by Stephannie Fell and Alfredo Thiermann
'Alta Voz' is a Performance Operation on the Bulnes Axis in Santiago, in the context of the Chile’s Bicentennial celebration. The place – of strong material and geometric conformation but scarcely any civil life, is in itself an unfinished Bicentennial project. The original proposal intended to connect the Bulnes civic axis with the Government Palace through an uninterrupted pedestrian promenade, but this was never executed and the Government Palace remains distant from the civic axis, separated by a very wide and heavy-traffic avenue. This physical and metaphorical separation is viewed as an opportunity to be intervened; stitched through a substance as ephemeral as sound and as symbolic as words.
Reception and emission stations are arranged along the Bulnes axis, culminating inside the Government Palace. This objects or bodies – the interface between individuals and context – articulate a cartography of indeterminate events over the silent rigid geometry; the message - itself originating from randomly selected receivers along the civic promenade, as a whisper, is repeated randomly throughout the axis, recreating a morphing travelling soundscape that disintegrates individual speech and reintegrates it into a collective message; constructing a metaphorical mechanism for dialogue between citizens and power.
'Alta Voz' was part of the collective exhibition 'SCL 2110' that was held in the Museum of Contemporary Art Quinta Normal between september and november 2010. More information about the exhibition can be found on http://www.scl2110.cl