Derek Córcoran (Chile), biologist from the University of Concepción. PHD in Ecology from Universidad Católica de Santiago. His conservation work has focused both practically and theoretically on the invasion of the Canadian beaver in Magallanes and was the inspiration for the feature length film Beaverland (2014).

Christy Gast (USA), artist, based in New York whose sculptures and video installations focus on issues of politics and aesthetics with regard to landscape. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Performa, Exit Art and Artist’s Space in New York, Perez Art Museum of Miami, the Bass Museum, the de la Cruz Collection and Gallery Diet in Miami, Matucana 100 and Patricia Ready Gallery in Santiago, CL and the Kadist Art Foundation in Paris.

Giorgia Graells (Chile) is a biologist specializing in Natural Resources and Environment. Master in Conservation and Sub-Antarctic Environments from the University of Magallanes. She has worked on a diverse range of conservation issues such as insects in fragmented environments, socio-ecological implications related to the beaver invasion in Magallanes and environmental education.

Sarita Gálvez (Chile) is an educator, physiotherapist and PhD candidate in Education at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She is interested in exploring embodied learning from a post-anthropocentric perspective. Her current research methods have emerged from the intersection between Andean epistemologies and Feminist Materialisms. Mum of two boys, Samuel and Nawel. Member of the experimental band Las Chinas.

Carla Macchiavello (Chile), art historian, Assistant Professor at Borough Manhattan Community College, CUNY, NYC. As an art historian, Macchiavello has specialized in Latin American contemporary art, performance and video, and the relations between art, politics and performative practices. She received her PhD and Masters degrees in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University in New York. From 2010 until 2014 she was Assistant Professor at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.

Camila Marambio (Chile), curator, Founder/Director of Ensayos. PHD candidate in Curatorial Practice, Monash University, Melbourne. M.A. in Modern Art: Curatorial Studies, Columbia University, NYC and Master of Experiments in Art and Politics, Science Po, Paris.

Ivette Martínez (Chile) is an educator and activist. As the latter, she was instrumental in the movement to stop logging in the forests of southern Tierra del Fuego, protecting the land that later became WCS Karukinka Natural Park. She co-owns Caleta Maria, coastal land where the newly finished pan-American highway terminates at the Admiralty Sound, where she and her associates are advocating for a sustainable development of this newly accessible coast.

Denise Milstein (Uruguay/USA) is a writer and sociologist whose work explores the intersection of art and politics. Her current research examines the evolution of relationships and interactions between and among the changing environment, natural and human built, and communities of urban and rural dwellers, artists, and scientists. She trains students in qualitative research methods at Columbia University.

Julián Donas Milstein (Uruguay/USA) lives in New York with his mother, Denise Milstein, and, at 12 years old is the youngest member of the Ensayos research collective. He brings a thoughtfulness and curiosity to the field and reminds the adults to slow down, to take time, and to ask questions that might otherwise be overlooked.

Randi Nygård (Norway), Norwegian artist, living in Berlin. MFA from Kunstakademiet i Trondheim, NTNU, 2006. Her work often departs from scientific facts about how nature influences and is a fundamental part of society and culture. In 2014 she was honored with a 5-years working grant from the Norwegian state.  Her work has been exhibited at institutions nationally and internationally: Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, Greece, YYZ Artist Outlet, Toronto, Kunstverein Springhornhof, Germany, Museo Nazionale di Sant’Angelo, Roma, Italy, in addition to Kunstnernes Hus, Tromsø Kunstforening, QB gallery, NoPlace and Fotogalleriet in Norway.

Laura Ogden (USA) is an anthropologist whose research focuses on the politics of environmental change and conservation. Her work contributes to theoretical discussions in political ecology, environmental anthropology and post-humanist philosophy. She has conducted research in the Florida Everglades, with urban communities in the United States, and is currently exploring the way introduced species are remaking the landscape and the ethics of living and dying in Tierra del Fuego. Ogden is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College.

Bárbara Saavedra (Chile), ecologist, director of Wildlife Conservation Society Chile. A biologist specializing in Ecology and Conservation, Saavedra earned her PhD from the Universidad de Chile. Since April 2005, Dr. Bárbara Saavedra has been the Director of the WCS Chile and until recently she was the president of the Ecological Society of Chile. 

