Traitraico, in Mapudungún, the language of the Mapuche, means noisy, flowing water. Corporación Traitraico is a non-profit Chilean Environmental Cultural Association, made up of professionals in communication, art and education. People looking for new languages and reinterpretations of the world starting from society and the environment. Their mission is to preserve and protect the environment, stimulate and enrich culture, promote the study of social sciences and heritage research, foster individual or group initiatives and projects aimed at improving education, art and of people’s quality of life. All of this ambitious programme while favoring inclusion, connection, decentralization and citizen participation.
Delight Lab is a Chilean studio of audiovisual art and design and experimentation on light, video, space and sound formed by the visual and sound artist Andrea Gana and by the artist, draftsman and poet Octavio Gana. In the international limelight starting from their light installations in Santiago de Chile during the Chilean social protests, which broke out in 2019, in particular with the famous CHILE DESPERTÓ projected on one of the main skyscrapers of the capital, the Delight Lab studio has to its credit numerous projects in which art becomes a weapon to problematize and reflect on political and social contingency. The Gana Brothers define themselves as artist-activists.
The visual art works presented here are part of issue 22 of La Macchina Sognante, our sister journal published in Italian., That issued featured a double photo-gallery showcasing the work of Michelle Angela Ortiz and Corporación Traitraico in collaboration with Delight Lab. The online project was in advance of a later project for which LaMacchinaSognante acted as an organizational partner: on October 16, 2021 the Latidos exhibition was inaugurated at the Pino Pascali Foundation Museum in Polignano a Mare, Bari, Italy, featuring work by Ortiz and Corporación Traitraico.t. The exhibition includes works by Latin American artists and audiovisual collectives who stand out for having, over time, turned their gaze to the recovery of ancestral roots, denunciation and resistance, telling the intimate story of great human movements and great social challenges. faced in the ecology of contemporaneity. Their art goes beyond the limits of individual installations, reclaiming spaces or symbolically occupying them with images.
The Dreaming Machine thanks Lucia Cupertino, Maria Rossi and the Pino Pascali Museum for permission to republish the gallery and description.