Ariel Bustamante and Carolina Saquel: Precarious Symmetry
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.