Through the years, Emilio Chapela has explored the nature of the enigmatic white noise across
different media and projects. He has created videos, lithographs, audios and sculptures.
For his latest project on this topic, the artists programmed a robot to paint on canvas various
samples of white noise coming from sources like old televisions and telecommunication
antennas. In this way, the electric impulses are translated into strokes of paint.
The material qualities of each painting are determined by the agency of the machine and its
ability to translate or to inscribe the signals coming from the antenna, as well as by the way in
which the artist interacts with the machine.
These paintings, created exclusively for Zona MACO Sur on the context of “The logic of
materials”, are an exploration on the material qualities that emerge from the arrangement of
specific technical configurations when exploring white noise.
It is important to add that it is believed that 1% of white noise seen in analog televisions comes
from a signal remnant from the Big Bang. And while it’s impossible to map such energy,
Chapela is interested in the poetic possibilities of such exploration.
Along with the paintings Emilio is also considering adding a video of the process of the robot
painting the canvases and a “White Noise” Rug to the presentation.