The Future of Memory

  • Bogotá Laboratorio © Felipe Moreno

    Attendees to the “Mnemofilia and lotofagia” lab intervene on the machines of memory and oblivion.
  • Bogotá Fabrica © Santiago Sepúlveda

    Dramaturgy based on the discussions and reflections that occurred during the performance of “The Factory of the Common”.
  • Buenos Aires Group © Gustavo Correa/Goethe-Institut Buenos Aires
    Buenos Aires

    During the performing tour and the ‘work in progress’ of the four episodes, the artists and curators throw the first stones into the waters of memories that breathe future.
  • Lima Claudia Córdova/Goethe-Institut Perú

    A critical look at the works presented by the 22 attendees to the Specialization Course in Dramatic Writing and Political Theater.
  • Montevideo Hornero Migratorio

    First visit to Ancap School (No. 170) in the La Teja neighborhood, where one of the songs included in the film “Games and Traditional Playground Singing Games of Uruguay” was filmed.
  • Rio © Igor Vidor
    Rio de Janeiro

    Workshops with the inhabitants of the Vila Autódromo community to create collectively “Open Sky,” a living monument that also works as a meeting place.
  • Santiago de Chile © Cristián Muñoz/Goethe-Institut Chile
    Santiago de Chile

    The “Displaced Territories” lab brings together for the second time the artists and curators of “The Future of Memory.” What do actions provoke? Do they intervene, talk, interrupt, disrupt...?
  • Calendario 1 © Goethe-Institut Colombia
    São Paulo

    The ‘counter-calendar’ is a digital project that seeks to commemorate events that belong to the collective memory of South America and are different from traditional holidays. This initiative is available in Spanish, English, and Portuguese at

In recent decades, dictatorships, armed conflicts and violence have left their mark on the majority of countries in South America, and processes of historical memory building carried out in Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Argentina are ongoing. Regardless of where and when they began in each country, these processes continue to produce grounds for disputes, antagonisms and tensions between different narratives and, uses and abuses of memory.

What do we remember as individuals, as a society? What do we forget? How will we remember in the future? Is memory an unalterable record of the past or rather a changing and dynamic process? Initiated by the Goethe-Institut, The Future of Memory is conceived in the hope of creating an alternative space to ponder these and many other questions. Above all, The Future of Memory is a regional, transdisciplinary and continuous dialogue which seeks to recognize and generate other artistic forms and modalities also key in the debate on memory and oblivion in South America.
Aimed at students, artists, academics, activists, curators and the general public, The Future of Memory takes place in seven cities throughout the continent. A diverse group of agents, among them artists, thinkers, social movements and memorials, will be able to interact, think and operate poetically and collaboratively throughout this year and the next. The implementation of the peace process in Colombia inspired the project and, therefore, the traces left by the armed conflict will be the starting point of the activities in Bogotá.
More than 7,000 kilometers to the south, in São Paulo, three social movements will be invited to choose a ritual and, using this as point of departure, propose a counter-memory. Rio de Janeiro will address the territorial memory and social struggles of a community forced to disappear. Montevideo will confront the analog and digital in a creative and collective work that seeks to update the past, while Santiago de Chile will reflect on the relationship between memory and public space from sound files that propose a new way of touring the city.
In Lima, theatre has been the language chosen to critically reconstruct a series of events from Peru’s recent history. And, meanwhile, Buenos Aires will carry out an exercise of imagination that will interrogate the future from the present and its relation with the Argentine past. In the end, this exchange will attempt an understanding of the differences as well as common questions, product of the numerous artistic practices of the region, to propose new horizons of meaning in the reflection and action on memory and oblivion.

curatorial team

Mapa Teatro (Bogotá)
Gabriela Golder, Mariano Speratti, Marcelo Brodsky, Loreto Garín y Federico Zukerfeld  (Buenos Aires)
Colectivo Hornero Migratorio y Área de Investigación Histórica del Archivo General de la Universidad de la República (Montevideo)
João Paulo Quintella y Shana Marques Prado dos Santos (Rio de Janeiro) 
Colectivo SonidoCiudad (Santiago de Chile) 
Benjamin Seroussi y Clara Ianni (São Paulo)



Museo Sitio de Memoria ESMA, ex-centro clandestino de detención, tortura y exterminio  (Buenos Aires) 
Parque de la Memoria  (Buenos Aires) 
Centro Cultural de la Universidad del Pacífico (Lima) 
Lugar de Memoria y Centro Cultural Casa do Povo (São Paulo) 
Observatorio de Poéticas Sociales. Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano (Bogotá) 


¡Pacifista! (Colombia)