Automaton

2017

Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven/NL 2017
Ostpool Theater, Arnhem/NL 2017


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2 channel video, HD, colour / sound, 00:11:02
Camera: Ignacio Durruty / Florencia Almirón
Edition: Delfina Mayer / Florencia Almirón
Performer: Paula Almirón
Drums: Marcelo Novati


Link here to watch excerpts of the video 


Automaton expands the narratives of sculpture in which art has sought to replicate the literal, living presence of the human body. It addresses the idea of failure in history through notions of the representation of the ‘self’ in western culture, remarking impossibilities of grappling with history in order to shape politics as they are unfold today. White marble is nowadays a strong emblem for various kinds of xenofobics and racist discourses. The work depicts the power roles within the geopolitical colonial history and unfolds further the tension between subject, body, sculpture and colour. The presence of clay moulded by a living figure on one screen and mostly white classical replicas on the other screen, allows activated disturbances of hierarchies and categories. Who takes position of one culture? How does the colouring of statuary operates onto the social representation of a subject, the ideal of beauty, and the construction of race?



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Installation shots


Screening with performers at Ostpool Theater, Arnhem, The Netherlands 2017
DAI’s The Kitchen/Not the Restaurant, June 2017



Screening at Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven/NL
DAI’s The Kitchen/Not the Restaurant, May 2017








                           2018 Florencia Almirón