Carolina Saquel (Chile), independent lawyer and artist, based in Paris. Saquel uses the moving image to alter the perception of temporality of seemingly trivial matters, “things with no importance. In 2003, she attend Le Fresnoy, a outstanding residency program that focuses on the intersection between contemporary art and cinema. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and collective exhibitions, as well as film and video art festivals around the world: Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Harbourfront Centre, Toronto; Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg; Grand Palais, Paris; Bloomberg Space, London; Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart. 

Karolin Tampere (Estonia/Norway), artist and curator, a graduate of De Appel Cutarial Programme in Amsterdam, BA in Visual Arts from Bergen National Academy of Arts (2005). Her practice involves engaging in collaborative activities within the visual arts. She is part of the duo Rakett, an active participant of Sørfinnset Skole: the Nord land and the Norwegian curator of Ensayo #4.

Geir Tore Hølm & Søssa Jorgensen (Norway). Parallel to individual work that includes video, photography, sculpture, sound art, performance and installations, Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen have mediated, written on and been teaching in contemporary art. By initiating Balkong in 1993, using their apartment as exhibition space, they brought up questions about what art can be. The contexts of artistic practice and work with art as dialogue in practice has been central issues. The homebased experiences led to many other activities. In 2003 they initiated Sørfinnset School/ the nord land in Gildeskål, Nordland. This ongoing project includes focus on exploitation of nature, exchanging of knowledge and small-scale architecture. They continue to work in the field of broad aesthetical understanding of realities of society, man and nature. Geir Tore Holm (b. Tromsø, 1966) is currently a research fellow at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Søssa Jørgensen (b. Oslo, 1968) is doing an MA in Landscape Architecture at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), Ås. The artists are living at the farm Ringstad in Skiptvet, Østfold.

Cecilia Vicuña (Chile/USA), a poet and artist, has been creating “precarious works”, ephemeral installations in nature, cities and museums, since 1966. Her visual art has been exhibited at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Santiago, the Institue of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among many others. She is the author of 16 books, and her poetry has been translated into several languages.

Past and future participants:

Alfredo Prieto (Chile/archeologist), Daniela Droguette (Chile/marine biologist), Fabienne Laserre (Canada/artist), Melissa Memory (USA/archeologist), Julio Gastón Contreras (Chile/medical doctor), Mauricio Chacón (Chile/park ranger), Stefan Mitterer (Norway/artist), Pierre Laserre (Canada/environmental economist), Juan Pablo Langlois (Chile/artist), Juan Andrés Silva (Chile/sociologist), Sofía Ugarte (Chile/sociologist), Maria Luisa Murillo (Chile/artist), Giorgia Graells (Chile/biologist), and Derek Córcoran (Chile/ecologist).

Institutional partners:

WCS Karukinka Natural Park, Wildlife Conservation Society, Kadist Art Foundation, Institute for Art and Olfaction, Dartmouth College Landscape Ethnography Lab, Galería Patricia Ready, Festival Puerto de Ideas, Festival Cielos del Infinito, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Trømso Konsthall, Sørfinset Skole: the Nord land, La Panera, Ethno-botanical Park OMORA , Centro Argentino de Investigación Cientifica, amongst others.

Derek Corcoran (Chile), biólogo de la Universidad de Concepción, magíster y doctor (c) en Ciencias mención Ecología de la Universidad Católica. Ha trabajado en conservación, enfocándose tanto a nivel práctico como teórico en la invasión del castor norteamericano en Magallanes. Ahora se encuentra además, trabajando en estudios de complejidad cultural tanto en humanos como en mamíferos marinos.

Christy Gast (USA) La artista Christy Gast es conocida por confluir el paisaje y el cuerpo (frecuentemente, su propio cuerpo) a través de convenciones de folk performance, o representación de cultura popular folklórica. Profundamente comprometida con el rol que juega el paisaje tanto en historia del arte como en política, la mayoría de sus proyectos a grande escala comienzan con la noción de “tierra publica”, tanto en el sentido practico como en el romántico. Su trabajo ha sido exhibido en museos y galerías internacionales, incluyendo el MOMA/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Artist’s Space and Harris Lieberman Gallery en Nueva York; Miami Art Museum, la de la Cruz Collection, Gallery Diet, y el Bass Museum of Art en Miami; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and High Desert Test Sites en California, Cabaret Voltaire en Zurich y el Centro Cultural Matucana 100 en Santiago, Chile. Forma parte del consejo de directores del programa de Artistas en Residencia de los Everglades.

