VIDEOsPAIN

2014⋅04⋅12—05⋅11

Curatorial Statement
MADATAC aims to take the pulse on what is new in the international ever-changing environment and on each edition put forward an attention-grabbing and inspirational theme.

This special selection for HONG-GAH MUSEUM presents a caustic, peculiar, critical and enticing view to video art projects produced by Spanish audio visual artists, where oneiric and verity visions, oriented by animated grids, plateaus or intangible signs, collide with intenseorganic textures and are expanded towards heterogeneous ways of watching unveiled body landscapes and forgotten emotions.

On the other hand, the video pieces open as well the Pandora’s box of cybernetic culture, that enables radical new processes to storm the audiovisual creation, with the ambition to conquer and subdue the screen with groundbreaking pixels and a re-assimilation of the relationship between art, matter and technology.

VIDEOsPAIN is a video art exhibition presenting an extensive collection of thought-provoking perspectives and visually arresting video art works from contemporary Spanish artists who go beyond an assumed reality and a coveted virtuality. The works that are grouped around this topic display the dilemmas of fragmented societies, that are undergoing a transition towards new models not signposted. In this way, the objective is to present an audio-visual selection to recognize the changing territories, urban, wild or unreal, on which we move, create and exist.

With this pivotal status of absence-presence, the artists built a kind of memory of a time without anchors, that ensures continuity, frames of reference, guides to where transit and where to strengthen the invisible directions of an art (and civilization) based on technology that allows to address a complex spatiality, trying to imbibe information as creation, as done when exploring an unknown landscape or the objects deriving from an uncharted culture.

In some way, this collaboration between MADATAC and Hong-Gah Museum is an opportunity to establish a dialogue between both Spanish and Taiwanese cultures and societies.

Spain and Taiwan: a peninsula and a island who wish to circumvent the distance that separates them by the seas, by connecting their “Qi” life energy, an active principle forming part of any living thing. This flow of electromagnetic energy form a Microcosmic Orbit circuit between the Spanish video art works that will be exhibited and the Taiwanese public that will assimilate them. Spain is an ancient society which tries to impose herself on the evolution of the times with variants of modernity. Taiwan is a young society applied to new technologies but with a millenarian culture behind. Both countries share a common passion to discover unknown territorialities in the limits of their domains. Spain from its last colonial expansion and Taiwan with its current spirituality, dynamism and presence in international markets. Also unites them a brief historical past, of which perhaps only the name of Formosa stays, as well as a dependency on systems of control which civil society, and artists, try to debug and purify by means of interconnections.

The video art installation you will attend, allude to this flow of transformation from the real to the virtual and vice versa, a way of catching the past so that the present has the complex variety of an Orchid, a polyhedral, mutant and exotic flower, valued and cultivated by the Taiwanese, as well as by the Spaniards, whose imperceptible metamorphosis to the human perception is comparable to the selected works for this exhibition, in which nothing ever remains invariable, everything changes and varies, to reset, readjust and renew the awareness and imagination of the spectator-observer.