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  • Maio, 31. 2014

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    10th Environment Week

    10th Environment Week

    Have you heard of ecological footprint? Carbon credit? Environmental innovation? These and other expressions have often come up when it comes to preserving the planet. Researchers all over the world are joining forces to think about ways to reduce man’s impact on the Earth and how to make such practices common to any citizen. Next week, this discussion will take place at Inhotim, with the 10th Environment Week, whose theme this year is People for Climate.

    From June 1 to 8 Inhotim will host an intense program with innovation workshops, seminars with special guest speakers, environmental education workshops, guided theme visits, games and a botanical exhibit. The activities propose a reflection on environmental preservation and present initiatives related to sustainability.

    Inhotim’s Blog talked to Joaquim de Araújo Silva, Environment and Botanical Garden Director at the Institute. Check it out!

    Inhotim’s Blog – This is the 10th edition of the Environment Week and the 8th to take place at Inhotim. How do you analyze this trajectory?

    Joaquim de Araújo – The Environment Week is intended to synchronize global, national and regional themes at Inhotim, and then establish attitudes based on these discussions. Throughout the years, we have found important solution for environmental issues and have reaffirmed the value of Inhotim Botanical Garden in preserving biodiversity. The Environment Week has become a forum to discuss the environmental theme at a real high level.

    IB – People for Climate is this year’s theme. In which kind of initiative do you believe people can get engaged in order to try to slow down climate changes?

    JA – We intend to bring this topic to people’s everyday lives, so that they can reflect on their way of life. Climate change and global warming are closely related to how member of contemporary society live their lives on a daily basis. We want to draw the attention of individuals, and not only of companies, about their consumption patterns and habits. The conscious use of natural resources is essential for us to reverse this scenario. We don’t have a recipe for success, but we must perceive that consuming with common sense is related to the well-being of society as a whole.

    IB – What has Inhotim been doing to reduce its impact on the environment?

    JA – First of all, we know we are responsible for flora and biodiversity conservation and we have increasingly positioned ourselves effectively when it comes to this theme. As a botanical garden, we work with several goals, including research, committing ourselves to the Brazilian reality. Now, when it comes to managing the park itself, we have established the Environmental Management System, whose purpose is to map out and create a more efficient way to operate. The actions include control and monitoring of solid waste produced at Inhotim, reduction of expenses with electric power, improve drinking water use and handling, among others. These are practical ways to ensure the Institute’s excellence in its relationship with its surrounding environment.

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    Maio, 23. 2014

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    Contemporary Music Miniseries

    Contemporary Music Miniseries

    This coming Sunday, May 25, guitars, flutes, percussions and musical sculptures will take over Inhotim to comprise a Contemporary Music Miniseries.  Starting at 3 PM, groups from Minas, Corda Nova, Flutuar Orquestra de Flauta, UFMG Percussion Group and Quarteto Cretinos e Plásticas will perform in the Institute’s gardens, a setting the mixes nature and art in a unique way.  To invite you to experience all this, Inhotim’s Blog has asked each group to tell you what makes their music contemporary.  Check it out!

    “Percussion might be the most emblematic instrument in Contemporary Music.  This is so because it encompasses a diversified range of sounds and instruments, incorporating everyday objects and other ones invented by the musicians themselves, generating an almost infinite sound material for the composer of contemporary music. But contemporary percussionists are not limited to sound.  Their willingness to experiment allows their music to incorporate materials found in other areas, such as drama, literature, circus, dance, technology. Thus, maybe the most contemporary thing about the work performed by UFMG Percussion Group is the absence of prejudice and the group’s constant interest in expanding the musical language.”  Fernando Rocha, member of the UFMG Percussion Group

    “Corda Nova has established itself as a representative of its time.  With contemporaneity in our DNA, the group has focused on working with living composers, and so far has taken to stage only works requested specifically for its concerts.  Fresh ink on paper alone does not define the synch of the group with its time:  Corda Nova’s members are immersed and synched with musical production as well as with current thinking, whether by means of extreme artistic proposals or through their academic and humanity background.  This ranges from the group’s insertion into community cultural life in their homeland to experiences with communities which are not well integrated with the Western world.  All of this has been reflected on the group’s production, culminating in creations that often extrapolate the strictly sonorous world towards the plastic and scenic worlds, as well as concepts and poetics that are a possible portrait, a facet of contemporary Brazil.  – Stanley Levi, member of Corda Nova.

    “Freedom guides the work and aesthetical orientation of Flutuar Orquestra de Flautas, a group that refuses to be attached to a specific artistic current which might limit their spontaneous expression.  This is what grants this group artistic contemporaneity and originality:  boldness in experiencing and creating.  Everything at Flutuar is freedom: the choice of repertoire, the structuring of the arrangements, the action on stage, the easiness of its members, and especially, the joy of playing as a group. ” – Alberto Sampaio, member of Fluturar Orquestra de Flauta.

    “More than being identified with the modes of production of an era, being contemporary means to be detached from this era, so as to question it in the way you act, play, think, and, in our case, make music.  We, from Cretinos e Plásticas, investigate, explore and interrogate the musical and artistic work at the same time we make our music.  From preparing and producing the instruments, to the poetic construction of the sonorous space by way of improvisation, getting close to other forms of art expressed in the instrument itself, taking ownership of this instrument’s plasticity, what we do is explore and get detached from the way music is made and thought of today.” – Marco Scarassatti, member of Quarteto Cretinos e Plásticas.

