Carnegie Mellon University

Felipe Gomez

April 10, 2020

Felipe Gomez - Literature and Art in the Narrative of Apocalypse

This week Felipe Gomez, coordinator of the CAS Narrative Initiative asks "What is the role of literature and art in the narrative of apocalypse" and selects:

An excerpt from The Children by author Carolina Sanín and
4 Sound projects by Alba Triana

Read the Curator's Statment

In their own ways, Alba Triana and Carolina Sanín are offering their thoughts on an esthetic and narrative problem in the pieces they have generously chosen to share with us this week. In a manner that might be clearer to some of us, now that we’ve had the experience of seeing and hearing nature with a different attention from our temporary enclosures, Triana proposes a series of sound and light sculptures from her deep observations of nature, in which vibration seeks to promote connection and identification with life sources. Sanín’s piece comes from The Children, a novel exploring the limits of isolation and intimacy translated into English by Nick Caistor. In it we find the protagonist, Laura Romero, in deep and at time bizarre conversations with Fidel, a six-year-old child who has unexpectedly and inexplicably appeared in her life and who now seems to fill up all of her time and her thoughts in a way that may be familiar to all who have suddenly been tasked to work from home while also home-schooling and attending to the demands and magical energies of children.