My Highlights from Moving Image New York 2014
Dial M for Murder is an elaborate network of tape ripped from a VHS copy of Alfred Hitchcock's film of the same name. Forming a latticework of crisscrossed lines spreading across the gallery, a video animation is precisely aimed at these radiating geometries and appears to constantly move along the tape, much as the head in the VCR would have done. A living system becomes apparent, as the animation spirits a narrative forward, evoking a pumping heart, veins and arteries. Reviving this celluloid artifact to dramatic effect, the animation was inspired by Saul Bass' credits for Hitchcock's films, as well as the filmmaker's sawtoothed suspense plots.
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