Opening day: Co-Existence Exhibition

Thanks for coming to the opening of the Co-Existence exhibition last Saturday. The event went very well, we had more than 60 people visiting, many interesting conversations, good feedback about the topic and also already some art pieces sold.

We want to see more people here and create more resonances regarding the dialogue between technology and humanity. Art inspires us and makes us reflect about the world that surrounds us.

Spread the word about the exhibition!

Co-Existence stARTup Exhibition.
Open everyday from 10am to 18pm until June 10th.
Nieuwe Keizersgracht 54, Amsterdam 

Hosted by In4art

Photos by In4art

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About Patronage in te 21st century

An interesting article published yesterday in the New York Times about Patronage in the 21st century. They mentioned In4Art, the platform of incubation and patronage organizing the StARTup Exhibition: Co-Existence that we inaugurate tonight in Amsterdam.

 

Co-Existence stARTup Exhibition – Amsterdam

In one week (Saturday May 20th) we’ll inaugurate the Co-Existence Exhibition in Amsterdam.

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Our time is pinpointed by connectedness and dependencies. We are heading towards a Co-Era. The exponential growth of technological possibilities and the need for sustainable solutions for human wellbeing are essential drivers for change. They ask for an ecosystem that CO-operates, CO-llaborates and CO-exists.  

The Co-Existence between humans & technology is the inspiration for this exhibition. Technological development has changed our way of living dramatically over the past twenty years: how will we co-exist in the future? Two artists present their ideas and visions.

Beatriz Chamussy reflects how technology drives change. She elaborates on contemporary gods: drones, phones, computers & data. She plays around with interaction and hyper connection. Are humans following, equal to or in control of technology?

Tiwánee van der Horst embraces technology. It became her tool, the extension of her body to create physical objects. She devotes herself to realizing a post internet environment. How to stretch the boundaries of the possible?

In Co-Existence, their works take us through a journey to explore interactions, networks and connections. Technology as an extension of humanity, we are not only users but creators.

When: May 20th – June 10th
Where: Nieuwe Keizersgracht 54, Amsterdam
What: An exhibition, a show, on site collaboration, talks and much more.

More info: http://www.in4art.eu or by phone: +31693981339

Altar

“Altar” is one of the paintings I’ll show in Amsterdam next month, as part of the Co-Existence stARTup exhibition organized by In4art

This painting (Acrylic on Canvas, 65 cm x 81 cm) is an altar for our contemporary gods: The invisible Cloud, the omnipresent WiFi, the cult of the “like”, the drones, the smartphones, the apps, the hyperconnectivity, the overstimulation…

Like a “Wunderkammer” or a “Cabinet of curiosities”, this painting is a collection of icons and symbols present in our global culture governed by social media and the use of the internet.

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In the center of the painting the reference to the symbol of the Burning Man (Annual gathering in the US, experiment with community and arts, music festival, self-expression), representing the dream of freedom of our generation.

The legs of the table are the elegant triangle fractals called Sierpinski triangle, representing how we build logic from randomness trying to make sense of both the universe and ourselves.

A dialogue between order and chaos.

The need of fantasy, the desire of living in a child’s like world (represented by the: unicorn, rabbit head, minion, balloons, party decoration), the need of ancient beliefs, superstition, mystical and spiritual connection (lucky charms, talismans, Maneki Neko, angels, dreamcatcher, chakras, yoga practice, buddhist praying flags, chinese zodiac (2017 year of the rooster, yin yang, etc) and at the same time the devotion to scientific progress, automatisation, newest technological widgets (apple watch, drones, google maps, etc)

I’m interested in identifying a common visual and cultural language that exists nowadays worldwide: Apps, Ikea furniture, computers interface, green and healthy smoothies, gluten free cupcakes and starbucks latte grande.

And you can always press the Off button in the center of the green carpet to shut down everything.

If you want to see more images of the creative process of this piece click here.

Photos by @galopbcn

Excuse me, where’s the toilet?

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(English below)

Encontrar el baño (el lavabo, el retrete, los servicios, los sanitarios, el wáter, el WC, el tocador, los aseos, the toilet, the restroom, the bathroom, les toilettes, le cabinet, o como se prefiera llamarle) es muy importante. Por eso en cada lugar público alguien tiene que la enorme responsabilidad de colocar señales para que los clientes encuentren este indispensable lugar. Y algunas veces, a los encargados de tan importante tarea se les ocurren muchas ideas y cuelgan carteles muy creativos que le sacan una sonrisa a los visitantes (a menos de que sean clientes despistados que nunca se fijan en los detalles curiosos de la vida). Cuando noté que este era un gran tema de investigación, las señales del WC se volvieron una obsesión y me empezaron a perseguir por todas partes. A veces iba a buscar el baño con cámara o móvil en mano, no porque me urgiera hacer pipí, o quisiera hacerme una selfie en el espejo, sino porque quería ver como habían representado estas universales imágenes: “Hombres” y “Mujeres”.

Ya se sabe que los artistas también somos obsesionados coleccionistas compulsivos. A mi de pequeña en casa me decían “la basurerita” porque cada vez que veía algo interesante en el suelo lo recogía para “mi colección”. Tenía colección de gomas, de llaveros, de tazas, de latas de refresco, de sobrecitos de azúcar, de calcomanías, de postales, de portavasos, y por supuesto de timbres (un clásico gracias que me permitió aprender sobre la existencia de muchos países lejanos). Un día tuve que tirarlo todo y fue muy triste. La gran ventaja de coleccionar fotos digitales es que no pesan ni se llenan de polvo. Realmente son muchas las ventajas de vivir en el siglo XXI.
En fin, aquí están algunas fotos de esta colección y si quieres ver más te invito a visitar el álbum “Collection of WC signs” en mi website.
Vale la pena decir que algunas veces las fotos son bastante malas (borrosas, oscuras) porque generalmente las hago muy rápido, con el móvil y en esos pequeños lugares “al fondo a la derecha” donde la luz es casi siempre escasa.
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ENGLISH
Finding the toilet (bathroom, restroom, WC, or any other convenient name) is crucial. For instance every public place has someone in charge of designing or choosing clear signs to indicate the customers the location of these important places. Sometimes the person in charge of this mission has great ideas and finds very creative signs that make the clients smile (unless the customers are the kind of boring people that never notice the sparks of life).
When I realized this was a great research subject, WC signs became an obsession and started to appear to me everywhere. Sometimes I had to go very fast to the toilet with my camera or mobile phone in the hand, not because I needed to pee urgently or I wanted to make a selfie on the mirror, but because I was very curious to see how they represented these universal images “Women” and “Men”.
It’s known that artists we are also obsessed and compulsive collectors. When I was a child in my family they use to called me “La basurerita” (Little garbage girl) because every time I saw something interesting on the floor I had to take it for “my collection”. At home I had an erasers collection, a key holder collection, a mug collection, a soda can collection, a sugar pack collection, a sticker collection, a postcard collection, and of course a stamp collection (a classical that helped me learn about the existence of far away countries). One day I had to throw away everything and it was very sad. The advantage of collecting digital photos is that they don’t take much place and they don’t accumulate dust. It’s really convenient to live in the 21st century.
Anyways, here are some photos of this collection (the best ones) and if you want to see more I invite you to visit the album: “Collection of WC signs” on my website.
Important to say that many of the pictures are bad (blurry or dark) because normally I take it very fast, with the mobile phone and in those little places “down the hall to your right” where light is never very good.
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