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taypi. 10000 soles
Galería Posada del Corregidor | 14. Bienal de Artes Mediales |
Premio Arte Joven Municipalidad de Santiago

curatorial text by Catalina Valdés.

Taypi, 10000 suns explores the relationship between energy, landscape and technology, and seeks to contrast the current environmental degradation with the rescue of the coexistence between diverse natures.The Posada del Corregidor, emblem of a colonial culture and patrimonial fiction, becomes a crossing point between Andean culture and Western extractivist culture. Thus converge the images of a laboratory in Germany, where more than a hundred lamps form Synlight, the largest artificial sun in the world, which generates radiation equivalent to 10,000 suns. Also the notion of taypi ch'ixi, recovered by Bolivian sociologist Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui from patterns of Andean textile art. This diagram invokes the ritual space of the in-between, a place of encounter and coexistence that, unfolding between space-time and the here-and-now, multiplies its meanings, revealing colonial dynamics as an order still in force that governs our social and material relations. Unfolding and folding this order, the work of artist Elisa Balmaceda opens access to other possible narratives for a history of circular time in which opposing forces and worlds come together.The pieces in this exhibition are the result of a series of walks through landscapes with varying degrees of human intervention. Walking makes it possible to relate experiences, documents and objects. Caminary connecting, recognized as a way of doing, are strategies to de-colonize history and deactivate the binary logics that force a distance between sciences, arts and activism, between natural and human sciences, between ancestral knowledge and contemporary thought, between technologies and diverse sources of energy, between threatened landscapes and regeneration. This exhibition was part of "The Fourth World" of the 14th Biennial of Medial Arts, and was carried out within the framework of the MunicipalArte Joven Award 2018, with the sponsorship of companies associated with efficient energy use such as Solinet and Philips Signify.The objects and installations that made up each work were made with reused, recycled materials, and/or acquired through exchange, putting into practice a circular economy that complements the reflection on doing that is proposed in the exhibition. The electronic devices were powered only by solar energy obtained on site, thus generating a zero carbon footprint display, which operated only during the hours when the sun illuminated the gallery.

Extracto de Billions of Suns (monografía)