HAPPENINGText: Gisella Lifchitz

When asked about the objective of Banquete_ project, the people of Gran Canaria Council for Culture affirm, “we decided the most significant proposal we could make involved communication itself”. This institution organized the opening exhibition of Gran Canaria Digital Space, just a couple of months ago.

The participating formats were video- art, interactive installations, net- art and transgenic art from national and international artists.
The main themes of the creators were the merging of art and science and the effect of information technologies on art itself. The exhibit was divided in two topics: distortions and biosphere- infosphere, a journey through a maze of codes.

According to Karin Ohlenschlager and Luis Rico, directors of the Banquete_ project, “nowadays art explores chaotic structures and complex systems. Its building bricks are growth algorithms and genetic codes. The resulting artistic projects generate new spaces for communication. They circulate through the telematic networks and participate in the social construction of reality”.

Both the organizers and artists ask themselves whether the background noise is such that it gets in the way of real knowledge. “This information society, which has made a dogma of transparency, has caused a dense opaqueness”, they affirm.

The works explore the relationship between biological, social, technological and cultural systems, based on information and communication media.

On his multimedia installation named “Move 36”, Eduardo Kac (Brazil) recalls the move made by the computer called Deep Blue against chess world champion Gary Kasparov in 1997. The installation sheds lights on the limits of the human mind and the increasing capabilities developed by computers and robots.

Franz John, from Germany, created the installation “Turing Tables”, based on the theories of mathematician Alan Turing. The installation transfers the flow of seismic information in visible and audible form to the exhibition hall. From a global perspective, the Internet connects the observer directly with the pulsating rhythm of the Earth.

Messa di Voce is an interactive installation created by Goran Levin and Zachary Lieberman, from USA. It is an audiovisual system in which the speech, shouts and songs produced by two vocalists are radically increased in real time by custom interactive visualization software. The installation themes are abstract communication, synaesthetic relationships, cartoon language, and writing and scoring systems, within the context of a sophisticated and playful virtual world.

After looking at these artists work, we can clearly affirm that many things have evolved through these technological times. But is communication one of them?
While the artists keep exploring new means of communication and making art out of them, I can’t help but wonder: where are we heading for?
What we know for sure is information technologies make a great combination with art; what we don’t know yet is if they can successfully merge with our everyday life.

We’ll keep you posted on this.

Banquete_ project
Date: 27th September – 28th October 2005
Place: Gran Canaria Digital Space
Address: Cadiz 34, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Text: Gisella Lifchitz

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