Universidad Adolfo Ibañez

Museography and Performativity: Installing the Space-time of TAIRA’s Eave

Área de publicación Escuela de Diseño
Tipo de publicación Artículos
Lugar de publicación Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies 2018.
Fecha de publicación 2019
Autores Rodrigo Tisi

When the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art called to devise a way to present the rock art of TAIRA’s eave (rock-shelter), the response was to create an immersive space, a temporal environment of experience and reflection, to highlight the location of this eave and its significant role to the local community that lives around the area.

The challenge was not only to present significant archaeological objects with their stories, but to give an account of the physical place, where it is located (Fig. 1). The objective was to present a memorable experience where this art, its landscape and its people meet. In a way, the challenge was to «move» the space-time of TAIRA’s eave (Fig. 2), from the desert, to the spaces of the museum in Santiago. With this, the exhibition purpose was to transport the viewers, from the spaces of TAIRA´s eave located in the valley of the Loa River, to an immersive experience in the museum.

The main challenge was to catch the attention of visitors by explaining ancient practices of the Likan-Antai culture. This rock art piece is somehow frozen, and it is a testimony, a ritual on earth´s reproduction, linking the deities that govern the earth and the sky

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