Found: Handling, Techniques and Care

For four days, the NUVEM – Rural Art and Technology Station reuniu cerca de quarenta pessoas na Serrinha do Alambari em Resende para o EncontrADA: Tecnologias, Manejos e Cuidados. O projeto conta com a gestão administrativa da Sitawi Finanças do Bem e apoio da Ford Foundation e Fundo de Investimento Social – ELAS.

The experience, held between the 2nd and 5th of June, provided the sharing of knowledge, conscious listening and collective coexistence. Through workshops and conversation circles, the event allowed a meeting with the other, a meeting with yourself and reflections on the feminine universe and technology. The spaces proposed different themes such as self-care, digital security, living with plants and woodworking and took shape with participants from neighboring territories, such as Visconde de Mauá, Penedo and Resende, and others further afield, such as Brasília, Porto Alegre, Salvador, Bogota.plantas5

Anais-Karenin, from São Paulo who has lived in Rio for five years, says that she started studying medicinal plants at the age of 14. Visual artist by training, he facilitated a workshop on connections with plants and commented on the meeting.

– The workshop provided a very important moment of exchange. As at the meeting we were looking to deal with technologies and the management of our affections, transmitting teachings that focus on autonomy with plants was very rich. In the workshop, I tried to approach plants from the perspective of enhancing the participants' intuition, to undo a distant and fearful relationship that each one had with herbs, especially in this search for a more therapeutic contact - he said.

She told us about the relationship we make between therapeutic knowledge and our family experiences and how the study starts from the individual doubts of each participant with their own body.

– The first day was very immersive and we accessed many shares of personal narratives and knowledge rescued from the memory of the family, grandmothers. On the second day I taught my recipes, how to handle plants, how to make certain forms of medication that can make up a home pharmacy. The subjects departed a lot from the demand of each body. And I feel that this relationship was greatly amplified by the relationship with the rural space, each of us was already in constant contact and dialogue with the plants in that rural context, and that helped a lot. Other than that, the workshop was almost expanded to the meeting completely, because every day people came to me looking for treatments for the discomfort they felt there (headache, stomachache) and especially pain they had been feeling for a long time. It was really the opening of a very important channel, literally Connection with Plants – he concluded.

EncontrADA started in 2012 as part of the activities program of Nuvem – Rural Station of Art and Technology. The coordinator of the initiative, Cinthia Mendonça, says that the project has become a reference in the Serrinha community, in the municipality of Resende, in the south of Fluminense.

– The Serrinha community is very entrepreneurial. This edition of EncontrADA had a significant participation of local residents. We are strengthening a very cohesive local network and there are good things to come,” he commented.

Para o segundo semestre, o projeto organiza o “Interactivos?16”, que consiste em um laboratório colaborativo com objetivo ede criar uma plataforma de troca de informações e tecnologias sobre o manejo consciente e sustentável da água, assim como oferecer estrutura para o desenvolvimento de soluções e ideias sobre o tema. Acompanhe o blog da Sitawi e fique por dentro dessa e outras iniciativas da Rede do Bem.

NUVEM – Rural Art and Technology Station

A Nuvem – Estação Rural de Arte e Tecnologia investe em parcerias e em um novo formato de coordenação que se biparte em frentes de trabalho autônomas. Este ano o projeto conta com a assessoria do FUNDO SOCIAL ELAS e da Sitawi Finanças do Bem, além do apoio da Fundação Ford. Dividida em duas frentes, as iniciativas são coordenadas por Cinthia Mendonça e Bruno Vianna, sendo uma “feminismos e deslocamentos” que  está comprometida com a equidade de gênero e o compartilhamento de técnicas, tecnologias e metodologias para além das fronteiras do projeto, considerando também outras comunidades rurais. A Coordenação Atividades Territoriais tem como objetivo realizar laboratórios e demais atividades de criação e Mutirões Nômades de Mínimo Impacto Ambiental no região de Visconde de Mauá, em Resende. Ambas as coordenações estão comprometidas com a inclusão tecnológica, assim como a valorização de saberes populares e o uso de licenças livres.

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