Exilio tropical. Parte 1: Cómo escribir una enfermedad tropical / Cómo escribir un manifiesto

@Criticaldías


How to Write a Tropical Disease/How to Write a Manifesto (2016-2017) consists of documentation of an action, held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in 2016, where performers read a script constructed from quoted fragments of archival documents sourced from the Guayaquil Historical Archive pertaining to the so-called 'hygiene campaigns' in the city of Guayaquil between 1890-1919, as well as quotes from the work of various poets and activists responding to the discourses on hygiene. Also included is an interview with personnel at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where we attempted to introduce the project's publication into the school's archive. 
 
The work considers the lasting impact of the scientific and social construction of narratives of contagion on present life in city centres and situates gentrification as part of a historical trajectory of social control and surveillance of public space that flourished particularly in the context of epidemics in the 19th century. 

How to Write a Tropical Disease/How to Write a Manifesto is the first chapter of Exilio Tropical: an anarchic commentary on sex, populism, medical theories, art history and exile.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Exilio tropical. Parte 1: Cómo escribir una enfermedad tropical / Cómo escribir un manifiesto
  • Direction: @Criticaldías
  • Production: 2016.
  • Duration: 00:10:06
  • Languages: English - Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Original format: Quicktime
  • Formats: HDV 720p