September 13 to 15, 2018

Inhotim Institute | Brumadinho/MG


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Between subjects and collectivities


The 4th International Education Seminar at Inhotim is focused on transformations subjects go through and their relationship with the environment in which they live. This meeting will bring optimistic perspectives to help us think about the role of education in reconfiguring these relationships.


The starting point will be Inhotim’s art and botanical collections – which are catalysts of transversal and transdisciplinary thinking – the seminar proposes a reflection on the separation between the social and environmental dimension in contemporary life. We will make the most of collective wisdom during the discussions and experiences we have with guests from Brazil, Argentina, Austria, Chile, Colombia, India and Russia.

How can learning processes boost creativity and promote an active and critical attitude of subjects in a community? We will present experiences targeting mobilization through art and collaborative methodologies. The speakers will share cases of individual dreams turned into collective actions to the benefit of cultural and biological diversity. Beyond being experts, they are creators who inspire us to find alternatives to build a more plural, collaborative and sensitive world.






  9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Accreditation and breakfast


  10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.: Opening Session

With Yara Castanheira (Head of Education at Instituto Inhotim)


  10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Artificial biodiversity?

Keynote speaker with Brigitte Baptiste (Colombia)


Whereas interpretations and representations of biodiversity add layers of cultural meaning, enriching the perspective and the value of what is alive, the search for a pure identity of scientific objects seems to go against this perspective. In objective analyses, fauna and flora are divided and the possibility of a creative perspective for their preservation becomes increasingly more abstract. Brigitte Baptiste invites us to reflect on the paradox between subjectivity and the pretension of scientific objectivity, which, to a great extent, paralyzes us.



Biologist graduated from the Javeriana Catholic University, with a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, and an Honoris Causa doctorate degree in Environmental Engineering and Sanitation. Dr. Baptiste is one of the most important names in themes related to the environment and biodiversity in her country, having taken part in a number of nationwide projects in these areas. She is also deeply interested in themes related to gender and culture. In 2017, she was granted the Prince Claus award for her achievements in development and culture.



  2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: How can art question subject-environment relations?

With Janet Laurence (Australia) and Agustín Rodríguez (Argentina)


The current environmental crisis forces us to reflect on human beings as essential components of the environment rather than as agents found outside the environment. Janet Laurence and Agustín Rodríguez’s practices use art to highlight existing tensions between individuals and their contexts. In this panel, the speakers will present elements to stimulate the transformation of this relationship.

This panel was supported by Australian Embassy in Brazil.



Janet Laurence is an Australian artist who exhibits nationally and internationally. Her practice examines our conflicting relationship to the natural world. She creates immersive environments that navigate the interconnections between systems of nature, exploring concepts of healing the natural world. Her work extends from museum practice into architectural and landscape projects. It is included in museum, university, corporate and private collections.



Agustín Rodríguez is a professor and an artist. He teaches at the Lino Enea Spilimbergo School of Higher Education in Applied Arts, in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. In 2016, Rodríguez received his first award at the Bahía Blanca Contemporary Art Museum National Biennial. His work questions the link between art and community. Agustín is part of the Ferrowhite Museo Taller team, a workshop-museum, where he coordinates the Isla Invisible residency project.




  9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Accreditation and breakfast


  10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Subjectivity and vulnerability in building community relations

With Suelen Brito (Brazil) and Yana Klichuk (Russia); Cecilia Vicuña (Chile) through video conference


A panel on the challenges and points of convergence of three socio-cultural initiatives in distinct contexts: the organization of Redes da Maré, the largest favela complex in Rio de Janeiro; the Oysi virtual platform, which values oral tradition and the creative force of indigenous cultures; and the Manifesta 12 Education and Mediation Program, in the multicultural city of Palermo, Italy.


Suélen Brito is an art educator and cultural producer. She holds an undergraduate degree in Painting from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University and a graduate degree in Cultural Management from Senac. Most of her work takes place at the favelas located in the Maré neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, where she was born and lived for quite a long time. She has worked in the “Maré Development Networks” since the institution was founded. Ms. Brito has recently been involved in cultural and educational actions at Sesc Nova Iguaçu and in Realengo.


Yana Klichuk works as a cultural manager and educator. Currently, she is in charge of the Education and Mediation Programme of Manifesta biennial. Together with the curatorial team, local colleagues and stakeholders, she is shaping the strategies of situating the biennial in the social context of the host cities. She worked for Manifesta in St Petersburg and Zurich and is currently running programmes for Manifesta 12 in Palermo and Manifesta 13 in Marseille.


Chilean poet, artist, activist and filmmaker. In 1967, she founded Tribo Não in Chile, and in 1974 she co-founded Artists for Democracy, in London. Among other projects, she is dedicated to the oysi.org digital platform which seeks to promote the link between sciences, art and indigenous thinking. Ms. Vicuña is considered to be a pioneer in conceptual art and performance in Latin America, having taken part in a number of international exhibits. In 2015, Cornell University named her a Messenger Lecturer. Some of her works stood out in Documenta 14 both in Kassel and Athens.


