My Highlights from Moving Image New York 2014
Daniel Canogar uses art installation as a vehicle that reanimates the lifeless, reviving a collective portrait of secrets contained in discarded electronic materials. In the "Pneuma” series, the ephemeral lifeblood of a telephone signal serves as a metaphor for technological mortality. A relic in the age of information, the wires in this work were found in a dumpster near the artist's home. Flickering with light, the illuminated color cabling in this sculpture evokes both the stage and crackling communications, reminding us of our own fragile bodies and natural information exchanges. Defined as “breath” by the ancient Greeks, pneuma is a vehicle of logos, which structures the continuum of matter.
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