Why do you make art?
Art act as a visual seismographer, measuring waves of social, cultural, and natural paradigms. In my own personal research, I focus on a triangle that engages both the body, landscape and technology, raising questions on climate change, biosphere, extinction, trans humanism, and Anthropocene. Also quite interested in the relationship between the limits of myth, reality, magic, spirituality, and science. In my own practice, I use both natural and synthetic elements (that, in the end, come from the same source). Organic vs digital, matter vs non-matter. From found footage to filming or collecting objects underwater, volcanos, or different landscape scenarios, using soil, plants, and living matter combined with synthetic elements, digital imagery, or holograms, transcending material limitations and creating a dialogue or conflict in space raising questions on the issues mentioned above.
In my research, I’m looking and questioning a contemporary context that some may call 4th revolution (Klaus Schwab) referring to a new digital paradigm and transition to a moment in time with the presence of super intelligence, IA; biotech; nanotech and other elements that will transform nature, society, and reality as we know it. Since we are becoming spectators of a precise moment where science fiction is now becoming science facts. Swiping reality, scrolling through daily life we are experiencing an age of technologic and biologic exponential change and a new DNA and sensorial revolution. We may arrive at a place that we shall decide what is the machine and what is human, which has already started. Supercomputers that we call now smartphones, used as external prostheses that guide us and control our daily existence through artificial satellites leading us into a techno-dematerialization lifestyle and that in the future could integrate or not our physical body. This body, as well as landscape as a playground for atoms and molecules, will transform into a new physical and even spiritual paradigm. All this affects the biosphere, our climate our planet, our species. We are living right now with climate change, pandemic viruses, and facing questions regarding the extinction of our species or planet, using reality emulators to communicate and survive, uploading our ideas and ourselves to the cloud reaching for #digitalimmortality.
What changes can art make to life?
On Raising questions… an exhibition works somehow as geographical acupuncture, bringing cells together to pay attention to a specific point a specific question or paradigm. Using both visual and conceptual language simply makes us think and questions us about our current reality.
How would you characterize the time we live in?
The natural is in crisis … Ignorance is one of the greatest dangers of humankind. It is the moment when, instead of creating borders, thinking individually, or simply ignoring what is happening with our planet, a living organism that reacts to consecutively threats, ignoring its healing power, regeneration, response, or revolution, we should rethink our condition as species.
This situation is a reflection of anthropocentrism, humankind is facing the effects of the Anthropocene, of the lack of concern with others and with this planet and, it’s a simple reaction to such continuous aggression. Nature takes over and keeps growing out there. Regenerating, taking care of itself. We are all part of this historic moment when we all have an active role in taking care of ourselves, of others, and of this incredible living being that we inhabit. Time to respect ourselves, others, species, plants, time… Time for Kairos. And, on the contrary of what has been demanded – to act – now is the time to Practice *The Art of Standing Still. Taking deeply care of yourself, others, and the ecosystem.
That is the appeal of this organism, to rethink beyond our navel, our economic system, the systems that we were culturally educated, or even forced to follow. Conditions or experiences are not discussed here, but survival. Our species is threatened as a result of its own actions to ourselves and to this planet. And we either ignore to the point of having to isolate ourselves and take drastic measures worthy of a sci-fi movie or even face the extinction of our species or we come together with this living organism and transform, stop, reconnect and alternate the paradigm in which our lives have based on. In this period we are already facing the results of this new paradigm… the need to stop…less consumerism, being home with the ones we love, less pollution, more time to think, read, meditate, more attention and respect to our body and our immunity system, more attention to the ones we love, more respect to touch…