Performing the jumbled city

Subversive aesthetics and anticolonial indigeneity in Santiago de Chile

Edited by Olivia Casagrande

Performing the jumbled city


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6187-1
  • Pages: 376
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: August 2022
  • BIC Category: ART / Performance, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural, Society & social sciences / Political activism, Art Of Indigenous Peoples, Society & social sciences / Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Society & social sciences / Sociology & anthropology, Sociology, Anthropology, Sociology & anthropology, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban, ART / Art & Politics
  • Series: Anthropology, Creative Practice and Ethnography


Performing the jumbled city is a complex artefact beyond its own materiality. Linked to a dedicated website hosting additional audio-visual materials, the book acts as a connecting device allowing an exchange between texts, audio-visual materials, and original artworks, situating it in the emerging field of multi-modal ethnography. From this stance, and as an edited collection co-authored with urban indigenous artists and activists, it interrogates the ways in which knowledge is built and shared. The book is constructed as a particular kind of edited collection, shifting between different authorships. The resulting interaction between individual and collective essays draws together scholars' and activists' perspectives in a rich exchange between textual, visual and dramatic sections, for the book is organised around the original script of the site-specific performance Santiago Waria, and the related exhibition MapsUrbe.

Making a claim for creation, rather than recuperation, the essays contained in the book put forward alternative imaginations that disrupt the social and material landscape of the (post)colonial city, defying the spatialities usually assigned to colonised bodies and subjects. As such, and actively engaging with current debates through collective writing by indigenous people raising questions in terms of decolonisation, the book stands as both an academic and a political project, interrogating the relationship between activism and academia, and issues of representation, authorship, and knowledge production.


Prologue - Enrique Antileo Baeza

Introduction: Ethnographic scenario, emplaced imaginations and a political aesthetic - Olivia Casagrande

Part I Santiago Waria: the (post)colonial city
1 Act 1 - Beginnings: the Quinta Normal Park - MapsUrbe Collective
2 Act 2 - Colonial recursivity: Plaza de Armas - MapsUrbe Collective
3 Act 3 - Racialised trajectories: Providencia - MapsUrbe Collective
4 Act 4 - Welcome to the future: the Santa Lucía/Welen Hill - MapsUrbe Collective

Part II Interventions: Champurria poetics
5 (Dance) steps to return your side: Mapuche migration and joy - Martín Llancaman
6 Memory and pain: Santiago Waria, Pueblo Grande de Wigka - Rodrigo Huenchun Pardo
7 Voices beneath the concrete: an imaginary for urban Mapuche jewellery - Cynthia Niko Salgado Silva
8 A minimal cartography for a place of impossible memory: an ephemeral Indian stain on privileged areas of Santiago - Claudio Alvarado Lincopi
9 The Indian's head - Antil
10 La Indià: the right to imagine Mapuche pop - Puelpan

Nütxam / A conversation - Olivia Casagrande, Claudio Alvarado Lincopi, Roberto Cayuqueo Martínez
Afterword - Claudio Alvarado Lincopi

MapsUrbe Glossary


Olivia Casagrande is an anthropologist and Research Associate at the University of Sheffield. She was previously a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Manchester.

Claudio Alvarado Lincopi is a historian and PhD student in Urban Studies at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and an Associate Researcher at the Centro de Estudios Interculturales e Indígenas (CIIR).

Roberto Cayuqueo Martínez is a theatre director, writer and performer.

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