SUBMARINA an Immersive Installation

By Jade Arroyo

An abandoned house, a supernatural blue light, and a project unraveled in a secret sea world. A marine world that emerged in an organic way, out of trash. This installation/happening, created by Miguel Jara, evoked the feeling of diving into a giant fishbowl: inside you run into fish and jellyfish, with sea depths moving; all are beings out there, simply being. This show ran for one week, with the last performance on Friday, July.

Submarina was a portal to a parallel world, in the words of its author. This artificial marine world stood in the ruins of La Troje. Created completely with recycled materials, such as PET bottles, aluminum caps, straws, or junk food packaging, Submarina was also an ecological project. Without proselytizing, it explored the possibilities of reusing materials and made evident the need to redefine the manner of consumption of these hard-to-decompose materials. Yet once they are here, we can reuse them.

The project offered an aesthetic, entertaining experience for farmers and people in rural communities who often fall outside the cultural appeal. Since there is always a great disconnect between the urban environment and the rural one, SUBMARINA proposed a way out of the everyday routine.

The team is composed of Miguel Jara as the creator and director, Elisheba in costume, Christian Baumgarter in performance, Ari del Castillo production, and Mabel Gallo, Gina Acosta, and Jenny Salas as performers.


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