Thursday, October 1, 2015

Northern Stars

During the exhibition at the Tyneside Cinema, Juan delGado explains his project The Flickering Darkness (revisited) in an interview with Northern Stars, Newcastle. 

Invited by the British Council Colombia and the Ministry of Culture, delGado spent three months exploring the city and its territory. 

Based on the texts of Deleuze and Guattari, The Colombian curator Paula Silva describes how delGado embarks on a journey of understanding the city as a living organism that, like all living things, eats, sleeps and has physical needs. The journey begins in Corabastos, in the gut of the monstrous city, in the core that sets free all other living functions such circulation or social interaction.

The Flickering Darkness (revisited), 2014

The Flickering Darkness (revisited) registers the process of distribution of fresh produce from Corabastos to other markets, supermarkets, community dining and up-market restaurants. The work presents in three fragmented but ever dialoguing screens the hands at work, the hoards of trucks that fill up and then empty the gut, the flaying knifes and the feeding mouths in an array of colour texture, speed, silence and sound.

There is no individual in the work: the people working in the markets are shown as shadows and shapes. The people eating at the community restaurants are shown as anonymous, and the people dining at the higher strata restaurant don't even have a face but only feeding hands that tear up the food and empty the frame of all the colour and texture once presented by the specially prepared meals. The result is that there is no authorial -authorised- version of the work's meaning. It is then up to the viewer to read what moves and flickers in front of his/her eyes in an entirely individual manner. There is therefore no subject, no attribution. The number of viewers will determine the number of possible readings, rendering the work inextricably multiple.

The Flickering Darkness (revisited), 2014

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