VOLUME 12 (2018)



Volume 12
comentario editorial
arte factu
travesía crítica
​editors & committees

 comentario editorial
arte factu
travesía crítica

We would like to thank the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas for providing financial and logistical support for the journal since its inception.We are likewise very grateful for the work of an exceptional editorial committee, in providing support throughout the editorial process, and in making possible the online publication of the journal for the first time. For this, we would also like to thank the Davis Humanities Institute for providing us with web host.

editors & committees

Guest Editors
University of California, Davis
Sarah Ashford Hart
Carlos Tello Barreda

Peer-Review Editor
University of California, Davis
María José Gutiérrez Jiménez

Editorial Committee
University of California, Davis
Sarah Ashford Hart
Carlos Tello Barreda
Gustavo Segura Chávez
María José Gutiérrez Jiménez
Arielle Estrada Sol

University of California, Davis
Zoila Mendoza
Sarah Thompson

The Ohio State University
Paloma Martínez-Cruz

University of Dayton
Christina Baker

Texas A&M University
Sarah M. Misemer

Universidad Veracruzana
Antonio Prieto

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Carlos A. Ortiz

Copyediting Team
University of California, Davis
Daniel Coral
Barbara Gunn
César Hoyos
Fernanda Righi
Leonardo Silva
Cristina Vásquez

​Cover Design
Valentina Carreño

Cover Art
Colectivo Charco

Managing Editor
University of California, Davis
Gustavo Segura Chávez

Book Reviews Editor
University of California, Davis
Arielle Estrada Sol

Advisory Committee 
University of California, Davis
Emilio Bejel
Marc Blanchard †
Linda Egan
Inés Hernández-Ávila
Thomas Holloway
Neil Larsen
Michael Lazzara
Robert McKee Irwin
Zoila Mendoza
Víctor Montejo
Ana Peluffo
Stefano Varese
Charles Walker

University of Pittsburgh
David Tenorio

Columbia University
Carlos J. Alonso
Graciela Montaldo

Wofford College
Laura Barbas-Rhoden

Clark University
Marvin D'Lugo

Fordham University
Jacinto Fombona

University of Richmond
Álvaro Kaempfer

Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos
María Emma Mannarelli

Universidad Central de Venezuela
Daniel Mato

Princeton University
Ricardo Piglia †

Universidad de Alicante
Kevin Clark Power

Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas
Ricardo Roque-Baldovinos

Tulane University
Nicasio Urbina

University of Notre Dame
Hugo Verani


Thanks to the following contributors to Brújula Volume 12:
Sarah Ashford Hart is a socially engaged performance practitioner, scholar and educator from a Canadian-Venezuelan-American family background. She completed her BA in Theatre at Barnard College, Columbia University, in NYC and her MA in Devised Theatre at Dartington College of Arts, Falmouth University, in England. Over the past 13 years she has developed her arts practice in Russia, England, Venezuela, Chile and the US. Her work explores participatory techniques for generating social dialogue across barriers of cultural difference, by creating multilingual spaces to explore the mutability of ‘belonging’ and ‘community’. She has facilitated projects that voiced the stories of refugees in rural England, developed the communication skills of youth in New York, enhanced the interactive pedagogical tools of English teachers in Caracas, and visibilized the perspectives of inmates in Chilean prisons. Her PhD research in Performance Studies at UC Davis focuses on establishing a participatiry methodology for the self-expression of experiences of mobility and enclosure, specifically among incarcerated, migrant women and children in California and Chile. Mapping ethical guidelines for engaging participants with diverse perspectives on migration as protagonists in artistic/academic dialogues, her performance practice/research explores intersections between ‘self’ and ‘other’, ‘local’ and ‘foreign’, performer and audience, participant and facilitator.

Carlos Tello Barreda is a PhD student in the Native American Studies department at the University of California, Davis, with a designated emphasis in Performance Studies. He holds a master's degree in Journalism from the University of British Columbia. His journalism work has been published in, among others, the Vancouver Sun, the Toronto Star, and Al Jazeera. Carlos’s research interests include gender, ethnicity, and performance in the Andean region of Peru. He is currently researching the performance of gender in the Festividad de la Virgen del Carmen, a festivity held yearly in the town of Paucartambo, in the Cusco region of Peru. His research addresses questions around how gender ideologies are expressed and redefined by the participants of the festivity, what traditional Andean Indigenous notions of gender are being maintained by the dancers, and how has colonization altered traditional gender notions in the Andes. Carlos is Peruvian and was born in the country’s capital, Lima.

