Since 2014, a traditional coffee farm in the countryside of São Paulo receives the program rural.scapes – Laboratory in Residence, created by artists Rachel Rosalen (b. 1971, São Paulo) and Rafael Marchetti (b. 1975, Argentina), who develop, as a duo, several projects in art and technology. The program proposes to displace the artistic production from large urban centres to an alternative location, focusing on research, reflection, trans-disciplinary artistic practices and critical production in a rural environment during the information age.
Part of the results of the residencies realized in 2014 and 2015 are gathered in the exhibition Campos Alterados [Altered Fields]. The show includes 25 works, from objects and installations to videos, photographs and performances, by artists and collectives from Brazil and countries like Germany, Sweden, Argentina, Italy, Ecuador, South Africa, Mexico, Colombia, France, Chile and Iraq.
The program rural.scapes – Laboratory in Residence offers as main research element the rural location, opening dialogues and stimulating the creation of readings, interventions, and possible transits, connections, ruptures and integrations with this specific territory. The laboratory in residence itself is an intervention with local implication. This context promotes the development of proposals related to pre-existing technologies from the rural environment, considering the social dynamics, natural resources and historical heritage of the region. Farming mechanics dialogue with integrated circuits, and high technologies live with the ancestral knowledge from the farm.
- Ana Laura Cantera, Ninhos de Equilíbrio. Courtesy of Museu de Arte Contemporânea da USP (MAC USP)
- Patricio Dalgo, cinema NOSOTROS. Workshop with the participation of prof. Mauro and students from the Escola Estadual Miguel Pereira. Courtesy of Museu de Arte Contemporânea da USP (MAC USP)
- Ricardo Garlet. Courtesy of Museu de Arte Contemporânea da USP (MAC USP)