WHAT IS LA WAYAKA CURRENT?
LA WAYAKA CURRENT is an artist-led organisation working on an exploratory/experimental arts project connected to anthropology and ecology.
We are a movement, ephemeral in nature as we go from one place to the next, we are active in the sense we are driven from socio-political and environmental issues and we are focussed on contemporary work and addressing pressing issues of our time.
WHERE DOES THE NAME COME FROM?
Our name has been made from the mayan word; WAYAK a word used to described visions through dreams and to refer to magic.
Current derives from the Latin; currere ‘to run'
1. To define a body of water or air moving in a definite direction, especially through a surrounding body of water or air in which there is less movement.
2. A flow of electricity which results from the ordered directional movement of electrically charged particles.
3. The general tendency or course of events or opinion.
4. Belonging to the present time; happening or being used or done now.
We chose this word to put together and define what we were trying to create with the project.
WHAT IS LWC REACTING TO?
We are reacting to the increasing loss of connection to the natural world in big cities. This distancing is part of something forcing the planet into a potentially catastrophic future, that threatens our very existence.
As well as this the standards of our recent social and political climate with cuts to art funding, academia becoming less accessible and financially elite and the rising costs of rent and general living we are migrating to wild and rural locations as an experiment and alternative.
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
We are building bridges between artists and indigenous/rural communities, in remote and otherworldly locations, to reconnect with nature and create awareness. We also promote cultural exchanges and art making.
HOW WILL OUR PRESENCE AFFECT THE LOCAL INDIGENOUS OR RURAL COMMUNITY AND CULTURE?
We are working together with people in the community to create respectful and low impact visits that will generate not only a monetary income and jobs for members from the community but along with a beneficial human impact.
We are here to learn about their culture adapting to how they live. We will respectfully be involved with the community only to the extent that they wish and not push anything onto them they might not feel comfortable with.
We should contribute gradually in ways that might help the community through discussion and co operation with the people who live there. The communities we work with are happy and in sync with our project, interested in the cultural exchange, building connections and work with the youth.
Art is an important tool for communicating and for society to articulate its own forms of repression, to discover things and propose progressive new ways of thinking. This is a vital opportunity for artists to build connections, find reason, purpose and reflect on radical new ways to better our contemporary situation with creative research and work.
WHY ARE WE FLEEING THE CITIES?
The remaining studios, gallery and living spaces in the worlds, once most inspiring and switched-on cities for arts and culture are being devoured up.
We feel left with an ever more sterile environment where ideas and dreams are getting crushed and made impossible. Cities are only microcosms of the world, which is in a much greater turmoil and about to reach breaking point.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
We are searching for something beyond the conventional framework of the existing institutions, galleries and studio spaces. We will provide an extreme and opposing place and lifestyle to contemplate and create work. This new context will ignite new ways to approaching art; both in methodologies and conceiving art. Our intent is to find new solutions, think in new radical ways and hope to change.
WHERE WE GO?
We choose to go to small rural or indigenous communities and cultures living hand in hand with nature in spectacular environments that are being threatened by aspects of modern ways of life.