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Now the landscape leads me
It’s difficult to imagine a landscape that perceives us. It’s difficult to summarize which landscape inhabits our memory. It’s difficult to find such dissociated archetypes in our experience. It’s difficult to go beyond the imagination standardized for over half a century by a pre-formatted cinema. Pattern Recognition, the new installation by Fernando Velazquez helps us escape these limitations. In twelve scenes that occupy our field of vision, we are immersed in an experience that hijacks our feelings. The images, synchronized in oscillating fashion, are captured by a drone that, through seductive angles, extends our vision into a forest. They are views from a machine, but that are attached to our own. As we approach the screens, a blob detection system perceives our presence, remarking on the relationship (preferable to the term interaction) that is established with superimposed images and the inspiring tunes by Francisco Lapetina. The images of the forest, from close up reveal an intricate wood; from afar they form patterns, in a synchronic set of aerial, sideways, upward and downward views. Difference and error can be found in this repetition – perhaps representing a possible reconciliation between nature and machine. But what we see is a pictorial viewing system. We have an enigma, which does not need to be deciphered, but rather perceived, observed.
[excerpt of the original text for the exhibition]
Fernando Velázquez was born on 1970 in Montevideo, Uruguay, and lives and works in São Paulo. He is a multimedia artist, working with videos, installations, audiovisual performances and algorithmically generated images. His work addresses the crossing of arts and other areas of studies, such science, philosophy and visual anthropology. Through this cross he develops hybrid processes and methodologies in which to create. Fernando holds a Masters in Fashion, Art and Culture through Senac- São Paulo in Brazil, and Post-Graduate studies in Video and Technologies On e Off-line through Mecad de Barcelona in Spain. He has exhibited his work internationally, with solo exhibitions throughout South America. He has participated and had his work featured in the Emoção Art.ficial Bienal de Arte e Tecnologia in Brazil (2012), Mapping Festival in Switzerland (2011), WRO Biennale in Poland (2011), Bienal do Mercosul in Brazil, (2009), and the Pocket Film Festival in Paris (2007). His work has been recognized with honorable mentions, fellowship and awards as the Premio Sergio Motta de Arte e Tecnologia (2009) and Mídias Locativas Arte.Mov (2008) in Brazil, and 2008 Cultures and Artificial Life (2008) both in Spain. His work is incorporate in private and museum collections, such as the MARP, Museum of Contemporary Art in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Cerveira Biennial in Portugal and Luis Seoane Foundation in Spain. He is the curator and artistic director of Red Bull Station in São Paulo. www.bogart.com
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