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Event/Programs

New Museum Streaming Conversation: Ecofiction at the End of the World

Tuesday, June 23 at 2 PM EST. RSVP required. Register here for this program. This conversation takes the second season of the Ensayos web series “DISTANCIA” as a starting point to discuss the ethical dimensions of storytelling. Specifically, DISTANCIA collaborators will explore situated identity in relation to the physical, social, historical, and… … Keep Reading

Watch DISTANCIA Webseries, Season Two

DISTANCIA Season Two premieres here on June 15, 2020 as part of Ensayos’ residency at the New Museum.  Direct link: https://vimeo.com/showcase/7223262 Tierra del Fuego is remote to many in both physical distance and in the imagination, yet the archipelago at the tip of South America’s southern… … Keep Reading

Diary/Field Notes

Notas sobre geografía humana

Y qué quiere decir “geografía humana” ? Viaje a Tierra del Fuego.  Mediados de noviembre 2016. Santiago, Punta Arenas, Cerro Sombrero ( ENAP), Porvenir, Vicuna, Caleta Maria, Punta Arenas, Santiago. Un viaje improbable – debido a lo próximo en el tiempo con el viaje de enero 2015.… … Keep Reading

Essays/Field Notes

The Trouble with Tourism

Kiko Anderson of Caleta Maria, at the terminus of the Pan-American Highway in Tierra del Fuego, asks us to consider this essay by Steven Hollenhorst et al. on appropriately-scaled tourism in remote and ecologically sensitive places: Finally, Steven Hollenhorst, the Dean of Huxley College, and… … Keep Reading

Field Notes/Poetry

Cecilia Vicuña: 5 poemas Selk’nam

En los ochentas y noventas yo pasaba largos meses del año en Buenos Aires, participando de una comunidad de pensadores de la amerindia. Gracias a nuestro amigo José Pérez Gollán, director del Museo Etnográfico de la UBA, conocí la obra de Anne Champan sobre los… … Keep Reading

Essays/Field Notes

Trans América

By Christy Gast for the Miami Rail March 2016 On December 26 I set off for a trip mas allá del fin, beyond the end of the world, with the Ensayos research and residency program in Tierra del Fuego. There, the Andes shatter toward Antarctica,… … Keep Reading

LE CHERCHEUR ET SES DOUBLES

The Director of the Kadist Art Foundation in Paris, Emilie Villez, took part in a seminar about artistic research organized by Sandra Delacourt, Katia Schneller, and Vanessa Theodoroupoulou. Villez spoke about her involvement in the exhibition “Beyond the End” at Kadist in 2014. The transcription… … Keep Reading

Field Notes/Press

Ensayos en el fin del mundo

Por cinco años, un programa de investigación ha explorado nuevas maneras de aportar a la conservación de la biodiversidad de Tierra del Fuego integrando el punto de vista del arte y las ciencias sociales en un ámbito que es mayoritariamente científico y eco-político. Article on… … Keep Reading

Programs/Residencies

Ensayo #4 – Whale Sound

WHEN January 13-15, 2016 WHAT Camila Marambio and Christy Gast were invited to observe Whale Sound, a joint tourism and scientific effort, during a two-night cruise to their base camp at Isla Carlos III. For three days and two nights, scientists and tourists navigated through… … Keep Reading

Programs/Residencies

Estancias Miguelito y Vicuña – Ensayo # 2

WHEN January 5-10 (Miguelito) and January 29-February 4 (Vicuña), 2016 WHAT The goal was to implement the Beaver Research Plan developed by ecologist Derek Corcoran and biologist Giorgia Graells during the residency at the Institute for Art and Olfaction in 2015. WHY To determine whether humans and beavers… … Keep Reading

Diary/Field Notes

Caleta Maria Diary

Julián Donas Milstein, age 10–There is a large field, bugs and animals in the tall grass that surrounds me. The grass prickles my skin. The ground mushy, old charcoals from a campfire long gone. An icy peak, towering over the landscape. What adventures await? As my eyes… … Keep Reading

Diary/Field Notes

Caleta Maria – Ensayo # 3

31 de diciembre de 2015 exterior, camino, noche, movimiento. En la camioneta conduce Julio Gaston Contreras, copiloto Camila Marambio, pasajeros en asientos traseros Carolina Saquel, Julian Donas Milstein, Denise Milstein. Nuestra Primera experiencia de lugar y encuentro material con Tierra del Fuego se hizo casi despidiendo… … Keep Reading

Exhibitions/Programs

It’s Gettin’ Hot Down Here

Press Release “It’s gettin’ hot down here” Ensayos: Trials on an Archipelago Closing Reception: Saturday, November 14th, 6-9pm FUG: 431 East 6th Street, Basement BHQFU, New York’s Freest Art School, is pleased to present ​TRIALS ON AN ARCHIPELAGO​, a residency, seminar, and exhibition focusing on… … Keep Reading

Programs/Teaching

Trials on an Archipelago: Seminar at BHQFU in New York

BHQFU, New York’s Freest Art School, is pleased to present ​TRIALS ON AN ARCHIPELAGO​, a residency, seminar, and exhibition focusing on ​Ensayos​, a nomadic research program based in Tierra del Fuego (TdF) at FUG (Foundation University Gallery). Since 2010, ​Ensayos ​has brought together artists, scientists… … Keep Reading

