A video by: Luis Cantillo


POPORO explores the complex cosmology of Colombian indigenous
culture. What you will see is a journey to the spirit world filled with
mythological beings, spirits and gods. You could think of it as the other
side of the search for El Dorado – it is not gold what we are looking for,
but the native spiritual context of this golden universe.

Inspired by the golden artworks from the collection of the Gold Museum
in Bogotá Colombia and by the shamanic practices and traditions of the
Americas, Poporo is a flight to the heart of this amazing world and
culture, whose knowledge expands and challenges our notions of reality.

Poporo, the title of the video refers to a container used by
Shamans to preserve lime. In rituals, shamans chew coca leaves
together with lime producing an alkaloid that enables them to
achieve a trance-like state that provides them with endurance.Their tasks
in their communities range from curing people, provide counseling and
also help preserve the natural balance of their habitat.


1st Prize, II Inter-American Biennial of Video Art, Washington DC, USA
2nd Place, File 2004, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Red Baton, Red Stick Animation Festival, Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Screenings (Selection)

Museo del Oro, Bogotá, Colombia
2nd Inter-American Biennial of Video Art, Washington DC, USA
File 2004, Sesi Art Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Anchorage Film Festival, Alaska, USA
Backup_Festival, Weimar, Germany
China International Cartoon and Digital Art Festival, Changzhou, China
Against the Wall, Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico, USA
MFACA Degree Show, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, USA
Vlepo Gallery, Staten Island, New York, USA
Urbes Interiores, Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia
Festival Bimini, Latvia
Kalamazoo Animation Festival, Kalamazoo, USA
Festival de Cine de Bogotá, Colombia
5Minutos5, Lima, Peru
Red Stick Animation Festival, Baton Rouge, LA, USA


POPORO (4 min 30 sec, color, stereo, 2004)
Directed by: Luis Cantillo

Story: Lina Dorado
Music: Antonio Arnedo

Thesis group leader: Grahame Weinbren
Thesis Advisor: Robert Bowen
Museum Advisor: Maria Alicia Uribe
Animation Advisor: Kartik Mohan (Xoop, Inc. NY)

Concept, Animation, Modeling, Lighting, Sound Design
and Compositing: Luis Cantillo

Music recording and mastering: Sonográfica
Sound engineer: Nicolas Rodriguez
Museum photography by: Clark M. Rodriguez
Flying-fish modeling: Anthony Patti
Monkeys rigging and animation: Kartik Mohan

Thanks to: Museo del Oro, Bogota and MFACA School of Visual Arts, NY

Made in New York and Bogotá, Luis Cantillo © 2004

Antonio Arnedo
Dorado/Cantillo projects
Museo del Oro
Mfaca, SVA