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  • Transition of States. A Mechanical GIF

    La maquinaria de una red social y la maquinaria del estado se ponen en funcionamiento en Estados de transición: un GIF mecánico. Una colección de manos de latón rotando en el reconocible gesto de aprobación o rechazo se unen en esta pieza creando una bandera cuya aparente ondulación alude tanto a la fluctuación de estados subjetivos como a la construcción de los otros Estados, representados en el símbolo de la bandera.

    En el reverso de esta, un episodio ocurrido durante la colonización belga del Congo es citado junto al mecanismo que pone en funcionamiento el movimiento del conjunto: debido a la escasez de munición, los oficiales belgas exigían a los soldados entregar por cada bala gastada una mano del esclavo cadáver. Las manos -en la pieza: de latón, el material de los casquillos de bala-, amputadas de sus cuerpos y contabilizadas, devienen finalmente iconos y moneda de cambio, en un proceso ininterrumpido de constitución de banderas.

    (texto de María Andueza)

    The machinery of a social network and the machinery of a State are put into work in Transition States: a Mechanical GIF. A collection of tin hands spinning with the wellknown gesture of approval or rejection compose in this piece a flag with an illusory movement of oscillation, which alludes both the fluctuation of the states of individual subjects as to the construction of the other States, represented in the symbol of the flag.

    On the back of it, an episode occured during the Belgian colonization of the Congo is cited next to the mechanism that generates the movement of the ensemble: due to ammunition shortage, Belgian officers required soldiers to submit a hand of the killed slave for each spent bullet. Hands -in the piece: made of tin, the material of the cartridge of bullets-, amputated and contabilized, become finally icons and bargain chip in a uninterrupted process of constitution of flags.

    (text by María Andueza)

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    Videos

    1. A making-of of a screen:

    2. During the opening, by Omnivoros

    3. During the opening, from outside the gallery, by María Andueza

  • Inner Colonisation / La colonización interior
    Details of the installation
    Frontpages of an annual publication devoted to the colonization
    Pieces by María Andueza, Sandra Santana and José Otero, specifically produced as contributions to the project

    "La palabra colonización se ha empleado y se emplea en diversas acepciones, por lo que es conveniente precisar cuál es la adoptada por nosotros. Existe una colonización exterior al país y otra interior, pero cuando en España y en la legislación agraria se habla de “colonización”, se hace referencia a una modalidad de la colonización interior, que es la colonización que lleva a efecto la Administración del Estado por medio del Instituto Nacional de Colonización."

    Alejo Leal García. La transformación del medio rural a través de la puesta en regadío y de la colonización (1969)

    El proyecto La colonización interior propone una exploración de la acción operada por el Instituto Nacional de la Colonización en el paisaje rural durante los años 1939-1973 como una arqueología de las transformaciones contemporáneas ligadas a la ubicuidad digital. Infraestructuras como los sistemas de parcelación de la tierra, desecaciones de lagunas, movimientos de población y fotografía aérea del territorio son presentados como dispositivos semejantes a la fragmentación digital, su articulación en bases de datos y su dependencia de la explotación de recursos humanos y geológicos.

    A través de un muestrario de alteraciones de documentos, herramientas y vestigios, el proyecto trata de atravesar estas mutaciones industriales del paisaje como un espacio de forja de lenguajes, procesos de lectura y escritura, formas de mirar e invisibilizar y, en última instancia, de devenir memoria o resto.

    La colonización interior es un laboratorio abierto que, adicionalmente, ha sido recorrido y expandido durante la residencia en El Ranchito por otros artistas como José Otero, Sandra Santana y María Andueza, desplegándolo con aportaciones específicamente realizadas para el proyecto.

    "The word colonisation has been and continues to be employed with various meanings, which makes it fitting to specify which particular meaning we have adopted. Colonisation can be external to the country as well as domestic; when in Spain and in agricultural legislation we see references to "colonisation", this is a reference to a type of internal colonisation, that is carried out by the State Administration by means of the National Institute of Colonisation."

    Alejo Leal García. La transformación del medio rural a través de la puesta en regadío y de la colonización (1969)

    The project Inner colonisation explores the actions of the Natioanl Institute of Colonisation in rural areas between 1939 and 1973, as an archaeology of contemporary transformations linked to digital ubiquity. Infrastructure like land parcelling systems, drying of lakes, population displacements and aerial photography of land are presented as devices similar to digital fragmentation, to its management by databases, and to its dependency on the exploitation of human and geological resources.

    By displaying a set of alterations operated to documents, tools and remains, the project seeks to examine the country's industrial changes to landscape as a space for the synthesis of languages, of reading and writing processes, of methods to visibilize as well as to hide and, ultimately, becoming a memory or a remnant.

    Inner colonisation is an open lab which, furthermore, has been explored and broadened during the El Ranchito residency by other artists such as Jo?e Otero, Sandra Santana and María Andueza, who have developped it with project-specific contributions.

    Aerial photography, 1956 and 2014. Left: Vegaviana, a settlers' town founded in 1955; right: colonization at the Borbollón dam (software reconstruction). Source of the image tiles: Spanish National Geographic Institute (IGN),
    Image courtesy of José Otero

    A blog post for the WSA research blog: http://blog.soton.ac.uk/wsapgr/2016/01/13/inner-colonization/

    A post by Fernando Broncano about Inner Colonisation (spanish only): http://laberintodelaidentidad.blogspot.com.es/2016/01/colonizaciones-interiores.html

  • Sanguine. Crowd colorations

    El empleo de cañones de agua pigmentada contra los participantes en una manifestación es una técnica policial cada vez más extendida, que además de disolver al grupo, busca marcar a los individuos para su posterior identificación. Es una forma primitiva de las técnicas de rastreo digital, como las que han salido a la luz paralelamente a las movilizaciones masivas de la ciudadanía en estos últimos años.

