Xilitla is a little village in the Huasteca region of Mexico. Here, in the early 1940s, Sir Edward James – a poet known for his patronage of the surrealist art movement – started the construction of his own idyllic, surrealist pool garden, Las Pozas, in which he deconstructed the many forms and styles of functional architecture. In the hands of Rosa Menkman, 'Xilitla' has been transformed into a hallucinatory, futuristic 3D architectural environment consisting of moving images, laced with polygons and dysfunctional objects. Inside this algorthimic piece, a Janushead is used to navigate Menkman's digital dreamscape. Taking advantage of the tensions between gameplay and audiovisual art, this aesthetic experiment opens up a new, eerie poetic and fantasmatic universe.
‘Xilitla’ exists as a free downloadable application, released in 2013 by the artist. An enhanced and expanded edition with three audiovisual video pieces documenting Menkman performing the gameplay was acquired by the Museum of the Image in the Netherlands (MOTI) in 2014, where it has been on display ever since. Its exhibition at Moving Image Art Fair makes available the remaining two editions of the enhanced collectors edition ('Xilitla' 2014, Edition of 3 +1 AP) packaged for appreciation on a dedicated MAC mini configured to run the piece, accompanied by the three gameplay videos and a certificate signed by the artist.
Download the free edition at http://xilitla.beyondresolution.info/
Permanent Collection – Museum of the Image, Netherlands
About Rosa Menkman
A leader in video glitch art, Rosa Menkman mines software glitches in order to incorporate them into her time-based works. “Glitch art practices are invested in processes of non-conforming, ambiguous re-formations,” Menkman has said of the genre. She experiments with video compression, feedback, and glitches, using her research to produce works such as The Collapse of PAL (2011), in which Menkman pays tribute to the end of Phase Alternating Line—an analogue video coding system. Menkman, who considers the net art collective JODI to be a major influence on her work, organizes a glitch art festival named GLI.TC/H.
Dutch, b. 1983, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands