This project is in collaboration with Fernando Barrera, Santiago Rodríguez and Tomás Silva

Rival. Masculine. Competitor.  Etymology. From Latin   rivus , río (river): rivales (rivals) , those who have the right to water from the same river;  rivalis , belonging to the running waters, margins or banks, competitor, Italian,  rivale;   french, rival, ale; catalan, rival.

Rival. Masculine. Competitor. Etymology. From Latin  rivus, río (river): rivales (rivals) , those who have the right to water from the same river; rivalis, belonging to the running waters, margins or banks, competitor, Italian, rivale; french, rival, ale; catalan, rival.

 

In the center a color palette that visualize the most predominant color of each of the places of the magdalena river from its birth till its mouth.  On the left a water sample from the birth of the river the Páramo de las papas and on the right a water sample from the mouth of the river Bocas de Ceniza. 

This Is the point where the Magdalena River is born. 

This is the point where the Magdalena river meet´s the Caribbean Ocean. 

It is imperative to note how in the development of the human society  can not be conceived any activity in which the use of water is not present. The fragility of the environment and its impact to human life can be acknowledge whenever extreme events occur due to water (droughts , Floods and sanitation) evidencing simultaneous dependence and resistance. Colombia has been characterized by its agricultural potential, however the availability of water has not been used to transform the country and develop a large industry around the field: To convert a rainfed agriculture (to cultivate only when it rains) into a irrigated agriculture (to provide water to the plants when they need it through irrigation systems). Likewise,  when communicating, the Magdalena River plays a fundamental role in understanding and approaching a broader country vision, where the river crushes the idea that we are all connected. 

Abacus used to count the tweets of the birds.

Abacus used to count the tweets of the birds.

This three channels sound installation is based on the bird contests popular among the inhabitants of the Magdalena River that are located near the Caribbean Sea.

This three channels sound installation is based on the bird contests popular among the inhabitants of the Magdalena River that are located near the Caribbean Sea.

Bird Tweet contest, Mompoj, Bolívar

Taking into account the social constructions and the environmental dynamics that happened around  water, It is proposed in this project to highlight local daily life, allowing the construction of a social panorama of water, which blurs and expands the notion of boundary, territory and climate. Building an indeterminate territory in which science and myth not only coexist but fuse. The myth as the origin of science invites us and helps to expand the definition of society. To achieve these objectives, we traveled along the Magdalena River from Bocas de Ceniza, pasando por Sitio Nuevo, Calamar, Plato, Magangue, Mompox, El Banco, La Gloria, Gamarra, Puerto Wilches, Barrancabermeja, Puerto Berrio, Puerto Boyacá, Puerto Triunfo, Puerto Salgar, La Dorada, Honda, Girardot, Neiva and finishing in the lagoon of the Magdalena in the Páramo de las papas.

Click the image to access to the Magdalena River Acoustic Encyclopedia

Click the image to access to the Magdalena River Acoustic Encyclopedia

The construction of a sound archive of each of the mentioned sites, allow us to develop an acoustic map of the Magdalena river that responds to its dynamics and Conditions. Allowing to build a panorama of the country associated with its people and the diversity of its territory.

 

Editorial initiatives:

Parallel to the development of the Magdalena river trips, we have started to execute a book that condenses all the documentation and the archive of our trips. 

Text By Fernando Barrera.   Art Direction and design by Santiago Rodríguez   Click image to download pdf

Text By Fernando Barrera. 

Art Direction and design by Santiago Rodríguez 

Click image to download pdf