M I L P A
The Milpa was the aztec technique of agriculture and common in Central America based on collaboration, entanglement and concatenation between different plant species and social groups. It stands for sustainability and biodiversity providing food and multiple harvests throughout the year without degrading the soil as opposed to the extractionist and capitalist-colonial forms of mono-culture. The milpa consists on a small parcel of land with mixed and entangled crops of corn, beans and pumpkin that grow together creating specific forms of collaboration based on its particularities and allowing other species to join producing further interrelations. In the milpa one thing connects with many others. One on/for/along/with/towards each other.
The milpa is a metaphore and model for collective forms of artistic practices/research, pedagogy and micropolitics.
It is based in developing a sense of porosity and inhabiting prepositional forms of relation,friction and contradiction.
We are concerned with investigating ecologies of care and repair; spaces and practices that foster that which is unpredictable, thinking-with others, exploring non-hegemonic forms of knowledge, making place and time in-common and surveying notions of well-being as the interrelationship between psychic, social and the environment.
MAKING MILPA. Graphic workshop.
October 2020. Mutant Letter Press. Wrocław, Poland
Collaborative print and graphic workshop
Commisioned as part of the publication Za* Zin edited by Za Group and Krytika Polityczna.
“How might a gathering become a happening?” -Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing.
Making Milpa, a workshop that continued exploring collective forms of print (initiated together with Mauricio Herrero for SPAM) yet modifying and expanding it’s method towards listening, haptics and drawing, walking and talking, improvisation and the use of letterpress. This workshop was the first gathering and activity to start a collective process, create our own tools and start a weave. This workshop gave birth to a new process, new discussions with new participants towards thinking along the topic the topic of water, this concatenation we have named The Languge of Water.
Making Milpa:Graphic workshop, was realized in collaboration with artists and students from Wroclaw: Emilia Gręziak, Ivan Juarez, Vinicio Libardoni, Dagmara Swietek and Varvara Tokareva at Mutant Letterpress studio.
Wandering and walking unaccustomed routes in the city.