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Exercise 13: What the sign conceals

24 February 2010

Director: Txomin Badiola

Venue: Gallery 2.1

Boris Groys states: “Each sign identifies something and refers to something. But at the same time, each sign also conceals something and of course does not —contrary to popular belief— hide the absence of the object identified, but simply a bit of mass media surface, the bit that that sign occupies in material and in media mass. So it goes that the sign overshadows the view of the underpinnings of the media it supports. That is why the real media truth of the sign is only visible when the sign is eliminated, allowing what is underneath to be visualised. Arriving at the sign’s mass media truth means suppressing that sign, removing it, erasing it —as if it were dirt— from the media surface”.

In relation to this issue, we have created works under the generic title What the sign conceals. These works are made up of two types of elements:

–          A previously existing sculptural construction whose supporting materials have been variously displaced, from the most virtual to the most massive. It went from the initial model to its physical construction, then photographed. The photograph was manipulated to obtain a graphic image. The image was interpreted into a plaster bas-relief that was then scanned three-dimensionally. After this operation, a massive wooden version was obtained through a mechanical process.

–          The second type of element is based on text. Sentences reflecting some degree of intensity were collected over the course of time and compiled in a list. The compilation was stopped at a certain point. From that moment on, the list was used to create 11 blocks of texts, arranged according to similarities in terms of intensity. Three have taken form in the material versions already produced and the rest will be produced through the participants’ bodies in the course of the exercise.

This exercise departs from the text blocks. Taken from abstract, numerical or geometrical schemes that assign certain forms to certain texts and certain times and spaces, we strive to attain a pattern that will allow the texts to become embodied as moving voices. 11 people will take part in the event. Each of them has learned a text by heart. These people will move within a special floor partition created specifically for the purpose, according to a number of self-generated guidelines (children’s games, board games). They shall recite their text as a mantra according to set guidelines and in varying degrees of voice intensity —a whisper or a shout— and speed of diction —fast or slow— depending on their position within the space. In addition to these people, camera operators as well as members of the audience can be included within the space.

The exercise strives to identify the moments when —despite the textual, spatial or human chaos going on— a form is produced, a sensation shines through, attempting to capture them on different media.



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