The intention of this trip March 27 – April 16 is to highlight the significance of indigenous traces present in Tierra del Fuego, inter-ethnic traces which are bio-cultural routes of the past (stemming from the exchange of goods and genes). In particular, we will explore potential indigenous cultural marks that Rockwell Kent saw, traces that would connect the ancestors of the Yagán community with the Kawesqar and Selk’nam in the Amirantazgo Seno area.
Despite their substantial archeological importance, there is currently no possibility to carry out full archeological studies since that would require excavation with the prior permission of the National Monuments Council. For now, an ethnographic survey will be carried out together with a multidisciplinary team in order to look for potential cultural traces that justify future excavation. To this end, we will be using non-conventional search tools and analyze the technical possibility of developing non-invasive prospecting instrumentation.
Although the Kent Pass is one of our goals, this expedition will also continue the search for cultural footprints located in other areas (via boat), the search for the potential of real interaction and explore the crossover between art and science, and concretion of the collection of materials for the exhibition that will organised jointly with artist Nicolás Spencer in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago (March-July 2021).
Nicolas Spencer (CL/AT), Alfredo Prieto (CL), Carsten Stabenow (DE), Annette Wolfsberger (AT/NL), Rene Rissland (DE), Christian Espinoza (CL/URG), Paula López Wood (CL), Melanie Duclos Katunaric (CL), Raviv Ganchrow (US/IL/NL), Gerd Sielfeld (CL)