Ensayo #3 began as an inquiry into the human geography of Tierra del Fuego. Our initial fieldwork examined the evolution of the relationship between humans and the archipelago, inspired by feminist, post-humanist concerns on speciesism, non-human agency, and law-spheres. After a couple of years of this experimental ethnographic work, we began to need a medium that would allow us to serialize our transdisciplinary findings and shape our ensuing questions. We workshopped this need to find the right medium with which to continue to think the human geography of Tierra del Fuego and arrived at television and the working form of a courtroom drama TV series where the relationships between landscape and crime could be explored. We’ve come a long way since that first certainty that television was the way forth and are now in the stage of pre-producing a TV/web series called La Distancia. Directed by a video artist, assisted by a curator, in consult with legal scholars, portraying ecologists, philosophers, activist and artists, with the sound of the wind as the primary character, La Distancia will be viewed by Fuegians on local TV channels and by a global audience on the web in 2018.
The word television comes from the Ancient Greek τῆλε (tèle), meaning “far,” and the Latin visio, meaning “sight.” Shedding some light on the reason why Ensayo #3 will appropriate this medium, the etymology of the word points to the phenomena of looking from a distance.
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-; being in, or of, Tierra del Fuego, always implies being somewhat removed, somewhat far from something else. This is the experience that gives rise to a vulnerability, an uncertainty, an and ambiguity that formulates a kind of archipelagic state (of mind).
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, the horrors and joys it has unleashed.
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 noticed that everyone on the archipelago (from the from a lone sheep herder of a distant estancia, to the small groups of Conservation biologists at their field station, to an even smaller groups of indigenous Yámanas, to the road-building military laborers, to the young provincial teenager and her mother living in the main town 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 be localised in the Admiralty Sound, Isla Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Chile.
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/web series by all means possible.
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)