2084 – An Argentine tunnel is a call from the National Ministry of Culture of Argentina, through its Secretariat of Cultural Heritage and the National Directorate of Heritage Management, to imagine desired futures to be projected and, at the same time, pasts that deserve to be treasured.
Within the framework of the 2084 Imagined Futures from the South program, promoted by the OLA (Observatory on Latin America) of the New School University of New York, the Directorate of International Programs FADU UBA and 17 institutions in Latin America, the Secretariat of Cultural Heritage presents an associated proposal between the “José Antonio Terry” Museum in Tilcara (Jujuy) and the Manzana de las Luces Historical Complex in Buenos Aires city.
Throughout 2021, a group of 12 young people from Jujuy and Buenos Aires exchanged experiences and interests, creating a reflective dialogue about the imagined future(s). Through virtual meetings, dialogues, conversations and personal visual and written creations, in the first half of the year they formed a common agenda and body of work.
Feminism, the environment, the Anthropocene, native peoples, (sub)urban and (semi)rural identities are some of the problematic knots and forms of expression that emerged and motivated the meetings, through public actions and interventions.
The project An Argentine Tunnel proposes various coordinates for a meeting of young people to imagine and create futures. This book-object is one of them: a drop-down group production with a selection of the works carried out by the students residing in Buenos Aires and Tilcara. Here are the results of the process of virtual contacts in which they participated when they were summoned from the Manzana de las Luces Historical Complex and the José Antonio Terry National Museum, converted into extreme stations, to co-create instances of connection to exchange experiences of the present and thoughts about the future.
In the book’s introduction, Viviana Usubiaga, national director of Patrimonial Management, points out: “Unlike the modern Western conception of time and its faith in progress, for our indigenous communities, time is cyclical, not linear. The past is ahead of us and the future behind us. The past is known, it is clearly perceived, it is in front of one because it has already happened. From the past we learn and allow us to understand its links with the future that we do not know, but of which we are creators”.
An Argentine tunnel is traversed from front to back or vice versa, symbolizing narratives that are neither hierarchical nor linear, without a pre-established beginning or end. It offers a disjointed trip between Buenos Aires and Tilcara, an imaginary displacement towards the year 2084, a road map outlined by young Argentines with literary essays and future manifestos.
This project station gathers the expectations, concerns and desires of a group of students who draw their own agendas where feminisms, politics, violence, affectivity, racism, identities and the urgent care of the earth emerge at every moment of this time machine that rehearses futures on paper.