“VOICES FROM MADIDI”

by Iga Vandenhove (acoustic piece) and Knorke Leaf (visual piece)
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I. PROJECT BACKGROUND

The Madidi is a rain forest in the Bolivian Amazon rain forest, with
one of the greatest biodiversity in the world. VOICES FROM MADIDI
is a collaborative artistic and ecological project by a French and a
Bolivian female artists, who will highlight the importance of
conservation policies in the Madidi Amazon National Park in a
visual and experiential sound installation. This extraordinary three-
day event will also have the live participation by Bolivian park
rangers,
who will explain the importance of work they carry out in
the protection of this habitat.


We believe that every person in Bolivia and the world must have
the opportunity to appreciate the importance and connect with the
Madidi. We are also hopeful that this visual and auditory
installation will allows us to unite creatively and spiritually as a
collective
of wills that shall become aware of the urgency of acting
in defense of this rain forest.


The Bolivian Amazon is currently experiencing great difficulties
and shortcomings in the efforts to conserve and protect it. This
creative political act will foster a deep connection with the rain
forest and the beings that inhabit it, such that society may have the
freedom and opportunity to protect it. A better understanding of the
vital role played by park rangers in the conservation of the rain
forest and other protected national parks will also results from this
artistic and ecological installation.


Lastly, the event is a ceremony that brings us closer to the jungle
and makes more visible the efforts of agroecological producers
from indigenous communities
that support the conservation of the
biodiversity of the Bolivian Amazon. All attendees will leave the

event understanding the different ways in which we can protect the
Amazon rainforest. One of the ways, without a doubt, is becoming
aware
as consumers of the different products that are currently
available and purchasing their products.

II. PROJECT OBJETIVES

Contribute to the development of greater empathy and connection
with the conservation values ​​of the ANMI Madidi National Park and
the work carried out by the park rangers.


The second objective of this event is to donate 50% of the funds
raised for the following list of Madidi park rangers’ equipment
requirements:


1. Field equipment:
Personal tents
Backpacks
Sleeping bags
Headlamps
Gasoline

III. ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Iga Vandenhove (Paris, 1989) is a sound, visual, plastic and
documentary artist. She commutes between France and the
countries where she carries out her their projects. Her interests
include the relationship between urban and natural contexts,
collective and personal myths, social and environmental issues
and the threshold between reality and fiction.


Last year she recorded The Voices of Madidi, a sound installation
in which the mediators to the infinite voices of the jungle are the
park rangers. The sounds of the human and animal worlds merge
and the journey becomes increasingly organic and mysterious.

 

Knorke Leaf (La Paz, 1985) is a transdisciplinary urban graphic
artist and ecofeminist, with 15 years of artistic and activist career at
the national and international level. Through urban art and
collaboration with Iga, she proposes a sensory and organic
approach to Igas piece, to the reality of the park rangers and the
Madidi Park itself.

IV. SCHEDULE AND PRESENTATION DETAILS

The event will take place in two Bolivian cities that geographically
are part of the Madidi National Park: La Paz (seat of government)
and Rurrenabaque (Beni Region).


OPTIONAL DATES IN LA PAZ: September 21 and 22, 2022
LOCATION: Alliance Française Gallery / Planeta Barranco Cultural
Center
DURATION: 1 HOUR


OPTIONAL DATE IN RURRENABAQUE:…
PLACE: -
DURATION: 1 HOUR

V. EVENT PROGRAM

The VOCES DEL MADIDI is a sensory experience of Madidi that
allows spectators the following:


1. Live presentation of the “Voces del Madidi” sound
installation, performed by Iga Vanderhove in collaboration
with a visual installation produced by Knorke Leaf, which
starts with a cocoa ceremony.
2. A space for the exchange between the artists and the
attendees.
3. Words from the ANMI Madidi National Park rangers, who
supported the recordings in the rain forest.
4. Invitation to learn about Madidi products: local coffee tasting
and sale of Eco de las Aves coffee, wild chocolate, Shan
soaps, Leco incense and Tacana products.

VI. ALLOCATION OF FINANCING

PROJECT FINANCING COSTS

SOUND INSTALLATION “VOICES FROM THE MADIDI”

Transport, use and installation of motion detection speakers

1,044 1 1,044 - 150 dollars
SUBTOTAL 1,044 - 150 dollars

VISUAL INSTALLATION FOR SOUND PIECE

Motion design technician and editing of visual installation of sound installation.

2,000 1 2,000 - 290 dollars

 

Illustrations and video editing direction by Knorke Leaf.

2,000 2,000 - 290 dollars
SUBTOTAL 4,000 - 580 dollars

MURAL “MADIDI ALIVE”

Material, elaboration and installation of the Organic Mural.

1,350 1 1,350 -194 dollars

LABOR Material and set up of sound and organic installation.

2,000 1 2,000 - 290 dollars
SUBTOTAL 2.350 - 338 dollars

PER DIEM PARK RANGERS

Transport from city of Apolo 140 2 280bs
Meals/day/person 60 12 720bs
Board/ day/person 80 8 640bs
SUBTOTAL 1,920 - 290dollars

CACAO CEREMONY

Supplies 400 0 400 - 57dollars
SUBTOTAL 400 - 57dollars

 

PRESENTATION IN RURRENABAQUE

Transportation onepark ranger

1,000 1 1000 -145dollars


Transportation of both installations

2,000 2 2000 - 290dollars
SUBTOTAL 3,000 - 435dollars

TOTAL BOB 12,714 

TOTAL DOLLARS 1,850

Our goal is to raise a total of 3,650 dollars (25,428 bs). Half of the
funds
raised shall be donated in equipment for the park rangers,
such that they may can continue executing their conservation
functions.

We thank all the people who have given us their time to review this
project. We hope that the project not only inspires you to want to
support us and be part of this experience, but above all, to want to
help us protect the Madidi rain forest and the park rangers.