Travesías in Patagonia

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)

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