Estudio Nuboso is a platform for exchange between art, ecology, culture and society. We aim to reconnect people with nature by designing a variety of multidisciplinary encounters to explore different ways of knowing, collaborating and experiencing different ecosystems and disciplines. We are a flexible constellation of people working collaboratively to facilitate residencies, short workshops, experiential exchanges, consultancies, or to create publications and audiovisual projects.
I founded the organization in 2012, as a way to address environmental issues in Panama using the transformational force of the arts and ecological principles as a conceptual base. As creative director, I coordinate the overall running of the organisation, hold space and guide our direction in dialogue with a wonderful board of directors/advisors.
Our mission for the next 10 years is to promote living in right relationship with all of life while supporting individuals and environmental organizations in Panama and beyond in their efforts to protect and restore vulnerable ecosystems and communities.
Here is a brief summary of our current programs:
SUELO: a methodology to reconnect with the places we inhabit. It articulates the natural and cultural value of a selected location by revealing all of its layers (as with a soil profile) of history, present and potential futures through an experiential knowledge exchange between local community members and guests from different fields of study. The methodology, which can be applied by individuals, organizations or communities, aims to increase awareness and connection to soil/land/territory through the many avenues/disciplines/practices that relate to and address the ground we stand on.
The Art and Science LAB: a month-long residency for three pairs of art-science collaborators sharing research with the communities most affected by it, followed by an exhibition, publication and public program. The LAB took place in 2015 in the highlands of Panama, and in 2017 in Panama City. The project was funded by the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation and co-funders from the Netherlands (in 2015) and Panama (in 2017).
Flash LAB: a workshop inspired by our experiences facilitating the Art and Science LAB. It is designed to share skills for effective interdisciplinary exchange, to generate prototypes and promote solidary networks between people from different disciplines. The intention is to accelerate societal change through collaboration across sectors.