Poetica and
the Space Between Us

Chelsea Netzband & Estefanía Cadena

Chelsea Netzband’s and Estefanía Cadena's POETICA AND THE SPACE BETWEEN US is an immersive interactive installation that uses breath as a tool to ground in, and poetic images as an instrument to inspire awareness to our environment and the subtle body.
Rhythmic vibrations of breath are used to drive the poetic images of the elements and colour through space, creating an interactive experience of reflection. Netzband and Cadena question how energy affects the way we exist and engage intimately with one’s self and socially, within our varied environments.
POETICA AND THE SPACE BETWEEN US is a series of hanging screens, which are projected with water-coloured images, and accompanied by slowly encompassing sound. The installation encourages meditation, leading to a connection with the body and controlled breathing.

Chelsea Netzband & Estefanía Cadena

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Chelsea: Living by the sea, closer to nature while still living and growing and expanding and experimenting. While also creating experiences that inspire the ways in which we come together to be more present, thoughtful, and compassionate.

Estefania: I see myself living in "El mar de Cortés" in México, this place is known as the aquarium of the world. Here I would love to live on a deeper level my personal connection with water, the oceans, and marine species while also being part of a community that works for the conservations of the oceans. I also see myself having my own private studio where I can deep in myself and experiment but more so I would love to have a big studio where I can invite friends and artists to collaborate and get lost in the divine world of imagination.

What is a good design for you?

Chelsea: Something that evokes a visceral response, something that feels like an extension of ourselves and that makes one contemplate something greater.

Estefania: A good design is something where you get lost, is something that you have to watch several times, the more you watch a good design the more meanings you will find. A good design must have a hidden symbolical language that speaks to our minds.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

For both of us, one of the most challenging aspects of our studies was switching from in-studio learning to virtual learning and missing the applied aspect of creating in space independently as well as collectively. You learn so much from your peers and by doing and so we went from a program that is meant to be very applied to almost all digital.

Who or what inspires you?

Chelsea: The human capacity to connect. Energy and Nature

Estefania: The Universe, the stars, all species, and nature. The occult side of the world. The tangible and the intangible.

How do you approach a new project?

Chelsea: Depends on the project and the timeline. Probably freak out a little bit, then get acquainted with it, strategize, research, and have fun.

Estefania: Talking about personal projects, for me everything starts with an idea (the idea usually comes up in places where you don't have a pen and or paper to sketch), even when the ideas come up when I'm not prepared I tried to write, and record them because in a glimpse they can disappear in the vastness of imagination.
Then, if didn't forget my idea I will sketch everything, read about the concept, and try to delimit the things that I wish to explore so then I don't get lost.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Chelsea: Ask for what you expect and focus on one program or aspect to really explore and get good at.

Estefania: Ask questions about everything, have fun, connect with your classmates in a nice way (they might be your family in Berlin), be yourself, experiment, and have fun.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

Chelsea: Of course. I came in with no formal design education, so I had quite the learning curve. The most impactful change is in trusting my own abilities.

Estefania: Yes, I think having the opportunity to study Media Spaces and being in Berlin where lots of artists and exhibitions take place and that are related to our program made me realized other ways of working and creating new projects.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

Chelsea: To work with light and to learn to translate the energy that is within us all into a visual landscape that could have the ability and possibility to change the way others view themselves and each other.

Estefania: I was looking to study an extension of my past studies. As a multidisciplinary artist, I needed to learn something that was different from what I knew, something that could help me to deepen in an opposite way to the concepts that I wanted and that nowadays I want to explore.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

Chelsea: In many ways, I felt like our class was almost forgotten. Everyone in the world was affected by the pandemic and it was out of everyone's hand, and whit that you take it in stride, but nonetheless, our class got separated across continents and teachers came and went. Everything happens as it may and we are exactly where we are meant to be, but I still sometimes wish for the classic art school experience to be in-studio, surrounded by your peers, with teachers that have time and space to share expertise. So, in a way, I'm ready to move into the next chapter and create however we get to.

Estefania: Being able to experience the pre-pandemic life at school and the pandemic life made me realized how important are presential classes. I will never choose again virtual classes, not when your program is about spaces and requires you to use and experiment with different technologies. I will never miss that my class felt kind of rejected and left behind.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

Chelsea: With good friends from the program, with good food, wine and talks.

Estefania: I will watch the projects of my classmates in the exhibition and then have some good wine with them.

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Francesco Scolieri