Blending Indigenous Futures, Spirituality, Magic, and Technology in Colombia’s “Codex Future” Exhibition

An exhibition in Bogotá merges indigenous spirituality, magic, and technological innovation to envision the future, featuring ritual installations inspired by indigenous concepts of time, opening March 9.

“Codex Future” Unveils the Fusion of Tradition and Modernity

In the heart of Colombia’s vibrant capital, Bogotá, a groundbreaking exhibition titled “Codex Future” is set to redefine the intersection of tradition and modernity. Opening on March 9 at the Cinemateca de Bogotá and running until March 31, this show emerges from a unique blend of co-creative workshops involving various indigenous communities. It aims to weave their mythological perspectives with contemporary technology, offering a fresh lens through which to view the future.

The initiative, which spotlights the rich cultural tapestry of Latin America’s indigenous peoples, is particularly timely. Across the region, from the Mapuche in Chile to the Maya in Mexico, indigenous communities face challenges threatening their survival and cultural heritage. Yet, despite these pressures, they continue to be vital custodians of ancestral knowledge and sustainable living practices. “Codex Future” not only celebrates this wisdom but also serves as a compelling testament to the resilience and innovation of these communities.

The exhibition is a multi-sensory journey through stories that blend magic and spirituality, creating a space where time bends and ancient voices find new expression through technology. Highlights include 360-degree illustrations, augmented reality graphic pieces, a virtual reality immersive experience, and a web application titled “The Oracle of All Ages.” This digital oracle offers visitors insights into indigenous visions of the future. At the same time, the virtual reality segment draws inspiration from a sacred song performed by the project director’s uncle.

Elder Manuel Tobar Panchoaga’s Deep Connection to “Codex Future”

Elder Manuel Tobar Panchoaga, the visionary behind “Codex Future,” shares a personal connection to the project that extends deep into his heritage within the Nasa indigenous community. “This project is a deep dive into my family, my ancestors. My uncle is a traditional healer, and from a young age, I participated in spaces of ritual and reflection,” Panchoaga explains. Through this personal journey, “Codex Future” becomes more than an exhibition; it’s an invitation to reconsider our collective future through the wisdom of the past.

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As “Codex Future” prepares to open its doors, it stands as a beacon of innovation and tradition, showcasing how indigenous perspectives can guide us toward a more sustainable and spiritually connected future. This local exhibition reflects a broader movement across Latin America, where indigenous wisdom is increasingly recognized as essential to addressing contemporary global challenges.

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