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Haunted Landscapes and the New Autochthonous

The heart of Venezuela’s electricity system is built on the Guri reservoir, providing 70% of its electricity. We identified the various socio, economic, political and ecological agents that impact and are impacted by the reservoir and highlighted their interconnected identities to flesh out a map of butterfly effects. The many actors involved offer multiple opportunities of intervention. The aquatic landscape of Guri, is a newly human made landscape that did not exist before the construction of Guri Dam. The shift of this ecology requires a new habitat for species that now belong in this lake ecosystem; researchers are pushing the concept of neonative species or the New Autochthonous. “Restoring” the habitat of Guri Lake is as much bringing back the vegetation that existed before as it is the controlled insertion of a new yet important biodiversity of neonatives. Research on fragmented landscapes shows that connecting these separate habitats is one of the most crucial necessities for the survival of the species inhabiting them. Through a vessel and raft system of bamboo and moriche fibers, the project develops over large spans of time to connect islands and build underwater habitats to aid the reservoir and its dependent urban and indigenous landscapes.