November 8, 4:30pm to 6:30pm
November 16, 10:30am to 12:30pm
Workshop about the piece Herbarium of Artificial Plants by Alberto Baraya, which is part of the works in the exhibition Measures.
The artist’s proposal is the realization of a botanical-plate workshop with the community allied to the Cerezales Foundation.
Based on the exercise of the naturalists of the 19th century and the current botanists, he suggests to look in the participants’ surroundings for artificial plants: representations of the plant world that are part of their daily life: The flowers that decorate the table of a restaurant, the plants at the entrance of a cafe or bar, the plants in the airport hall, those in the corridor of a market place, those in the meat fridge, the flowers on that Sunday shirt, or on that girl’s tiara, or the little roses on that baby stroller.
The idea is to document the use made of flowers as a fashion or decorative complement, and that are part of our daily life.
“Contemporary botanic explorers” are invited to collect data parallel to their collections, such as place and date, who and how they use the plants… The photographic record (with any device, such as mobile phone) of the encounter with that Artificial Botany object also has value.
During the session on November 16, and after this exploratory invitation, participants will be encouraged to carry out an ordering of such data in the form of botanical plate, in a workshop with Alberto Baraya, incorporating this information to his Herbarium of Artificial Plants.
The workshop will be accompanied, finally, by a conference open to the public by the artist, entitled “Herbariums and Expeditions”, on the 16th, at 12:30.
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