My Highlights from Moving Image New York 2014
"Small Data" is series of objects made from salvaged electronic devices: old cell phones, broken computer screens, printers, cracked hard discs. Overhead, precise projections are cast onto the devices, animating and seemingly giving new life to the abandoned technologies. Working like an archeologist, Canogar reclaims the discarded technologies from junkyards and recycling centers—veritable cemeteries for consumer electronics—and positions them in sculptural arrangements on shelves, as if they were fragile remnants of a bygone era.
Sifting through dumpsters to find materials, Daniel Canogar creates works out of discarded pieces of moribund and current technological hardware, from light bulbs and VHS tapes to DVDs and fiber optic cable. Canogar’s installations offer commentaries about the speed and regularity of obsolescence in the world of consumer technology. The artist’s 2010 installation Spin featured films projected onto the DVDs from which they were ripped, creating reflections on facing walls, and accompanied by their dissonantly layered soundtracks.
Spanish, b. 1964, based in Spain