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ARQ (Santiago)

versión On-line ISSN 0717-6996

ARQ (Santiago)  no.104 Santiago abr. 2020 


Inclusive Information

Gabriela Medrano1 

Felipe Zegers2 

1Profesora asistente, Escuela de Arquitectura, Universidad San Sebastián, Santiago, Chile.

2Colectivo Blá!, Santiago, Chile.


Adopted by the UN towards the end of 1948, after the atrocities committed in World War II, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is perhaps the most important document ever written, and one of the texts that has been translated into more languages. By protecting the rights inherent to our human condition, this is a text that we should all know and respect. “Inclusive information” seeks precisely that: to expand access to knowledge of those minimum rights, which constitute us as humans.

Keywords: laws; urban interventions; language; human rights; portfolio

Source: © M. Fernanda Landin

Figure 1 Inclusive Information 01, Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Quinta Normal, May, 2019. 

Source: © M. Fernanda Landin

Figure 2 Inclusive Information 02, Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Quinta Normal, May, 2019. 

Source: © M. Fernanda Landin

Figure 3 Inclusive Information 03, Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Quinta Normal, May, 2019. 

Source: © M. Fernanda Landin

Figure 4 Inclusive Information 04, Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Quinta Normal, May, 2019. 

Inclusive Information is a citizen intervention - a temporary intervention in the public space through artifacts or devices that use the urban infrastructure as support, modifying everyday life - that provides an invitation to reflect on the use of language as a generator of reality.

Language establishes a close relationship with thought, as a means of communication, interpreting the reality in which we live, and reflecting what society is at all times. We propose a democratization of our language, which has, by default, fixed the masculine linguistic gender in most of the institutions that represent us as a society.

Source: © Pablo Castro

Figure 5 Inclusive Information 05, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, October, 2019. 

Source: © Bruno Giliberto

Figure 6 Inclusive Information 06, Las Palmas Walk, Providencia, December, 2018. 

Inclusive Information is made up of a sound device - Inclusive Speaker - that uses the existing urban infrastructure as a framework to temporarily settle in public space and disseminate civic texts, in this case, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in inclusive language. This artifact works in two modes, the continuous sound reproduction of a female murmur - making it a participatory actor within the space - and a performance in which a complete public reading is made using the Replica print, a graphic reproduction of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 -but modified by means of inclusive language.

Our intervention has been installed in public spaces in the streets of Córdoba, Buenos Aires and Santiago, as well as in the Museo de la Memoria y de los Derechos Humanos, during the XXi Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism of Chile, and in the Museum of Contemporary Art, at a time when the museum was forced to close due to the October 18 uprising. Because of this, it kept on reproducing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for 44 continuous hours.

Figure 7

Gabriela Medrano. Architect and Master in Architecture, Universidad Andrés Bello, 2008. She has won several international architecture competitions, such as the Bío-Bío Regional Theater, in association to Smiljan Radic and Eduardo Castillo. She currently teaches at the Universidad Andrés Bello and at the Universidad San Sebastián. Since 2018, she has carried out citizen interventions.

Felipe Zegers. Self-taught musician and artist. Since 2004 he has made interventions along with the creative group Colectivo Blá! He is the director and creator of the urban intervention festival Hecho en Casa Fest. He has lectured, done talks and workshops on urban art. As a musician he has worked on projects within the Chilean experimental scene and the composition of children’s music.

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