Dark Room

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 during a participatory, performative/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. They selected these places which might be ordinary for most people but unique and extraordinary for them, and for us when we visited them. Because the participants of Guided Visits lived something meaningful at the location of their choice, it that we uncover during our visit, in a sort of an urban archeologist gesture, through dialogue and the telling of a memory which as then “appearing” over where today these locations have a completely changed environment, yet we 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.

During the creation of the computer algorithm for Dark Room, I collaborated with Dave Sanchez who is an expert programer in Max/MSP/Jitter.

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