Oaxaca resident Edgardo Aragón began his research and his residency at inSite/Casa Gallina in June 2015. During that time he focused on identifying situations and/or potential dynamics for a future collaboration. Aragón’s work is defined by his exploration of the underlying social complexity in the collective memory. Evident in his work are narratives that lead to questioning and reconfiguring pivotal elements in the imaginary, in an attempt to build new versions of those stories.
August – September 2015
Edgardo Aragón during his second residency in the barrio. He began a dialogue with a group of cyclists from the barrio who organize nightly rides in the city. Aragón also contacted a sonidero (sound man in charge of the music in popular festivities) from the barrio, who owns a large collection of records of Colombian music.
During his third residency at the barrio, Edgardo Aragón continues his research, focusing his approach on different neighbors: Joel, a local DJ; Abraham, biologist, barista, and owner of a café; and don Felipe, a blacksmith interested in breeding farm animals. As a result of their conversations, they start to define their joint project.
Presentation of the Proposed Project
24–26. Edgardo Aragón begins producing his piece. He plants coffee seeds in an empty lot in the barrio and, inspired by the Colombian tradition of playing music while planting, the artist invites Joel, a local DJ specialized in Colombian music, to play. The project will focus on the relation between landscape, local economy, and social problems that affect the participants in the project.
As part of the sessions in the empty lot, a live concert is held with a group of musicians from the barrio that plays frequently at the Bello Café. For their improvisation, they used different Aztec death whistles, prepared instruments, as well as paper and stones to generate different sounds.
6–9. Edgardo Aragón continues filming and recording scenes, sounds, and improvisations of Joel and Abraham in the lot where coffee plants are growing. With this material he finishes the piece and begins the postproduction process.