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If last year the VS investigated the masks, the costumes and the choreography of an actual Bolivian traditional dance – the Diablada – in the 2019 edition we will craft our own characters, to construct a layered performance, dealing both with popular myths and the urban fabric morphology.

Indeed, we will record the memories of Andean identitarian architectural compounds, consciously adopting dysfunctional procedures to track back the symbolic items that inspired them. El Alto’s colourful buildings will become again costumes, masked characters with anthropomorphic and animalistic lineaments to dynamically inhabit the streets of La Paz – wearable and portable Cholets

Sampling _ 22nd July – 24th July

Arrival & General Introduction of Visiting School, Brief and Schedule.
During the first days we will lose ourselves on the altiplano, mapping selected cholets and the surrounding markets. Students will use the camera to sample precise architectural bits, record symbolic signs and pair them with daily found objects – recovering forgotten myths and looking for meaningful clashes.
Workplaces: Patricio Crooker’s studio (tbc)

Crafting _ 24th July – 30th July

The actual translation will then take place: the cholets will be dissected and recomposed into personified miniatures, enabling a direct interplay of scale between architecture and the human body.. We will work mainly with clay, understanding its properties and construction techniques. Earthy finishings will be combined with polished components, the masks will be conceived as open interfaces for additions of alternative material fragments.
Workplaces: Mario Sarabia’s studio (tbc)

Performing _ 30th July – 4th August

The cholets will become portable, alive characters inhabited by the students. They will collectively build and record an urban performance, a collection of moments to embody a culturally generated spatial narrative. And, eventually, to represent a constructed accomplishment of another form of Andean syncretism: the physical convergence between architecture and its actors.
Workplaces: Marcos Loayza’s studio (tbc) + Cupola de Adobe (tbc)