Assemblage Context: Pueblo Jóven

“Pueblo Jóven” is a common modern term used in Peru to name a slum. It was coined in the end of the 1960s to appraise the rapidly growing phenomenon of the slums as a new urban social movement and against the more pejorative terms of “barriada” or “favela.”  For this stage, the contextual relations between the inhabitants of the “Pueblo Jóven de Villa Futuro” and the city will be manifested in a sculptural model of built out of recyclable waste (wooden sticks, old cardboard, aluminium cans, etc.), where several stories of social mobilization within the slum will be placed and expressed through augmented reality. Following this, the project builds two levels of perception:

Installation sketch.

The first perception level plays with the physical composition of material remnants and their transformation into the city model of Villa Futuro. For this, the artist will take on the role of a “cartonero” (Latin American term for “rubbish collector”) and collect unusable material on the streets of the city. The material is then classified it in the studio and recycled as the main element of the work. The recycling of the seemingly useless waste reflects not only its apparent use in the past but also its rephrasing as a building material.

Installation sketch.

On a second level of perception, the city model will be enhanced with narrative information through augmented reality and presented as an installation in an art exhibition. Through this digital interaction format, the exhibition’s visitors will be able to assume the role of a film editor by associating audiovisual narrative elements into a chain of narrative events. All the computer-generated visual and auditive information enhancing Villa Futuro‘s city model is based on the text and audiovisual material produced in the first stage of the artistic research, and on the information gained from the interaction of the visitors with questionnaires distributed during the exhibition.

This installation is going to be presented in 2022 at MATJÖ – Raum für Kunst as a part of its yearly exhibition program. Dates to be confirmed.