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 ( 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.