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Chile is the main attraction at the London Design Biennial with the exhibition "Tectonic Resonances".

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Until June 27, Chile will be part of the III London Design Biennial with the exhibition "Tectonic Resonances" displayed in the Chilean pavilion, which has been shown at the historic Somerset House in the British capital.

Eleven days after the opening of the London Design Biennial, the Chilean pavilion has stood out with its exhibition "Tectonic Resonances" or "Tectonic Resonances of the South", which invites visitors to interact with the work, causing great interest among the general public and experts. So much so that it has been highlighted by international media such as The Guardian, Time Out, and Design Week Magazine, and Forbes among others.

This year, the third London Design Biennial is made up of 29 pavilions and countries, territories and cities, including Chile, were invited to gather globally from June 1 to 27. The theme with which artistic director Es Devlin invited the world's most talented and imaginative designers and curators to develop their work was: resonance. This is how the pavilions are presenting their proposals in the historic locations of Somerset House, one of the most emblematic buildings in London.

Chile's "Tectonic Resonances" is a project focused on the sonorous properties of Andean rocks that responds to the central theme of the Biennial by means of ancestral technologies built in stone, related to the first signs of design in Latin America and the beginning of the Anthropocene. The pavilion was curated by the designers and professors of the School of Design of the Catholic University Marcos Chilet, Pablo Hermansen, Martín Tironi and the designer Carola Ureta, together with a great team including the designer of the lithophonic stones Macarena Irarrázaval, the designer Valentina Aliaga, Design System International and Sistema Simple Estudio.

The team collected and studied a collection of lithophones (stone instruments that produce a vibration when struck) from quarries, deserts and mountains of the Andes, with which visitors can now interact through the primitive action of striking stones to generate an expressive sound that speaks of Chile, a country where stones and mountains resonate, whether through earthquakes, the thunder of minerals excavated in the mines, or the echoes of ancient lithic technologies.

The pavilion also features a geological map of the Andes, marking key points such as mining project locations, earthquake epicenters, communities of resistance and ancestral communities of stone artisans. In the center of the room, seven lithophones co-created by artisans, musicians and designers, with rocks of different colors, textures and shapes, create a diverse sound stage when audiences interact with them. The room also has three large screens that record visitors' interactions with the lithophones, transforming the space into the epicenter of a tectonic event.

An interesting exhibition created by national talents that can be visited until June 27. More information on the biennial's website.


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