Episodes


Copyright: Luísa HervèCopyright: Luísa Hervè

Tecnoxamanism Meeting

The Technoshamanism Episode at the Goethe-Institut São Paulo comes at a moment of extreme necessity to increase our attention to issues like land rights, climate changes, environmental disasters, human rights and the concentration of power around mass media communication, in a context where colonizing powers continue to take rights away from traditional peoples and other non-normative transformations. At a time when human civilization is exhibiting obvious signs of weakness, new technologies of coexistence need to be incorporated.

For the episode, Fernando Gregório and Tamara Gigliotti, from the Rede do Tecnoshamanismo (Technoshamanism Network), invited to the circle the Baobáxia Project, Guarani representatives from the Jaraguá Indigenous Lands and other active members from the network, such as Fabiane Borges and Marcelo Braz, to create a space for the exchange of cosmogony of discourses and its pervading themes. In partnership with the Zona da Mata, the event was attended by Jerá, the Guarani chief in Parelheiros, and Edgar Calel, Guatemalan indigenous artist in residence at Lanchonete.org in São Paulo under the supervision of Beatriz Lemos (LASTRO).

Technoshamanism can be thought based on the proposed notion that Shamanism is an ensemble of techniques from profound ancestral knowledge about material and immaterial beings of Nature to processes of cleansing, recycling, reconstitution and “healing” (in the larger sense, also in the sense of alchemical healing) that pervade the Cosmos in its complexity; or in a confluent bias that material technologies (like for example electro-electronics) are also a type of experiment of the ecstasy and material overflow of Shamanism in another language and realm. Or that the combination/tension of these brings together, metamorphoses fields of knowledge that were separated historically, the profound ancestral and the extended scientific.

A The  technoshamanism networkis made up of people interested in DIY culture, artists, members of the indigenous community, indigenous activists, hackers, producers, researchers, permaculturists, and others, who work online, through an e-mail list, a Facebook group and on-site meetings held in various contexts and countries, including Brazil, Ecuador, Denmark and Germany. The projects connected to the network contribute to its meaning and conception. These meetings seek to bring the network together on-site, perform DIY rituals based on the concept of free cosmogony and to open a space for new questions to arise based on the exchange between people with different points of view.

THE INDIGENOUS LAND OF THE JARAGUÁ 

The Jaraguá is Sacred and the Jaraguá is Guarani.

About 900 Guaranis live around the Pico do Jaraguá (Jaraguá Peak) in an area less than two hectares, transforming the dwelling into a dramatic situation of disrespect. For time immemorial, they have inhabited these areas of the Paulista Plateau. After remaining isolated for some time throughout the period of invasive colonization, they’ve returned as guardians of the green border that the city insists on swallowing up.

In 2015 the Declaratory Decree was issued at the federal level recognizing the indigenous land around the State Park on the Jaraguá Peak, in São Paulo; and as a Special Zone for Environmental Protection (ZEPAM) on the municipal level. Nonetheless the total regularization of land ownership has not yet come into effect, the final step that will guarantee full usage rights to the Guarani.

BAOBÁXIA

Baobáxia was created and developed by the Rede Mocambos (Mocambos Network), a technological collaboration between quilombos throughout Brazil. Its aim is to provide digital infrastructure for the sharing and conservation of the cultural heritage of societies of remaining Afro-Brazilian territories, whether urban or remote. As such, it is also in the interest of the indigenous communities to preserve and perpetuate their culture digitally. It functions as a multimedia repository designed to operate in rural communities with no or little Internet.








Project BAOBÁXIA


Marcelo Braz

Technologist, community educator

Brazil

Is a specialist in School Education and Community Education. Researcher free of institutional constraints, is dedicated to the confluence of cosmological thinking and indigenous philosophy with the diversity of autonomous cultural production, libertarian-driven.


Sônia Barbosa

Educator

Brazil

Originally from the Guarani village on the coast of Itanhaém, she came to São Paulo in 1998. Her Guarani name is Ara Mirim. She gave courses in the village of Tenondé Porã and was working at the health clinic there when in 2002 she met Jandira, the Jaraguá village chief. Has been fighting against the privatization of the Jaraguá Park since 2013.


Márcia Venício

Indigenous leader

Brazil

Has lived in the Tekoa Ytu village since 5 years of age, when she was adopted by the first woman chief of Brazil, Jandira Keretxu. Her indigenous name is Djerarete. She is a single mother of two children. She is the chief of the Tekoa Ytu village and is responsible for the Coral Keretxu. Her role is to care for the community helping with questions regarding the borders of indigenous lands and helping the people to have good quality of life.


TC Silva

Coordinator of the Casa de Cultura Tainã

Brazil

Coordinator of this cultural and social entity, founded in 1989, that seeks to bring access to information, strengthen the practice of citizenship and provide training in cultural identity. 


Fabiane M. Borges

Essayist and artist

Brazil

Fabiane M. Borges has a PhD in clinical psychology. Her research focuses on Space-art, art and technology, shamanism, performance and subjectivity.

Conceived and organized by
Goethe-Institut | Mata Adentro | Lanchonete.org | Rede de Tecnoxamanismo
Sponsoring: Lanxess / Brazilian Ministry of Culture