In Brazil the “Endangered landscapes” project comprises the serial of performances called ESCUTAS that has been elaborated by Olga Kisseleva, the musicians, the scientists from Federal University of Minas Gerais (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA) and the local Pataxó people.
The project presents the interactive installation “LISP of Tree” made with the help of the INHOTIM Institute, the largest foundations of contemporary art in Brazil and one of the largest outdoor art centers in Latin America. The INPA neurobiologists and IT experts share interdisciplinary and multimedia arts research practice that focuses on the symbiotic interactions between native and migrant plants.
Sharing indigenous knowledge and synergy of coexistence Art&Science expedition studies the cultural and historical legacy of that community. The study compares the scientific ways of communicating with trees – which are made possible by attaching sensors to their trunks – with the ancient ways of communication that had been handed down over the generations in the native community. Olga Kisseleva’s cultural and artistic response to environmental change is to reduce inequalities and pay attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalised territories and populations.
note: On January 25,2019 in the suburb of Brumadinho, the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, a dam burst: due to damage to the tailing dump, a stream of mud of 12 million cubic meters fell on the valley, toxic waste completely destroyed the ecosystem of the Paraopeba River, made water unfit for drinking, and killed hundreds of animals. The tragedy in Brumadinho is called the worst ecological disaster in the history of Brazil and the largest in the world. It's a big job to return this area to its previous state.