Categoría: Society

Textual Shamanism By E. Baeza

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“We are now witnessing a moment of collapse and general disruption. In spite of first impressions, the social body —as an entity that inhabits the physical space in the city and the virtual space in the globalized cyberworld— is facing its own disintegration. The decline of representative democracy gives rise to a lifestyle based on constant acceleration. It is not surprising that the resistance to this process largely coincides with the idea of reassessing where the individual stands in regard to that which is known as the commons.

Subtle mass-media tyranny replaces the reflexive element, thus feeding into our automatized behavior. Analytical and critical thinking are the only means of transcending the staged act, the cosmetics which edify our globalized world. Only an understanding of its ruling codes may allow a reaction, which must also manage to insert itself in its own terms. Reacting to dissuasion and fear, which underlie the bombast of the individualist performance promoted by the public virtual sphere, demands a power of suggestion capable of an authentic and surreptitious social incidence.

In the face of an excess of manipulated information, the correct use of language as the signifier of the world and as a structure of communication becomes an exercise in ethics, one which points at what is lost, or sees clearly through the noise, in our current state of reorganization.

In his interpretation of the relativization of humanity, Enrique Baeza reports the current assault on reality with extraordinary wit. Pertinent and precise, this young artist, a veteran of communication, resorts to the performative nature of language in its seminal state. Brief one-liners somewhere in between poetry, ad slogans and propagandistic statements confront us with the phatic power of their own written gesture, teasing us with irony, pushing us deep into our own emotional, painful relationship with the truth.

A new pace naturally comes with a new language, and with it, new imageries. Our systematic acceleration demands a different holistic pulse, a different vibe, and the emancipation of consciousness as the manager of our inner revolution. Beyond the cognitive or intellectual factor, Baeza’s keen use of paradoxes and transliteration stands as a most opportune moral behavior in which language re-emerges as a cosmogony of affection. Baeza’s sacred and profane textual shamanism contains no moral, but rather conspiracy and riddle.

Minutely conceived, his sentences have been skillfully materialized in a sort of ubiquitous ‘subvertising’ dialectic. In the streets of New York City, Baeza’s advertising boards display black text, ended efficiently with a full stop, on white backgrounds. In private spaces, small-scale neon signs give up the grandiloquence of its normal usage to appeal to proximity.

Heir to a tradition including Brossa, Holzer, Baldessari, Kosuth, Wiener or Ruscha, Baeza’s work claims words as the meeting point between the individual’s intimate relationship with language and interpersonal communication. Rifts. Fractures in the drama of our inner landscape to activate the psychological and spiritual ecology of our social body, whose thought, as Baeza knows well, rather than numb, is hypnotized.”

© Enrique Baeza

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Afrika Kicker: Project for solidarity

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The relief organisation MISEREOR is always looking for new ways to promote its, “2 Euros Help” initiative. Table Football for Africa is an interactive donation box in the form of a table football game, complete with all the adversities you might expect at a typical African kick-about. The 2 Euro donation goes directly towards promoting sports for children and young people in Rwanda and South Africa. A facebook app spread word of the campaign on the social web with a ticker and live stream, drawing attention to the initiative and encouraging more giving.

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Hands Project

“Hands s a project developed in 2013 by Octavi Serra, Mateu Targa, Daniel Llugany and Pau Garcia. All of them works in the field of visual arts and loves the way actual and past politicians are doing their job.”

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Manifest destiny

“Using a 19th century style and vintage building materials, this temporary rustic cabin is attached to the Hotel des Arts and about 40 feet in the air above the Restaurant le Central. Measuring about W7 x D8 x H11, the dwelling is meant to be homage to the romantic spirit of the Western myth and a commentary on the arrogance of Westward expansion, sticking out like a sore thumb in the city’s dense landscape.”

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© Mark Reigelman & Jenny Chapman

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