Dark Room

Dark Room is an experiment within the Guided Visits series, it is a generative audio-visual projection using visual images as its data source to generate a flow of new images and music. Through a large scale video projection and stereo sound system, we can sense and interpret a continued flow of audio-visual information which is a digital abstraction and re-configuration coded in a modular program.

A generative algorithm maps the color values of the digital image and this data generates the soundtrack of the piece, as opposed to music visualizations where the music generates images this piece generates a musicalization from the digital image as source. In this way, Dark room is a recursively generative piece, a play on emotional archives, music and memory, and digital “alchemy”: turning memories into ideas/visions and those into material for digital audio-visual experiences. I experimented with digital archives I created from memories with and from others, that function as actual stored digital memory in video recordings, by re-configuring and re-interpreting the data through an algorithm, and translating it into new color patterns and music, becoming source for something else, yet still primarily projections of vibrational color and sound.

The archive of video recordings used as data source in Dark Room was captured from a previous stage/experiment in Guided Visits, a participatory, performative and instructive artwork, where the artwork is also in part its process. This video archive is a collection of video recordings of specially selected places in Portugal, New York, and Argentina that I visited with others and were selected by the participants. Who selected these places which might be ordinary for most people but extraordinary for them, and for us when we visited them, because in the past they lived something meaningful there, that we uncover in a sort of an urban archeologist gesture through dialogue and the telling of a memory “appearing” over where today this locations have completely changed, yet felt that our notion of time and place spilled open through communication activating a constellation of signs and meaning stored within the mysterious depths of ourselves.

Through the Guided Visits series, I experimented with integrating both a programmatic and a participatory artistic process, and continue to work outside the studio, through meetings, having conversations and exchanges about intimate experiences in the public and private space, and making the artwork a living exploration of how we are living in constant change. I explored this creative process through human connectivity, interactivity, archiving, using video and digital photography for framing and recording, almost mark-making like with drawing but with video and photographs the forming of memories, coding and decoding data, and using multimedia installation to lead me to explore constructs of common material and shared boundaries between our transient experience with others in the world, and digital media.

For the creation of this work, I collaborated with Dave Sanchez for programming in Max/MSP/Jitter. I developed the concept and site visits during an art residency at the festival Escrita Na Paisagem, in Evora, Portugal. http://www.escritanapaisagem.net/

This series of artworks allude obliquely to the interconnection between diverse identities and subjectivities. To the human experience in the dynamic construction of significance of places and particular experiences in which memory, visual archives, digital images and programmed artworks play, giving an account of the global nomadic life, immigration, through portraiture, the digital image in movement, color photography (photo-composition).

Guided Visits is a series of artworks from living in various places, and from the experience of direct encounters. From visual configurations resulting from the strategic mapping of locations where to take and create images, in New York and Argentina, to encounters with people in new places in Portugal. They have being poetically distilled from a type of formal processes through digital photography and video using generative variables, not only computational, but also in the approach to generate artistic works, from instructions and programs to generative computer programed video and sound.

The nomadic lifestyle, immigration and the connected times in which we live, give us the opportunity to contextualize our identity and the passage of time. What does it mean to live this way? How do we capture our memories? The places in which we live and their meaning for our lives? When I enter the space of others, I come to visit their world, and the only way we can experience that is through our current self, by presence, and from experiences in the first person.

The works are related from concrete aesthetic variables with their historical marks that they connect/retrace with the languages ​​of painting. Hence, the problem of color and composition are essential in the artworks and their creative process. I recognize that every image, even the most contemporary, has an echo in the pictorial tradition, and this is a sinuous but solid line, to articulate my visual discourse. Memory is not only implicit in the facts and stories, but also in the components of the digital language. The artwork is configured in the now with contemporary practices based on digital elements, tools and procedures to which I resort according to the needs of the process.

The exhibition and installation of this artworks shows the process and ways in which digital media are used to explore ideas in our contemporary life. This is one of the many interpretations and articulations, applications of technology, audiovisual media and references to the legacy of the artist that I also explore. I experiment with space, identity and art as a powerful and legitimate space for sensitive research.

Maximinimum

Generative video and sound. Large scale projection.

En Lugar

Projected animations (no audio)
En Lugar are looped animated digital collages with text, extracts from transcripts of conversations from the Guided Visits series.

Primary Background, polarization

Large scale video projection with sound (there is a also a version of this work as a small 3D display/model with color prints and acrylic parts)

Primary backgrounds, polarization, explores the image as a surface in relation with vision, feeling and intuition. The delicate shifting relation of meaning production, front and back, subjects of unconscious processes, unit and unity, structure and gap. This video belongs to a series of photographs and graphics exploring these ideas in digital and print format.

Abstract range composition #1, #2, and #3, New York and Argentina

Abstract range composition #1, #2, and #3, New York and Argentina

Color patterns and photographs, C-print on photographic paper triptych, 17 x 22 ins. / 44 x 56 cm each, 56 x 26 ins / 1.42 x 66 cm framed

Guided Visits, abstract range composition, is a tryptic graphic of a sort of map and pattern combining photographs and color fields. The images are rendering a diagram of associations between personal relationships, visiting places and clothing. I requested a change of clothing to my personal relationships, friends and family, in the two countries I call “home” in Argentina and United States. I traveled back and forth from New York to Argentina, and visited a place dedicated to each person dressed with the person's clothing. Once at the location I took a picture, a self-portrait, of me there. The photographs document a layer of significances within the woven net of associations pertinent to this perimeter of the image and following the "game" of the piece program or diagram, abstracting and documenting a gesture that takes all this linkages in the from of an artifact, a frontal portrait and a personal perspective.

Abstract range composition #1, #2, and #3, New York and Argentina

Abstract range composition #1, #2, and #3, New York and Argentina

Detail

Abstract range composition #1, #2, and #3, New York and Argentina

Abstract range composition #1, #2, and #3, New York and Argentina

Detail

Abstract range composition #1, #2, and #3, New York and Argentina

Abstract range composition #1, #2, and #3, New York and Argentina

Detail

Abstract range composition #1, #2, and #3, New York and Argentina

Abstract range composition #1, #2, and #3, New York and Argentina

Detail

Guided Visit, Mapping liquid flow #1 (series of 4)

Guided Visit, Mapping liquid flow #1 (series of 4)

color print, 1.42 x 66 cm