Daniel Canogar, ‘Blade Runner’, 2009, bitforms gallery

Videotape removed from a VHS copy of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner forms a lattice of crisscrossed lines spreading across the exhibition space. A video animation is precisely aimed at these lines and appears to move along the tape, much as the head in the VCR would have done. The animations were inspired by the plot of the film: lightning-bolt lines, chaotic rhythms and a color palette close to the neon lights so present in the movie. The work alludes to the archaeology of media and the history of film.

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About Daniel Canogar

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