  2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Performance by Escola de Cordas Inhotim 


  2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Flying off the wing: collaborative games and educational immersions

With Yara Castanheira (Brazil) and Edgard Gouveia Jr. (Brazil)


The interest of letting imagination take us, collectively, to greater heights connects Inhotim’s educational immersions to Edgard Gouveia Jr.’s work with cooperative games. In both cases, the work is based on forging individuals to act on socio-environmental issues. This panel will share strategies and experiences targeted at engaging people.


Edgard Gouveia Júnior is an architect and urban planner. With a graduate degree in Cooperative Games, he seems to be always encouraging people to play. He co-founded the Elos Institute, the Warrior without Weapons Program and the Oasis Game. He teaches Cooperative Games at the International Youth Initiative Program, MSLS in Sweden, at Knowmads in the Netherlands and at Formação Gaia in Brasilia and Paraná. Gouveia is a TEDx speaker, an Ashoka Fellow and an international consultant in Europe, North America and Asia. He is also the creator of Play The Call, a worldwide online game.


Yara is currently an Education Manager at Inhotim, and holds a master’s degree in Media, Communications and Cultural Studies with emphasis on Education from the University of Kassel (Germany) and from the Institute of Education at the University of London (England). Her experience includes educational and cultural project management in institutions in Brazil and in Europe. Her background in Design Thinking and Intercultural Training allows her to work with team leadership and facilitation. Her research interests include creative and learning processes.


  9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Accreditation and breakfast



  10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Dragon Dreaming: a path to enhance collective wisdom

With John Croft (Australia) and Lizandra Barbutto (Brazil)


How can we make dreams come true? The Dragon Dreaming method uses collaboration to carry out sustainable projects. John Croft, creator of the method, and Lizandra Barbutto mediate a practical experiment based on the acknowledgment of skills, individual dreams and stories to strengthen collectivity.


Occupational therapist and specialist in Human Development, Neuroscience and Behaviour, and in Integral Sustainability. Liz Barbuto has been trained in the Integrative Therapy School SAT and has been practicing spontaneous movement for 15 years. Trained in Gestalt Therapy and Family Constellation. She has worked in various cultures all over the world. Liz is a co-founder of the Possibilities Institute and supports human development processes to achieve collective wisdom through conceptual learning, nature and participatory methods.



Australian born, international trainer and consultant, and a co-founder of the Gaia Foundation of Western Australia, John Croft has been a university lecturer, government consultant in community building and regional development and environmental sustainability. He is the creator of Dragon Dreaming which, during the last 20 years, has spread through workshops to more than 8,500 projects in 52 countries all over the world. He is also a co-founder of the “Possibilities Institute”.



  2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Beyond school: live learning, learn by living

With Vidhi Jain (India) and Thiago Berto (Brazil)


Whether in the southern or northern hemisphere, the paths of education should not be homogenous. Vidhi Jain and Thiago Berto propose alternatives to the school culture and point out the need for diversity in learning processes. Based on their experiences in education in India and in Brazil, respectively, they show it is possible to reimagine education and reinvent realities by means of education itself.


At age 30, Thiago sold his belongings and left to wander around the world. After one year traveling, he came across a child education project in Cusco, Peru, and realized what his life mission was. After staying in Peru for eight months working as a volunteer, he continued his journey with the purpose of visiting alternative educational projects and found 40 projects throughout the Americas. He then came back to Brazil and created Escola Cidade AYNI, which is the result of hours and hours of volunteer work and exchanges with educators all over the world.



Vidhi has been a Learning Activist with Shikshantar on the Udaipur as a Learning City process-project. She works with the Families Learning Together and Unschooling initiatives, as well as on community media and expressions in Udaipur as a Learning City. She is interested in traditional knowledge and is working on the Grandmother’s University. She is very passionate about slow food and helps support the Hulchal Saturday Café and many local food festivals.




  3:30 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.: Closing Session - Subjects and collectivities: reimagining ways of living

With Guilherme Massara (Brazil)


Based on reflections on the relationship between psychosocial processes and the environment, Guilherme Massara connects the experiences presented during the Seminar, highlighting the new ways of living when it comes to subjectivity in our times.


Guilherme Massara is a psychoanalyst and professor at the School of Psychology at UFMG. He holds both a master’s and a PhD degree in Philosophy from the University of São Paulo (USP). He is a member of the Work Group on Psychoanalysis, Politics and Culture of the National Association for Research and Graduate Studies on Psychology (ANPEPP), of UFMG's Psychoanalysis and Psychopathology Laboratory, of the International Society for Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (ISSP), and of the European Psychoanalysis Federation (FEDEPSY). As a researcher, his main areas of investigation are clinical, aesthetic and politics.







The ticket to take part in the 4th International Education Seminar costs the same as the admission fee to Inhotim (1-day admission fees: BRL44 full price and BRL22 half price).  However, the number of participants is limited to Inhotim Theater’s seating capacity.


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Buses from Belo Horizonte to Inhotim will be available in the three days of the event.  There will be 80 seats available for participants each day, based on the order of registration. Send an e-mail to onibus.seminario@inhotim.org.br to inform us about your interest and get more information.




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