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Phantom Recorder
2018
Installation | S 16mm color film
9’25’’ (loop)

⎌ COMMISSIONED PROJECT

 

A solar powered dugout canoe goes down the wide Bobonaza River in the southern region of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. It is a “presence catcher” designed, built and assembled jointly by artist Adrian Balseca and the Kara Solar project run by the Latin American Association for Alternative Development, an organization that has worked since 2012, in collaboration with the Achuar people of Ecuador, on the creation of a solar powered transportation system for the community.

The project, therefore, produces a decolonial inversion of the famous scenes in the 1982 film Fitzcarraldo, by Werner Herzog, in which the protagonist of the story attempts to conquer the native communities and species of the Amazon Rainforest by playing recordings of tenor Enrico Caruso from a gramophone installed on a steamboat which arduously floats on a great Amazon river. On the contrary, Grabador fantasma, picks up sounds from the jungle, with the intention of recording the conquest of the Amazon region and its process of modernization, intimately linked to the exploitation of its natural resources.

⎌ Commissioned for 14th International Cuenca Biennial: Living Structures. Art as a plural experience, 2018.

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Phantom Recorder
2018
Installation | S 16mm color film
9’25’’ (loop)

⎌ COMMISSIONED PROJECT

 

A solar powered dugout canoe goes down the wide Bobonaza River in the southern region of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. It is a “presence catcher” designed, built and assembled jointly by artist Adrian Balseca and the Kara Solar project run by the Latin American Association for Alternative Development, an organization that has worked since 2012, in collaboration with the Achuar people of Ecuador, on the creation of a solar powered transportation system for the community.

The project, therefore, produces a decolonial inversion of the famous scenes in the 1982 film Fitzcarraldo, by Werner Herzog, in which the protagonist of the story attempts to conquer the native communities and species of the Amazon Rainforest by playing recordings of tenor Enrico Caruso from a gramophone installed on a steamboat which arduously floats on a great Amazon river. On the contrary, Grabador fantasma, picks up sounds from the jungle, with the intention of recording the conquest of the Amazon region and its process of modernization, intimately linked to the exploitation of its natural resources.

⎌ Commissioned for 14th International Cuenca Biennial: Living Structures. Art as a plural experience, 2018.

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3 Adrian Balseca Grabador Fantasma CAC01.4 Adrian Balseca Grabador Fantasma CAC02.2 Adrian Balseca Grabador Fantasma CAC03.5 Adrian Balseca Grabador Fantasma still04.6 Adrian Balseca Grabador Fantasma stills05.7 Adrian Balseca Grabador Fantasma still06.

01. 02. 03. Phantom recorder, installation view, CAC-Quito, 2019 — 04. Phantom recorder, film still, Super 16 mm color film, 9’25’’ (loop), 2018 — 05. Phantom recorder, film stills, Super 16 mm color film, 9’25’’ (loop), 2018 — 06. Phantom recorder, film still, Super 16 mm color film, 9’25’’ (loop), 2018.