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Felipe Castelblanco

Cartographies of the Unseen

Beginn des PhD-Programms / Start of the PhD-Program: WS 2017

Betreuung / Supervision:
Melanie Franke (ECAM; HGK FHNW in Basel)
Sabine Pollak

This project investigates alternative territorial logics that counter the dominant idea of the landscape as a flat dimension anchored to the ground or that obscure various layers of occupation and governance, both above and below the ground. A central case in the project is a study of eco-social relations extending across a vertical axis of a contested indigenous territory in the Colombian Pan-Amazon region (between the departments of Nariño, Putumayo and Cauca), which has been the epicentre of ecological violence and colonial abuse. Drawing upon indigenous territorial philosophies form the Southwest of Colombia, as well as participatory methods for artistic practice, this practice-based research aims to formulate an inter-epistemic dialogue around notions of territoriality, support the co-presence of indigenous aesthetics in the global spheres of knowledge and cultural production, and finally to create immersive experiences which can contribute to re-calibrate western approaches to territorial thinking and even spatial-perception.

Kurz-Biographie / Short Bio
Felipe Castelblanco is a multidisciplinary artist working at the intersection of socially engaged and Media art. His work explores new frontiers of public space that enable coexistent encounters between unlikely audiences. Felipe holds an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University (U.S) and a BA from Javeriana University (Colombia). He has exhibited at museums and galleries in Europe, the U.S and South America and is the recipient of several awards including the Starr Fellowship at the Royal Academy Schools in London (UK) and a residency Fellowship with the Rauschenberg foundation (2019). In 2015 Felipe served as a Cultural Emissary for the U.S State Department to the Philippines through the America Arts Incubator Programme. 

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Still Image From A Vertical Expedition (HD Video, 2019). Cartographies of the Unseen. © Felipe Castelblanco