Workshop Botaniq

Santa Monica Art Center - Barcelona

16 Jun 2011
18 Jun 2011

A new edition of the workshop Botaniq - Archive of experiences will take place during the exhibition Sistemes Vius [Living Systems] of Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau.
Free registration with limited vacancies.

What is Botaniq?
Botaniq is an open archive of illustrated personal diaries that shows the experience of
diverse interactors with works of art.

The workshop does a theoretical parallel between the problematic of conservation faced
by Performance, Digital Art, Bio-Art, Net Art, among other variations of intangible
reality and the challenges faced by the conquerors of America in the XVIth century,
unable to keep alive the wonderful nature that they were finding; leading to personal
diaries and fantastic reinterpretations of reality.
The personal diaries went from being just documentation or a copy to become the
reality itself.
How does one preserve the flavor and aroma of a pineapple and show it to Europe?

For 3 days, we are going to take as case of study and archive, the exhibition of Systems
Vius by Chirsta Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau, where every participant using
notations and other heterogeneous techniques will develop his/her personal illustrated
diary about his/her experience with one of the exposed art installations.

A way of preserving art is across our own experiences and interactions, reinterpreting
and capturing its spirit or essence. To be able to look at the work of art more than in its
materiality, as an artifact that narrates stories of a cultural moment, a unique journey,
particular and unrepeatable.

At the end of the day workshop the personal diaries from each participant will be
presented and compiled in our database of experiences as historical heritage of Media

The workshop is aimed for a broad audience, from different disciplines and do not
requires prior knowledge neither of art nor illustration.

The workshop will be held:
Thursday 16th June from 17.00 to 21.00 h
Friday 17th June from 17.00 to 21.00 h
Saturday 18th June from 11 to 14.00 and from 15.30 to 18.00

To be registered please send a mail to with the following

- Name and Surname.
- Telephone or contact
- Brief lines of motivation to take part in the workshop.

The curators of Vius Sistemes are Josep Perelló and Irma Vilà.

Botaniq workshop coordination in Arts Santa Mònica is headed by Gabriel
Vanegas, Valentina Montero and Vanina Hofman [Taxonomedia].

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