Ariel Bustamante and Carolina Saquel: Precarious Symmetry

Ariel Bustamante and Carolina Saquel: Precarious Symmetry

  • 17 April – 12 May 2018
  • Opening event Tuesday 17 April 2018, 6–8pm with Artist Talk @ 7pm.
    Exhibition open Tuesday - Friday 10am–5pm & Saturday 12–5pm.

  • MADA Gallery
    Monash University
    Caulfield Campus
    Building D, Ground Floor
    900 Dandenong Road
    Caulfield East Victoria 3145

  • Free, all welcome
Image: Carolina Saquel, Charlotte (serie Nivelar la distancia) 2011, Medium format colour photograph, lambda print, 100 x 81 cm

Curated by Camila Marambio as part of the making of the webseries Distancia.

Precarious Symmetry is a face-off.
Precarious symmetry is what might emerge from a game of call and response between Ariel Bustamante and Carolina Saquel.
Precarious Symmetry is a set up by the curator Camila Marambio in the tradition of the Baile Chino.

The Baile Chino is a spiritual technology that knots together the sound of the universe and the image of reality, a pre-Columbian ritualdance still practiced today along the Chilean Andes Mountains. Responding to each other's strident flutes, the ‘dancers’ of the Baile Chino provoke each other into a dialogue that lasts for hours and induces a trance-like state aimed at sustaining dissonant emissions. Dissonance is coveted because when it aggregates a tear occurs.  This tear, or rip, is a slit through which it is possible to access other dimensions.

Ariel, Carolina, and Camila are dancers, attempting to tear each-other-together-apart, to slip through the cut, into a fantastical new dimension they call Distancia.