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Rolando Vargas Video
Witness To The Ruins at Yale University
Thursday, March 26th, 2009 //
Whitney Center for the Humaities, NYC

Mapping Memory: Performance, Witnessing, and Place
Friday, March 27 from 11AM-6PM
Whitney Center for the Humanities, 53 Wall Street, Room 208
Yale University, Visiting Artist Program

A one-day conference that explores the interrelationship between performance, place and witnessing through artistic practice: What is the role of place in memory-work? How does performance mediate traumatic loss of place and witnessing in communities? How do performance artists respond to endangered urban landscapes and communities in the twenty-first century world of globalization?

March 26, 27, 28 at 8PM
March 28 at 2PM
Witness to the Ruins , video installation, 75 min.
Santa Ines-El Cartucho, one of the most ancient and emblematic neighborhoods of downtown Bogota, fell victim to the violence of rampant arms and drug dealers in the late 1990s. El Cartucho was systematically demolished to pave the way for a new public park, displacing thousands of its working-class residents. Unfolding simultaneously in the realms of documentary and drama, Witness to the Ruins is the powerful testimony of that vanished community.

Mapa Teatro, Laboratory of artist, creates temporary, experimental communities by inviting diverse groups of people to come together as a collective subject. Heidi Abderhalden, Rolf Abderhalden (artistic directors) Rolando Vargas, Lucas Maldonado (video artists) Felipe Lopez (Sound design) Ximena Vargas, Jose Ignacio Rincon (production)