Ecology, or the study of the way a species relates to and affects its environment and vice versa, is the starting point of my research and the cornerstone of my work. I was born in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, to an intercultural household filled with ecological and social activism. My background is in cinema, photography, dance and somatic awareness practices with a keen interest in well-being. I combine these influences with elements of storytelling, composition, spatial intervention, improvisation, music and voice to invite listening and resonance within and without. This set of tools, along with my innate ability to weave patterns and enable interconnections across worlds, allow me to create time and space for people to reflect, connect with, (re)create, celebrate, (re)value, harmonise or simply observe our place in the world.
Ela Spalding (Panama, 1982) is a facilitator / artist and cultural producer who graduated in film and photography, with studies in dance and performance. Fascinated by the human relationship with our environment, Spalding has been researching expanded notions of ecology for several years. Her artwork has been shown in the XIII Bienal de La Habana, Cuba (2019), the X Bienal Centroamericana in Costa Rica (2016), Bienal de Artes Visuales del Istmo Centroamericano (Bavic9) in Guatemala in 2014, as well as collective exhibitions in Panama, Germany and Austria. She worked with Tino Sehgal in This Variation in dOCUMENTA(13) (2012) in Kassel, Germany; and with Ari Benjamin Meyers in his work Serious Immobilities (2013) for Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin, Germany. She has been a project manager, educator, voiceover artist, speaker, and advisor on cultural issues. She is founder and Creative Director of Estudio Nuboso – a nomadic platform that facilitates dialogues between art, science, nature and society, tackling environmental issues in different bio-cultural contexts in Panama. She is also a founding member of Archipel Stations Community Radio – a Berlin-based and international, cross-cultural web community radio with live and bandwidth iterations. She facilitates and shares her time between Panama and Berlin.
e-mail: connect (at) elaspalding.com