My Highlights from Moving Image New York 2014
Today’s electronic network and the body are taken as subjects in the Enredos photography series. In this work, Canogar explores our entanglement in the contemporary information society as well as the notion that technologies can create complex emotional connections that simultaneously have the power to bring us together and imprison us.
Figures are enmeshed with computer cables, telephone wiring and other technological debris- all objects that were sourced from municipal dumps in Madrid, near Canogar’s studio. Similar to his 2008 Arañas (Spiders) series of installations, the cobweb becomes a metaphor, as Canogar pictures a network that we are all collectively weaving.
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