I sing the body electric,
The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them,
They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them,
And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge
of the soul.
We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
And then we'll take it higher
In the Buenos Aires gallery Monoambiente, the first exhibition by ÁREA outside of Chile presents the work of architect David Scognamiglio and designer Sergio Recabarren as an exploration around notions of technological unconscious, resistance and entropy in an artificial electrical circuit arranged to project the relationship between energy and architectural space.
Part of a generation of artists who grew up with the Internet and for whom a digital mindset comes completely natural, Scognamiglio and Recabarren are also experimenting with ways in which the concept of their work can be translated into works where the invisible becomes physical. At first glance, their works may seem abstract and connected to something immaterial, but they unfailingly suggest associations that extend far beyond the concrete reality. Both voices are combined to form architecture and signs that favor the decompartmentalisation of the senses.
In line with his work on architectural reformulation through energy, Italian architect David Scognamiglio creates a customize —site-specific— installation offering a special situation of gallery inhabiting. Its multidirectional and illuminated structure defies the horizontal and vertical forces of the exhibition room, giving visitors the experience of creating a path of their own, catering both for drifting and being on the alert. It offers a new experience of the place, which main measures were translated into the volume of wires holding them and by the electricity travelling through them and propagating through the space.
Sergio Recabarren is known for the interventions and re-functionalization of languages and codes inherent to the communications design culture into objects and experiences of digital visual representation. His work presents powerful images in turmoil, hypnotic, organic and unpredictable electronic moments that send a powerful signal that we are subject to the forces of nature and the influence of the media. Actively researching the possibilities that the Internet and technology have to offer, Recabarren stages a vocabulary of mediated images, many of which offer the spectator the opportunity to participate in the sequence or pulse of the electronically generated images. It can be understood as something where the meaning or the ending is still undefined. The visual representation of his work relates to many things at once, both to dreams and shamanic states of altered consciousness, where results and visual variations based on algorithms provide endless possibilities, as well as to a kind of electronic abstract expressionism that establishes problematic relationships between reality and fiction.
ELECTRIC AVENUE (also the first street in Brixton Market, London, to be lit by electricity) examines the forces that influence our lives but often remain intangible for us. Electric power plays a key role in the creation of economic, political, social, organic and synthetic processes, both within and outside the structures that sustain life and culture. It makes up the base of the wireless and constantly illuminated society we live in. However, being presented as isolated objects, fragments without a context, they seem absurdly mute, dysfunctional, like prehistoric relics. In this exhibition, these electric circuits explore power as a metaphor for the technological unconscious, and trigger associations that encourage us to think of it as something that can be shared, altered or guided in an unexpected direction, not devoid of sensuality, progress, melancholy and danger.
Curator, Electric Avenue
Exhibition #11 is the first in the Curators series. The curator acts as an agent for the dialog between designers and experiences, presenting new ways of looking and acting. This character is invited by Monoambiente to provide his mark as a researcher and presenter.
Photography by Manuel Ciarlotti