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Site Specific Performance and Film, Puerto Rico January during collaboration with Piso Proyecto 2013

Urban Interaction num 5

During the days I was visiting Puerto Rico and the project of Beta-Local, I meet Noemí Segarra who invited me as guest artist/tutor at Piso Proyecto(a dance and urban interactive project run by Noemí) I found a site that called my attention. Ivan Acosta do Santos, one of the dancers of Piso Proyecto had Shamans on his family and was very interested in the figure of Helio Oiticica.
He asked me to introduce him to more of H.O. material and it occurred to me that we could recreate or actually call Helio's spirit so that we could experience his work instead of just thinking about it.

We then agreed to collaborate on this intervention as an invocation and a ritual (where we would connect to the spirit of Helio) in the urban area of La Plazita de Santurce in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The area is called Vista Alegre and is a zone where people live on basic constructions since long ago and is very popular for its live Salsa Bodeguitas and Barras.

Once on-site, we started sensing the space and getting it activated by placing the fabrics and then slowly too, moving and feeling it. Ivan found himself hiding covered by the biggest fabrics wile I enter the role of a body under the influence of an improvised Parangolé.
Then, a guy arrived and after observing us with a smile on his face, started to have a conversation.
It was quite amazing to hear his statements about art and artists, vocation, spirits, and God.
The dialectics of low and high art and Culture had blurred. It was a live performance at the same time as a kind of voodoo or dance seance.

The local neighbor became the ultimate critical thinker, the illuminated, emancipated spectator.

invocation san juan from esther planas on Vimeo.

invocation san juan from esther planas on Vimeo.

Show at "news of the world" invited by The Centre of Attention
The films are shown at Curators Studio a show about a curatorial studio exercise.
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