Clelio de Paula
AIKAX, People Palaces Projects
'Xingu Ensemble' is the result of an artistic residency at High Xingu. I scanned volumetrically indigenous people from Kuikuro village, and developed an art installation as a way to represent a mystical allegory of the Kuikuro culture through an immersive sensorial narrative in virtual reality. The idea was to combine mythical allegories and daily rituals from indigenous cultures using portable 3D scanning and Ambisonics audio. After spending some days with indigenous local researchers, talking, going to farms and fishing, I was enchanted with their common way of life. So I combined daily life and rituals, creating 13 dioramas. The background story is told by Yamalui Kuikuro, a singer and researcher from Ipatse village. The words were recorded in native language from Kuikuro people. 'Xingu Ensemble' premiered at the Multiplicidade Imagem Som Inusitados in October 2017. It was also presented at Tate Modern in May 2018, in a exhibition at Tate Exchange Week: 'Producing Memory: Maps, Materials, Belongings', as a project in partnership with People's Palace Projects, Queen Mary University of London, and Aikax.