Ensayo #3 began as an inquiry into the human geography of Tierra del Fuego. Our fieldwork examined the evolution of the relationship between humans and the archipelago, and led us to engage with feminist, post-humanist concerns on speciesism, non-human agency, and law-spheres. In that process, Ensayo #3 began to call for a medium that would allow for us to give complex, engaged, interdisciplinary accounts of our Fuegian findings, and to shape our ensuing questions. The chosen medium is television; the working form is a drama TV series where landscape is a protagonist, written and directed by Ensayos participants, to be viewed by Fuegians on local TV channels and by a global audience on the web. The work brings filmmakers, legal scholars, actors, ecologists, philosphers, activist and artists into collaboration.

The word television comes from the Ancient Greek τῆλε (tèle), meaning “far,” and the Latin visio, meaning “sight.” The etymology of the word sheds light on one of the reasons why Ensayo #3 will appropriate this medium, and, specifically produce a TV series to present and dialogue with the philosophical and ethical realities of Tierra del Fuego. For one, Tierra del Fuego is not an easy archipelago to reach. As an archipelago, it makes it difficult to ever say you have arrived there. Always a grouping of things (islands), always already a set of relationships -between sea and land, land and land, humans and non-humans, amongst others; being in, or of, Tierra del Fuego, implies always being somewhat removed, somewhat far from something else. This experience gives rise to a vulnerability and ambiguity that formulates a kind of archipelagic state (of mind) that in turn provokes a multi-perspectival awareness.

Those of us who have travelled, via Ensayos, to Tierra del Fuego and experienced this reconfiguration of relations thrive on the experimental undoing of disciplinary boundaries it fosters, and agree that the journey instills a curiosity and a desire, if not an obsession, to account for this expansive plurality.

Both from near and far, Tierra del Fuego begs the question: Where am I?

As we travel to and fro, within the confines of Tierra del Fuego, savoring this ontological question, sharing it with everyone/thing we encounter, we have observed how lone sheep herders in distant estancias around the archipelago, small groups of Conservation biologists at their field stations, even smaller groups of indigenous Yámanas in their homes, road building military laborers in their camps, and young provincial children and their mothers in the main towns of the archipelago turn on the TV for an average of 2 hours a night. What sort of a diffracted shared space is that of TV?

In Ushuaia (the Argentine capital of Tierra del Fuego) there are two industrial plants that actually fabricate television screens. Reflecting on this and televised space in general we decided to venture towards creating a series to incite forms of viewing and listening to the Fuegian landscape that emphasize its entanglements with human and non-human well-being and that reports on issues of “natural” justice.

For the first season we will concentrate on the Admiralty Sound, Isla Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

A group of Ensayistas has already embarked on a collective script writing process. Over the course of the next three years (2016-2019) we will turn to the production, filming and post-production of the first season of the TV series.

Carla Macchiavello (art historian, CUNY) / Camila Marambio (curator) / Ivette Martínez (educator) / María Luisa Murillo (artist) / Denise Milstein (sociologist and writer) / Columbia University) / Bárbara Saavedra (ecologist, WCS Chile) / Carolina Saquel (artist) / Barbara Villez (legal philosopher, Paris 8)


Después de una serie de años trabajando en Tierra el Fuego para Ensayos #2, un grupo de ensayistas atendieron al llamado a desarrollar una manera de visualizar algunas de las dinámicas internas propias del archipiélago, específicamente su geografía humana.
Ensayos #3 es una investigación en la televisión. La palabra televisión viene del griego antiguo τῆλε (tèle), significa “lejos”, y la palabra latina visio, traducida como “visión”. Este medio de comunicación visual va no solamente dar visibilidad a 5 excepcionales historias fueguinas sino que también va a posibilitar un proceso colectivo de mirar Tierra del Fuego desde la distancia.


Los televisores se hacen en Ushuaia (http://www.coradir.com.ar/home/tierra_del_fuego), capital argentina de Tierra del Fuego y, cada noche, en estancias lejanas alrededor del archipiélago, pastores solitarios, niños y sus madres, trabajadores de carreteras militares, pequeños grupos de biologos e incluso reducidos grupos de indígenas fueguinos, todos prenden la televisión por 3,5 horas


Seno del Almirantazgo, Isla Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Chile

Por los siguientes tres años un grupo de Ensayistas se embarcará en un proceso colectivo de escritura de un guión que conducirá a la pre-producción, rodaje y post producción de la primera temporada del paisaje- drama televisivo. Para ser visto por los fueguinos y el mundo en 2019.


Carla Macchiavello (historiadora del arte, CUNY) / Camila Marambio (curadora) / Ivette Martínez (educadora) / María Luisa Murillo (artista) / Denise Milstein (sociologa y escritora) / Columbia University) / Bárbara Saavedra (ecologista, WCS Chile) / Carolina Saquel (artista) / Barbara Villez (profesora de lenguas y culturas juridicas, Paris 8)