The EPISODES platform has been designed at the invitation of the Goethe-Institut as a collective effort among the five artists-curators that make up the team in Buenos Aires: Gabriela Golder, Marcelo Brodsky, Mariano Speratti, and the Etcétera collective, comprising Loreto Garín Guzmán and Federico Zukerfeld, in dialogue with different spaces and institutions linked to Memory and Human Rights in Argentina: Remembrance Park - Monument to the Victims of State Terrorism and the ESMA Memory Site, located in the former Navy Mechanics School, where one of the clandestine centers for detention, torture, and extermination used to operate during the last decade of the military dictatorship.
The works and interventions of the project are organized into four episodes. The idea is to create stories and fictions that emerge from the common intention of poking around, erring, intervening, and imagining future memory by establishing a dialogue with past memory and its relationship with the current context. The ongoing investigation is based on the discussion between the artists and the access to public archives and private spaces, testimonies, traces, remnants, and vestiges. This process will culminate in March 2018 in a show of works-actions at the Remembrance Park.
The four episodes, expressed as theatrical fiction, video, photography, performance, or intervention, will revolve around themes such as the role of the new generations (children and adolescents) in the future of memory, oral narrative as a fundamental testimonial source in the construction of collective memory, and corporate complicity in crimes against humanity.
These topics have become especially relevant this year, as Argentina has been marked by setbacks in memory policies: from the questioning of the official figure of 30,000 disappeared from the last military dictatorship, the incarceration of social leaders prior to their trials, up to the controversial court ruling that grants the privilege of shortening sentences to those convicted for crimes against humanity.
In this historical context, the questions surrounding the project become more urgent and the works assume other strategies. Thus, the participating experts and institutions will debate and imagine the possible future of memory.
Artists and curators will present the first results of their research on the possible future of memory on Saturday, August 12. Appealing to the memory of the past in the present context, and after months of collective discussion, each one will provide their vision of what could be an integral part of memory in the future.
The action begins with different interventions on the ESMA Memory Site and then moves, taking the form of a joint walk accompanied by interventions, readings, and performances to the House for Identity (Grandmothers). There, the formal presentation of the four episodes will take place:
Reverberations of the Future | Mariano Speratti
Year 2076. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Civic Military Coup, the State has decided to make a selection of declassified files available to the public. Children are responsible for controlling and managing Memory.
Drift Through Extractive Memory | Etcétera collective
An imaginary tour through the Neo Extractivism Museum that will establish links between crimes against humanity during the dictatorship and the neo-extractive present, and will produce imaginary escapes towards the future.
There They Were, Dignified, Invisible | Gabriela Golder
Performance based on the collection of Letters of the Dictatorship of the National Library. These letters were written from various prisons around the country, from exile, or hiding.
Live Archive | Marcelo Brodsky
A narrative through intervened photographs of visual and textual material from the files of the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS).
At the end, the audience will have the opportunity to talk with the artists-curators and organizers.