Diana Taylor is University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at NYU. She is the author of Theatre of Crisis: Drama and Politics in Latin America (1991), which won the Best Book Award given by New England Council on Latin American Studies and Honorable Mention in the Joe E. Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama; of Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's "Dirty War," (Duke UP, 1997); and The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (Duke UP, 2003), which won the ATHE Research Award in Theatre Practice and Pedagogy and the Modern Language Association Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for the best book in Latin American and spanish Literatures and Culture (2004). Performance, first published in Spanish in Buenos Aires (Asuntos Impresos, 2012), was revised and published in English with Duke UP in 2016, and in Polish (Performans, Universitas, 2018). Additionally, she has published Acciones de memoria: Performance, historia y trauma (Perú: Fondo Editorial de la Asamblea Nacional de Rectores, 2012). ¡Presente! The Politics of Presence is forthcoming (2019) with Duke University Press in English, and with Ediciones Universidad Alberto Hurtado (Chile) in Spanish.

Zoë Heyn-Jones 
is a Toronto-based researcher and artist who grew up on Saugeen Ojibway land in Ontario and on Tz’utujil Maya land in Guatemala.  Zoë’s lens-based research projects have been shown locally and internationally in galleries, cinemas, and alternative spaces. Zoë is a PhD candidate in Visual Arts at York University where she is researching the performance of transnational human rights solidarity activism and its connections to decolonial visuality. Zoë is concurrently pursuing a graduate diploma in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at CERLAC (the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, York University) where she holds the Paavo and Aino Lukkari Human Rights Fellowship. Zoë also holds a Graduate Fellowship at the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime & Security at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University). She studied cinema and anthropology at the University of Toronto, and holds an MA in Film Studies from Concordia University and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University.

​Ana Lucía Tello 
is a graduate student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include ethnicity and race, and memory, trauma and reconciliation, especially in the Andean region.
Juan Camilo Cajigas: Trained as a philosopher and Cultural Studies practitioner in Colombia and the U.S. Currently a final year Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Davis. His interests are located at the interface between Philosophy, Political Ecology, and Critical Theory, and these include affective ecologies, socio-ecological movements, embodied practices, indigeneity, and relationality. His dissertation focuses on the relationship between affect and place as a ground of ethical-political commitments among conservation/ agroecology activist in the Falla del Tequendama Cloud Forest, in Colombia. He has been awarded by the Colociencias-Fulbright fellowship, Summer Mellon Fellowship for Environment and Societies, Provost Dissertation Fellowship 2018-2019, and Tropenboss fellowship. His recent articles examines Indigenous Ontoepistemologies in the work of Vine Deloria Jr., and the political ontology of socio-ecological movements in Latin America.

Gabriel Peña: Monterrey, 1979. Profesor, artista y arquitecto por la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León con estudios de maestría en vivienda colectiva en la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Candidato a Doctor en Humanidades en la Universidad de Concordia en Montreal. Su investigación busca definir el impacto y potencial del reflejo en el vidrio en la percepción del espacio arquitectónico. Ha impartido talleres en la UANL, CEDIM y la Universidad de Monterrey. Su trabajo ha sido expuesto en el Museo Metropolitano de Monterrey, Biblioteca de México, Galería 2 CRGS, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, bienal FEMSA XII y Desai Matta Gallery San Francisco.  Fellow de la Empresa Municipal de la vivienda de Madrid, jóvenes creadores FONCA y Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología. Ganador de la Catedra Luis Barragan, Mitacs Globalink research award y el Italian glass technology award.
Brooke Kipling is pursuing her M.A. in Spanish at UC Davis. Her research interests include testimonies and digital narratives of deportation in Mexico and Central America. As a team member of the project, Humanizing Deportation, she has worked in Tijuana, Mexico to create a digital archive of narratives on deportation.

Francisco González Castro (Santiago, 1984). Artista, investigador y Doctor en Artes en la P. Universidad Católica de Chile. Ha presentado su trabajo como artista e investigador en diversos países, centrándose en el posicionando el concepto de lo político-artístico. Recientemente público el libro Performance Art en Chile: historias, procesos y actualidad (2016). Actualmente es parte del equipo de investigación del proyecto “El Comité de Solidaridad Artística con Chile: Mario Pedrosa y su legado patrimonial”, miembro del GCAS College Dublin y Director del GCAS-South America Collective, además de participar en otros proyectos.

Lucy Quezada Yáñez (Talagante, 1990). Investigadora, Licenciada y Magíster en Teoría e Historia del Arte en la Universidad de Chile. Ha publicado en libros y catálogos para diversos proyectos expositivos y ha escrito para las revistas Punto de Fuga, Arte y Crítica y Artishock. Es parte del equipo de investigación del proyecto “El Comité de Solidaridad Artística con Chile: Mario Pedrosa y su legado patrimonial”, y es parte del colectivo Charco desde 2015, con quienes ha realizado residencias, performances y exposiciones.

