Science Fiction Future’s Nostalgia
Lecture performance // Sofía Medici & Laura Kalauz, 2015-2017

SCIENCE FICTION FUTURE’S NOSTALGIA questions the construction of the historical narrative and looks into how the Ona* culture was interpreted and fictionalized by anthropologists, scientists, government officials and religious. As the performance develops, the audience wonders whether the documents displayed are real or made up, giving an uncertain feeling about what is true and what is fiction.

Nowadays, Tierra del Fuego is the Argentinean heart for appliance assembly lines. The Catholic Missions who evangelized the Selk’nam turned into agro-technical schools. The Selk’nam, who had been shown in Human Zoos in the nineteenth century in Europe, became now material exhibited at art Biennales.While scientific method led Darwin to conclude that the inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego were cannibals, SCIENCE FICTION FUTURE’S NOSTALGIA proves that science is, after all, fiction. 

*The Onas or Selk’nam were an original culture from Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Argentina. Following Spanish and British colonization, hunter-gatherers were put aside in Catholic missions, used as slave labor or wiped out.

CREDITS

CONCEPT, DIRECTION & PERFORMANCE Laura Kalauz & Sofia Medici
PERFORMANCE & SOUNDSCAPE Demián Rochwerger
PRODUCTION Lucila Piffer
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Agustina Barzola Würth
DRAMATURGICAL ADVICE Mariana Obersztern

This project was produced by Xixcas & Nada Especial Tanz and co -produced by DeSingel (BE) with the support of the Instituto Nacional del Teatro, Proteatro & Mecenazgo Cultural de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

It was performed at DeSignel (Antwerp), Centro Cultural San Martín (Buenos Aires) and NAVE (Santiago de Chile). Part of its research process was presented at the Latin Amercian Pavilion of the 56. Venice Biennale.