The future of memory Montevideo

Music may be one of the most provocative and enduring testimonies of an era. In 1966, together with Mario Handler and Eugenio Hintz, Uruguayan musicologist and researcher Lauro Ayestarán produced "Nursery Rhymes (Juegos y Rondas)", a short film that recovers several of the traditional songs recited by children in the streets, schools and parks of Uruguay. Today, this short film comes back to light, thanks to the digital restoration carried out by the Laboratory of Preservation of the General Archive at the University of the Republic.
 
It is precisely the tension between analogue and digital material, which marks the starting point for this project, which will be carried out by the Hornero Migratorio collective at the ANCAP del Cerro School, where some of the scenes for "Nursery Rhymes" were filmed. The idea is to conduct a workshop with the students and teachers of this school and create a new song, documented on video, which integrates the original material collected by Ayestarán more than half a century ago.
 
The families of the students are also invited to participate in this initiative with stories and possible memories of their childhood recorded in photos, cassettes, slides or vinyls. In short, it is a collaborative project that will unite the voices of children of the past and the present, as an opportunity to think on collective memory, and the dialogical relationship between audiovisual materials of a lasting and ephemeral character.

Artists and curators

Hornero Migratorio © Sabina Harari/Hornero Migratorio Uruguayan collective, founded by Francisco Lapetina and Sabina Harari, dedicated to the collaborative creation of audiovisual content. Under the premise of "play-create-learn", this social and artistic project develops workshops in different schools throughout the country, which seek to stimulate students' curiosity.
Archivo General de la Universidad de la República (AGU) © General Archive of the University of the Republic Central administrative service founded in 2002, which acts simultaneously as a support unit for institutional management as well as a space for historical research and documentary preservation, which is divided into two areas: Administrative duties and Historical Research. The archive’s main mission is to guarantee the organization, treatment and service of the documentary heritage of the University of the Republic. 
Vania Markarian © General Archive of the University of the Republic Responsible for the area of historical research of ​​the General Archive of the University of the Republic. Markarian has taught and conducted research at her two alma maters, as well as at the universities of New York, Princeton, the National University of General Sarmiento and Columbia University. She holds a PhD in Latin American History from Columbia University and a degree in Historical Sciences from the University of the Republic and the Latin American Center for Human Economics (CLAEH). She has produced numerous publications on the period of the Cold War of Uruguay and Latin America, among them, the book Those Who Left and New Arrivals: The Uruguayan left in exile and the transnational networks of human rights, 1967-1984. Her most recent text is titled The Uruguayan 68: The student movement between Molotovs and Beat Music.
Julio Cabrio © General Archive of the University of the Republic Bachelor of Arts with a degree in photography from the National School of Fine Arts, and a student of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation master's program from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Since 2012, Cabrio has worked as assistant for historical research in the Laboratory of Audiovisual Preservation of the General Archive of the University of the Republic on the project "Preventive conservation and archival description of ICUR films". He is currently a member of the Audiovisual Studies Group (Gesta) for the development of his line of research.
Mariel Balás © Cineteca de la Universidad de Chile B.A. in Communication from the University of the Republic, where she is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Latin American Studies. She is a member of the Historical Research Area team of the General Archive of the University of the Republic, and is part of the Audiovisual Studies Group. In 2008, she received the Development Fund from the Cinema and Audiovisual Institute of Uruguay (ICAU) to coordinate the project to rescue and digitize the archive of the Audiovisual Media Center (CEMA) in U-matic format. In 2013, Balás completed an internship at the Film Library of the University of Chile, where she worked in the physical inspection and cataloguing of 16mm films. In 2016, she obtained the scholarship for introduction to research from the Sectoral Commission for Scientific Research (Udelar), and also co-edited, together with Beatriz Tadeo Fuica, the book CEMA: Archive, Video, and Democratic Restoration.
Lucia Secco © Javier Calvelo/adhocFOTOS B.A. in Communication from the University of the Republic with a certificate from the Cultural Management graduate program. She is currently completing a Master's degree in Latin American Studies in this same institution. In 2010, she participated in the project “CEMA Archive Rescue,” and since 2012 she has been working in the Audiovisual Preservation Laboratory of the General Archive at the University of the Republic. There she serves as a teacher and researcher and performs tasks related to the conservation and digitization of films. In 2014, Secco completed an internship in preservation in Mexico and subsequently joined the Audiovisual Studies Group. In 2015, she won the scholarship for Introduction to Research from the Sectoral Commission for Scientific Research (Udelar).

Hornero Migratorio at the ANCAP School del Cerro

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Archive

  • Ancap 1 © Hornero Migratorio
  • Ancap 2 © Hornero Migratorio
  • Ancap 3 © Hornero Migratorio
  • Ancap 4 © Hornero Migratorio
  • Ancap 5 © Hornero Migratorio
  • Ancap 6 © Hornero Migratorio
  • Ancap 7 © Hornero Migratorio
  • Ancap 8 © Hornero Migratorio
  • Ancap 9 © Hornero Migratorio
  • Ancap 10 © Hornero Migratorio
  • Ancap 11 © Hornero Migratorio
  • Ancap 12 © Hornero Migratorio
  • Ancap 13 © Hornero Migratorio
Video final © Hornero Migratorio

Video
A collective creation

After several months of work, this is the final video recorded as a collaboration between Homero Migratorio, the General Archive of the University of the Republic (AGU) and the students and teachers of the Ancap School No. 170.

Agu Montevideo © Hornero Migratorio

Video
The intimacy of the archive

Visiting the past through photos, letters, publications, and films. This is a preview of the joint work carried out between the General Archive of the University of the Republic and Hornero Migratorio.

Rondas

Video
Games and traditional playground singing games of Uruguay

This is the full “Games and Traditional Playground Singing Games of Uruguay” movie, a record of the country’s musical folklore half a century ago.

Juegos y rondas © Archivo General de la Universidad de la República

Video
Two versions: Telecine and full HD

The tension between the analog and the digital is evident in this comparative video from the short film produced in 1966 by Lauro Ayestarán, Mario Handler, and Eugenio Hintz.

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