A la hora señalada (1982)
  • Title: A la hora señalada
  • Alternate Title: El neon es el arma
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:02:30
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: April 1982
  • Location: Santiago, Chile
  • Type-Format: performance, demonstration
  • Cast: Raúl Zurita, Juan Castillo, performers.
  • Credits: CADA (Colectivo Acciones de Arte), producer, director; Lotty Rosenfeld, videographer; Inés Paulino, Ana María López, photographers ; Lotty Rosenfeld, Diamela Eltit, Raúl Zurita, Juan Castillo, Fernando Balcells, creators.

A la hora señalada (1982)

Shown in this video clip is raw footage of CADA’s performance on arts and politics ‘A la hora señalada’. In a neon light factory, CADA members Juan Castillo and Raúl Zurita perform a remake of the famous duel in the American western film ‘High Noon’ (translated in Latin America as ‘A la hora señalada’). Symbolizing a physical trace of this tense and dangerous situation, the artists extended between them a neon strip illuminating the scene –a duel of light, without weapons. The reference to the film works here as a denunciation of Chilean political violence during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, and as an open call to utilize mourning as a productive force in the struggle for civil rights.

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