Crisis. Against appearances, addresses
the fundamental proposals of our gallery project. Departing from a certain
skepticism, the selected works are based on practices that criticize artistic
mediums, the representation of reality and the languages which, from the
art world and the media, codify our society. The art object thus takes
on a double role as both a social product integrated into a productive
medium, such as the arts, and a platform for criticizing these productions.
Strategically using the ambiguity of images and sounds,
the works question structural systems such as the control of the imaginary,
information and environmental sound, the use and production of violence,
the control of knowledge, the rigidity of certain categories or the excess
of external stimuli. The exhibition invites the observer to construct
dialogues among the artists, as well as between the artists and the mediums
they work in.
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Geffriaud | Herbarium
Slide projector and pages framed in Plexiglas.
Herbarium is a reflection on the institutionalization of culture and the
task of cataloguing knowledge. Referencing what could be considered a
paradigmatic example of an archive: the herbarium, the spectator’s
attention is directed towards the back side of illuminated pages. In this
manner, the work emphasizes what selection processes and hierarchies devalue:
all those things that disappear for lacking institutional worth. A compartmentalized
vision of culture is juxtaposed with the artistic intention to dissolve
the borders between categories.
Grigorescu | The work or the labour
Color photographs, 100 x 75 cm.
Grigorescu presents a series of photographs that reflect on the place
occupied by both the artist and his work in the social fabric. Making
us doubt whether they are self-portraits or simulacra, the scenes present
a creative gesture that may be mistaken for the work conditions of a laborer.
This work is the result of a way of understanding what it means to be
an artist: a fact which “hangs not on talent but on the pleasure
to integrate in an ideology, or to usurp one.”
Tom Johnson | Study to become
Drawings on paper, 35 x 50 cm.
A minimalist composer, Johnson works with simple formulas, limited scales
and reduced material sounds. The particularity of his composing is found
in the use of sequences based on logical series, frequently employing
permutations or mathematical sequences. His drawings abandon the linearity
of the pentagram in favor of a spatial disposition of sound. These mathematical
scores correspond to previous studies for composition and give us access
to the logical systems that sustain Johnson’s music.
Polyesterene and plaster. 400 x 600 cm.
Parabole is a hybrid that emerges from the architectural form
of an amphitheater, whose movement evokes the structure of a parabolic
antenna. The form refers to two objects—one archaic and one contemporary—that
are used for the transmission of information, whether visual or imaginary.
The work therefore presents a metaphor on the capture of information.
With a sculpture that not is a sculpture but a cadaver (a structure that
is more provisional than solid), the artist presents himself as a “bricoleur”
, or handyman, and solicits the spectator to complete the empty structure
as well as the temporal chain of disuse and dysfunction of an apparently
Molleindustria | The free
Videogame in Flash. Projector and wireless mouse.
The free culture game is a game about the conflict between free
culture and copyright, portraying a critical vision of the of the videogame
format. The goal of the game is to create and defend the circulation of
knowledge. Obliging the player to distribute knowledge before it is absorbed
by copyright, the game not only questions up to what point it is possible
to claim authorship of ideas but also alludes to those ideas that become
the dominion of the market, in order to reactivate them via knowledge.
Vacca | F. & F. en F drama
3-channel sound installation.
Vacca’s sound installation presents fragmented sounds which we can
never access completely, given that it is impossible to listen to them
all at once. Among the diverse sound sequences (all in the key of F),
fragments from F. Schubert and F. Chopin make appearances. This act parodies
postmodern appropriation with an atypical romantic content that does not
fit into the spectacle of the cultural scene.