My Highlights from Moving Image New York 2014
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Utilizing methods of public intervention and video installation, Daniel Canogar's "Asalto" is a projection that symbolically releases our fantasies of overcoming imposed obstacles in our lives. Engaging individuals as spectators and participants, a staged interaction takes place between a “stormed” site and collected imagery of a virtual public. In the work’s process of production, participants are invited to crawl across a horizontal green screen, as if they were climbing up a wall. This filmed action is later projected onto a facade. As the video progresses, the recordings accumulate and the number of individuals appearing in the projection increases. The piece exists alternatively as an outdoor live work, or as an indoor projection that functions like a digital wallpaper. In either case, "Asalto" is born from a desire by the artist to have viewers project themselves, literally and metaphorically, onto their immediate environments.
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