TERRA IGNOTA @ UMAG

Edmundo Mansilla, Vice Rector(s) of Outreach of the Universidad de Magallanes and Verena Lehmkuhl, Director of Goethe Institut – Chile, are pleased to invite you to the Conversatory “Terra Ignota” to be held on Thursday, June 2 at 16.30 hrs in the Ernesto Livacic Auditorium of the Universidad de Magallanes. Presentations will be made by Alfredo Prieto, Nicolás Spencer and Carsten Stabenow.

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2022 – TI exhibition @ MAC

From May 3rd to July 26th, 2022 we will show the results of the last years of work at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC) Santiago.

The TI exhibition consists of sculptural/spatial installations, sound- and and media works based on transdisciplinary research. The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive archive of research results, papers, further reading material and a discursive program.

TI is the result of a sustained collaboration of people from artistic and scientific world in close conjunction with the local native communities of the Region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica.

With contributions by:
Terra Ignota Aladino del CarmenSalas transportista Alberto García arqueólogo Alberto Harambour historiador Alessandra Burotto periodista Alfredo Prieto arqueólogo Angélica Castelló artista Catalina Montero historiadora del arte Carsten Stabenow curador Christian Oyarzún programador Claudia Augustat antropóloga  Consuelo Spencer psicoanalista Diego Ahumada restaurador Diego Cortés escultor, montajista Eric Mattson, curador Federico Stäger escritor Gerd Sielfeld geólogo  Garret Linn-Benítez, asesor técnico Hema’ny Molina, poeta y activista Comunidad Selk’nam Hernán Gómez, asesor jurídico Ignacio del Real, ilustrador Inti Gallardo, productora Jacqueline Puratich, geóloga Jaime Mora ingeniero Joali Paredes vulcanóloga Jorge Gibbons zoólogo José Luis Marchante historiador, economista Juan Pablo Letelier geólogo Julia González activista Comunidad Yagán Lilian Riquelme productora Luciano Lavín soldador Luis González investigador gastronómicoMarc Asensi ingeniero Marcelo Peña sonidista Marisol Palma historiadora María Luisa Murillo fotógrafa Mauricio Massone arqueólogo Micol Favini diseñadora Miguel Ángel Escalonilla ingeniero Mirko Petrovic Artista, programadorNicolás Spencer artista Osvaldo Sotomayor arquitecto Paola Grendi antropóloga Paul Gründorfer artista Raviv Ganchrow artista René Rissland arquitecto Roberto Carracedo arqueólogo Thierry Dupradou fotógrafo Tomás Elgueta luthier Sergio Contreras ingeniero en patrimonio Valentina Montero curadora Víctor Mazón Gardoqui artista  Viviana Méndez poeta

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2022 – activities

Towards the end of 2022 we plan two main interrelated activities – an interdisciplinary expedition to Cordillera Darwin and the Terra Ignota Forum. For those we were awarded the Public Science Fund of the Chilean Ministry of Science in October 2021 (final decision pending). 

Terra Ignota Forum (TIF) is an international field laboratory that seeks to develop and implement a contemporary archive on the so-called “intercultural contact zone” (Selk’nam, Kawesqar and Yagán) located in Yendegaia National Park (YNP). The project is deployed in two stages, the first is the continuation of our interdisciplinary research in the territory and the second will be the mediation and discussion of the results and findings in the premises of the Universidad de Magallanes, where the TIF Archive will be located.

2021 – field trip #03

Almost 100 years ago the artist and explorer Rockwell Kent crossed the Baldivia Chain between Seno Almirantazgo and the Beagle Channel via the Lapataia Valley. His documentation* of the landscape and climate is one of the first descriptions of this passage and serves as an important historic reference. Especially interesting in our context is his perspective as an artist becoming an explorer – sensing, registering, translating and documenting in an unconventional way.

The intention of the research trip February 15 – March 5 2021 under the scientific direction of Alfredo Prieto 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 described, traces that would connect the ancestors of the Yagán community with the Kawesqar and Selk’nam in the Almirantazgo 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 search for cultural footprints is one of our goals, this expedition along the Kent Pass will also deal with the impact of climate change in this region and will continue the general search for the potential of interaction between art and science for knowledge production and mediation.
We’ll also continue the collection of materials for the exhibition that will be organized jointly with artist Nicolás Spencer in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago (October 2021).

*Rockwell Kent, Voyaging, Southward from the Strait of Magellan, G.P. Putnam’s Sons/The Knickerbocker Press, 1924

Participants:
Nicolas Spencer (CL/AT)Alfredo Prieto (CL)Carsten Stabenow (DE)Raviv Ganchrow (US/IL/NL), Thierry Dupradou (FR), Mirko Petrovich (CL), Sofia Balbontin (CL), Rene Rissland (DE), Jost Bradtke (DE), Jacqueline Puratich (CL)

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