Trevor Paglen, The Last Pictures, 200X-2012. The image above, titled Glimpses of America, American National Exhibition, Moscow World’s Fair is one of a collection of 100 photographs placed onboard a communications satellite.

Trevor Paglen, The Last Pictures, 200X-2012. The image above, titled Glimpses of America, American National Exhibition, Moscow World’s Fair is one of a collection of 100 photographs placed onboard a communications satellite.

Este sábado 17 de agosto, dentro del marco de la exposición Un viaje a la luna, tendrá lugar la conferencia The Last Pictures, una charla multimedia del artista Trevor Paglen derivada de una larga investigación en la que entrevistó a científicos, filósofos, antropólogos, artistas y demás especialistas sobre las profundas contradicciones que caracterizan a las civilizaciones contemporáneas.

Durante una residencia artística en el MIT, Paglen desarrolló en conjunto con científicos un disco micro-grabado, encapsulado en oro, con la capacidad de soportar las condiciones del espacio exterior durante miles de millones de años y de almacenar imágenes durante dicho tiempo. En septiembre 2012, el disco dejó la superficie terrestre adjunto a un satélite que lo colocará en la órbita cementerio. Las cien imágenes, elegidas a partir del largo proceso que emprendió para investigar lo que debería ser una marca cultural, están inspiradas por el cuestionamiento sobre la relación entre visión, conocimiento y poder, los límites y posibilidades del lenguaje, y por nuestra relación con la naturaleza y las maneras en que intentamos controlarla. Pensado para ser sobrevivir a la humanidad, The Last Pictures es un proyecto utópico que pretende explicar a alguien –en un futuro muy lejano– lo que era ésta y explorar el espacio no sólo como una frontera física sino una mental.

The Last Pictures fue comisionado por Creative Time, una organización sin fines de lucro con base en Nueva York.

This Saturday, August 17, framed under the theoretical umbrella of the exhibition, artist Trevor Paglen was invited to deliver his acclaimed lecture The Last Pictures. This multimedia presentation stems from a five year long research process in which Paglen interviewed scientists, philosophers, anthropologists, artists, and practitioners from other fields on the profound contradictions that shape contemporary civilizations.

During an artistic residence at MIT, and in joint efforts with its scientists, Paglen developed a micro-etched disk capable enough to endure the rough conditions of deep space during billions of years and to store images during that period of time. In September 2012, attached to a satellite that will place it in the cemetery orbit, the gilded disk was launched to outer space. The hundred images it contains, selected through the long process of inquiring on what a cultural mark should be, are inspired on then questioning of the relation between vision, knowledge and power; the limits and possibilities of language; and of our relationship to nature and the way in which we aim to control it. Designed and thought to outlast humanity, The Last Pictures is a utopian project that seeks to explain to someone –in the very distant future– what mankind was and to explore space not only as a physical frontier but a mental one.
The Last Pictures was commissioned by Creative Team, a non-profit organization based in New York.

Christodolous Panayiotou The Invention of Antiquity 14 photographic prints, b$w

Art Christodolous Panayiotou
The Invention of Antiquity
14 photographic prints, b&w

Despite the possession of a rich literary pedigree, the good old chicken-or-egg quandary of fact or fiction seems to receive limited play if not in the Latin American context, then the Mexican context of contemporary art (and by literary, I mean of course Julio Cortázar, and even more importantly, Jorge Luis Borges, who reveled in this mental stew regularly). Why is this? Well, beyond its origins in the critical re-evaluation of the promises of modernism, the theme seems to be the banal luxury of more politically stable climes, more at home in, say, Western Europe than in a region awash with unprecedented drug cartel violence and the albatross of responsibility that attends it. Given these conditions, such literary antics are liable to come off as politically irresponsible, all but rendering such ontological speculation a blithe, bohemian enterprise.

[full article]

A trip to the moon

José Luis Cortés Santander Untitled (de la serie Irregular Pearl Serigrafía sobre lino

José Luis Cortés Santander
Untitled (de la serie Irregular Pearl
Serigrafía sobre lino

Nina Beier, Ulla von Brandenburg, Roisin Byrne, José Luis Cortés Santander, Laurent Grasso, Trevor Paglen, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Tania Pérez Córdova

Inauguración: martes 16 de junio, 19:00 hrs.

Artist talk: Trevor Paglen The Last Pictures, 19:30 hrs.

En julio de 1969, la nave espacial Apollo 11 fue lanzada al espacio exterior. Su destino final, la Luna. Dos de sus tripulantes se convertirían en los primeros hombres en pisar este satélite, no obstante, un sinfín de teorías en contra han surgido negando la veracidad de este hecho histórico.

El mismo suceso, la llegada del hombre a la Luna, es el tema de Le voyage dans la Lune (1902), cortometraje de Georges Méliès  y primera película de ficción jamás realizada. Inspirado en un cuento de Julio Verne, en este montaje declarado el desconocimiento absoluto sobre el comportamiento de los objetos y los seres humanos en la Luna –igualmente, una crisis de la representación– se muestran como una provechosa desventaja, ya que actúan como estímulo a la creatividad e imaginación. […]

[press release]

Matamoros, 2009  Video, sound. 23" Installation shot by Roberto Marossi.

Matamoros, 2009
Video, sound. 23″
Installation shot by Roberto Marossi.

“Of Love, Pain, and Passioned Revolt (Then Farewell, My Beloved, ’til It’s Freedom Day)” revolves around ideas and forms of resistance, against different possibile problematic states or conditions – political, social, economic or existential.

With Edgardo Aragón, Micol Assaël, Lucas Blalock, Eloise Hawser, Michael E. Smith, Pilvi Takala.

Invited by Alice Conconi and Antonio Scoccimarro

Edgardo Aragón (1985, lives and works in Oaxaca and Mexico City). Edgardo Aragón explores the intersection between the personal and the public, the social and the political. The video Matamoros is based on the reenacting of the journey made by Pedro Vásquez Reyes from Oaxaca to Matamoros when he was trafficking drugs to the United States during the Eighties. The magnificence of the landscape and the personal dreams of the subject contrast with the resignation in the face of a life with little hope. Luz portrays a young man walking uphill, his head covered, guided only by the sunlight which gives him direction and orientation.

[read more at moussemagazine.com]

Luz, 2012 C-print

Simon Fujiwara detail of Studio Pietà (King Kong Komplex), 2013  Mixed media installation Production photograph Rainer Elstermann Commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundation, SB 11, 2013

Simon Fujiwara
detail of Studio Pietà (King Kong Komplex), 2013
Mixed media installation
Production photograph Rainer Elstermann
Commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundation, SB 11, 2013

Simon Fujiwara is known for his autobiographical explorations of identity and sexuality that blend fact and fiction into rich, absorbing narratives. His complex installations incorporate sculpture, performance, video and photographic elements to create fully imagined scenarios that underscore the interdependence of personal history and more universal narratives. […]

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The near­est part is in focus while the areas fur­ther back are blurry. It depends where you stand.
The inside is out of sight. Cov­ered.
You just see the upper­most part. Where the object ends and meets the out­side. Meets the eye.
The tem­per­a­ture. The grain. Rough or smooth. Def­i­nite or fuzzy.
The out­side slowly wears the inside. And the dif­fer­ence between the two soft­ens.
The sur­face only has one side. It has no depth. The other side is the inside.
— Marie Lund

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Rolf Nowotny

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