Kon Kon| 53mins
Director: Cecilia, Vicuna | Producer: James, O'Hern
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: United States
In this documentary poem, Cecilia VicuÃ±a returns to Con CÃ³n, the birthplace of her art in Chile where the sea is dying and an ancient indigenous tradition is being destroyed. Con CÃ³n is located at the mouth of the Aconcagua River whose source is the glacier of Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere. Named for one of the oldest deities of the Andes, Con CÃ³n has been a sacred oracle site for millennia, associated with the renowned oracle site of Pachacamac on the coast of Peru. The word Con alludes to the sanctity of the cycle of water -- from glacier to ocean to cloud -- a circularity intensified by the repetition: Con CÃ³n. In the sacred Valle del Aconcagua, the 'bailes chinos' created a powerful mystical sound: the 'sonido rajado' (torn sound), a multiphonic music of the pre-Colombian Andes. Based on dissonance, the 'bailes chinos' are a collective trance dance to increase the life-force of land and water. Continuously performed throughout colonial times, the dance is now dying along with the sea. Exploring the forgotten meaning of the ancient names, the artist recovers a cultural memory that has been erased. In this hybrid work, part poem, part documentary, Cecilia VicuÃ±a creates new bridges between the ancestral and the avant-garde.
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