Tayos is a project and expedition exploring the Cueva de los Tayos; a vast and extraordinary cave system in the south-eastern rainforests of Ecuador through art, music, photography and neuroscience.
Help us to build a global network of guardians for this fragile landscape and secure a future for the cave's rare ecology - free from the threats of mining, deforestation and human harm.
In the summer of 2018 the multi-disciplinary Tayos team descended into the caves for a four day exploration; photographing, filming, taking sound recordings and conducting a first-of-its-kind subterranean neuroscience study. Our aim was to explore the unique geology and ecology of the caves and to understand the rich place in culture and history that they inhabit; all from a creative perspective.
Drawing from the profound experience of this journey, together with the materials and neuroscience data we gathered, Tayos will tell the story of this unique place and support the bid to recognise Cueva de los Tayos as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Through collaboration, exhibition, publication and performance, we hope to reach new audiences and bring fresh insights on the extraordinary nature of this otherworldly landscape, demonstrating that the future of this place lies in its beauty, biodiversity and the experiences it offers, and not in the minerals which lie beneath its surface.
Jon Hopkins . Mendel Kaelen . Eileen Hall . Tamsin Cunningham . Eoin Carey
Dr Theo Toulkaridis . David Villagomez . Francisco Heredia