13-14 January 2017
WALKING SEMINARS. DECOLONISED COUNTRYSIDE
Day 2: MUSAC (León), 14 January 2017
Hours: from 5 pm to 8 pm
Ruraldecolonizado is a project stemming from the following question: is the wisdom generated in the countryside being marginalised in favour of the knowledge generated in cities? Using the methodology of ‘walking seminars,’ an attempt is made to answer this question with the help of neighbours from rural areas in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. The project is based on conceiving these rural areas not just as spaces for the production of food and raw materials, but also as spaces that produce wisdom, subjectivities; places where (re)existence poetics took place in the past and still do today.
It consists on sharing the new stories that derive from the countryside and proposing a reencounter with those past times, with world views, communities, relationships with nature, affections, and resistance processes that take place in those non-urban spaces. Through the artistic practice of walking, the project seeks to detect and spread wisdom in order to bring these areas out of their silence, listening to their hidden stories and in this way contributing to the vindication of an epistemic pluralism.
In the words of the directors of the project, Fran Quiroga and Andrea Olmedo Río: ‘To decolonise the countryside is to talk, to engage in conversation on being and living in a contemporary world; it is to talk from different perspectives, from a different way of living and feeling reality.’
Ruraldecolonizado is an experimental research project conceived as an ongoing invitation to dialogue with the people and communities that it encounters along the way. First of all, in the cross-border area between Vinhais in Trás-os-Montes (Portugal) and the south of Galicia, an area with a major agriculture and livestock tradition and constant migratory processes. Then, in La Sobarriba (León), a region that is close to León and whose inhabitants mainly work in that city.
The main aim of these Walking Seminars is to detect and share the wisdom of key people in the rural territories where they operate. In an area where once a common force seemed to sustain life and its natural surroundings, little by little progress has taken over the wisdom and trades that go back thousands of years. While it waits for policies to arrive, what with migration and aging, and paradoxically, the countryside and the complex experiences that reside there, rural areas still show processes of resistance, spaces for invention and life experiences that question modernity and its latent promises of wellbeing.
Aside from the traditional relationships between producers and consumers, are there any personal views that emerge from the countryside? Is the wisdom that is generated from this area second class, or less important? Have the ways of being and living in non-urban territories been marginalized by the centres of power in favour of their own hegemonic vision? Or, can one live oblivious to these processes in the city? From Portugal's communally owned land to land that’s irrigable, or to the mutual support networks; from the causes that put an end to traditional trades such as shepherding, to the lack of generational replacement and to comprehending the different ways of understanding the hamlet, the village and its structure; from the loss of autonomy of the local communities to the desire of wanting to live where one is born... These and other matters will be addressed in the Walking Seminars.
The Walking Seminars will take place in Santiago de Compostela and León. They are open to everyone who is interested in engaging in conversation about how the diversity of wisdom can stand up to that coloniality of knowledge. As we walk through spaces and places in the two cities, we will jointly visualise and make our way through different ways of questioning, promoting the creation of a space where we can share how to design those other futures where, as opposed to homogeneity, we can think from a different angle, or design a pluriversality in contrast to the existing universality.
-Find places that hold a non-hegemonic dialogue between country and city.
-Rethink how the countryside has suffered a process of coloniality with regard to its wisdom and ways of being and living there.
-Set up a place where to meet and converse.
-Exhibit the work carried out during 2016.
The conferences are open to everyone interested in contemporary culture.
To participate it is necessary to sign up before 9 January 2017 through the online form available at the MUSAC (http://bit.ly/2f1l3S7).
The 40 seats available will be assigned by order of registration. Registration is free.
A certificate of attendance will be issued to all participants.
He holds a BA in Political Science by the USC. Among other projects, he coordinates the CulturaLab for the Masters Degree in Cultural Services at the USC. As a researcher he has been published in journals such as Teknokultura, Tempos Novos, Encrucijadas, La Descomunal or Derritaxes. He has participated in different conferences in centres such as Arts Santa Mònica, Medialab Prado, or MARCO in Vigo.
Andrea Olmedo Río
She is a digital copywriter with a Masters Degree in Digital Arts (2013) and a Masters Degree in Creative Documentary by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She is currently a locative media doctorate student for the Department of Visual Arts of the University of Evora. She is also co-coordinator of Constelaciones.
DIRECTORS: Fran Quiroga and Andrea Olmedo Río
COORDINATION: Gema Baños
Ruraldecolonizado is a project produced jointly by the CGAC and the MUSAC through the Laboratorio 987 summons that offers aids for cultural production.