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  • Writer's pictureElena Posokhova

Maritima01 brings together environmental scientists and contemporary artists in an online residence.

The art and ecological awareness project resumes in July with the visit of four international artists.

Fabrice Monteiro, Untitled #10 - 2014

Despite the obstacles caused by the COVID19 pandemic, the organization of the Marítima01 artistic project has managed to launch an online art residency over the past two weeks where contemporary creators and scientists have gathered.

Between June 2 and 15, through the digital tools Zoom and Facebook Time, a group of 10 international artists were able to ask questions about their future video art and photography projects to leading researchers of the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean Sea.

During the videoconferences they discussed aspects of environmental significance such as the importance of currents in the Mediterranean, the damage caused by the presence of microplastics, the harmful effects of intensive agriculture, the positive experiences of creating artificial reefs and the threats to endangered marine species such as posidonia, sponges, turtles and nacras.

The conference included the attendance of prominent scientists such as José Tena, Jose Rafael García March and Jerónimo Chirivella-Martorell, from the Institute for Research in the Environment and Marine Science, specialists Juan Antonio Raga, Jesús Tomás and Olga Novillo, from the Marine Zoology of the Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology of the Scientific Park of the University of València, and the deputy director of the Botanical Garden of València, Olga Mayoral García-Berlanga.

Likewise, there were presentations by experts in contemporary art, such as the founding co-director of LOOP, director of Senda Galleryand Lab36 in Barcelona, Carlos Durán, who addressed the perspectives of digital art and video art exhibitions, and the coordinator of the residency program of the Consortium of Museums of the Valencian Community, Roser Colomar, on new exhibition formats.

Mariagrazia Pontorno, MSK

On-site work in July

This July, four of the resident artists will visit Valencia to develop their future projects. The Italian artist Mariagrazia Pontorno will deepen her knowledge of the endemic pinna nobilis mollusk, the Spanish Fermín Jiménez Landa and Ana Matey will focus, respectively, on the situation of sponges and turtles, and the American Yann Thoma, on Mediterranean plants already extinct.

Their visits to the laboratories, their interviews with scientists, and their work processes will be filmed. Each artist will produce a piece of video art that will be presented in Valencia in October 2020. In subsequent appointments, the works will be screened in other European capitals.

The rest of the participating artists, Mara G. Haseltine(USA, France), Fabrice Monteiro(Senegal), Sena Başöz(Turkey),Kalie Granier(USA, France), Taylor Smith(USA, France) andNicolas Floc’h(France), will participate in a production stage in the summer of 2021.

IMEDMAR Laboratory

Art to raise awareness

Marítima 01 is a contemporary art project articulated around artistic residences that promotes the protection of the Mediterranean. The initiative is sponsored by the Universitat de València.

Its objective is to bring together international artists and scientists with the aim of raising awareness about the environmental challenges affecting the Mediterranean, and at the same time, contributing to the production and dissemination of new contemporary artistic projects and increasing the artistic sensitivity of the public opinion.

Pina Nobilis, spices in danger.


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