TRANSITION TOWARDS A PLANETARY CIVILIZATION
María Fernanda Cardozo
Laura Colmenares Guerra
María Angélica Madero
Juan José García
Álvaro Diego Gómez
Ximena de Valdenebro
Alicia De La Torre
María José Leaño
Curator: John Ángel Rodríguez
One of the challenges that humanity must face is to forge an appropriate and balanced “Transition towards a Planetary Civilization”, where our species can coexist with the different forces on the planet, controlling, understanding and coordinating its elements in a balanced way, contributing in a symbiotic way to the different ecosystems. In this dynamic, this laboratory will provide theoretical and practical instruments to make speculative or hypothetical proposals to the global crisis.
The academic components of the laboratory will explore topics and concepts that are extracted from fields outside of art such as astrophysics, biology and sociology. The contents will be presented within a cooperative dynamic which will allow the terms that will be presented: Maria Jose Leaño, Santiago Vargas, Santiago Andrés Torres, Felipe Castelblanco, Carmen Gil and Camila Gonzalez, to be applied creatively. Therefore, each theme incorporates a specialized guest and case studies, which will allow enriching creative production within the laboratory, understanding creativity as a process that occurs in different areas of knowledge.
The works exhibited in “Entropic Symbiosis” invite the viewer to establish connections and interpretations which precede the traditional narrative and the hermeneutical discourse of the history of art in order to enable a new form of dissertation and renew the contemplative experience.
Technology allows us to overcome some of the obstacles which human vision cannot categorize or understand. Technological devices help us transcend perceptual limitations; this way of manoeuvring has changed the cognitive processes and has become an alternative model to understand the dimension in which we are immersed and consequently to recognize the existence of other forms of life. Accepting the complexity of the matter will allow us to discover an extensive series of Symbiosis, both organic and synthetic.
While entropy discovers magnitudes between different micro and macro states, whose arrangement of elements implies a systematic balance and organization of matter, the symbiosis of knowledge is a component that enables artistic methodologies to move towards new transversal research models. Therefore, accessing sources of techno-scientific reference can not only expand our word but also consciously expand our notions of how we should relate and interact with the environment.
In the molecular age, matter has been reinterpreted, now we can understand it as a conglomerate of particles of different kinds. This definition has allowed us to carry out different transformations and experiments. This method of using matter in art has been called “Molecular Aesthetics”. The application of these terms to the creative context allows us to understand matter from different territories and discourses, both the categories and the ways of describing a piece of art have changed substantially. This curatorial project exhibits a series of works that treats matter in different ways, on the one hand, we find pieces made in different media and others where the artistic procedure obeys an investigation, which references areas of knowledge other than those of the arts (geochemistry, microbiology, neurology and quantum physics).
With this initiative, we try to make it evident that there are different forms of life, cellular and molecular configurations. Elements that we still do not know their origin and how they work. Perceptual dimensions, which we cannot yet discern, nevertheless coexist in parallel and although we cannot determine their territory of convergence exactly, it is also not correct to ignore their existence and place in our universe. It is within this time interval that the works of art exhibited here can serve as a threshold to these strange constructions of matter.
This situation can be glimpsed by the viewer conducting an exploration around the artistic proposals, where he will find a wide range of modified, altered and synthetically replicated natures.
In conclusion “Entropic Symbiosis” invites the observer to carefully inspect the exhibition space and to consider the existence of unknown life forms because the works presented here to formulate a mutation and alteration of matter, from a molecular perspective, in order to devise how we will be able to erect an appropriate and balanced transition towards a planetary civilization.