Exhibitions/Programs

Dear Enemy

Dear Enemy by Ensayos (Camila Marambio, Christy Gast, Derek Corcoran, Giorgia Graells) September 28 – October 10, 2015 Research in Tierra Del Fuego, Chile Exhibition and Residency at The Institute for Art and Olfaction A TEAM OF ARTISTS AND SCIENTISTS CREATE A PERFUME DESIGNED TO… … Keep Reading

Programs/Teaching

Workshop at Paris Climat 2015

  About Ensayos workshop at Paris Climat 2015: The artists from Ensayos (Randi Nygård, Christy Gast, Carolina Saquel and Karolin Tampere) shared performative tools and radical listening techniques developed through fieldwork experiments focusing on sensitizing to, being with or becoming non-human actors in Patagonia and… … Keep Reading

Field Notes/Interview

Interview with Tara McDowell

By Camila Marambio for the for the Miami Rail This conversation took place on two different occasions at the same restaurant in Fitzroy, Melbourne, in February and early March 2015. The curiosity that sparked this exchange is the recent move by the art historian and curator… … Keep Reading

Field Notes/Interview

Cecilia Vicuña with Camila Marambio

During Cecilia Vicuña’s recent busy visit to Santiago, Camila Marambio spoke with her at her childhood home. The relaunching of her 2006 LP “Kuntur Ko” by the independent New York record label Hueso Records brought her home to offer a series of timely performances and… … Keep Reading

Christy Gast Wins Art Matters Grant

Christy Gast was awarded a grant from the Art Matters Foundation to develop a scent in order to facilitate communication between humans and beavers in Tierra del Fuego. The project, Dear Enemy, will be developed with Ensayos collaborators at the Institute for Art and Olfaction in… … Keep Reading

Programs/Residencies

Coastal Curriculum – Ensayo #4

WHEN November 9-23, 2014 WHAT A nomadic recognition of some of the critical zones of Tierra del Fuego’s coastal areas. After which Camila Marambio, Karolin Tampere and Alfredo Prieto spent some time in Puerto Arturo, Última Esperanza digesting the experience and projecting a future for… … Keep Reading

Field Notes/Press

Beyond the End

At Paris Kadist Art Foundation an experimental format, based on cooperation between scientists, artists and members of the local community, analyzes how species inhabit an area and alter the natural and cultural space of the other species in the Tierra del Fuego. By Giusy Checola… … Keep Reading

Paris Work Week, Amanda Piña

Work-week: Amanda Piña’s performances Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, June 11, 2014 Inspired by the performative practices of “Fake Healing” and “Les Soins esthétiques” developed by choreographers Jennifer Lacey and Keith Hennessy, the performer and choreographer Amanda Piña led two explorations on Tuesday and on Thursday, conceived… … Keep Reading

Paris Work Week, Laura Ogden at Sciences Po

Work-week, day 6: Laura A. Ogden, “Speculative Wonder at the World’s End” Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, June 10, 2014 Friday’s talk at Sciences Po – with a large audience including members of Sciences Po’s SPEAP program and Nanterre University’s “Chantiers de l’écologie politique“ seminar, organised… … Keep Reading

Paris Work Week, Fabienne Lasserre

Screening of Paris is Burning and presentation by Fabienne Lasserre June 3, 2014 Encouraging us to look and think beyond immediate geographical and cultural contexts to reflect on gender relations and the ways in which they may come into being, be maintained and affect a… … Keep Reading

Performance/Programs

Asunto Castor

Performance + Artes visuales realizadas el miércoles 22 de Febrero 2014 en la ciudad de Puerto Williams por Camila Marambio y Christy Gast. Festival Cielos del Infinito, Museo Martín Gusinde … Keep Reading

Field Notes/Interview

Bruno Latour Interview

By weaving anthropology, sociology, and philosophy, the French thinker Bruno Latour has positioned himself at the frontier of Science Studies, a flexible and searching response to the Anthropocene. This September, he spoke to Miami Rail contributor Camila Marambio about dance, the climate, and the importance of… … Keep Reading

Programs/Residencies

Ushuaia to Vicuña – Ensayo #2

WHEN 10-21 January, 2013 WHAT Camila Marambio, Christy Gast, Melissa Memory and Laura Ogden meet in Buenos Aires, then travel together to Ushuaia, Argentina, where they spend a period of 10 days staying at the Argentine Center of Scientific Research (CADIC). From there they travel… … Keep Reading

Ensayo #1 – Why Are You Here?

At Lago Blanco, during the first Ensayos residency, participants answer the question: Why are you here? Daniela Drouget, WCS Chile marine biologist Christy Gast, artist from USA Geir Tore Holm, Norwegian artist Juan Pablo Langlois, Chilean artist Søssa Jørgensen, Norwegian artist Kiko, eco-activist from USA… … Keep Reading

Programs/Residencies

The First Residency – Ensayo #1

WHAT Invited by the curator Camila Marambio, 18 artists and scientists from Chile, Norway, US and Canada met in Tierra del Fuego for 10 days to discuss the “use” of bringing artists and social scientists into the research program at Karukinka Natural Park, a Wildlife… … Keep Reading

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