This collaborative and cross-sectoral project addresses places, environments and spaces beyond mere functional urban endeavors. The project explores possibilities that become visible when public space is viewed from perspectives beyond the urban norm. The aim is to restore lost rural relations and to search for ways to leave the anthropocentric narrative. In the past, densification of cities has been considered synonymous with sustainable development, creativity and innovation. However, a one-sided urban focus leads to disarmament of rural habitats, and dissociation from human interdependence with non-human nature. Today, adaptation to global warming is dependent on the survival of the rural. Therefore, this artistic research project is primarily informed by activities in rural environments together with species and ecologies other than human and urban. The goal is to investigate how art, design and architectural interventions can foster oppositional narratives to anthropocentricity. What I present in this exposition are my most recent collaborations and a journey of professional metamorphosis to reach this goal. The result is a series of ongoing projects and processes that demonstrate how I explore places of communality, togetherness and mutual beneficial interdependency between species.
Sergio Montero Bravo is an artist, architect, designer, researcher and associate professor at Konstfack University of Art, Craft & Design. He is also an INLAND member – an artist organization and one of the Lumbung members of Documenta 15. To lead away from human activities causing global warming, he explores narratives that challenge the anthropocentric view. His work focus on installations that territorializes artistic processes into places intertwined with institutions and academic disciplines as well as non-academic fields together with communities. The objective is to advance knowledge on how artistic interventions can make narratives that inspire to mutual beneficial relationships with nonhuman worlds visible.
Keywords: communality, collborative, ruralism, Global Warming, oppositional narratives, metamorphosis, togetherness, artistic processes, architecture, design, nonhuman encounter, ecologies, participation, displacement, uncertainty, interdisciplinary, artistic research, pedagogy, vernacular
Visit the exposition in the database Research Catalogue.