LA DERIVA DE UN GESTO POST-ROMÁNTICO
Inauguration: February 5, 2019
Sala Donceles del Centro Cultural de España en México
Guatemala 18 / Donceles 97, Centro Histórico
Mexico City, Mexico
February 5 – June 16, 2019
Centro Cultural de España en México
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What happens if we throw a bottle with a message into the sea?
The amount of plastic waste that ends up drifting in the seas and oceans is growing exponentially every decade. How can we reverse this pattern in order to live in a sustainable way?
With the aim of generating a space for reflection on the environmental problems that we are currently facing and envisioning possible alternatives through art, the Centro Cultural de España en Mexico presents the itinerancy of the exhibition by Hugo Martínez-Tormo that was presented in 2017 at the Centre del Carme in Valencia, Spain; organized by the Consorci de Museus de la Comunitat Valenciana.
La deriva de un gesto post-romántico is a project that gives visibility to a new socioeconomic situation and the amount of waste that ends up scattered along the coast and the territory, at the same time that it tries to awaken the visitor’s interest to visualize the magnitude of said pollution.
Based on the discovery of two bottles, one in the Albufera Natural Park and the other in the Cabo de Gata in Spain, Hugo Martínez-Tormo develops an investigation composed of a series of facilities in which the contamination process is analyzed and where the use of new technologies is also questioned. Installations that, at the same time they denounce the process of degradation of the environment, transfer to the exhibition all their beauty, in the sound of the waves of the sea, the caustic caused by the reflection of the sun, which could be a ten-foot sperm whale or the possibility of taking the helm and directing the movement of the tides.
The romantic vision of throwing a bottle into the sea with a message inside it is relegated by a more ecological and respectful vision with the environment. What message are we launching with such a romantic gesture? The message has stopped being in the content to be in the continent. The bottle is the message.
Hugo Martínez-Tormo (Valencia, Spain, 1979)
Agricultural engineer and titular of a Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts with Master’s degree in Multimedia and Visual Arts from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia and the Interface Culture de Linz in Austria, the artist’s new media and multidisciplinary practice focuses on the relationship between art, science, ecology and technology, addressing issues such as the environmental problem and the human tendency towards self-destruction. He has shown and exhibited his work at, among others, the Ars Electronica Festival de Linz (Austria), Ayudas Fundación BBVA a Investigadores y Creadores Culturales (Spain), LABoral de Gijón (Spain), Consorcio de Museos de la Comunidad Valenciana (Spain), Amber Festival de Estambul (Turkey), Digital Art Biennale NFC (Poland), Espacio Enter de Tenerife (Spain), IKAS_Art de Bilbao (Spain), Art in the City de Mainz (Germany) and the Festival Incubarte de Valencia (Spain).
Inaugural talk between Mexican curator Doreen A. Ríos and the artist
February 5 / 7 pm
Workshop. Creative Processes around New Technologies and Ecology
February 7 and 8 / 4 pm to 7 pm / Registration on ccemx.org before January 27
February 27, March 27, April 24, May 18 and 29 / 7 pm
The exhibition is co-organized with the Consorci de Museus de la Comunitat Valenciana
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