Diana Coca es una artista performer española que conjuga la fotografía, la performance y el videoarte en torno a la relación entre el cuerpo y la reconstrucción de la identidad femenina a través de autorretratos.

Odette Fajardo: Doctoranda por la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, dentro del Programa de Doctorado en Arte: Producción e Investigación. Mi trabajo artístico y teórico se centra en el performance, enfocándome particularmente en el punto de convergencia de lo personal con lo político. Últimamente estoy trabajando a medio camino de las siguientes líneas de análisis: Fronteras, migración y cartografías creativas y la Memoria, trauma y reconciliación.

Lupe Gehrenbeck: Licenciada en Arte, Magna Cum Laude de la Universidad Central de Venezuela, con Master en Comunicación en el New School for Social Research (NYC). Actriz durante dos décadas, miembro titular de la Compañía Nacional de Teatro donde hizo mas de veinte piezas y trabajó con muy destacados directores y dramaturgos de la talla de Miguel Narros, Pablo Cabrera, J.I. Cabrujas, I. Chocrón, R. Chalbaud y en New York en La Mamma ETC, con Elia Schneider. Participó también en tres largometrajes y siete seriados de televisión. Ha sido articulista en varios medios impresos y digitales, (El Nacional, Urbe, DIYEI, Zero Magazine, Feriado); actualmente publica en Viceversa-mag.com (NYC). Su libro de cuentos "Soy Hueco, luego Existo", fue publicado por Fundarte. Desde Octubre es miembro Vitalicio de la Unidad de Directores, del Actors Studio de Nueva York.

Pilar Talavera: I was born in Lima. I live and work in Barcelona. My work focuses on the role of memory as a channel through which we construct our identities, desires and hierarchies, using different languages such as performance, video, installation and writing.
In the past years my research has centered on food in relation with memories, the important role eating plays in our subjectivity and how, by appealing to the audience’s senses in my performance work, I try to elicit in them an awareness of the self and the other. In my theoretical work I have focused in the difference and correlation between myth and ritual and how we deal with this in everyday life.
Alejandra Jiménez: B.A. en Artes Escénicas y M.A. en Teatro y Artes Vivas de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Actriz, investigadora y docente del programa en Artes Escénicas de la Universidad Distrital. Miembro activo del grupo Vendimia Teatro, con quienes ha realizado procesos de formación artística y pedagógica con diferentes enfoques poblacionales. Comprometida con la enseñanza de las artes como medio y fin para la construcción de nuevas sociedades, su accionar ha sido desde el teatro y las prácticas performativas que convergen en relación con la ciudad, la temporalidad, el transporte público, la teatralidad y las prácticas urbanas cotidianas y populares.

Luis Daniel González: Latin America Initiative Fellow at Georgetown University. I have a B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I also received the Halpern Award in 2015 from the Institute for the Study of the Americas. Currently, I am an M.A. Candidate in Latin American at Georgetown. I am also working towards a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies from the Walsh School of Foreign Service. 

Dr Sophie Halart is Assistant Professor at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez in Santiago de Chile. She holds a PhD in History of Art from University College London where her doctoral thesis, entitled "Epidermal Aesthetics: Skin and the Feminine in Argentine and Chilean Contemporary Art (1973- present)” looked into the production of Argentine and Chilean artists from the 1970s up to now, through the lens of skin as both a material and symbolical surface. Her current postdoctoral research examines the discussion established between the maternal and materiality in contemporary Chilean art. Halart recently wrote an essay on the Argentine artist Liliana Porter that was published as part of the online Tate Research project in 2018. She is also the co-editor and co-author of Sabotage Art: Politics and Iconoclasm in Contemporary Latin America (I.B. Tauris, 2016).
Raisa Inocêncio: filosofa e performer, doutoranda e professora , na Universidade de Toulouse, também participa do laboratorio ERRAPHIS com estudos criticos sobre a descolonização do pensamento. Participa do tecnoxamanismo desde de 2014 em eventos no Rio de Janeiro e atualmente na Europa.
Carsten Agger: capoeirista e hacker, participa do movimento software livre, participa do tecnoxamanismo desde de 2014 com o I Festival do Tecnoxamanismo, na Aldeia Para, como também atualmente em eventos na Europa.
Isabella Aurora: bacharel em pintura pela Academia de Belas Artes do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Master na Escola Nacional de Artes Decorativas (Paris, França), participa do tecnoxamanismo desde de 2014 em eventos no Rio de Janeiro e atualmente na Europa.
Renata Alcoba: dj, artista e performer, participa do coletivo Voodohop e em projetos indepentes, participa do tecnoxamanismo desde de 2014 em eventos em São Paulo e atualmente na Europa.