The Act And the Tracer

Exhibition view, installation by Mario Santamaría
Page from the booklet "The Act" (2015) by Luis Guerra

March 26 – May 17, 2015

The Act & the Tracer
is an exhibition produced by Mario Santamaria and Luis Guerra, both visual artists based in Barcelona, who lived and worked from January until February 2015 in Stuttgart as stipendiaries of a new exchange studentship between Catalonia and Baden-Württemberg, based on a cooperation between Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, HANGAR Centro de Arte and Goethe Institute Barcelona.

Mario Santamaria bases his practice in the study of the phenomenon of the contemporary observer. Starting from a specific historical event, Santamaria researches about the contradictions of the transparency, visibility and access system that the technological rhetoric seems to have consolidated at the beginning of the 21st century. In this exhibition, he articulates a series of items in relation to the incident occurred on December 11, 2009, when the owning company of GeoEye1, considered the best provider of satellite imagery at that time, recognized an irregularity in the satellite antenna affecting their data sent to earth.
See also: www.mariosantamaria.net

Luis Guerra presents a sub-set from a larger project called Anarchistory of Action (2014-2017). He conceives his practice as an ongoing process in which the creative event and the ephemeral instant of its manifestation, sometimes, are more important than the possible trace. As such, his works may have not been documented or may just exist under a subtle memory, a tale, or even as a whisper. The Act (2015) works within that condition of the inexistent, a low degree of appearance, an abysmal deed without reason and without justification.
See also: www.luisguerra.or

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