Collection Title: CADA (Colectivo Acciones de Arte) collection
Title: ¡Ay Sudamérica! (unedited footage)
Alternate Title: ¡Ay Sudamérica!
Date: 1981 July 12
Location: Recorded in Santiago, Chile, on July 12, 1981.
Work Type: Performance., Political performance., Acción., Video/action on art and politics.
Credits:
CADA (Colectivo Acciones de Arte), producer, director ; Ignacio de Agüero, Patricio Bustamante, Juan Carlos Bustamante, Eugenio Tellez, videographers ; Patricia Saavedra, Ana M. López, photographers ; Lotty Rosenfeld, Diamela Eltit, Raúl Zurita, Juan Castillo, Fernando Balcells, creators.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:16:56
Language:
Synopsis: The Colectivo de Acciones de Arte (CADA) is a Chilean activist group of artists (artists Lotty Rosenfeld and Juan Castillo, sociologist Fernando Balcells, poet Raúl Zurita and novelist Diamela Eltit) who used performance to challenge the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. One of the most important contributors to the ‘Escena Avanzada’, CADA incorporated strategies of theatricality and performance as an essential element to all its ‘art actions’, while questioning the practices and institutions of all politics and conceiving art as a necessary social practice that eradicated the traditional distance between the artist and the spectator. Committed to the foundation of an open and spontaneous practice of spectatorship, their ‘interventions in everyday life’ intended to interrupt and alter the normalized routines of the daily urban life of the citizen, by means of a semiotic subversion that decontextualized and semantically restructured urban behaviors, locations and signs.On July, 12th, 1981, six small airplanes, flying in perfect formation over Santiago, dropped 400,000 flyers discussing the relationship between art and society. This action referenced the bombardment of the House of Government (La Moneda), which marked the fall of Salvador Allende's democratic government and the beginning of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile. Through this ‘acción sobre arte y política’, CADA reconstructed the political trauma of 1973, while proposing a new critical political perspective. The flyers contained a message that simultaneously upheld each person’s right to a decent standard of living and proposed that the general public was capable of instating an entirely new concept of art — one that could overcome traditional, elite boundaries and become part of public life. This video clip includes raw footage of the airplane flight.
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Copyright Holder: C.A.D.A. (Colectivo Acciones de Arte)
Contact: Lotty Rosenfeld
Address:
Lotty Rosenfeld
Torremolinos 357
(Las Condes)
Santiago, Chile
Phone(): +56-2-212-8666
Email: lottyrosenfeld@gmail.com