“ECOAESTHETICS. Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics”

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“ECOAESTHETICS. Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics”
3-day workshop with ARTSail resident Blanca de la Torre
June 28 – 30, 2017 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: ArtCenter/Downtown | 1035 N Miami Ave #300, Miami

ECOAESTHETICS. Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics is a three day workshop led by ARTSail resident Blanca de la Torre that aims to provoke reflection on the current debates related to ecology and the potential for art to serve as a tool of action and of subjectivation; a tool which may allow us to rethink the importance of art in relation to the environmental concerns of the present moment.

The workshop will also cover a selection of theoretical approaches to the subject, which provide a basis for the connection between art and ecology as well as chart the contributions of thinkers that have marked the ecological movement and thinking to date. ECOAESTHETICS. Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics will consist of combining these theoretical approaches with sessions that aim to “rethink together” by reading, discussing, and commenting on the texts together.

Participants will be expected to develop a project or idea of any format—examples include but are not limited to exhibitions, publications, educational programs, collaborative practices, artworks, novels, etc—that would reveal any of the ideas examined during the workshop. The goal is to approach art and cultural practices that move toward this ecological vision, and understand art as a way to contribute to the public debate on sustainability policies, to develop creative proposals that — in both form and substance — propose alternative ways, from both a symbolic and a practical perspective, of working with the environment in a fair and sustainable manner.

This workshop is free & open to the public but registration is required. To RSVP send e-mail to: email@artcentersf.org


Day 1
– Introduction to Eco-Aesthetics. The relationship between Art and Ecology.
– Approaches and representation through art (Domestication of Nature, Environmental Problems, Climate Change, North-South Inequality, Management of Consumer Behavior, Dialectics with Nature…)
– Rethinking Together
– Led discussion. “Hybris”. Art and Ecology through the exhibition “Hybris” at MUSAC, the Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León, Spain. (Open to the public)

Day 2
– From “Deep” to “Dark”. From the Deep Ecology to Dark Ecology.
– The Environmentalism of the Poor/ the Environmental Justice Movement.
– Basic notions on Ecofeminism
– Rethinking together
– Led discussion. Felice Grodin.

Day 3

Presentations and comments on projects and ideas.



Blanca de la Torre

Blanca de la Torre is an independent curator and art critic born in Spain. She has curated exhibitions internationally in cities such as New York, Prague, London and Madrid. From 2009 to 2013, she acted as Chief Curator at Artium, Basque Museum-Center of Contemporary Art (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain). Later she curated shows in New York at the EFA Project Space; in Mexico at the Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca; in Colombia at NC-Arte Bogotá and the group show PIGS, travelling to different European venues. Her critical writings have been included in several international publications among which the catalogues for the Spanish Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial and the Greek Pavilion for the 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. She has collaborated with periodicals such as EXIT (Spain), INPUT (New York, USA) and Arte al Dia International (Miami, USA), among many others. She has participated in several talks, workshops, curatorial residencies and seminars held in a variety of international locations. She is currently developing projects for the museums MUSAC in León or LAZNIA, in Gdansk, Poland, among others.


ARTSail Residency & Research Program

Water has played a pivotal role in shaping the identity of Miami and its communities and is increasingly becoming a central theme in ecological discussions. ARTSail is an ArtCenter/South Florida project in partnership with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, under the direction of independent curator Ombretta Agró Andruff. It is a nomadic residency and research program that seeks to provide artists and cultural producers with the opportunity to research and explore the extensive coastlines and waterways that surround Miami. ARTSail, was launched in 2015 thanks to a Knight Arts Challenge Grant. Two artists and one curator were selected for the 2016/2017 residencies: artist/researcher Mark Lee Koven (USA), curator Blanca de la Torre (Spain), and artist Simon Faithfull (U.K.).

ARTSail residencies will offer creative solutions to develop awareness in the community about environmental concerns and engage the public in the discovery, preservation and protection of South Florida’s waterways.



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