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Fragile affairs

material research and
experimental 3D printing
Art&Science Residency: Scientifically examine human impact through artistic expression in the Tambopata region

As an artist in residence with the “Beyond Conservation“ art and science program I got to spend one month in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest to work amongst and learn from scientists and artists about the ecosystem and its political, cultural, environmental and economic implications. The Tambopata is heavily affected by illegal gold mining and therefore the destruction of the primary rainforest. What‘s left is a deserted area with mercury-poisoned ponds and destroyed soil, which contrasts the most biodiverse surrounding.

At the intersection of art and science I explored the complexity of this ecosystem, learned about its actors and their fragile relations and the balancing act which is needed to maintain it.

A photo series captures both the deserted areas, which were destroyed by gold mining, as well as the efforts of reforestation and the bright biodiversity of the untouched primary forest.

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A tower consisting of wooden blocks, died with pigments from the forest, resembles the colors of the photo series. The tower is a representation of the fragility of the ecosystem, as the visitors of the exhibition get to play with it they can experience the balancing act of maintaining this fragile affair.

Learning from Angélica from the Infierno Community in Puerto Maldonado how to extract pigments from plants harvested in the forest: huito, sanipanga, achiote.

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