Escuela de Arquitectura Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Amereida Travesías 1984 a 1988. Viña del Mar: Taller de Investigaciones Gráficas, Escuela de Arquitectura UCV, 1991.
Caption translations, left to right:
>Santa Cruz is situated between/ the abandoned: the first foundation/ and the non-foundable/ the Alaska—Cape Horn dimension
>San José—Santa Cruz/ precision distance/ to establish in the interior
>the possible totality/ of America/ the the road from Alaska to Cape Horn/ a secant that crosses the continent
I’ve spent the better part of today staring at these drawings. I’m pretty used to South America inverted at this point. But after blinking and shifting my gaze I noticed North America. Now I can truly appreciate this drawing and how odd it is to see the U.S. lumped together with Canada and how elegantly the School of Valparaíso proposes to travel from Alaska to Cape Horn. So many cyclists, VW van owners, and every pedestrian in between have answered the call of the Pan-American Highway. Only this line is not that route, but a poetic turn that will take you through parts of Bolivia and Argentina with no north-south axis. Admire the map, just don’t follow it.
From north to south: Huinay (1988, 1991, 1993-1997); Raúl Marín Balmaceda (1990); Isla Churrecue, Santa María del Mar (1987, 1989); Cabo Froward (1984/1985); Ushuaia (1991); Cabo de Hornos (1992)
One way to put Santiago’s winter chill in perspective is to spend a day researching travesías in Patagonia. To summarize a complicated project, travesías are annual journeys into remote parts of South America undertaken by faculty and students from the School of Valparaíso (an experimental architecture and design school); during these two-week long stints the teams recite and draft poetry, meet with locals, install a “work,” camp, and leave. For my dissertation I am researching travesías from 1984 to 1992 and today I went to Patagonia with the help of Boris Ivelic’s seminal Embarcación Amereida y la Épica de fundar el Mar Patagónico (Valparaíso: Ediciones Universitarias de Valparaíso, 2005). Continue reading