is a web cuaderno?
Web cuadernos are on-line curations of multimedia materials
focused on particular topics or bodies of work relating
to performance and politics in the Americas. They contain
combinations of photos, videos, texts, hyperlinks, bibliographies,
and audio recordings, each piece gathered to explore a specific
topic. The collections are based on a loose scaffolding or
outline designed to make connections between disciplines,
to serve as a research resource for artists and scholars,
and to solicit exchange and additional materials. Each cuaderno
is a work in progress. We invite our on-line community to
add to our existing cuadernos by suggesting hyperlinks and/or
the Cuaderno mission statement
Centro de Estudios Mapuche Pewma, by Pedro Cariman, Cecilio Melillan & Fresia Mellico
The Centro de Estudios Mapuche Pewma is an initiative of a Puel Mapu Mapuche group (from Argentina), most of whom live in the province of Neuquén. One of their main goals is to promote research and documentation of different aspects of the Mapuche culturea and language. These initiatives also aim to generate debate and spaces of exchange between Mapuche individuals and communities interested in analyzing the history of their people from their own perspective and with their own discourses. (Web cuaderno is in Spanish)
||RARA Vodou, Power and Performance : by Elizabeth Mcalister
Like a lot of people who visit Haiti, I have become involved in a long-term relationship with the country. I was fascinated immediately with its culture—especially the music, religion and art of everyday people. I would like to start a new cliché about Haiti: instead of its being known as “the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere,” I think it should be considered “one of the culturally richest countries in the Western Hemisphere.” I have researched and learned a little bit about the vibrant culture of Haiti, and published a book on the Rara festivals, Rara! Vodou, Power and Performance in Haiti and its Diaspora, plus several albums and articles.
||Home For Veterans : by Emma Raynes
New Era Veterans is a transitional housing facility for previously homeless veterans in the Bronx. The facility is a Single Room Occupancy government owned building that provides shelter, counseling, and social services. Residents at New Era Veterans range from world war two veterans to veterans who recently returned from tours in Iraq. Most of the residents at New Era Veterans are struggling with physical disabilities, psychological disorders, and addictions. The texts that follow include poetry and prose written and performed by residents
and recorded at the facilities poetry group meetings.
Fragments of Peruvian History and Society
This web cuaderno offers the visitor a brief tour through Peruvian history and society using a few of its characters, places and forms of expressive culture. However, this tour doesn’t draw a continuous route; nor does it try to connect facts in a singe narrative line. It is more precisely about the presentation of fragments that the visitor will be able to explore and eventually connect as a part of a bigger scene. The cuaderno itself is organized upon three axes: characters, places and representations. Within each axis several cases have been selected according to their relevance to illustrate and explain bigger historical processes.
Sarhua: Tierra de Montañas y Colores
This cuaderno houses the photographs and texts of the exceptional indigenous community of Sarhua in the Peruvian Andes. It is a village of painters whose art dates back centuries and is unique to that region. Their paintings play an active social role, being compulsory gifts for couples building a home—the drawings span the surface of a wooden beam that then becomes part of the couple’s roof. In the 1970s, some of these beams were exported to Lima and abroad, and they took on different forms during a short-lived commercial boom. This cuaderno is about the story of these events and the importance of this age-old artistic form in the village of Sarhua.
Native Performance in New York City at the American Indian Community House
In addition to serving the cultural, health, and social service needs of Native Americans residing in New York City, the American Indian Community House of New York City provides a much needed space for the performing arts. In existence since 1969 the AICH Performing Arts Department was developed to promote Native American performing artists and to provide them with a performance space to showcase their work. This web cuaderno project serves as an introduction to the American Indian Community House and to the diverse and important collection of performance materials amassed by its Performing Arts Department.
Indigenous Encuentros by Pilar Rau
At the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics’ fifth Encuentro, "“Performing 'Heritage': Contemporary Indigenous and Community-Based Practices,” members of two Brazilian indigenous communities, the Kaiapó and the Maxacalí, presented performances that generated fascination, confusion, and considerable dialogue. This web cuaderno presents audio-visual documentation and analysis of their participation in this event.
Tepeyac Television Service by Irene Garcia and Adriana Ayala
Tepeyac Television Service (TTS) is a public television project formed by a group of Mexican immigrant workers in New York City. Its fundamental mission is to facilitate access to video cameras for immigrant workers whose voices are systematically silenced and devalued. The goal is to help people strengthen their voices by teaching them video production to document their lives, families and communities. TTS’s video projects not only explicitly defend and promote the human and labor rights of Mexican and other Latino workers in the tri-state area, but also encourage creative expression among individuals. TTS seeks to create a dialogue among immigrant workers on a transnational level through the distribution and exhibition of their work in film festivals, exhibits and through this web site.
Praxis Indígena: Etno-apropriación discursiva y tecnológica by Norma Belén Correa Aste and Luis Alberto López Espinoza
This web cuaderno presents five recently developed ethnographies in the Peruvian Amazon that problematize the processes of identity constitution and reconstitution in indigenous contexts. From a performative perspective, the main case studies explore the appropriation and materialization of the speeches related to the Internet and the Intercultural Bilingual Education by two indigenous groups (Asháninka and Shipibo cases).
Vachiam Eecha: Planting the Seeds by David Delgado Shorter
This cuaderno draws from Yoeme Indian language and
order to demonstrate how one tribe in Mexico combines
indigeneity, and ritual performance to assert sovereign
control over their
homeland. In collaboration with Yoeme people from several
pueblos, the web
designers work here to speak with both community member
people about the politics of representation. In this
virtual territory of
the internet, come see how we have planted seeds of
memory and ethnographic performance.
