The Autonomous Pilgrimage, Camino de Atacama, Chile © Andrew Gillespie

The Autonomous Pilgrimage, Camino de Atacama, Chile

Andrew Gillespie

University of Strathclyde

Project Description

Fundamental questions of human existence are indelibly linked to our enquiry with the night’s sky and the unknown beyond. It is thought the more we look out into the heavens the more we understand ourselves. The current scientific vanguard of our poetic search for meaning is found in the barren waterless environment of Desierto de Atacama. In a landscape that was described by Victor Hugo as “where God is and man is not”, this project proposes an autonomous 7 day pilgrimage of desert stations that bring together scientific and religious phenomena. As if built by our ancestors, these geological and astronomical constructs allow pilgrims to experience, discuss and in the final city station decide for themselves;

Where did we come from?

Are we alone in the universe?