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EPCOT: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

Island of Conscious Power in an Ocean of Unconscious Cooperation
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Islands of Conscious Power in an Ocean of Unconscious Cooperation

 




Immersive mixed-media installation (Various items acquired at Amazon, computer rack), 2021


 

 

 

A custom-made interface with the capacity to granulate sound through a fifteen-channel speaker array brakes down an Amazonian soundscape into millisecond-long fragments. ICP-OUC is a series of ephemeral installation proposing a phenomenological experience of sonic deconstruction from where to think about the subjectivities of a post-anthropocentric nature. A set up of multiple speaker-mounts, cables, and different devices, materializes an entropic system of connectivity that brings to the front the emergence of machine ecologies as the basis for scrutinizing from a non-human perspective the possibility of mass extinction. As an immersive installation, the viewer's movement across the room contributes to the uncanny experience of a hypothetical existence of an automated nature. When heard from afar, the sound emitting from each speaker creates an intelligible representation of the Amazonian rainforest. Nonetheless, when standing close to a single speaker, all one hears is intermittent data manifesting as noise. 

The installation is informed by the confrontation of two archetypical figures of the Western cultural imagination. On the one hand, Amazon; a multifaceted expanding force engineering a form of capitalism based on a holistic practice of extraction that interweaves labour, resources, and data. On the other, the Amazonian; a symbol of an exteriorized nature that is dramatically contracting due to a voracious world economic order. Imbued by the former association of expansion and contraction and the assumption that the Amazonian basin is the result of an ancestral process of terraformation carried on by native inhabitants of pre-Columbian civilizations, ICP-OUC opens a space for stirring up a truncated correlation between the notion of artificiality and what modern society understands as nature.

To examine and propose a contingent production methodology, the components making up the installations are derived exclusively from Amazon and are subject to its 30-day return policy. Thus each time the work is installed, it changes its form by utilizing a different set of elements.

In 2020, ICP-OUC debuted at Museo Tamayo (Mexico City) as part of the exhibition Otrxs Mundxs. In 2021, it was presented in the first edition of Sound + at Museo Anahuacalli.

https://www.museotamayo.org/artistas-de-otrxs-mundxs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPCOT: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow
Island of Conscious Power in an Ocean of Unconscious Cooperation
i35
Map of a Twin Mind
Selling Air
https://terranullius.global
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Jerónimo Reyes-Retana | 2021