Next: imaginar el postpresente // imagine the post-present
When Albert Einstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge” he was recognizing in the imagination the possibility of making new connections, developing new concepts and innovating ways of approaching reality. His idea that “Knowledge is limited, imagination envelops the world” allows us to investigate the current crisis without appealing to nostalgia or closing ourselves to the excessive. Our time is the post-present: a becoming of instants without certainties or future promises. Immersed in its inexhaustible flow we are called to recognize in the imagination a path to deal with our humanity in crisis. Philosophy, art and technology will do the same in this five-session meeting.
Luis Negrón van Grieken (T)Raum. Hacia una memoria especulativa Video digital. Stills. 2020, Cologne, Alemania.
Soft Inauguration Thursday the 3th December of 2020
10 am (Venezuela)/ 4 pm (Europe)
Plataforma: Zoom UCAB, redes Telefónica y canal Instagram
Memoria fantasma // Phantom memory
Digital technology added to the fleeting nature of contemporary experiences has transformed the relationship between human beings and memory. Not only because memory has expanded around the body in an infinite number of electronic devices, but also because memories travel blurry through space and, like electronic ghosts, suddenly return to the interfaces of our technological extensions. For art and philosophy memory continues to generate dilemmas, for technology it poses challenges. This fifth edition will discuss memory in the post-present and its relationship to 21st century digital artifacts.
Sala Proceso, CCE Azuay, Cuenca, Ecuador 15th March until May 25th 2018.
Si para definir nuestra especie nos atuviésemos estrictamente a lo que la historia y la prehistoria nos presentan como característica constante del hombre y de la inteligencia, no hablaríamos del hombre como Homo sapiens, sino como Homo faber. Henri Bergson
TELEFANTE / en un principio conocido como un colectivo que comencé desde del 2005 con Juan Orozco realizando presentaciones de videos performáticas con un instrumento especial desarrolado para hacer momentos interminables de re-combinaciones visuales con materiuales de desecho, y buscando momentos de improvisacion en la realización de numerosas cooperaciones con musicos, actores y los mas disitintos espacios alrededor del mundo. Ahora nos invitaron para particpar en la Bienal de Arte Contemporanea de Cuenca Ecuador sendo parte de la muestra colectiva La Tecnologia somos nosostrxs, la cual fue curada Pedro Soler y Tatiana Avendaño.
El proyecto La tecnología somos nosotrxs busca resituar la relación entre Homo faber y el mundo, saliendo de la narrativa colonial y inventando, o redescubriendo, otros imaginarios y practicas.
“El humano es el animal que fabrica herramientas (faber), que emplea la tecnología –no es el único en la tierra, pero si el más prolífico–, mientras que el pensamiento (sapiens) es una capacidad de muchos seres, incluso vegetales. Por esa razón, autores como Hannah Arendt o Henri Bergson consideran el nombre Homo faber más apropiado que Homo Sapiens para la especie. Hoy, lo que durante milenios fue de bien común o magia natural, se ha desequilibrado, convirtiéndose en una máquina voraz que está acabando con la diversidad cultural y biológica de nuestro planeta. Frente a este nuevo colonialismo, el arte propone estrategias de subversión: otros usos de la tecnología que apuntan a espacios de autonomía imaginativa y formal, a la hi/low tech, al ancestrofuturismo y a la colectividad como relación y relato.”
La instalación audiovisual TELEFANTE, de Juan Orozco y Luis Negroón, conecta tiempos y geografías diferentes a través del encuentro de tecnologías antiguas y contemporáneas en una caja de cartón
Founded in 2004 by Susanna Schoenberg at the Cologne Academy of Media Arts, Re-active platform is also the name of an artistic production formula for letting different conceptual, material-specific and technical design approaches work together free from a hierarchical model.
In this case the installation at the Contemporary Art Fair reacts on sound from space, by vibrating the foil and the laser drawing in a feedback circuit of observation and monitoring acoustical and optical signals. Computer vision custom software, camera, microphone, motors, structure, reflecting foil, custom software for laser drawings, laser-beam.
Contemporary Art Fair in Essen 2016, SANAA Building.
In Collaboration with Susanna Schönberg and JiHyun Park. http://www.re-activeplatform.de/
re-active platform is about the logic and aesthetics of systems; circuits, signals and displays are represented as objects, images and sites, while the phenomena of the real seem to be nothing more than just mere coincidence.
Re-Active Platform, initiated by Susanna Schoenberg in 2004, embodies concepts, works, tests and exchange between students and other art and technology competencies that temporarily and repeatedly turned into site and condition themselves.
Glass Moog Cologne (2010) & Contemporary Art Ruhr (2010)
March 20 to April 14, 2010 Glasmoog Gallery of Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Ralf Baecker / Karin Lingnau / Luis Negrón Van Grieken / Ji Hyun Park and Susanna Schoenberg
Coincidence Setup is dedicated to the idea of coincidence — and the question of how to understand what is coincidence and what not. The fact that two events can take place exactly in the same time is sometimes translated into the belief that there is no reason for such contemporaneity, If not some kind of chance.
A so-called coincidence circuit is made of 2 Geiger counters, which is supposed to detect particles from cosmic showers — so-called muons. The experimental set-up of a coincidence circuit is connected to a modular display made by 2 groups of vertical louvers, reaching from ceiling to floor.
A computer controlled motor is mounted to each louver to rotate it around its axis. The regular kinetic choreography will be disturbed by events supposed to be related to cosmic showers detected by the coincidence circuit. The movements of the louvers are visible also as shadows — a kind of circuit of 2nd degree, where the physical is dematerialized into the shape of a projection.
One of the main aims of this part of the installation complex is to focus the tension between the representation of pre-set events, and the possibility of interruptions in their representation— so that observers can suddenly imagine to have misunderstood or misallocated the object of their observation.
Based on Sebald‘s Novel Austerlitz. This audiovisual installation with two screens jutting into the space, depicts Austerlitz’s passion for the mighty architecture of railway stations and the growth in logistics at the end of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the nineteenth century. He is particularly interested in Antwerp railway station, with the neighbouring diamond district and the Nocturama of the nearby zoo. The installation projects dominantly, architecturally into the space and as such refers to its role models.
Moving collages of the railway station building pick up on tis era of logistics but also the condition of restlessness and inner disquiet. The video sequence, generated from photos, creates a confusing effect: vanishing points and perspectives are broken up, sequences appear displaced, the images seem to fold and break like a journey through time and memory.
As part of a mid-term project developed with student, I worked together with Prof. Heide Hagebölling from 2010 with the literature adaption of W.G. Sebald Austerlitz by defining 9 Station as a dramatically resource. media-scenography.org
Moving collages of the railway station building pick up on this era of logistics but also the condition of restlessness and inner disquiet. The video sequence, generated from photos, creates a confusing effect: vanishing points and perspectives are broken up, sequences appear displaced, the images seem to fold and break like a journey through time and memory.
at St. Gertrud Church, Cologne. 2011-2016 2-CHANNEL AUDIOVISUAL INSTALLATION