Following its first three weeks of creative activities and jungle adventures, this year’s Dinacon camp exhibited a cross-section of experimental projects in progress by its participants in Gamboa, Panama.
Gamboa, special report (words and photos)
After its first iteration last year in Thailand, the second edition of the “Digital Naturalism” summer camp (a.k.a. Dinacon) took place in the post-colonial town of Gamboa on the Panama Canal, attracting over a hundred participants with overlapping stays during the four weeks of August. It was a chance for these artists and researchers, most coming from North America and Western Europe, to explore and interact with the fauna and flora that surround them at the doorstep of the Cental American jungle: hikes along birding-famous Pipeline Road, kayaking up the Chagres river just around the corner from the Panama canal, nature walks through the residential village and the wild forest.
Every Saturday evening, on-site “Dinasaurs” have the opportunity to exhibit and share their projects and works-in-progress at the Dinalab open house, which welcomes visitors from the local community, including neighbors and researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Gamboa.