WAK`A

Curatorial Project 2021-2023

Neo-extravism, Sacredness & Deep Listening

Wak’a is a sacred body / territory that concentrates natural energy. It manifests itself in the form of mountains, lakes, rocks, etc. They are elements of energy regulation that accumulate cosmic, telluric, feminine and masculine energies. Through these wak’as the amautas, laramas, yatiris, (doctors and wise men) spiritually guide their community to communicate with Pacha (Space-time, as an inseparable unit).
The Wak’as in our current world would become nodes of connection, they are respected, and can mark the boundary between the territory of the members of the communities and the territory of the Wak’as, a space where wild fauna and flora live.

Salar de Thunupa

Extractivism- neo-extractivism
The human footprint caused by extractivism in Bolivia, focusing on the history and present of the Cerro Rico de Potosí silver mine and the present and future of the largest lithium salt deposit on the planet, located in the Salar de Thunupa.

The actions and consequences of silver mining have radically reshaped the landscape and life in the area during the last five centuries. At present, the desert territory Salar de Thunupa does not suffer the impact of large-scale mining, however, the national and international interest in the exploitation will have an impact on the following decades.

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EXO|ENDO

It is an immersive installation, 3D audio and virtual reality experience.

A collaboration between scientists, miners, anthropologists, historians, engineers and artists from Bolivia and Germany.

The first draft proposes a diptych approach between both territories and the impact of the human footprint on the soundscape, with emphasis on the voice of the Andean worldview and its local communities.

Presented in Zentrum für immersive Medienkunst, Musik und Technologie. October 2021. Leipzig-Deutschland.
Presented in Sonic Matter. December 2021. Zurich-Switzerland.

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Researchers and communities

Guely Morató headresearcher
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Víctor Mazón headresearcher Sonandes
Mineros Cerro Rico Sonandes
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Documentaries and audiovisual essays produced during the communal dialogue from December 2020 to December 2021

Lluvia y recuerdos de la mina en Pulacayo

Caracoles Silver Mine Cerro Rico

Las cuevas de Portland en Pulacayo

Amuki IV. Llanque 2021

Muro de Piedras

Relato Wak´a

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