Mapa Teatro: Archivo Vivo (Live Archive)
Archivo Vivo (Live Archive), an innovative and dynamic performative lecture by members of Mapa Teatro, the Colombian interdisciplinary artistic group, explores urbanism, power, the public sphere, and the archive.
In front of projected images, documents, and video testimonies, Rolf and Heidi Abderhalden, directors of Mapa Teatro, reflect on five projects in the Santa Inés district of Bogotá, also known as El Cartucho, “the cartridge.” In one of the most ambitious urban renewal projects in Colombia, the extremely impoverished neighborhood was demolished, and a monumental park was constructed on its ruins. Between 2002 and 2005, Mapa Teatro recorded the destruction of the barrio while developing projects with its displaced former residents. These collaborative and communal endeavors resulted in theatrical performances, installations, and site-specific presentations that reflect Mapa Teatro's self-description as a "laboratory of the social imagination." Equal parts political and poetic, the lecture-performance Archivo Vivo (Live Archive) constitutes an experimental investigation of the myths, histories, and contemporary sentiments that live within an archive.
Mapa Teatro: Archivo Vivo (Live Archive) is organized by MOAD and curated by Rina Carvajal, Executive Director and Chief Curator, as part of the series A City of the People. It is made possible by the generous support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.