Giorgia Graells (Chile), bióloga con mención en Recursos Naturales y Medio Ambiente de la Universidad Católica y magíster en Ciencias mención Conservación y Manejo de Recursos Naturales de Ambientes Subantárticos de la Universidad de Magallanes. Ha trabajado en temas de conservación abarcando diversidad de insectos en ambientes fragmentados, estudios socio-ecológicos relacionados con la invasión del castor en Magallanes y educación ambiental.

Sarita Gálvez (Chile), educadora con un pregrado en Fisioterapia (Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile); candidata a Doctora en Educación en la Universidad de Monash, Melbourne, Australia. Madre de dos niños, Samuel y Nawel. Miembra de la banda sonica experimental Las Chinas.

Carla Macchiavello (Chile) es historiadora del arte y trabaja en torno al arte latinoamericano contemporáneo, la performance, el video y las relaciones entre arte, política y prácticas performativas. Recibió un doctorado y una maestría en Historia del Arte y Crítica de Arte en la universidad Stony Brook University, Nueva York. Actualmente es Profesora Asistente en Historia del Arte en el Borough of Manhattan Community College, Nueva York. Junto a Camila Marambio edita el periódico Más allá del fin/Beyond the End para Ensayos.

Camila Marambio (Chile) es curadora y tiene un magíster en Arte Moderno: Estudios Críticos de Columbia University y un master en Experimentos en Arte y Política de Science Po, Francia. Es candidata a Doctor en Práctica Curatorial, Monash University, Australia. Ella fundó y dirige Ensayos.

Ivette Martínez (Chile) Educadora y activista

Denise Milstein (Uruguay/USA) Escritora y socióloga

Julián Donas Milstein (Uruguay/USA) Niño

Laura Ogden (USA) es una antropóloga medioambiental que se especializa en estudios críticos de naturaleza, etnografías de múltiples especies, y políticas de conservación. Es Profesora Asociada en el Departamento de Antropologia de Darmouth College. Su trabajo ha sido financiado por el U.S. National Park Service y el National Science Foundation. Recientemente, publicó “Swamplife: People, Gators and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades” (Minnesota Press, 2011).

Bárbara Saavedra (Chile) Desde Abril del 2005 Bárbara Saavedra es la Directora para Chile de Wildlife Conservation Society. Ella es Licenciada en Biología, Magíster en Ciencias Biológicas y Doctora en Ecología y Biología Evolutiva. En la actualidad ella está comprometida con la implementación del Proyecto Karukinka, en Tierra del Fuego. Enseñó ecología en diferentes universidades y trabajó como Consultora Experta en temas de conservación y biodiversidad. Ella es miembro de diferentes sociedades científicas, habiendo sido Presidenta de la Sociedad de Ecología de Chile.

Carolina Saquel (Chile) es Abogado y Licenciada en Artes. El 2003 es seleccionada en Le Fresnoy, Francia, programa de residencia que apuesta al cruce entre arte contemporáneo y cine. Saquel utiliza en particular la imagen en movimiento para alterar la percepción de la temporalidad de asuntos aparentemente banales y sin importancia. Gestos corporales, la historia de la pintura y sus géneros, la observación de la naturaleza despojada de presencia humana, referencias cinematográficas y documentales son algunos de los puntos de partida de su obra video y fotografía. Desde el 2005 vive y trabaja en París.

Karolin Tampere (Estonia/Noruega) Curadora de arte

Geir Tore Holm y Søssa Jørgensen (Noruega)  Los artistas viven en la granja Ringstad en Skiptvet , Østfold. Paralelo su trabajo como duo Søssa Jørgensen, que incluye video, fotografía, escultura, arte sonoro, performance e instalaciones, Geir Tore Holm ha mediado, escrito y enseñando arte contemporáneo. Al iniciar en 1993, Balkong, el uso de su apartamento como espacio expositivo, empezaron a hacerse preguntas acerca de lo que el arte puede hacer. Esta experiencia de vivir con y en el arte los ha llevado a considera el arte como diálogo. En 2003, iniciaron Sørfinnset Skole /the nord land en Gildeskål , Nordland. Este proyecto en curso incluye centrarse preguntas sobre la explotación de la naturaleza , el intercambio de conocimientos y la arquitectura a pequeña escala.

Cecilia Vicuña (Chile) Poeta y artista