The School of Panamerican Unrest

September 26, 2007

Not-For-Profit Organization: Arts Organization
Title: The School of Panamerican Unrest
http://www.panamericanismo.org/
Author: Pablo Helguera

ABOUT THE PROJECT: The School of Panamerican Unrest is an artist-led, not-for -profit public art project that seeks to generate connections between the different regions of the Americas through discussions, performances, screenings, and short-term and long-term collaborations between organizations and individuals. Its main component will be a nomadic forum or think-tank that will cross the hemisphere by land, from Anchorage, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina, in Tierra del Fuego. This hybrid project included a collapsible and movable architectural structure in the form of a schoolhouse, as well as a video collection component. The project, which seeks to involve a wide range of audiences and engage them at different levels, offers alternative ways to understand the history, ideology, and lines of thought that have significantly impacted political, social and cultural events in the Americas.

Comment: This web site is the most easy to surf and its design is the most simple. The site was designed as a blog. Pablo needed this design because he wanted to post his experiences of his journey through Las Americas. The web site was his essential tool during the journey. The images are illustrations of the activities and the text. This site had two contexts and audiences. The first context and audience were art and people interested in art. The second were people interested in Latin American culture and social problems, as well as web site visitants and people that Pablo met in Las Americas. When I look at artists’ works I always try to find their poetic view. I selected The School of Panamerican Unrest because this is a wonderful idea, as the authors said: “The project, which seeks to involve a wide range of audiences and engage them at different levels, offers alternative ways to understand the history, ideology, and lines of thought that have significantly impacted political, social and cultural events in the Americas.” I think that Palo Helguera and Eduardo Navas have a poetic view and we can learn important things from them.

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