The Mapeo de Bordes Porosos (Mapping Porous Borders) project (led by Alys Longley, NZ, Macarena Campbell Parra, Chile, and Máximo Corvalán-Pincheira, Chile, with Kate Stevenson and Chris White of DotDot Studios, NZ-US) present an interactive digital exhibition, presenting material from two entwined artistic research projects, Beberemos El Vino Nuevo, Juntos! (Let us Drink the new Wine Together!) and Proyecto Cartón (Cardboard Project).
Participants enter a simple URL into their browser and land inside a labyrinth of interconnected artworks, finding portals through a series of artistic worlds to move from one work to the next, through image, sound, and video. The artworks were created by artists around the world, from all continents, with the aim of making work that focuses on, “contact, contact with other artists, in different parts of the world” in this time of extraordinary border-closures (2020-2021).
Participants have the chance to see and chat to each other in real time, as you would in a gallery space or a theatre lobby, as they float through worlds, or to move choreographically in the work with an active negotiation of distance and proximity.
Time to navigate through the digital exhibition will be followed by discussion with the artists involved, (Alys Longley, Macarena Cambell Parra, Máximo Corvalán-Pincheira, Kate Stevenson) who will discuss artistic mapping as a way to question, shift and resist colonial power dynamics; forms of choreographic practice that distribute agency from majoritarian arts centres to more peripheral, less culturally dominant locations; and Máximo will discuss his work in creating artworks that recognise the legacies of disappeared bodies.
Alys Longley is an interdisciplinary performance maker, teacher and writer. Her interests span artistic research, performance writing, interdisciplinary projects, art and ecology and narrative research. Her work has been performed in NZ, Australia, Germany, Austria, UK, Chile, and Portugal. Alys’s books The Foreign Language of Motion (2014) and Radio Strainer (2016) are published by Winchester University Press (UK). She is the creator of Smudge Skittle: A Little Inventory of Resources Entangling Creative Practice Research and Writing (2018) and co-editor of the books Artistic Approaches to Cultural Mapping; Activating Imaginaries and Means of Knowing (Routledge, 2018) and Undisciplining Dance (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2018). Alys is an Associate Professor in the Dance Studies Programme, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
The art work of Máximo Corvalán-Pincheira has always revolved around one theme: power and its aesthetic dimension. Over twenty years, Corvalán-Pincheira has developed an extensive international career through South America, North America, Europe, Asia, and New Zealand. He’s been awarded many national and international fellowships, residencies and awards and has represented Chile in many international expositions on South American Art. In 2020 he has residencies with the Vancouver Bienal and IASPIS residency, Sweden. Corvalán-Pincheira lived in exile from his homeland of Chile for the first 18 years of his life, in Bogota, Berlin, Havana and Mexico. This close experience of displacement has inflected a diverse body of work across individual, community, social, biological and ecological frames, largely in the form of multi-modal installation such as sculpture, video, performance actions, sound work, photography and painting.
Kate Stevenson moved from dancing on the stage, to hiding behind a camera, to designing multiplayer storyworlds across networks. She is a storyteller, researcher, designer and creative maker especially interested in exploring immersive installations as an intersection of the skills collected across screen, theatre, dance and games. In 2014 Kate co-founded the creative studio DOTDOT to focus on generating meaningful impact through social and immersive experiences. Exploring the boundaries of technology, art and design, DOTDOT creates experiences that are memorable, playful, and interactive.
Macarena Campbell is a dance artist based in Santiago de Chile, interested in collaborative and cross disciplinary projects; developing corporality, movement and image for the development of hybrid creations questioning the body and its limits. She works as performer in various independent dance projects, as academic in the Dance Department of the Universidad de Chile, co-directs Plantar (management platform for training spaces for dance professionals) and is part of the Red de Trabajadoraes de las Danzas organization conformed by women and dissidents dance professionals. In recent years she has been supported by FONDART (Chilean National Fund for the Arts) for the creations of the works “Cartón: Constelaciones Migrantes” (2021-2022), “Fasma” (2018-2019) and for the educational research project “Explora” (2020-2021).