Sol y Sombra: a Journey Up the Orinoco River
Mapping Shadow Policies to Shadow Ecologies
Supported by Umeå School of Architecture
Led by architects and urbanists Alejandro Haiek and Xenia Adjoubei

In Partnership with
Fundación Espacio, Venezuela
Department of Design & Architecture, Simon Bolivar University, Venezuela

2 July 2021 at 4pm CEST / 10am Caracas. Register

Join us for an international Summer School which will work on issues of climate justice in the Venezuelan Amazon using emergent technologies and intersectional analysis. We will map deep-climate politics, indigenous ecologies and ecosystem services to propose a value structure worthy of planet Earth.
The Orinoco river runs through the Venezuelan Amazon, it is the third largest river in the world by water volume and is invaluable in cultural significance, biodiversity and its variety of habitats. It is the source of freshwater, clean air and arable land, on the one hand, and nearly every precious mineral and resource known to man, on the other, including gold, mercury, rare-earths, oil and gas. The Orinoco is an ecosystem driver, adverse effects on the river impact populations of living beings on a vast scale, a planetary scale.

The Orinoco is currently experiencing a complex set of economic, political, legal and illegal pressures,
which are leading to increasing pollution, contamination, oil pills in the river delta, deforestation and irreversible damage to the surrounding natural environment and indigenous populations.

We will analyse, map and respond to the situation of the Orinoco from different angles, including art, science, literature, hydrology, geology, ecology, engineering, anthropology, in order to visualise and communicate the contemporary condition of the Orinoco to a public and professional audience. We will develop a critical standpoint based on the expertise and evidence we collect.

Building on the work of our 2020 Sol y Sombra Summer Course, we invite young researchers to take part in collective research and mapping to model and visualise information in new way, which highlights conflicts of interest and symbiotic relationships, in order to gain a deeper understanding of what is really happening in one of the most precious natural environments on our planet.

Our Experts

Reynaldo Alsina, medical outreach / Director CUMIS UCV
Ricardo Avella, Urbanist & researcher, Permanent Modernity / Amazon ecologies
Ethel Baraona, Critic, writer and curator / dpr-barcelona
Fabio Capra Ribeiro, PhD in Urbanism IUAV Venice / spatial & environmental justice
Juan Cristóbal Castro, Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso / extractivism as cultural phenomenon
Ana Maria Duran Calisto, Theorist and Doctoral Candidate UCLA / Yale School of Architecture
Eduardo Kairuz, Monash University / expert in spatial implications of a world in perpetual crisis
Liana Malva, Artist, musician, singer / Nature activism
Tomas Mena, Computational design / Digital fabrication
Carmen Mendoza Arroyo, PhD in Urbanism, Assistant Director School of Architecture / UIC Barcelona
Franco Micucci, Head of the Department of Design & Architecture / Simón Bolívar University, Caracas
Karla Montauti, architect, artist, educator / Buenos Aires University
Eduardo Mouhtar, architect / Orinoco territorial researcher
Maria Isabel Peña, Architect, Former Director Instituto de Urbanismo / Central University of Venezuela
Luis Pimentel, Spatial analyst / Emergent mapping technologies
Elisa Silva, architect, academic / Enlace Arquitectura / University of Toronto
Luis Romero, Artist / Contemporary Art Curator. Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe: arte y contexto. Alto Orinoco
Cristina Vollmer de Burelli, Founder, SOS Orinoco / Founding Co-Chair, The Global Leaders Program / Founding Executive Director V5 Initiative
Research project on ecology, human movement and environmental diplomacy
course leaders
Director ASWStudio, Founder Nikola-Lenivets Classroom
Xenia Adjoubei
Architect, co-founder of the Moscow School of Architecture, founder and director of education and research centre in the largest Art Park in Europe, the Nikola-Lenivets Classroom with the support of the Global Free Unit. Fulbright Visiting Scholar 2021 at the Inclusive Ecologies Incubator, Pratt Institute, New York City, USA with the project Designing for New Natural Resources and Emergent Labour Economies.

Her research examines the New Rural condition, how collective art sustains communities, new labor economies and the natural resources of the future.
Director, Lab.Pro.Fab., founder, The Public Machinery
Alejndro Haiek
Architect, PhD. Candidate at Universitá di Genova, Affiliate Researcher at the Research Institute of Sweden, Studio Leader at Umeå School of Architecture, Sweden, WORJ Civitella Fellow, Elam International Artist in Residence, New Zealand, Invited Professor at the Master of International Cooperation & Sustainable Emergency Architecture at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya and at Urban Lab, Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalunya, Spain. Master in Science honorific mention in Architectural Design at the Central University of Venezuela.

His research examines the relations between public landscapes, post-industrial ecologies and Network Governance, resulting in projects for social innovation that integrate science, culture and local intelligence.
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