Ixiptla IV – Feathered Changes, Serpent Disappearances is a journal about trajectories of anthropology initiated by Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball. The publication takes the form of a highly visual magazine with essays by anthropologists, archaeologists, artists, and writers, including Ursula K. LeGuin, John Cage, Robert H. Barlow, and Matthew Robb. Join us for the West Coast book launch, featuring a presentation by Castillo Deball and related readings.
The publication explores the tension between indeterminacy and narrative within archaeology and art. Can we read an archeological site through chance operations? A different idea of time would likely evolve from this methodology. On one hand, there is an attempt to record traces from the past in order to build up a coherent picture. On the other hand, we have a more schizophrenic way of dealing with memory, acknowledging ghosts, double visions, and multiple versions of history.
Ixiptla IV is published by BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE in conjunction with Mariana Castillo Deball’s 2016 Kadist + SFAI Residency. In addition to the publication, Deball’s residency also resulted in Feathered Changes, Serpent Disappearances, an exhibition at SFAI’s Walter and McBean Galleries in 2016.