Expanded Nature: Making the Invisible Visible Through Dance

A video inspired by the curatorial concept of this exhibition incorporates body language to approach our relationship with nature from a new perspective, marking the beginning of the exhibition's extension program.

Directed by Paz Ramírez, the video explores the exhibition Expanded Nature: Making the Invisible Visible from another perspective, with a performance by choreographer Alexandra Mabes. The video invites us to question the meaning of heritage and expands it towards the union of nature and culture, making commonly ignored aspects now visible.

Maya Errázuriz of Fundación Mar Adentro and co-curator of the exhibition, mentions that “the different works present in the Heritage Galley of the La Moneda Cultural Center incorporate elements that evoke the senses and multiple appreciations of nature. This video adds body language to the mix, which through a dance piece further nurtures the experience of the exhibition.”

One of the questions posed by Carlo Rizzo, co-curator of the exhibition, was how to track the passage or movement of animals and their interaction in a territory; such as the dance of a bee, whose coordination can be a form of heritage in itself. In some way, one of the cabinets in the Wilderness Archive piece, specifically the one entitled Architecture/s, addresses this issue with a mapping exercise on the passage of animals on forest paths, which is then contrasted with the passage of humans and other interactions that happen in the territory.

But there was a persistent restlessness for movement, which resulted in the inclusion of the dance piece in the exhibition. Thus began the joint work between Fundación Mar Adentro and Paz Ramírez and Alexandra Mabes, with their gaze and interpretation over our bodily interaction with nature, movement and space. The video addresses the contrast between the outside and the inside; it plays with the idea of the role played by spectators of the exhibition and how we can interact with the different works in it, which are interpreted through Mabes’ dance.

The video itself is a new piece that gives another layer of interpretation to the exhibition in relation to our bodily connection with the environment and what can happen in that exchange, to continue to resignify what natural heritage means.

The director of the video, Paz Ramirez, mentions: “I wanted to create a piece that, through audiovisual language, includes the concepts of natural heritage while conversing with the themes addressed in the exhibition. Bringing nature into the room was my objective. With the help of the production and with Alexandra Mabes as the protagonist, I wanted to transport the spectator outside of the city to reflect on their relationship with nature. For this very reason, the voiceover doesn’t provide answers, but rather raises questions. Alexandra’s participation was fundamental, since the movement and her corporal interpretation are guides to navigate both the exhibition space and the natural environment where we recorded.”

This video also marks the beginning of the extension program for “Expanded Nature: Making the Invisible Visible”. Starting in March, the program includes a discussion between the curators and the director of the La Moneda Cultural Center and workshops with artists and creators who participated in the exhibition, among other activities.

Alexandra Mabes, creator and performer of the dance piece, is a recognized Chilean choreographer who has carried out various investigations on the body and has performed in Chile and abroad, collaborating with various international artists. Paz Ramírez lives in Santiago and Toronto and has directed video clips, advertising, video performance and short documentaries.

For more information on the extension program visit: cclm.cl

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