Astrovandalistas is a collective that applies creative intervention, technological
activism, urban hacking, and open source knowledge to explore the geopolitics
of technology development and the commercialization of scientific knowledge.
Imaginario Inverso repurposes a modem laser technology to engrave predictions
and micro-narratives onto rocks and city debris. These are redistributed back to
the land to create other kinds of local networks to communicate with the future.
Using a glyphic alphabet designed by Astrovandalistas, this future-casting
platform is a creative opportunity for manifesting anxieties about the future and
the appropriation of technologies for more personal use.
Unsettled artifacts: Technological speculations
from Latin America. Leonardo 50, 4 (Aug. 2017), 410–437;
Astrovandalistas (Leslie García, Andrés Padilla Dómene,
Thiago Hersan, and Rodrigo Frenk)
In 2017, for the first time in SIGGRAPH’s history, the Art Gallery
was dedicated exclusively to works by Latin American artists and
designers: speculative artifacts that apply digital technologies to
critically engage our present and map alternative futures [ 1].
The exhibition can be understood as an invitation to take two parallel
journeys. One relates to technological artifacts as agents that frame the
ways we act in the world and think about the world. The second journey
explores technology-based artistic practices produced beyond the
traditional centers of industrial and technological development in order
to illuminate new social narratives and new images of the possible.
Uncertain. Agitated. Disobedient. Unstable. Troubled. The “unsettled
artifacts” of the 2017 SIGGRAPH Art Gallery emphasized the power
of the poetics of technological speculation and shared new insights
on how Latin American artists create, adapt, and use technology to
critically confront a rich and diverse cultural context shaped by long
histories of imperialism, colonization, and global asymmetry.
Paula Gaetano Adi, SIGGRAPH 2017 Art Gallery Chair
1. The gallery presented 10 provocative projects from seven countries: Marcela
Armas and Arcángelo Constantini (Mexico), Paul Rosero Contreras (Ecuador),
Gilberto Esparza (Mexico), Hamilton Mestizo (Colombia),
Gisela Motta and Leandro Lima (Brazil), Rodolfo Peraza (Cuba),
Christian Oyarzún (Chile), Leo Nuñez (Argentina),
Astrovandalistas (Mexico, Brazil),
Mariela Yeregui and Miguel Grassi (Argentina).