On the Implausibility of Radiance

Digital video with sound, 03:37 minutes

On the Implausibility of Radiance is an edited document of Resplandor Teotihuacan, a tourist attraction consisting of a video mapping projected onto the exterior of the pyramid of Teotihuacan in Mexico. The video and audio in this show speculate by reciting a multitude of creation myths that range from Toltec, Mixtec, Zapotec, and the Aztec who found the abandoned city in the 1400’s and gave the pyramid it’s name Teotihuacan or pyramid of the sun. The show has become a cultural heritage controversy as the pyramid had to be retrofitted with lights and speakers for the nightly spectacle and archaeologists, locals, and activist groups have become concerned this retrofitting and the reverberation from the nightly show is incrementally causing cracks in the pyramid to get larger. The paradox of this historical injunction to remember by destroying the sites and therefore the histories they propagate seems to be irreconcilable since the will to propagate these stories is both the cause and effect of the inevitable alteration of the histories it seeks to tell.