Preparing the Ground (Online Workshop)

Preparing the Ground is a workshop for artists and researchers interested in investigating material practices and divination via diagrams and stains with artist Rubiane Maia. 

Preparing the Ground is an essential step before any planting or construction. This means paying special attention to the main characteristics of the soil, understanding its composition and vitality. On the other hand, we also use this expression when we aim to create an environment conducive to putting plans, ideas, dreams and visions into practice.

The purpose of this workshop is an invitation to the experience of imagining future possibilities from an intuitive experience of creating diagrams. The starting point: your own creative practice, your motivations and desires. Symbolically, it is an attempt to look at the ground, move the earth, plough the soil to open new perspectives.

​​Guattari writes that “the diagram is conceived as an autopoietic machine which not only gives it a functional and material consistency but requires it to deploy its diverse registers of alterity, freeing it from an identity locked into simple structural relations.” 

To prepare for the workshop participants will make three images from stains made by materials or substances that are currently important to your practice or that you might be curious to explore. The stains can be made onto A4 sheets of paper or fabric and each one might be left to develop over time. 

Through the process, proposed by Rubiane in the workshop, we will explore an experimental methodology of diagram making as a device for collective or personal divination.

Food Art Research Network

18th January 2023

London, UK Wed, 18 Jan 2023 at 9:30 am GMT

Madrid, Spain          Wed, 18 Jan 2023 at 10:30 am CET

Helsinki, Finland      Wed, 18 Jan 2023 at 11:30 am EET

São Paulo, Brazil      Wed, 18 Jan 2023 at 6:30 am BRT

Melbourne, Australia   Wed, 18 Jan 2023 at 8:30 pm AEDT

New Delhi, India       Wed, 18 Jan 2023 at 3:00 pm IST

Taipei, Taiwan        Wed, 18 Jan 2023 at 5:30 pm CST

Seoul, South Korea     Wed, 18 Jan 2023 at 6:30 pm KST

Part of FAR Network research for Care-Full Growing (State of Concept, Athens) through 2023-24, supported by Monash University Curatorial Practice and the Australia Council for the Arts.