Besòs: A Noble Ecosystem is a multidisciplinary and artistic research. The project combines knowledge exchange, creativity, shared production and the socialisation of processes and results. It makes use of artistic practices and methodologies that connect people with the river, through fruitive methods ranging from walking and mapping, to creating actions together with the inhabitants, opening up new perspectives about the river and the urban landscape.
Throughout the exhibition, the dissemination of research and the creative process were carried out in the form of various educational and participatory activities in Espai Zero and in the area surrounding the Besòs river.
This creative experience in collaboration with neighborhood schools and families has spatially demonstrated how art, science, culture, education, environment, technology and community affect our lives.
The intention was to carry out guided tours, workshops and collaborative seminars and, at the end of the exhibition, to create a collective atlas of the Besòs river, whose main pillars are urban sustainability, the environment and the connection between the river and the city. All the materials produced during these workshops, explorations and conferences were included in the project, exhibition and exhibitions realized during 2019.
Curators: Arianna Rinaldo
Exhibition: Besòs A Noble Ecosystem
Workshop supported by: Contemporary Art Centre of Barcelona - Fabra i Coats, Art Factory of Barcelona - Fabra i Coats, UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Culture of Proximity, ICUB (Culture Institute of Barcelona)
ARTAND SCIENCE:What is at the bottom of the river?
Dehalogenimonas: a microbe in the Besòs river that breathes pollution. We usually associate microbes with disease. However, many of them are vital to our life: we eat products made using enzymes and breathe the oxygen they produce.
This seminar with workshop explores this world of “benign” microbes and in particular a bacterium discovered in the Besòs river that could be used to clean some aquifers contaminated by industrial activity. The days of the workshops were dedicated to families, children and schools in the neighborhood.
Duae Collective illustrated the project and led the children on a journey between science, art and the environment through a talk and a workshop with professor Ernest Marco-Urrea and researcher Alba Trueba Santiso. The children were asked to draw and build their own vision of the bacterium. The works of the boys were moved during the exhibition and are part of the project.