Dear Friends and Colleagues,
This Thursday, 26 February at 6:30 pm at the Museum of Art at the National University of Bogotá, S
INFONÍA TRÓPICO will be supporting our partner MÁS ARTE MÁS ACCIÓN in the launch of the second volume in its Nuevatopias
series: ‘Better Than’
. This book brings together critical contributions by writers, visual artists, musicians, geologists, curators, botanists and environmentalists – most of whom have been guests at the MÁS ARTE MÁS ACCIÓN’s ‘Chocó Base’ in 2013 and 2014 – all of which reflect on two pressing present-day challenges: water and consumption.
The publication also includes a piece written by Sinfonia Tropico’s director, Charlotte Streck, where she recounts the diary of her stay at the Chocó Base in September 2014. The book will be also presented in Medellin on March 11, 2015.
Thanks to the support of our partner, the Goethe Institute, musician Robert Lippok and painter Peter Ruehle will take part in an artistic residency in Chocó Base, to take place this March. Find out more in our blog
The Macana is our tree of the month:
Family: Arecaceae (Palmae)
Scientific name: Wettinia kalbreyeri
Common names: Crespa (Chocó); Gualte bola (Nariño); Guaira bombón (Putumayo); Palma Maca- Palma Bolillo (Risaralda)
A palm tree, the Macana grows from 5-18 m high, has a diameter of 11-15 cm, its roots resemble stilts and it grows up to 1 m tall. It typically has 4 to 6 large ‘feather-leafed’ leaves supported by a green olive trunk, 1-2 m long. The fruits are ovoid or spherical and 2.4 - 3.5 cm in diameter. Its seeds are also ovoid and 1.9 - 2 cm in diameter. It is widely distributed throughout the Amazon Basin particularly in the undergrowth. Its fruits are a food source and their bud is used by the Uitoto indigenous peoples to prepare vegetable salt (typically charred, then cooked and the mixture filtered) that is mixed with snuff paste. The Macana spans throughout the lowlands as far as Ecuador – spanning the Amazon slopes of the Andes from Caquetá towards the south; and from the north-east part of the Central Cordillera in Antioquia as far as Quindio. The Macana grows in very humid rainforests and forms part of cloud forests, where it tends to be abundant and can become dominant. The decrease in forested areas threatens to result in a noticeable loss of its population. The wood of the Macana has historically been used to build chambranas,
porches typical in houses of the Antioquia and coffee region.
We must conserve our forests in order to conserve the Macana!
We invite you to read about MÁS ARTE MÁS ACCIÓN’s
director Fernando Arias in our Blog
, written by Caridad Botella, curator of Sinfonía Trópico.
The SINFONÍA TRÓPICO Team