Two new research programmes for 2024/25

Following the Terra Ignota Forum 2024 we started two new research initiatives – Yagashaga and Cerro Otten. Yagashaga is the geographic continuity of the “Intercultural Contact Zone” research further south to the island of Navarino. The project is proposing the development of an “emerging archive” that responds to the need for new cartographies that reflect the complexities that integrate territories based on the systematization of knowledge, know-how and sensitivities, with the contribution of transdisciplinarity and the local community. Cerro Otten is an archaeological prospection in Última Esperanza, Magallanes, Chile and is following the discovery (2022) of rock-paintings by Alfredo Prieto.

Terra Ignota Forum 24 @ UMAG

After collaborations with institutions such as the Ethnological Museum Vienna (Weltmuseum Wien) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Santiago (MAC), the first TIF field lab and forum in Yendegaia National Park in March 2023, the geographical mirrored experience with the field lab in Northern Germany (Rügen, September 2023) and the knowledge transfer and training programme at La Leñera Cultural Centre in Valdivia (December 2023), the different lines of activities – which include fieldwork, research, artistic production, mediation and education – now converge in the Terra Ignota Forum hosted by the Universidad de Magallanes in Punta Arenas.

Exhibición March 01 – June 31
Forum March 13 – 15


Workshop of Weird Radios 

Building on the initiative proposed by Barrios Bajos Gallery during the open installation days, we organized a radio workshop where we shared technical tools and participation strategies, focusing on the practice and culture of radio. Leading up to the arrival of Terra Ignota in Valdivia, Barrios Bajos Gallery, in collaboration with the Regional Secretariat of Cultures, Arts, and Heritage of the Ríos region, carried out the project ‘Los Ríos: Visual Territory IV.’ This project included an artistic residency aimed at platforms and spaces for programming and coordination of visual arts in the region, whether public, private, or self-managed.

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The woodshed installation

The installation created for the woodshed was conceived as a hyper-organism, an ecosystem that welcomed various cultural and social agents from the city of Valdivia. It is a transparent and transformable being according to the needs of its inhabitants, subsidized by water, electricity, and spaces designed with the purpose of creating a platform for the discussion of ideas and the construction of creative spaces. A dystopian and self-generative entity to imagine a potential cultural exchange zone in an uncertain time between the past and the future.

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