Oswaldo Maciá work about
ACTION VERSUS JUSTIFICATIONS/IWUANA

Action versus Justifications / iwuana
2010
Olfactory–acoustic film scenario

This banquet for iguanas was shot on the Caribbean island of Curacao. Maciá describes the iguana (in the indigenous language, iwana) as 'the last dinosaur of the Caribbean.' A forty-eight hour feast for twenty-two diners was set on a table overlooking the natural bay where the colonising Spaniards landed in 1499, enslaving and exterminating the local Arawak people. The iguanas are the only surviving witnesses of this genocide. The resultant 16mm black-and-white film (duration 13 minutes, transferred to DVD) is accompanied by the smell of apples, a scent encouraging relaxation and cognitive intelligence, and a soundtrack of a fierce rainstorm moving across four sound-channels.

Presented at:
Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands (2012)
Biennal de Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain (2010)

Collaborator:
Smell component created with master perfumer Ricardo Moya
(IFF, International Flavors and Fragrances)

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