Yachay wasi is a project with Escuelab Lima (Peru) and Grisart (Peru) as part of the EU project ‘LAIC – Culture and Arts Supporting Social Cohesion in Latin American Cities’, developed by Interarts and BOZAR and funded by DG DEVCO of the European Commission.
The project was developed in Medellin during November 2016 and was presented at BOZAR (Bruxels) in the exhibition “Latin American Cartographies – Art, Social Cohesion and Urban Landscapes”.
The project is an artistic research to investigate the paradox between the supposed connectivity of the online world and the disconnection from our physical and social environment. To this end, we focused on exploring urban learnings, those that are constructed and unfold in the knowledge of the streets.
We interviewed people in the streets of Medellin and Lima to explore the city as a non-formal, non-regulated learning space where what is learned arises from experiences, emotions, observation, sensoriality, meaningfulness, empathy, socialization, sight, hearing and confusion. We explored forms of non-legitimized knowledge, spaces for defining identities, socializing values, strategies, tactics and ways of being. We explored these spaces to re-focus our perception of the here and now.To learn other ways to observe, listen, move and feel. To unlearn and re-learn perception. To re-connect with the emotions, the senses, the others and the meaningful.
The results is a sum of voices, images and movement. A listening station of testimonies about learning in the street in Lima and Medellín. And one question: what are the qualities of an urban space to become a “playground” where we can learn other ways of observing, listening and moving (where to connect with the here and now)?