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    Maio, 22. 2014

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    Adriana Varejão and History

    Adriana Varejão and History

    “My narrative is a web of stories.  Stories about bodies, architecture, Brazil, tattoo, ceramics, old tiles, Portuguese tiles, modern and vulgar tiles, books, maps, painting.

    And more: a cheap bar in Lapa, a corner of Macau, a swimming pool in Budapest, ruins in Chacahua, a wall in Lisbon, a cloister in Salvador, a Turkish bath in Paris’ 18th district, a delicate Song vase, a sentence in a book, a market in Taxco, a tattooed skin, a black angel in Minas, a shard in Barcelona, India ink in Guilim, a butcher’s shop in Copacabana, a chrysanthemum in Cachoeira, a piece of news in the paper, a mirror in Tlacolula, a bus station restroom, a Chinese bird in Sabará, the sound of an acoustic guitar, a tile in Queluz, jerked beef in Caruarú, a sentence from the past, a painting in New York, votive offerings in Maceió, a shade of red in Madrid, a sento in Kyoto, and more, and more…”

    Adriana Varejão on how she relates to the word history. 

     

    In 2008, Inhotim opened one of its most emblematic pavilions, a milestone of the profound relationship between art, architecture and landscaping in the Institute.  Galeria Adriana Varejão shelters six works by the artist. These works express her array of interests and variety of sources of research.  Inhotim has invited Adriana Varejão to come to Belo Horizonte on May 24 to take part in the Space, Work and History Seminar.  Click here to check out the detailed program for this event.

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    Maio, 16. 2014

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    Palm Trees: Lectures

    Palm Trees: Lectures

    With one of the largest palm tree collections in the world, this coming Saturday, May 17, Inhotim will host a series of lectures focused on the botanical family.  The use of these plants in landscaping, main pointers on how to care for them, their reproduction and uses are among the themes discussed. Check out the detailed program:

    Series of Lectures – The Botanical Universe of the Arecaceae Family

    Location:  Espaço Igrejinha (near Galeria Lygia Pape) – Instituto Inhotim

    Free admission for visitors

    1st round – 10 am to 1 pm

    New and rare Brazilian Palm Trees

    Speaker: Harri Lorenzi. Agronomist and researcher, he is the founder and current director of Instituto Plantarum, in Nova Odessa/SP.  He was a visiting researcher at the University of Harvard in the United States, and has published dozens of scientific papers and books on botany.

    The use of palm trees in landscaping

    Speaker: Pedro Nehring. Landscaper at Inhotim. Ever since the place was still private property, he has been part of the history of the gardens that now form the institute.  He has carried out projects in several cities in Brazil, such as Brasília and Rio de Janeiro.

    Why study palm trees?

    Speaker: Patrícia Oliveira. Majored in Biological Sciences at Instituto Izabela Hendrix, with master’s and doctorate degrees in vegetal biology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais.  She has been working at the Institute for two years and is currently part of the research, development and innovation team focused on the botanical garden and the environment.

    2nd round – 2:30 am to 5 pm

    Anatomical Studies on Arecaceae reproductive structures

    Speaker: Sarah Barbosa Reis. Majored in biological sciences at the State University of Montes Claros. M.Sc. in vegetal anatomy at the botany department of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG).  Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the same line of research, also at UFMG.  

    The health of palm trees

    Speaker: Lívia Dias Lana. Agronomist majored at the Federal University of Viçosa. Specialized in landscaping at Instituto de Arte e Projeto, in Belo Horizonte.  She is responsible for the plant health area at Inhotim, as well as for the maintenance and revitalization of the park.

    The diversified use of palm trees in everyday life  

    Speaker: Luiz Eduardo Silva. Majored in forest engineering at the Federal University of Lavras. He is part of the plant mapping and inventory team at the Institute and is in charge of botanical identification.

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    Maio, 15. 2014

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    Marilá Dardot and Work

    Marilá Dardot and Work

    “During the Pampulha Scholarship program, Sara Ramo, Matheus Rocha Pitta and I, and, later, Rodrigo Matheus used to live together at Rua Apodi, 69.   It was July or August 2003 and finally Cinthia Marcelle and I were in Belo Horizonte at the same time during the trumpet tree blooming.  It was our chance to make Irmãs (Sisters), a work we had thought about a long time before and were waiting for the opportunity to make happen.  Matheus was traveling during those days. It was Sunday, and Sara, Rodrigo and I sat down to make the flowers that would be used to color the ground under the trumpet trees whose colors would be switched.  Rodrigo wanted to test a safety camera for his work, and because of that we positioned it in front of the sofa.  In the middle of the process, we began to reflect on the nature of our work, and I remembered some panels with old didactic writings I had bought at the Exchange-it flea market in Rio, when I worked with Rosângela Rennó.  WE ARE USEFUL. USEFUL.  WE WORK. WE NEED IT TO LIVE.  That is how Selvagens Nocivos (Harmful Savages) came about, together with its first video, A cada dia (Each Day).”

    Marilá Dardot on her relationship with the word work.

    Born in Belo Horizonte, the artist is one of the participants in the Space, Work and History Seminar, which will take place on May 23 and 24 at Museu Histórico Abílio Barreto.  It is a free event that is part of the activities on the 2014 Inhotim Escola program. Check out the detailed program for the event here.

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