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Luisa Gonzalez-Reiche (w/Wilfredo Orellana-Pineda)

Updated: May 23, 2023

Luisa Gonzales-Reiche. (Guatemala). Educator and artist. She studied art and design at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and a BA in Art History; has a degree in Psychopedagogy and Education and a master's degree in history, educational neuroscience and philosophy. She has specialized in education through the arts at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, and has collaborated with Project Zero research programs. She has worked in teaching methodologies and curriculum design and teacher training since 2010. She teaches courses on education, philosophy, art theory and research methodology at the university level. Her research work focuses on the relationship between art and pedagogical practices through a decolonial and posthumanist perspective. She has published 3 educational guides and a guide for political advocacy and holds a column in a local newspaper. She also collaborates with the Annual Cinema made by Women Exhibition in Guatemala, giving workshops to young women filmmakers. Her current artistic work is focused on new materialist practices through mixed media, which she sees as the documentation of practices of sensibility and relationality. Throughout her artistic career, she has worked with painting, textiles, photography and video. She has exhibited in group shows in Guatemala. She held a solo show in Florence, Italy, where she lived for 2 years and participated in various art and design projects.

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We are interested in continuing to explore artistic and sympoietic practices from a posthuman and new materialist perspective. Our proposal is based on an ethical-aesthetic positioning that investigates common ways of doing, relationships and materializations that do not respond to anthropo/eurocentric codes. This implies and implies us in performing assemblage strategies from diverse repertoires of artistic and pedagogical practices that we sustain from our work separately, or from the different communities in which we participate, and that we link in improvisation sessions or workshops, from a transdisciplinary perspective, working from the various spaces we share: artistic, investigative, pedagogical, among others. Based on this, we have been practicing various forms of non-object co-productions, from which writing in common, video, sounds, Instagram pages, academic publications and pedagogical programs for university courses in philosophy and art at the undergraduate level have emerged, in which we want to continue working and researching from this network.

From and through this epistemological and political position, we propose an investigation on artistic ways of assembling, therefore sympoetic, that explore the codifications of sensibility, nature, power and thought, in what is considered alive and non-living, the virtual and the ghostly, but attending to the escapes that flee from these codifications in some posthuman theories, new materialism feminisms, decolonial theory and thought of the original peoples, and at the same time from the living experiences of non-anthropo and euro-centered worldings, in the spaces and times that we inhabit physically and virtually. In this sense, we seek to investigate an artistic/pedagogical/theoretical practices that investigates ways of tuning-in with fugues and worldlings techniques, in ways of responsability for the confabulation of common fugues, that through attentive listening, findind ways of respond to the assemblages that also generate their forms of exposure or appearance.

We propose to delve into ways of doing-with, thinking-with, feeling-with, not only those of us who participate, for now, with our names, in these ensembles, but with the various relationships that adhere, tense, inform, confuse, and destabilize them.


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