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Mapping The Kuikuro Community With People’s Palace Projects and Queen Mary University of London

Takumã Kuikuro

Join us for a series of events around the work of Xingu artist and filmmaker Takumã Kuikuro


  • Screening: London as a Village 2017 (22 mins.) by Takumã Kuikuro

Watch a screening of London as a Village by Takumã, a Kuikuro filmmaker from the Brazilian Xingu territory & Associate Artist of People’s Palace Projects, and other video recordings from the project.

  • Discussion

A discussion of the collaborative project with Professors Paul Heritage, Jerry Brotton and Leandro Valiati, one of Brazil's leading cultural economists and Visiting Professor in the Economy of Culture at QMUL.

  • Interactive photogrammetry workshop with Factum Foundation

Photogrammetry is the science of making measurements from photographs, and is used especially for mapping the exact positions of surface points. In this workshop, Factum Foundation will demonstrate how to generate a 3D model and talk about the imaging techniques used in Xingu. Come along to our photogrammetry workshop and create a 3D computer model of your photos on screen (not printed out).

People’s Palace Projects is an arts research centre in the QMUL Drama Department, directed by Paul Heritage, that creates partnerships with artists, academics, activists and audiences to ask how our worlds are transformed through creativity and the arts. Over the past 20 years that enquiry has taken it all over the world, working in theatres, prisons, schools, universities, galleries and on streets, with local communities in the East End of London or in Burkina Faso: but it is in Brazil that PPP has forged the most provocative and revelatory moments of exchange that have always been at the heart of its enquiry. This project brings together three of PPP’s Associates in partnership with Factum Foundation and the Indigenous Kuikuro People of the Upper Xingu (AIKAX).

In May 2017, Takumã collaborated with Adam Lowe, British digital technology artist and director of Factum Foundation, and Jerry Brotton, a scholar in cartographic history at QMUL, in his village in the Xingu region of Brazil as part of an exchange programme curated by Heritage in partnership with AIKAX. The Xingu, Mato Grosso State, is a protected area of more than 2.6 million hectares and home to 16 indigenous peoples, including the Kuikuro. The artists and researchers worked together, using advanced digital technologies to enable the community of the Ipatse village, Takumã’s home, to create 3D maps of their territories and cultures. Takumã and Factum Foundation used a 3D Faro laser scanner to record vulnerable aspects of Kuikuro cultural heritage including images, sounds, graphics, artefacts and architecture. The project explored new ways in which indigenous peoples can bring the evolving experiences of first millennial life to contemporary debates about Brazilian economic and social development in the third millennium.

London as a Village is a 22 minute documentary, directed by Takumã and produced by People’s Palace Projects with support from Brazil’s Ministry of Culture. It draws on his month-long residency in London. Two phases of the Xingu research exchange in 2017 were funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Newton Fund and Global Challenges Research Fund. PPP is core funded as a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England and by QMUL.

This event is programmed by Queen Mary University London, a Tate Exchange Associate.

Takumã Kuikuro

Takumã Kuikuro

Takumã Kuikuro

Takumã Kuikuro

About Queen Mary University London

QMUL is a global university which is committed, through its recruitment, teaching, and public engagement activities, to enhancing the lives of the people of east London and beyond. Our collaborative projects with community organisations focus on building resilience, inviting reflection on shared challenges, and encouraging community cohesion in one of the most diverse areas of the UK. QMUL has a long history of working with arts and culture to benefit local communities and address complex global challenges. The People’s Palace, opened by Queen Victoria in 1887, was originally a community venue where people of the East End could enjoy dance classes, organ recitals, donkey shows and art exhibitions, as well as gain skills in what are now known as the ‘creative industries’ – tailor’s cutting, woodwork, photography, and needlework. Today, QMUL continues to harness the radical power of art to change the world. Our arts and cultural activities embody QMUL’s values of diversity, inclusion, and community engagement.

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Date & Time

6 May 2018 at 12.00–18.00

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