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The Death of Analogue (Science and Philosophy & Letters), 2024, was inspired by two funerary urns on exhibit at the Chilean Museum of Pre-Colombian Art in Santiago, Chile. Aguada Culture, 600-900 AC and Santa Maria Culture, 1200-1470 AC. Preoccupation with the fate of the "spirits" of the dead was constant throughout pre-Columbian America. Its inhabitants developed sophisticated collective ceremonies to appease the pain of the living and facilitate the transit of the souls to the afterlife. Sometimes the bodies were deposited directly in the vessels, but in most cases they were used to keep only the bones. Other peoples buried their dead underground and after decomposition, they dug up the bones for a second burial.

Many years ago my artist and professor friend Pablo Rivera gave me two envelopes that he rescued from a demolition of "a wooden shack behind the Faculty of Arts at the University of Chile, that was torn down because it was falling apart and swarming with mice.” One had Literature and Philosophy written on it, the other, Sciences. Both contained negatives of student portraits from the 1970s and 1980s. Unknown photographer. A treasure of anonymity.

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