|ASU Residence - 2013
En Agosto de 2013 Ana Valderrama es recipiente de la pasantía FACULTY IN RESIDENCE FELLOWSHIP. Arizona State University. Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Arcadia Community.
En ese contexto, formó parte de las actividades de Arcadia Community, dictó 2 conferencias abiertas y realizó un proyecto de espacio público para el campus de ASU.
Lecture 1: Persistent activism
This lecture will share a research, academic and professional experience characterized by the persistence and resilience in claiming for forgotten territories in Rosario City. By focusing on specific projects of public spaces, facilities, and territories this presentation will show successful and unfruitful activist strategies for finding the fissures from where the potentialities of public policies drain. Marking forgotten places, amplifying its social, physical, aesthetic and imaginary values, constructing citizenship have been some of the strategies we used for putting this forgotten territories in public agenda.
The presentation will focus on the opportunities of Landscape Architecture as public practice as well as specific design strategies derived from working with participation of people. I will open the following questions:
Lecture 2: Magic realism
This lecture will share competition projects made in the last 15 years characterized by a kind of design generation as a sequence of finding/unexpected alteration (displacement, amplification, illumination)/trans-formation towards the limit of the raw material (tangible or intangible). Among several theories of form, this concept of design process could find its theoretical basis in Alejo Carpentier’s theory of the “Real Marvelous.” In that Manifesto Carpentier argues that ideas do not just land in the artist’s mind and hands from nowhere; on the contrary, the artist finds and steals materials and processes from reality to produce a new thing through transformation in which the new thing always has the DNA of the raw material and the DNA of the author. This is not a contextualist or naturalistic attitude towards art; instead, this is an exercise of mutual respect for the independence of both, the raw material and the artist.
Lecture 3: Formless accidents.
This lecture will share a research thesis and academic work made during the past three years focusing on the relationship between nature and artefacts in dynamic territories. The lecture will show some explorations of translations from landscape ecology, engineering, and art theories and methods into landscape architectural design, and experiments with undetermined design procedures in order to create artefacs able to catalyze and take advantage of natural processes in dynamic territories, specifically in Middle Parana Delta, Argentina. The lecture will speculate and provide alternatives about how our disciplines (architecture and landscape architecture) understand the relationship between nature and artefacts, and the consequent methods, practices, and products we construct.