Canciones para vivos y muertos, “Songs for the death and the living” is a collective project between different artists, historians, architects and public and private institutions, interested in the activation of the spaces that guard the memory of the city. It was developed between November 2013 and April 2014.
The project proposed a series of walking experiences: across the Central Cemetery of Bogota, the Columbaries –former cemetery for the poor and homeless– and the Centre for Memory, Peace and Reconciliation. The experiences involved the people of the Santa Fe neighborhood, which is located next to the Cemetery. It also involved the usual visitors and inhabitants of these sites. The Cemetery keeps part of the history of the city, but it also is a place for every day rituals and popular myths, that are part of a contemporary popular history of Bogota.
This experience, which involved different media-devices such as light and sound installations, video projections, performances, theatrical constructions and food rituals, was open for the public during several nights in 2013 and later, as a part of the Ibero-American Theatre Festival of Bogotá in 2014.
In this experiment, different approaches to this territory are put in dialogue with the idea of re-signifying it and consolidating it as a living memory space of the city.
Project developed by:
Fundación Escuela Taller de Bogotá, Centro de Memoria Paz y Reconciliación, Red de Artes Vivas, Departamento de Historia de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Vividero Colectivo, UAESP & Instituto Distrital de Patrimonio Cultural.