An artistic project around the secret code of the Incas developed with a system of knotted cords.
Over a thousand years ago a form of material code emerged among the Andes mountains. By means of knotted ropes, called “quipus”, numbers and words were enacted. This publication The Andean Information Age knots together a universe of stories related to the quipu system, the history of its ongoing decipherment, and the disruption that this sensorial code may be able to trigger in our present.
Oscar Santillán (born 1980 in Ecuador, lives and works between The Netherlands and Ecuador) is an artist and cybernetician who continuously collaborates with diverse knowledge producers ranging from scientists
. He has been an artist-in-residence at Delfina Foundation, Leiden Astronomical Observatory, Van Eyck, Ratti Foundation, and Skowhegan. Oscar Santillán holds an MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). His work has been exhibited at the Yokohama Triennale, LACMA, MUAC, Socrates Park, NRW FORUM Düsseldorf, Kröller-Müller Museum, Bienal de Arte Paiz, FRAC Île-de-France
, Ballroom Marfa, Kunstinstituut Melly, Museo de la Universidad Nacional - Bogotá, IMMA, Museum Voorlinden, Humboldt Forum Berlin, among others.
Alessandra Troncone (born 1984 in Naples) is an art historian, curator and a Ph.D. in History of Art. Since 2013, she has been a member of the Research Department of the Madre Museum in Naples. In 2015/16, she participated in the Curatorial Programme at de Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam. She is a Professor of History of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples and an Artistic Co-Director of the program for contemporary art Underneath the Arches at the archaeological site of Acquedotto Augusteo del Serino. In 2019, she co-curated the 12th Kaunas Biennale, titled “After Leaving | Before Arriving”. She is a member of IKT – International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.