A PROJECT By OLGA DIEGO, ANJA KRAKOWSKI
AND TERESA MARIN FOR ARTIFARITI (2009)
III International Art in the liberated territories of Western Sahara.
MINISTRY OF CULTURE Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and the ASSOCIATION OF FRIENDS OF THE SAHARA VILLAGE OF SEVILLE.
PROJECT TITLE: DISTANT VOICES. HERE!
The project DISTANT VOICES. HERE! stems from a first gaze on google maps when we tried to position ourselves place (Tifariti) from a distance (Spain). To our surprise, the virtual map shows socially-in analogy with the geographic area it represents- nothing but a desert: a map deprived of any information about people and places.
Hence, we focus on the project to the (re) development of map-territory with the intention of providing it with evidence and content together with the idea of making visible the existence of a cultural identity that some claim to be erased from the map, trying to silence the plurality of voices of a whole community.
The project is conceived as a collective effort between artists and people, giving prominence to those who live on site.
The project will be divided into four parts:
1.CONSTRUCCIÓN. The flying machine.
The project proposes to build a flying machine, based on the principles of solar elevations in order to obtain recordings from the air zenith of actions be developed on land.
We opted for the development of alternative energy powered structure -solar or wind, depending on the climatic conditions and available resources.
The solar/wind structure will be designed to be able to raise a lightweight video camera that allows zenithal shots of testimonial activities taking at the side.
The recordings obtained will be edited afterwards, becoming part of the cultural heritage of Tifariti. On the other hand, these testimonies will be used to (re) produce a testimonial map of the area. (See Part 3 of the project.)
2.PRODUCCIÓN OF MESSAGES
It involves collecting the testimonies of local people as a collection of micro-stories: collecting the expression of wishes, dreams and needs of people with names, through their own spoken words. This may cover a wide spectrum of shades, from the claim to the purely recreational.
The content of the testimony cannot, nor should it, be foreseen before starting the project, with the desire to give voice and leadership to the people of Tifariti, giving up on stereotypical representations of a vision and distant.
The development of the testimony will focus on three levels:
1. Collective or individual drawings on the ground.
2. Audio Recordings: Conversations / Interviews.
3. Video Recordings: Conversations / Interviews.
In addition to the recordings mentioned, there will be photographs, whose final images will become part of cultural heritage
3. DEVELOPMENT OF A TESTIMONIAL
This part of the project is meant to (re) draw evidence-based cartography.
It seeks to provide specific cultural content-to a deserted landscape whose representation on the maps that are available on the Internet is comparable to an empty area.
The aim is to recreate the map using images taken from the flying structure.
The recorded testimonies and video documents will be located on Google Maps.
Using a tool like Google maps it is important to highlight and underline the general disinterest towards the representation of those areas that are not valued economically, culturally and politically, and thus remain invisible.
The intent of this project is to contribute to a visuality of Tifariti.
4. SCOPE OF THE PROJECT TO THE WEB: BLOG
It is important to link the project to a blog to allow viewing and sharing a daily reality for the inhabitants of Tifariti beyond the territory they inhabit. Would try to make this the periphery of that other places considered "centers of interest."
Akin to the ideas presented recently at a conference in CENDEAC Andrea Giunta (Murcia), it is as extending the notions of uprooting and forced displacement of concepts that link them to new technologies, understanding these as a new territory. Andrea Giunta spoke about the idea of "situational aliens" to refer to certain relations of exclusion that may occur not only in the social sphere but also within the home. These ideas about the digital divide as a form of exclusion suggests the idea of being able to act as mediators to help prolonging voices that already are being silenced, helping to visualize their presence in an environment easily accessible to them.
The web of Artifariti.org already operates in this regard. This new blog that we propose is intended as a complementary tool that wants to gather and transmit direct voice of the people who live Tifariti.