Ars Electronica Garden Cape Horn Island

Achaeoscillator_Towards incorporeal forms of sensing listening and gaze

Terra Australis Ignota Research Group (CL) with Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC)

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​Achæoscillator displays the drastic weather conditions of the southernmost island in the world on a virtualized representation of the end/beginning of the Americas. A one-person experience, where the research presents traces and connections between the ancestors of the Yagán community, the Kawesqar and Selk’nam and the Antarctic, Scotia and South America continental plates, offering an inestimable and uncontrollable source of Gaia’s power.

Achæoscillator – the concept

Achæoscillator_Towards Incorporeal Forms of Sensing, Listening and Gaze is an ongoing research and AR/VR immersive installation that uses the natural energies and drastic conditions of the southernmost island on Earth to build a virtualized representation of the end/start of the Americas. A virtual hub to travel, as a one-person experience, to the remote island of Cape Horn, 55°57’49.6”S 67°13’09.9”W, where extreme weather conditions offer inestimable and uncontrollable evidence of Gaia’s power. Terra Ignota Research Group focuses on these inputs to create site-specific monumental installations which visitors to the festival will experience through virtual reality.

The purpose of this research is to trace the presence and significance of acoustic phenomena in relation to the myths and beliefs of indigenous populations present in Tierra del Fuego, the interethnic traces are bio-cultural routes to the past, especially as pertains to the ancestors of the Yagán, the Kawesqar and the Selk’nam in the Almirantazgo Sound area. Attention is also brought to how the Antarctic, Scotia and South America continental plates collide there. The presentation consists of curated text and video essays with local and reknown archaeologists, geologists, seismotectonicists, curators and artists.

Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art

Established in 1947, the Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the city’s major museums and run by the University of Chile’s Department of Fine Art.

Terra Australis Ignota was born to explore unconventional ways of reading the southernmost territory on the planet through the interdisciplinary integratation of local communities, science and art.

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Project Credits / Acknowledgements

Project developed by Terra Australis Ignota Research Group 2020: Alessandra Burotto (curator), Paula López Wood, Ph.D Candidate (creative writer), Víctor Mazón Gardoqui, Ph.D Candidate (researcher/artist), Valentina Montero, Ph.D (curator), Alfredo Prieto Ph.D (archeologist), Gerd Sielfeld, Ph.D.(Seismotectonics), Nicolás Spencer (researcher/artist) / Terra Ignota http://terra-ignota.net/
This project is a cooperation between: Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores Gobierno de Chile Ars Electronica
Dr. Alfredo Prieto is sponsored by Universidad de Magallanes
The Research Trip to Cape Horn 2018 was supported by the Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio, BKA (Bundeskanzleramt der Republik Österreich), Austrian Embassy in Chile, SKE, Conaf, Weltmuseum Vienna, Transbordadora Austral Broom and Aerovías DAP.

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