Transit in the house of cancer is part of El Caldo. During the four days that compose El Caldo in Halle at Gessnerallee, we will be holding a space of curiosity, of doing little to listen more. The space will be open on Thursday from 19:00, on Friday and Saturday from 16:00 and on Sunday from 14:00 until 23:00 each day.
The House of Cancer is a building made of words. Assembled from audio archives and unwieldy conversations about cancerous embodiments, each transit through the house gives way to new rooms. This time the audience will descend into the basement, through a multi-year dialogue shared between curator Camila Marambio and writer Nina Lykke while sharing words for their never-ending book project Sandcastles: Cancerous Bodies and their Necro/powers. To transit within the House it is essential to be guided. The artist Ariel Bustamante has taught himself how to listen to the wallwords, to hundreds of hours of inhalations, exhalations, and sighs that live in the cracks of the House. As a guide, he knows how to enter each room, how to exit, how to be with the breathing of others. Recent critical events have provoked Ariel, Camila and Nina to reflect on cancerous interruption through the lense of solitude, marginality, conservation biology, wildfires, autopoiesis, mourning love and celebrating the dead. Their breathing together led them to want to circulate their words back into the world from the underworld. Transit in the House of Cancer stands for healing. The House of Cancer is open(ended).
Ariel Bustamante is a sound artist based in La Paz/Bolivia. Bustamante is a member of the Multispecies Laboratory at the Institute of Anthropological Research at the Universidad Mayor de San Andr s, Bolivia, and a current fellow of the artist in the residency program of the Academy Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany. He is a wind follower who practices new and old ways of walking with humans and wind-persons, using breathing and conversation as a social form of healing.
Camila Marambio is a curator based in Chile and founder/Director of Ensayos. Postdoc Fellow of The Seedbox
Program at The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. PhD in Curatorial Practice, Monash University, Melbourne. M.A. in
Modern Art: Curatorial Studies, Columbia University, NYC and Master of Experiments in Art and Politics, Science Po,
Paris. She’s a letter writing dancer who practices magic, delights in telling ancient circular stories and is concerned
with human/non-human health.