Postnatural Independent Program

The First Edition of the Independent Program offered by the Institute for Postnatural Studies (IPS) was a new learning space that offered theoretical tools, embodied learning, and expertise to define and develop projects that examine postnature as a framework for contemporary creation. Its duration is six months (Feb - July 2023), using a dual methodology incorporating theory and practice. Based on IPS’ ongoing initiatives, it offered an experimental platform for ecological thinking and cultural initiatives in an expanded virtual campus, approaching the students’ potential from a holistic mentoring perspective. It also brought together established researchers and art institutions that hosted working sessions, encounters, and presentations. The program was structured in 3 online modules, accompanied by renowned international thinkers, artists, curators, and philosophers. It was complemented by two in-person laboratories in Madrid where students shared their investigation in a community-building environment. I presented the ongoing research project titled “On the Overflow Forms of the Colorado River Delta” accompanied by a series of intervened maps from the seventeenth until the twentieth century of the Colorado River Delta desert region. The public program took place in INTERMEDIAE Matadero in July 2023. 

Left image: Title “Cerro Prieto, an extinct volcano and Geothermal Plant” Cerro Prieto volcano geological diagram; Image of Cerro Prieto volcano in 1970; Diagram of San Andreas Fault in Laguna Salada and Cerro Prieto volcano;  Cerro Prieto Geothermal Plant actively working between 1960-70; Mine Tunnel in Promontorio Sulfur Mine in Sierra Cucapá, México; Handwritten notes by Rosela del Bosque.

Right image: Title “Notes on Sykes”; Image of Cerro Prieto volcano in 1905; Mud volcanoes close up near Cerro Prieto; Image taken by Jessica Sevilla near Coyote Canal; Sulfur in Mine Promotorio: image extracted from American Mine Scores; Promontorio Mine in 1950; Drawing by Godfrey Sykes; Map by Godfrey Sykes published in 1905; Handwritten notes by Rosela del Bosque. 

Close-up from “Notes on Sykes”. 

Reading of the essay “On the Overflow Forms of the Colorado River Delta” Archive from the Presentation in INTERMEDIAE MATADERO.

Intervened maps during the presentation; Maps by Godfrey Sykes in 1905-07, the American Geology Survey, and Eusebio Kino in 1703. 

Additionally, we believe that this complex and multilayered space that emerges from conversations, ideas, shared intimacies, vulnerabilities, and propositions has real consequences in the world. By critically leaving behind the representational distance between “us” and “them”, “here” and “there”, and “knowledge” and “superstition”, to name just a few of the dichotomies cultivated by Western traditional art and philosophy academies, we forge a necessary and immediate relation to the world. But who is “we”? And how can “we” stay together, despite our differences? How can “we” create collectivity without sameness, and bypass the pull towards homogeneity?

This book is a reflection, reverberation, and resonance of our 7 months together.  
Download the pdf here.