The Death of the Inca Atahualpa by Luis Millones and Ulla Berg
this web cuaderno, we present multiple representations
- written, drawn, or enacted - by communities of
the Peruvian Andes. The materials have been collected
by a team of researchers directed by Luis Millones. By
initiative of Diana Taylor, Luis Millones, and Ulla
D. Berg these materials have found their way into
the pages of this electronic archive, which we
hope will be of use to future researchers and students
of the foundational scene of the Andean countries:
The capture and death of the Inca Atahualpa.
Performance and Censorship in Colonial Mexico by Martha Toriz (editor)
This Web Cuaderno discusses the wide variety of expressive
behaviors within the colonial society, from the performing
arts to civic, courtly and popular festivities. These
social performances necessarily implied power and political
relationships. The common denominator of these performatic
expressions is their public character and their message
directed to the collective masses.
Mapuche Campaign for Self-Representation by Miriam Alvarez, Lorena Cañuqueo and Laura Kropff
In 2001 the Mapuche Campaign for Self-Representation
was created to redefine Mapuche identity to reflect
the diversity of the community in an urban context.
The campaign openly confronts the hegemonic discourse,
which tries to diminish the Indian practices and cultural
identity as folklore, and intends to promote self-knowledge
in the Mapuche community.
Repasos: Art & Life in Chile Under Pinochet: by Antonia Thompson
multimedia, 'hypertext' piece which studies the inherent
relationship between art and politics (and between
art and life) in Agusto Pinochet's Chile. Through
personal interviews with artists, performers, writers,
and musueum and gallery directors, the project tells
the story of the Escena Avanzada and the CADA ("Colectivo
Acciones de Arte") -- two groups of artists
and intellectuals who stayed in Chile during the
years of military rule and "dared to gamble
on a form of creativity."
by students of the Political Performance course at NYU, 2004
site evolved from a course examining the use of performanceby
the State, by oppositional groups, and by theatre and
performance practitionersto solidify or challenge
structures of power. We look at specific paradigms of
power (conquest, colonionialsm, fascism, military dictatorship,
globalization) of the 20th and 21st Centuries. How have
public spectacles been used to support or contest state
power? How do theatrical terms such as catharsis,
mimesis, identification, spectatorship,
and so on, serve to elucidate political strategies?
And how has language changed so that words such as freedom
could refer to invasion, patriot (as in
Patriot Act) become shorthand for blind
allegiance, and intelligence gathering be demoted to
||Intangible Heritage: Day of the Dead: by participants of the CRIM Conference 2003
This site is the result of the one-week conference on Intangible Heritage at CRIM (Cuernavaca, México, 2003), where a group of students and faculty worked as a team to explore the Day of the Dead tradition. By looking at the Day of the Dead celebration as a performance, the group examined the ways in which cultural memory is transmitted through social practices, customs, actions, and rituals.
Terrors: Latin American Women Perform: by
Diana Taylor and Alexei Taylor
Holy Terrors website is designed to augment and constantly
update the book, Holy Terrors: Latin American Women
Perform (Durham: Duke University Press, 2003).
Here we provide an ever-expanding archive of visual
materials (such as videos, slide shows, photos), performance
texts, interviews, scholarly essays, bibliographies
and related links concerning the artists in the volume,
as well as others. Feel free to suggest new artists,
contribute materials, or make comments about this site.
||Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani:
by Gisela Cardenas
Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani is an activist theater group, with a 30 year history of performing in reaction to, and in defiance of politics in Peru. In this web cuaderno, we have gathered a myriad of materials linking the work of this important theater group to the political and social history of Peru.
Flash plugin required download here
||DanzAbierta: by Shanna Lorenz
Boán and DanzAbierta: Cuban dancer, choreographer
and performer, Boán worked fifteen years with for
Contemporary Dance of Cuba where she created a number
of works that toured in more than forty countries. In
1988, Boán founded DanzAbierta where she began
to mix different theater and dance styles, while working
through harsh contemporary conflicts. She uses a language
that breaks with the limits of pure movement, reaching
out to other forms of artistic expression such as theater,
visual arts, music and song... always demanding from the
dancers the full development of all expressive channels.
She calls her style "polluted dance."
Flash 5 plugin required dowload
||Architecture and Performance:Plaza Italia in Santiago of Chile by Rodrigo Tisi
Baquedano, known as La Plaza Italia de Santiago, is the
belly button of the Chilean capital. Santiaguinos talk
about it as much as they can. This is the place where
La Alameda, Providencia and Vicuña Mackenna get
together, as well as Bustamante Park, Forestal Park, Américas
Park, Ramón Carnicer, Pío Nono and Merced,
San Cristóbal hill and the Mapocho river. The site
is a node, a true center of encounters in the urban environment
of the city of Santiago.
Flash 5 plugin required dowload
Rumbos de la Rumba: World Map
by Berta Jottar
cuaderno focuses on rumba as a cartography of the Diaspora.
Rumba is a transitory space, an international, transnational
and post-national site in the making and unmaking of itself,
in its performance. The geography of this site is the
rumbos de la rumba, its different routes, directions,
estadias in one locale and another, simultaneously when
rumba is performed and fragmented by its relationship
to location; once rumba is within and outside the barrio,
solar, hood, ethnic group, place of origin and beyond.
Rumba is its migratory condition. This world map is a
world view that understand movement and sound as its epistemology.
This site is the compilation of rumbas beyond place in
the constant making and unmaking of place, nation and
Flash 5 plugin required download
||H.I.J.O.S. : by Jennifer Kaplan
this web cuaderno, which we hope will be the first of
several on the performance of political protest, we have
collected materials on HIJOSí strategies, philosophies,
and practices of resistance and activism, placing them
in a context of political performance in Argentinaís history
which began with the coup and continued with the Madres
de la Plaza de Mayo.
welcome your comments and feedback. Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org