mauricio Marcín and María-Eugenia Calva


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
Chip Lord will present works by Ant Farm and his own recent projects that connect with sustainability and the environment. In the 1970’s this meant responding to smoggy air quality with “in-your-face” performances, and more recently he has made observational video works about cities and rising sea levels.  Additionally he will summarize the results of a graduate seminar he taught recently at U.C. Santa Cruz – “Making in the Anthropocene…”
Miércoles de SOMA: Patrick Killoran

Thursday 02nd August
Group dynamic Xochimilco
Individual critiques with Magnolia de la Garza, Carla Herrera-Prats, Patrick Killoran, Esteban King Álvarez, 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, 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: Regine Basha

Thursday 16th August
Studio visit with Ariel Guzik
Individual critiques with  Regine Basha, Tatiana Cuevas, 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 (Ricardo Alzati, Virginia Colwell, Verónica Gerber, Anthony Graves, Fabiola Iza, Felipe Zúñiga), Carla Herrera-Prats, Angel Nevarez, Valerie Tevere and 5 chosen guests
Miércoles de SOMA Mónica de la Torre
Protest Karaoke organized by Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere @ Korean place

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