PASSAGES

CONVERGENTS

LE CONSEIL DES ART DE MONTREAL

&

SALLE DE DIFFUSION DE PARC-EXTENSION

Group Exhibition with

Beatriz Herrera and Federico Carbajal

Curator: Mariza Rosales-Argonza

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

September 7 - October 7, 2018

 

Passages Convergents presents the works of Beatriz Herrera, Federico Carbajal and Santiago Tavera, who offer immersive experiences through a variety of mediums such as sculpture, drawing, robotics and digital installation. These three transdisciplinary artists conceive of art as a place of passage and exchange. Their eyes converge to build bridges between real and virtual places and thus present the complexity of the contemporary world and the many aesthetic that coexist there.

EXHIBITION SITE # 1 - CONSEIL DES ART DE MONTREAL 

 

A series of four 4' X 7', acetate layered prints (2018)

EXHIBITION SITE # 2 - SALLE DE DIFFUSION DE PARC-EXTENSION 

 

Installation shot alongside Beatriz Herrera's sculptures                                                                   Photo credit: Louis-Étienne Doré

 

Reverberations of a Topological Daydream (2018)

 

Reverberations of a Topological Daydream is a multimedia architectural installation that presents a virtual space in constant translation between physical and digital experiences. Multiple video projections and 3D graphic animations immerse the gallery space, taking viewers into the vastness of a virtual suburbian galaxy. Within this constructed digital environment, plexiglass and vinyl structures are used as reflective screens and visual filters, which are activated through the light of the projected image. Memories and sensations are translated around the space through the repetitions and echoes of images and sounds, creating a perceptual topology of virtual reverberations. Topology, as a mathematical term, refers to the exploration of how shapes preserve their permanence in change, by only bending, twisting and stretching, without ever breaking and losing their original self. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This multimedia exhibition presents digital architectural houses as sites of refuge, where memories and illusions emerge, and where perception collides with that of the immediate future and the re-constructed past. Interlacing the role of an outside observer with the one that inhabits an interior site, viewers virtually journey through a familiar place. Viewers inhabit the exhibition space, while virtual spaces are consequently inhabiting them. Reverberations of a Topological Daydream, aims to illustrate the impact digital culture has on how we form our identity within multiple realms. Digital media allows subjects to constantly navigate between perception, memory, physicality and the virtual. Individuals find themselves in a never-ending process of constructing and re-constructing their sense of being, and in turn their sense of belonging. Dislocation, familiar to those who have experienced cultural displacement, has become more apparent as subjects now live as virtual immigrants within the realm of the digital. In cyberspace, subjects and objects exist as images that are constantly moving from one screen to the next, a virtual dislocation similar to the one of a migrant body. Within a state of dislocation, as the displacement of the conscious mind, the body experiences a double sense of place with multiple perceptions and memories. There is a simultaneous sense of being physically here and virtually there, while belonging everywhere and nowhere. 

Reverberations of a Topological Daydream, presents a suspended state of mixed realities that generates a topological exploration of an intimate space. The installation aims to examine the interactions of the body with virtual environments, as it investigates how self-representation, social interactions and our understanding of space is affected by the ubiquity of digital media in our everyday. By merging architectural 3D animations, digital video, sound and reflective materials; this installation immerses the viewers in an endless transfer across geographical, linguistic, psychological, physical and virtual borders.

 Photo credit: Louis-Étienne Doré

 

TOPOLOGICAL DAYDREAM INSTALLATION [RED-BLUE]

Photo credit: Abraham Mercado

 

 

Photo credit: Abraham Mercado

 

 

TOPOLOGICAL DAYDREAM [YELLOW]

Photo credit: Abraham Mercado

 

 

Photo credit: Abraham Mercado

 

 

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.

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