Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha’s Altamira 2042: Fostering Multispecies Survival through Performance, Ritual and Active Listening
Performance can provide far-reaching and meaningful tools to re-think the ways humans construct knowledge to integrate more-than-human worlds. This is the case of the techno-shamanistic ritual performance Altamira 2042, directed by Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha. This performance is a starting point to address the critical situation of several endangered species in the Brazilian Amazon. Focusing on how the artist deconstructs the ‘metaphorization of nature’ (Chaudhuri, 1994) and the ‘modern constitution’ (Latour, 1993), this article argues that Da Cunha’s innovative performative work rests on a decolonised ethnographic practice and a non-anthropo-centered perspective where active listening and ritual become not only aesthetic but also political acts.
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