THE FALLACY OF THE CLOSED SYSTEM is a three-dimensional work depicting a utopian city of glass. A kind of interconnected, fragile and root-like model of transparent buildings. A work that might easily be regarded as a metaphor of our liquid society –marked by a glassy inconsistency, by uncertainty and fear– which the late Zygmunt Bauman (Bauman, 2003) focussed on.
Digital technology has brought about a pragmatic dematerialization of the work of art. Without going into the matter of the aura which Benjamin proposed a hundred years ago, the fact is that the majority of information and relation we have with artistic works, regardless of their original medium, is through a computer screen. Accordingly, a flattening of the works has occurred, which is quite apropos since they reach us in a two-dimensional shape, bereft of any objectuality.
The city of glass is equipped with an automatic lighting array and image projector. This conjunction of object and projection turns the visitor into a witness of an overlapping of shadow and reality (with a nod to Plato). The whole is, consequently, the depiction of a system developed around the illusion of logic, a “pareidolia” in which we assign recognizable, organized logic to forms and elements which are produced randomly. Additionally, the use of film projection in the pieces brings an extended breadth to the work by conferring an architectural aspect to this type of real time film. (Excerpt from the MALFICTIONS catalogue issuu.com/ultimogrito/docs/el_ultimo_grito_malfictions_catalog ).