    La instalación arranca de esta doble naturaleza de lo digital: junto a unas imágenes de cañones de color contra los manifestantes, un proyector vertical ilumina una fotografía aérea de una concentración. Sobre ella, fragmentos de pétalos de color son colocados cubriendo el área ocupado por las personas. A partir del mapeado de los pétalos, su color es desaturado de forma oscilante por efecto de la luz del proyector. Una sombra elíptica en movimiento, finalmente, es proyectada sobre la multitud.

    The use of colored water cannons against participants in a demonstration is an old police force technique increasingly widespread. Apart from dissolving the group, it aims to tag the individuals for subsequent identification. It is a primitive form of current digital tracking technologies, as the ones that have come to light parallel to the massive demonstrations of citizenship all around the world these last years.

    The installation stems from this double nature of the digital: on the one hand, it helps collectivities to emerge; but on the other, it has an unusual power to track the individuals. Next to an image of a colored water cannon against groups of people, a vertical projection lightens an aerial photograph of a demonstration. Over it, a layer of fragments of colored petals cover the area occupied by the people in the picture. Their color, due to the projected light, is oscillatingly being desaturated. A hovering elliptical shadow, finally, is projected over the crowd.

    The installation may consist of one or several projectors, depending on the space and the technical means. Each projector transforms the image of a demonstration in a different city, with layers of petals of a different color in each case.

    A photograph lays on a table. It is lightened by a projector heading downwards. When we get closer, we distinguish a coloured layer of glowng petals. At the installation, we realize that the image shows a crowded Taksim Square in Istanbul during the massive demonstrations last year. Bits of coloured petals placed over the citizens, however, appear as a glowing plasma spread on the Square, which reveals also a disc-shaped shadow hovering the coloured crowd. The projector, with the aid of a computer, maps the petals over the image and, while making them glow, fictionally introduces the surveillance-like moving shadow.

    A second image is placed close to the table. It displays a set of photographs were groups of people are dispersed with the aid of water cannons, being the liquids used remarkably coloured. Dyed water is employed to tag people, as a primitive monitoring technique, a material analog of the invisible digital surveillance networks.

    Once demonstrations are over, even with no blood spilled, streets remain covered with coloured fluids, revealing the clash between different networked collectivities. In the digital era, of crowd and collective phenomena, are these analogs to blood spills, unveiling an ubiquitous violent and surveillance state of coexistence?

  • Facebots - Bots of Trust

    Website of the project: http://abelardogfournier.org/botsoftrust

    Bots of trust (aka Facebots) is an installation that consists of a grid of devices similar to points of sale terminals. The bots are specifically designed machines displaying the mechanisms of customer engagement in large online retail stores, with the aim of rendering them experienceable to visitors.

    Each bot downloads a list of "Recommended items" from a popular e-commerce platform. The list is then codified into an image, where human-like faces are detected. Faces are printed, together with the articles they come from, mimicking how customers are gradually being codified inside the databases of algorithm-driven online stores.

  • Vividness
    Vividness - at Culturehub (NY, 2013) Photo courtesy of Babak Andishmand

    Project homepage: http://abelardogfournier.org/vividness

    This is an installation where a light mechanism renders an arrangement of dried flowers into an illusory regime of artificial vitality through the real-time manipulation of colors. By means of a digital projector, colors are sent to the dried leaves and flower in a way that the resulting image shows no colors at all.

    Living plants are first cut and dried so their surface is able to reflect the projected colors and create the illusory grayscale image. The projector lightens then the scene with a rhythmically oscillating color pulse so that the arrangement seems to come to life in a sustained digital breath.

    The flow of light in the installation miniaturizes somehow the complex of processes of substitution, replacement and transformation where mechanical, chemical and digital revolutions have relied on. This setup of a controlled phenomenon, however, is open, and bodies of visitors can interrupt the projection beam when crossing the installation space. Seen from this proximity, the arrangement reacts to residual lights and shows its old colors.

    In his Negative Dialectics, Theodor Adorno stated that there is a space where to catch the indelible color: “Only the utmost distance would be proximity”. This radical distance becomes a bodily presence inside Vividness, a proximity which enables to alter the phenomenon as well as rewrite it.

  • Perspective I

    Project website: http://noviembre.org/perspectiva/en

    Perspective (I) is an interactive installation for public spaces of transit. In consists of an algorithm where a few invisible animated circles with a small random movement intersect among themselves producing a set of lines of light, these being shown on a projection.

    The generated illusion of space and depth and the installation's revealing sensibility and reaction to visitors movement, invite to a joint reflection over the constantly dealt nature of our relation and perception of space.

    Review of the installation by the online cultural magazine CeldaTV:

  • Acoustic Vibrations. Berzosa del Lozoya

    In collaboration with María Andueza. Site specific public space installation of sound devices consisting of a series of large grids of mirrors covering loudspeakers which emit very low, vibrating, frequencies of sound. The sound emitted was similar to the one produced by the heaters of the place, and caused a movement in the mirrors which were reflections of the peculiar stone walls of the village.