Essays by TAIRG authors during Achæoscillator_ Towards incorporeal forms of sensing listening and gaze research

Paula López Wood

It starts with a reversed map. Tale of an imaginary and literal sailing through the southernmost tip of America.

It’s January and from the boat the weather looks changeable. From a copious rain the sky has opened to give way to a clean and flat horizon, which seems very close to the earth. We have sailed from Punta Arenas at six in the afternoon, we have passed Puerto del Hambre and Fort Bulnes, and from the command bridge the sunset seems eternal, red, almost endless.
 The captain, don Lalo Leal, who has been navigating the Strait of Magellan for more than forty years, dictates a kind of sentence while pointing out the labyrinth of fjords and channels present on the sailing chart shown on his iPad: “Mother Nature must have cut in two the island of Tierra del Fuego and thus this crossing would have been extremely fast”, he says, in a spirit that thousands years ago the indigenous people of the canoes and also the Portuguese Hernando de Magallanes would have longed for, when he attacked in 1520 from Bahía San Julián to the Strait of Todos los Santos, which would later be baptized with its own name: Estrecho de Magallanes. A maneuver that, months later, would allow Magellan to find the expected interoceanic passage: the connection between the “North Sea” or Atlantic with the “South Sea”, the Pacific Ocean.

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Alfredo Prieto

Stay or Return: The ancestral communities of Magellan from Isla Hornos

It might be regretted that God has placed Cape Horn so far south as to be a temporary obstacle. His intention, however, is that this route be abandoned and that the navigable channels of ships be cut through the isthmus of Suez and Panama, tasks which, like so many others, terrorize civilized man but which will be child’s play for the industrial armies of the spherical hierarchy.
Charles Fourier, The Four Movement Theory
Human genetic material is a fluid, slow or fast, it will always be a fluid that in one way or another seeks its outlets
Cape Horn Island does not currently have any ancient archaeological sites of the Yaghan Indians or their ancestors. Only a modern hut shell was found on Horn Island. This was established by Dominique Legoupil in his archaeological survey of the area: “27 sites were discovered: 1 on Horn Island, 4 on Herschel Island, 15 on the Big Island of Wollaston, 2 on Bayly Island and 5 on Grevy Island, the northernmost island, the researcher says. (Legoupil 1993)

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Gerd Sielfeld

Geosciences Core
Roots and inorganic forces, the tectonic-climate interaction: its meaning in the evolution of the landscape and the habitability of the territory

The tectonic vorticity and morpho-structural grain of the first order at the southern end of the South American continent reflect the long-lived interaction between the Antarctic, South American and Scotia plates (Figure 1). All of them, of diverse chemical nature, ages and thermo-mechanical properties, print a unique and complex geodynamic condition, where the sum of their forces, results in a flexure of the Andes mountain range (i.e. Patagonian Orocline). Approximately at 53.5ºS the Andean orogenesis has experienced a flexure from an almost north-south orientation, in the continent, to almost east-west (Poblete, 2015), in Tierra del Fuego; as if the mountain range were a bent plastic filament in 120⁰). 

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Alessandra Burotto Tarky

Art, science and society from a critical museology
The open landscape behind the borders

One of the most significant differences between modern and contemporary art is not only in the configuration of certain historical-political events that determined the most recognizable changes. While this partly explains the development of new artistic practices that we now point to as contemporary, a broader understanding of this drift has been limited by the hegemony of traditional historiographic accounts that tend to inscribe historical milestones on a chronological continuum. Understanding that, in the end, these accounts seek to validate themselves in a more or less founded way, the enthusiasm for decreeing a historical before and after conceals complex dialectic and deeper contextual frameworks, those that are not found on the surface and that involve the tectonic shifts that shape the practices and languages of the contemporary in art, leaving us at the mercy of a purist -and puritanical- reductionism that tends to obstruct the density and vigor of these practices marked by a temporary elliptical becoming, by an expansive drive, by their operations charged with resignification and by methodologies as heterodox as they are delirious.

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