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  • A coltan collar

    A coltan collar is a device consisting of a motor-driven mechanism that ends in a moving head covered with sandpaper that slowly erodes a zinc plate painted in blue. The machine needs an internet connection to work, as it detects tweets sent from devices located in an geographical sector in central Africa, the one where most of the minerals needed for the hardware inside digital systems are extracted from, with barely no revenue for local economies but extremely hard working conditions.

    Whenever a tweet sent from this area is detected, the machine performs a movement, transforming the digital act into the mechanical work of eroding the colored plate. This erosion recalls an extraction process of rare earth minerals, as it unveils under the bright blue colored surface its hidden mineral support.

    While the production of digital hardware continues to depend on labour exploitation, the affective economies of social networks rely on the exploitation of data exchanged by users within their free online services. A coltan collar plays with the interweaving of these two different types of exploitation, as users tweeting from the selected region in central Africa are the workforce in a system that recalls the illegal mining labour embedded in every digital device. It is a domestic image-machine, whose presence brings to the everyday space this dual notion of exploitation diffused in digital systems.

  • Traité nouveau pour faire race de Chevaux, partagé en trois parties

    Esta instalación forma parte del proyecto L'image est une machine malade (La imagen es una máquina enferma), una exploración sobre la visibilización de los mecanismos y materiales de la visualidad contemporánea trabajada a través de movimientos mecánicos que erosionan imágenes tomadas de la tradición moderna. La investigación muestra las imágenes como híbridos cyborg, como ensamblajes de recursos visuales y artificios con los que atrapar y modular la atención e imaginación del espectador.

    La instalación, Traité nouveau pour faire race de Chevaux, partagé en trois parties (Nuevo tratado para hacer caballos de raza, dividido en tres partes), es la primera pieza de la serie y recibe el título del libro homónimo de George Simon Winter de Adlersflügel, un tratado sobre domesticación y cruce de caballos de 1672 del que proviene la figura del caballo-mujer que se presenta en la obra.

    Esta figura fantástica extraída del tratado científico muestra el papel transformador de la cultura visual moderna, en particular en el contexto de domesticación de la naturaleza y del diseño de un mundo artificial y sintético al servicio de la especie humana. Dos brazos mecánicos recorren en la instalación la imagen y erosionan lentamente su superficie, dejando como resultado dos surcos, huella del encuentro entre la imagen y su especie complementaria, la máquina.

    La instalación ofrece así al espectador un tríptico en el que la imagen presentada se completa con el movimiento y el sonido de los brazos articulados, junto a los surcos abiertos en su superficie.

    This installation is part of the project L'image est une machine malade (The image is a sick machine), an exploration on the materialization of mechanisms of contemporary visuality through automatic movements and sound. The research shows the image -considered as a factory, as an active subject that is able to transform and mold- as a hybrid cyborg, an assemblage of visual resources and tricks used to catch the viewer's attention.

    The installation receives the title from the homonym book of George Simon Winter of Adlersflügel, a treatise on taming and crossing of horses of 1672, where the picture of the horse-human in the piece is found. Two mechanical arms traverse the surface of the image and slowly erode its surface, leaving as a result two tracks, trace of the encounter between the image and the machine. The installation presents then a triptych where the image is completed with the movement and sound of the articulated arms and the tracks opened in its surface.

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