The wind, mass of air in movement, fickle, intangible.
The lithosphere, solid layer of the earth, only evident through its surface and debris.
Wind and lithosphere meet and in the turbulence of their dialogue they shape, build and destroy.
Our limited space and temporality only allow us to see a fraction of this movement and thus recognize these two entities by their strength, their usefulness or the catastrophes they cause.

Terra Australis Ignota Research Group (TARIG) is working on a large exhibition in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Museum, Santiago de Chile 2021. TAIRG is part of Terra Ignota (terra-ignota.net), a research platform that was born with the idea of seeking an unconventional way of reading the southernmost territory on the planet through the transdisciplinary intersection that integrates local communities, science and art.
Terra Ignota, initiated in 2015 by and for a dynamic group of Chilean and international artists, scientists, curators and producers as a recurrent nomadic lab, focusing on the austral region of Magallanes and the Antarctica peninsula as the area where to analyse the local ecosystem. Informed by archaeology, (de/colonial) history, (indigenous) practices, nature and climate of the region and is aiming to connect that to urgent global questions.
Terra Ignota is rhizomatic, it moves slowly, listens, zooms in and out, and connects; it’s periodic encounters continuously (re)shape the direction and outcomes of the project, which will manifest itself in manifold collaborative manifestations such as artistic and scientific publications and presentations, and performances, interventions and installations in the context of international exhibitions.
In 2018, Terra Australis Ignota Research Group traveled to Cape Horn, the southernmost continental island in the world before Antarctica.
There, the air, water and earth come together, where the line that divides the two oceans, the land and the air vanishes. We started a journey in order to listen how the elements of the Earth dialogue there, and finally, amplify the sound of air and wind with the geological and historical narratives that have circulated among this territory.

TARIG group focuses on the control of those energies to modify the acoustic and listening practices which exposes the audience to a custom system reactive to the geologic and weather fluctuations in real time.

 The intention of this research is to highlight the significance and presence of acoustic phenomena in relation to myths and beliefs on indigenous populations present in Tierra del Fuego, and even more important to reflect that these cultures are still alive. Interethnic traces which are bio-cultural routes of the past (stemming from the exchange of goods and genes). In particular, it explores the potential indigenous cultural marks that Rockwell Kent (explorer and artist) saw, traces that would connect the ancestors of the Yagán community with the Kawesqar and Selk’nam in the Amirantazgo Seno area.

OUR TEAM

Nicolás Spencer
Nicolás Spencer

Artist | Researcher

His work focuses on ways of understanding nature in all the depth and complexity. His installations mix the massiveness of its components (rocks, metals, gravity, wind, etc.) with the fragility and immateriality of sound. Spencer’s artistic practice is contaminating (and contaminated by) other areas of knowledge as a way of generating alternative epistemological and aesthetic perspectives.

Alessandra Burotto
Alessandra Burotto

Curator

Alessandra Burotto, is curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of Chile, where she coordinates the MediaMAC/Anilla Unit area dedicated to putting value in artistic practices and languages that use technologies, helping to promote the field of media arts at the crossroads between art and science, technology, nature and society. Journalist and graduated in Cultural Criticism from the University of Chile, for 10 years she has led the Ibero-American Network Anilla Cultural Latin America-Europe for the MAC, an international instance dedicated to the development of new museum formats and methodologies for contemporary cultural action through the intensive use of new information and communication technologies.

Víctor Mazón Gardoqui
Víctor Mazón Gardoqui

Artist | Researcher

Mazon Gardoqui´s work exposes the unheard and unseen, addressing the inaccessible and experiencing vulnerability and awareness on the viewer. Perception and altered states are key concepts on his performances through the use of sound or light. His work materializes in three main fields: actions or site-specific performances through experimental processes, exhibitions as consequences of previous actions and collaborative works through seminars to form a communal dialog. His practice explores amplification, electromagnetic phenomena and images of invisible fields by using locative audio and custom electronics.

Paula Lopez
Paula Lopez

Writer and travel Journalist

Paula López (1987) graduated from Film and Aesthetics from Universidad Católica de Chile. She also has an MFA in Creative Writing in New York University and is currently doing a PhD in Literature at Universidad Católica de Chile. Her stories have been published in several printed and digital media such as Diario El Mercurio (Chile), Ladera Sur (Chile), Revista Escalando (Chile), Revista Endemico (Chile), Revista Desnivel (Spain), The Explorers Journal (United States), among others. She has also written several scripts for documentaries about science, climate change and natural history (Wood Productions). In 2019 she published her first book, Animales extintos (Editorial Cuarto Propio), a group of short stories based in Patagonia. Her narrative has focused on sharing with deep knowledge and passion the territories of the extreme south of America.

Gerd Sielfeld
Gerd Sielfeld

Seismotectonics

Gerd Sielfeld (Ph.D.) seismotectonics in active volcanic chains and structural geology of fossil hydrothermal systems. Structural geologist consultant. Structural mapping and analysis of brittle strain related to uid ow. Currently mapping at the El Indio-Pascual metallogenic belt (Au).

Alfredo Prieto
Alfredo Prieto

Archaeologist

Archaeologist, Professor at Universidad de Magallanes (UMAG), Professor of Philosophy at the UdeC, MSc. in Archeology at the University of Cambridge, Diploma in Advanced Studies in Prehistoric Archeology at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, PhD in prehistoric archeology at the Universidad de Barcelona and visiting scholar in 2013 at Harvard University. He has focused his research work in the eld of prehistoric archeology and the Fuego-Patagónica ethnography. He currently works at the Centro de Investigación GAIA Antártica (UMAG).

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