Taypi. 10.000 Soles

14. Bienal de Artes Mediales / Premio Municipal de Arte Joven 2019
Galeria de Arte Posada del Corregidor
Santiago, Chile

Curatorial text by Catalina Valdés /14. Bienal de Artes Mediales

Taypi. 10,000 Suns explores the relationship between energy, landscape and technology; it seeks to juxtapose current environmental degradation with a rescuing of coexistence between different types of nature. The project was presented at the gallery, Posada del Corregidor, named after the emblem of a certain colonial culture and patrimonial fiction, which became a point of convergence between Andean culture and Occidental extractivist culture.

The images of a laboratory in Germany, in which the world’s largest artificial sun – one that generates a radiation equivalent to that of 10,000 suns – were brought together with the notion of taypi, recovered by the Andean sociologist Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui through Aymara textile art patterns. This diagram is used to invoke the ritual space of an ‘in-betweenness’ in time and space that, when unfolded the here and now, multiplies its dimensions.

Colonial dynamics are thus revealed as an order that still rules over our social and material relationships. By folding and unfolding this order, the exhibition paves the way for alternative histories, for a circular time in which opposite forces and different worlds coexist.

The pieces in this body of work are the result of a series of walks through landscapes with various degrees of human intervention. Walking allows for the relating of experiences, documents and objects. Walking and connecting, acknowledged as an act of making, are strategies for the decolonization of history and the deactivation of the binary logics that enforce the distance between Science, Art, and Activism; between the natural sciences and the human sciences; between technologies and energy sources; between endangered habitats and their regeneration.

Taypi. 10,000 Suns was part of El cuarto mundo, the 14 Biennial of Media Arts, and was made possible by the Premio Municipal de Arte Joven  2019 and the sponsorship of companies associated with the efficient use of energy, such as Solinet and Signify from Philips. Each work was made of materials that were either reused, recycled or acquired by means of exchange: implementing a circular economy aligned with the exhibition’s proposition for ways of making.

As the sun powered the exhibition, it depended entirely on the local, how it was situated in relation to the sun, and therefore its “geolocation”. The show’s opening times were the specific hours when the sun’s rays hit the location of the gallery.

10.000 suns = dis/orientation
10.000 suns = 2.148.334,49 Chilean pesos
10.000 suns = 2,77 k Co2
10.000 suns = 310 Kw (310.000 watts)


The day of the exhibition’s opening a group walk was conducted, led by the archeoastronomist Patricio Bustamante, and the artist. It was an expedition that rescued hidden and forgotten milestones of indigenous territory that remain within the foundations of the city’s downtown. The walk ended on an elevated site of the city, which allowed for the group to adapt their gaze, and to perceive the landscape as an instrument for the recognition of all the dynamic energies of nature.