Organized by EINA Obra in collaboration with INLAND Campo Adentro, the Sierra de Collserola Natural Park Consortium (CPNSC) and CREAF, Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications, Collserola LAB is an experimental and interdisciplinary program focused on the Sierra de Collserola Natural Park, that seeks to show that the visual arts and design are tools capable of promoting environmental awareness and ecosocial transformation towards sustainability and resilience. The first call for this initiative has awarded the project Tornen les esquelles (The Sheep Bells Return) by Martina Manyà and Ana Vivero.
One of the main challenges of the Sierra de Collserola Natural Park is the prevention of fires in a territory made up of densely populated municipalities with a high influx of visitors. Being shepherding an efficient and sustainable tool to manage forests in an agroecological way and that contributes to the viability of the experiences of the territory, The Sheep Bells Return seeks to save and revitalize the vestiges of pastoral culture in Collserola.
Its structuring axis is the recovery of the wool from the herds that graze in the Natural Park. Every year tons of wool are buried or burned because there is no coordination for its processing. The project is an instance of research on how this material can model alternative futures in the Park with its environmental, artistic, material and ethical implications. Thus, it places the role of rural production and consumption models in the conservation of the Park at the center of the debate, and claims the need to develop new forms of territorial cooperation that capture and value rural, environmental and cultural facilities. It provides actions, a cultural and environmental vision and connection between shepherding and public policies.
The activities and actions that will be carried out will be open to teachers and students from EINA and neighbourhood schools, designers, artists, shepherds and small farmers, artisans, curators and art critics, among other representatives of rural and urban areas.
- It kicks off on September 27th with the washing of the wool fleece at the courtyard of EINA Bosc.
- It continues October 7th with a Wool Day a technical conference that serves as a starting point and provides a theoretical and contextual framework of the shepherding situation at the Natural Park. The format will be a round table, with shepherds, artisans, and other invited speakers. It will also be streamed. It will later be available at EINA's YouTube channel.
- It continues from October 10th to 21st with a Textile Lab where the wool from the Collserola herds will be explored: untangling, carding, use of vegetable dyes, spinning, weaving, and felting. A manual work accompanied by conversations and research around wool from the artistic and design practices. The goal is to learn through experience, perform collectively, experiment and work manually.
- It closes with the making of a large tapestry that, from November 2nd to 8th, we will weave between students, teachers, pastors, experts and interested citizens.
Here you will find detailed information on each activity and tickets to participate in morning or afternoon sessions. They are free. Sign up, we need plenty of hands!