SOMA Summer 2018

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Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
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JULY 02nd - AUGUST 23rd, 2018

SOMA Summer 2018 focused 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 was conceived as a hands-on experience where participants had 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 nurtured this eight-week experience.



WEEK 01 — Introduction

Monday July 2nd
Administration meeting, welcome meal and opening remarks
Introduction, part 1: Participants will give 10-minute presentations regarding their work

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

Wednesday July 4th
Miércoles de SOMA: Book presentation by Amy Sara Carroll 
Welcome party

Thursday July 5th
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, Joaquín Segura, Amy Sara Caroll, and Ricardo Dominguez, Anthony Graves, and Thea Spittle

Friday July 6th
Visit to ESPAC with curator Esteban King
Visit to Héctor with Lost property



WEEK 02 — 

Monday July 9th
Visit to Biquini Wax with Daniel Aguilar and Cristóbal Gracia 
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.

Tuesday July 10th 
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
Seminar with Richard Lehun - Hegel's Copernican turn

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

Thursday July 12 th
Studio visit with Minerva Cuevas
Individual critiques with Verónica Gerber, Felipe Zuñiga, Magalí Arriola, Giacomo Castagnola, Mariana David, Irving Domínguez, Diego Flores Magón, Anthony Graves, and Paola Santoscoy, and Thea Spittle

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

Saturday July 14th
Visit to Cru-Cru with Fabiola Iza







WEEK 03 — 

Monday July 16th
Session with art historian Miruna Achim: Distribution of water in Mexico City from ancient times to colonial times

Tuesday July 17th
Visit to pre-hispanic site Teotihuacán with Miruna Achim to see new-discoveries related to water distribution

Wednesday  July 18th
Special session with Sara Eliassen: Drawing from an interest in how various strategies employed with moving images can work to counter manipulative aspects of cinematic production, Eliassen started out an inquiry on how filmmakers, media-activists and oter practitioners of film and video were responding to the Mexican goverment's handling of the 43 disappeared students from ayotzinapa in 2014. 
Miércoles de SOMA: film-screen and discussion of "La Piedra Ausente" with filmmaker and anthropologist Sandra Rozental. The film focuses on the removal and subsequent replications of a colossal opre-Hispanic rain deity ftaken from a small town to the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. 

Thursday July 19th
Individual critiques with Anthony Graves, Sara Eliassen, Mauro Giaconi,Bárbara Perea and Thea Spittle

Friday July 20th
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-prolit organization dedicated to the restoration of the natural environment, history, and culture of the original peoples of the region. Among other things, this will be a culinary experience that will give us the opportunity to learn from the rich and nutritious Milpa wild life

WEEK 04 — 

Monday July 23rd
Studio visit with Minerva Cuevas
Seminar with Anya Sirota
In the wake of a protracted and much mediatized economic collapse, Detroit has emerged as the paradigmatic backdrop for participatory experimentation and innovative practice. The influx of creative effort, though often accompanied by collective, positivist and inclusive intentions, has nevertheless prompted a fair share of public criticism. Allegations of parachute aid, cultural insensitivity, and scenographic opportunism all seem inevitable given the scale and complexity of the city’s socio-economic calamity. Through a close read of Detroit’s cultural context, this experimental workshop will navigate emergent methods in practice that strategically evade the instrumentalized benevolence of art and architecture’s most recent social turn. An intensive series of exercises speculatively situated in Detroit will invite students to confront issues of adaptation, affordance, and cultural sustainability through the lens of their individual research.

Tuesday July 24th 
Seminar with Anya Sirota

Wednesday July 25th
Special session 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.
Miércoles de SOMA: Anya Sirota

Thursday July 26th
Studio visit with Tania Candiani
Individual critiques with mentors Ricardo Alzati, Virginia Colwell, Anthony Graves, Fabiola Iza, Joaquín Segura, Felipe Zuñiga, Tania Candiani, Edgar Hernández, Manuela Moscoso, Sara Nadal Melsió, and Thea Spittle

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



WEEK 05 — 

Monday July 30th
Special session with Fernando Palma who sculptures and text pieces follow the organization of Nahuatl ancient codex. In Nahuatl subjects are not the center of grammatical structures allowing for a further integration (not only conceptually) of the non-human. Palma works with a vast array of material (organic and technological left-overs) in symbolic entities that attempt to communicate with us and seem to warm us about our imminent destruction.

