Zona del Silencio, Mapimí, Mexico August 24 to 27, 2022
On the possibility that the action lasts in the ephemeral, with the possibility that the immanent to the cosmos and its action on us, the permanence of the ephemeral built based on the experience, the encounter with the other and the infallible presence of the world we inhabit.
Efímero infinito raises the possibility of acting in two natural areas with strong mystical and symbolic essence, we can say that they are spaces of power, which are connected; the two proposed spaces are the area of silence and the Cerro del quemado. With the intention that our body and existence can feel inhabited by the space, sculpting the time from the perfomative actions.
The proposal is that the actions take place in both areas at two specific times, at dusk and at night, from the experience of the anthropologist Carlos Castaneda, in that space is where two or more worlds can communicate, in the zone of silence accompanied by the celestial vault and in the burned accompanied by the falling sun. Possibility to have an impact on the cosmos, to find a way to connect with the primordial factors of our existence, so body and universe become that ephemeral infinity.
About the zone of silence
Known as Trino Vertex. In the central part of the Bolsón de Mapimí there is an area called the Zone of Silence. ... It is called the Zone of Silence because radio waves cannot be transmitted in a normal way and this happens only in some small areas due to the existence of magnetic fields.
According to experts and visitors to this area, in that environment radio devices do not transmit their waves, compasses seem to go crazy, many people have come to see strange lights at night and it seems that this is an area that mysteriously attracts space debris, almost as if a magnetic halo attracts it. This is said to happen in the area located in the Bolsón de Mapimí, that is, in the Zone of Silence. It is a biosphere that UNESCO established in 1978, within the "Man and the Biosphere" program. Geographically, the Zone of Silence, or the Trine Vertex as it is also called, shares its geographical location, between the 26th and 28th parallels, with the location of the Bermuda Triangle, with the position of the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and with some sacred cities of Tibet. Of course, if it is causal, it is a lot of coincidence.
The Zone of Silence began to gain interest, among other reasons, because it was a frequent area of meteorite fall. One of them, the most famous, baptized as the "Allende Meteorite" fell in this desert on February 8, 1969. The meteorite was dated at 13,000 million years old, something that, according to experts, brings it closer in age to the famous Big Ban explosion when our Universe was supposed to have been created. But, undoubtedly, there was an event that deeply marked the history of this place.
About the Cerro del Quemado
The Cerro Quemado, for the Wixaritari, is where the Sun rises and is located in Wirikuta. It is on this hill that the pilgrimages of the ceremonial centers of all the Wixaritari communities culminate when they travel to Wirikuta to communicate with the ancestors and to collect jikuri (peyote).
This is where they find their foundations as a people and the divine essences coexist and recreate the legend. Reunar is one of the altars in Wirikuta. All of Wirikuta (highlands and lowlands) and what dwells there is sacred to the Wixárika people.
It is here where the Huichol community gathers to perform magical rituals around three concentric circles. Not before collecting peyote, an endemic cactus to which hallucinogenic properties are attributed. Once the harvest is completed, it is used to communicate with their indigenous ancestors.
The Cerro del Quemado or Cerro del Amanecer, in the Sierra de Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosí is considered by the Huicholes as the place where the sun rises after defeating the nocturnal animals and the monsters of the underworld.
Carl Lumholtz1 in The Symbolic and Decorative Art of the Huicholes (1902) compiles the Huichol account of the birth of the sun:
"The Huichols say that in the beginning of time, there was no light in the world other than that of the moon, which brought many inconveniences to men. The chiefs of them gathered to see how to endow the world with better light, and they begged the moon to send them her only son, a lame and one-eyed boy. She began to oppose, but consented at last. They gave the boy a ceremonial dress, with sandals, feathers and tobacco pouches; they armed him with bow and arrows, and painted his face, then threw him into a furnace where he was consumed.
But the boy rose from the dead, ran under the earth, and five days later the sun appeared. When it radiated its light on the earth, all the nocturnal animals (the jaguars and wild lions, the wolves, the coyotes, the foxes and snakes) became very irritated and shot arrows at the star of the day. Its heat was great and its dazzling rays blinded the nocturnal animals, forcing them to retreat with their eyes closed into caves, pools and trees; but if it had not been for the squirrel and the pitorreal, the sun would not have been able to complete its first journey across the sky. These were the only two animals that defended him; they would have preferred to die rather than let the Sun be killed, and they put tesguino [alcoholic drink of fermented corn] in the sunset so that he could pass. The jaguars and the wolves killed them, but the Huicholes offer sacrifices to this day to those heroes and give the squirrel the name of Father"
Thanks to The Finnish Cultural Foundation for supporting my travel.