Going to the Clay: Exploring Conflicts and Values of the Soil in Valparaíso

Autores

  • Daniela Salgado Cofré Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Université libre de Bruxelles
  • Álvaro Mercado Jara Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Université libre de Bruxelles

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.53450/2179-1465.RG.2022v13i2p81-93

Palavras-chave:

Clay, Collective Creation, Material Interdependence, Soil, Urbanisation

Resumo

This proposition presents a design and artistic research focused on the soil and aimed at generating active and poetic forms of reflection around the fragile interdependence of human and non-human lives in an increasingly precarious urban environment, emphasised by the current ecological crisis. In order to engage in such reflections, this practice-oriented research —led by designers, architects, artists and educators— explored and expected to make visible the transformation of peripheral urban areas of the Region of Valparaíso, in Chile. To do so, we focused on following the uses of the soil, identifying conflicts and values that emerge around these extraction sites through immersive sensitive experiences. These collective experiences titled ‘Going to the Clay’ had the objective of searching for clay pits in different sites as the means to establish sensitive connections with the soil and its matter. Thus, the sum of collective and creative explorations performed in the veins and clay pits of Valparaíso served to trace other relational ways of inhabiting, valuing, and working with the soil. We envisage this practice-oriented research project as a poetic alternative to critically question the modern technocratic logics of urbanisation that operate in the region through the commodification and overexploitation of the land.

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Biografia do Autor

Daniela Salgado Cofré, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Université libre de Bruxelles

Daniela Salgado Cofré is an Industrial Designer and associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Design of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, where she has conducted several situated research and pedagogical experiences of design in the studios, at the Travesías and the Ciudad Abierta. She is a Doctoral Researcher (ANID-Chile) at the “AmericaS” laboratory and the “SASHA Laboratory of Architecture and Human Sciences” at the Faculty of Architecture of the Université libre de Bruxelles.

Álvaro Mercado Jara, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Université libre de Bruxelles

Álvaro Mercado es arquitecto y profesor asociado de la Facultad de Arquitectura y Diseño de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, donde ha realizado varios estudios e investigaciones centrados en el cuestionamiento de la urbanización a través de métodos de diseño especulativo in situ. Es investigador doctoral (ANID-Chile) en el "Louise-Laboratorio de Paisaje, Urbanismo, Infraestructura y Ecología" de la Facultad de Arquitectura de la Université libre de Bruxelles.

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Publicado

2022-06-13

Como Citar

SALGADO COFRÉ, D.; MERCADO JARA, Álvaro. Going to the Clay: Exploring Conflicts and Values of the Soil in Valparaíso. Revista GEMInIS, [S. l.], v. 13, n. 2, p. 81–93, 2022. DOI: 10.53450/2179-1465.RG.2022v13i2p81-93. Disponível em: https://www.revistageminis.ufscar.br/index.php/geminis/article/view/730. Acesso em: 4 jul. 2022.

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LINK2022 Coletânea: A Pesquisa Practice-led em Comunicação e Design