Tuesday July 31st
Individual critiques with Veronica Gerber

Wednesday August 01st
Special session with Chip Lord - Making ... in the Anthropocene
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 August 2nd
Special session with Patrick Killoran
Individual critiques with Tatiana Cuevas, Magnolia de la Garza, Carla Herrera-Prats, Patrick Killoran, Esteban King Álvarez, Alejandra Labastida, Chip Lord, Josefa Ortega, and Fernando Palma, and Thea Spittle

Friday August 3rd
Visit to Laboratorio Arte Alameda with Director Tania Aedo and curator Violeta Horcasitas


WEEK 06 — 

Monday August 6th
Studio visit with Eduardo Abaroa 

Tuesday August 7th
Off-Site DF: Visit to Anthropology Museum (first group) with Eduardo Abaroa
Swimming in the Chimaerozoic Era (Session 01) 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.
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 the cultural conllicts that have delined Mexican Culture in the last century.

Wednesday August 8th
Off-Site DF: Visit to Anthropology Museum (second group) with Eduardo Abaroa
Seminar with Eduardo Abaroa
Miércoles de SOMA: Tania Bruguera

Thursday August  9th
Special Session with Tyler Rowland
Individual critiques with Eduardo Abaroa, Anthony Graves, Larissa Harris, Carla Herrera-Prats, Graciela Kasep, Catalina Lozano, Tyler Rowland, Itala Schmelz, and Thea Spittle

Friday August 10th
Visit to El Eco with Director Paola Santoscoy and Magalí Arriola
Special Session with Tania Bruguera

Saturday August 10th
Visit to Museo del Chopo with curator Itzel Vargas and artist Pía Camil


WEEK 07 —

Monday August 13th
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 August 15th
Special session with Camel Collective
Miércoles de SOMA: Regine Basha

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



WEEK 08 

Tuesday August 21st 
4:30 pm - Lottery
5:00 - 7:00 pm Session with Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere

Wednesday August 22nd 
1:00 - 7:00 pm Group critiques with mentors: Ricardo Alzati, Virginia Colwell, Verónica Gerber, Anthony Graves, Fabiola Iza, Joaquín Segura, Felipe Zuñiga
8:30 - 10:30pm Miércoles de SOMA with Mónica de la Torre
10:30pm - Protest Karaoke with Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere

Thursday August 23rd 
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Final remarks, feed-back and last meal with Anthony Graves and Carla Herrera-Prats


Participants 2018

Asa Mendelsohn, (USA)
Zebulon Zang, (Canada)
Hazel Batrezchavez, (USA)
Evan Galbicka, (Australia)
Liang Luscombe, (EUA)
Víctor Yañez, (EUA)
Nima Bahrehmand, (Iran)
Ashlyn Lee, (EUA)
Alessia Reggiani, (Italy)
Laura Genes, (Brazil)
Lorenza Longhi, (Italy)
Marco Rigoni, (Italy)
Francine Agbodjalou, (Sweden)
Leila Seyedzadeh, (Iran)
Ana Rivera, (Colombia)
Baris Gokturk, (Turkey)
Inge Breackman, (Belgium) 
Isak Berbic, (USA)
Tania Tovar Torres, (Mexico)
Ghazaleh Avarzamani, (Iran)
Caroline Carlsmith, (USA)
Richard Kuan, (China)
Daphna Noy, (Israel)
Nadege Philippe-Janon, (Australia)
Samuel Wagen-Magno, (France) 
Julie Roch-Cuerrier, (Canada)
Charisse Weston, (USA)
Mohanty Paribartana, (India)
Karla Leyva, (Mexico)
Andrea Nones, (Venezuela)


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