M I L P A  Collaboratory

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 model for collective forms of research, art practices, pedagogy and micropolitics.

It is based in inhabiting prepositional forms of relation as well as friction and contradiction. Developing a sense of porosity in resonance with past forms of social organization.

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.

foto by Ivan Juarez

MAKING MILPA Graphic workshop. 

October 2020. Mutant Letter Press. Wrocław, Poland
Collaborative print and drawing workshop (commisioned as part of the publication Za Zine edited by Za Group and Krytika Polityczna).

How might a gathering become a happening?”  The Making Milpa workshop 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.

In collaboration with artists Emilia Gręziak, Ivan Juarez, Vinicio Libardoni, Dagmara Swietek and Varvara Tokareva.

Wandering and walking unaccustomed routes in the city.

Opening discussions and conversations around the city. 

Mapping by listening.

Touching. Haptics and drawing.