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Coche de Plástico en un Palet

What do we understand for the discarded? If we assume the flow of images that occurs in our social dimension as excessive, waste is everything that this flow expels, and that we select and redirect towards an artistic process. It is obvious that this waste brings with it a symbolic, functional and / or affective load, which we intend to transform plastically. The flow of saturation referred to by the essayist Joan Fontcuberta in many of his papers, referenced by the rise of social networks, the consumer society, or the use of new technologies as a cult to the visual, leads us to ask whether we “need” to generate new images to carry out our artistic practice. Not wanting to criticise these statements, we decided to take advantage of them; take the testimony of Fontcuberta (among others) to identify missing images, or rather, those that we need. 

New technologies generate an incessant superposition of information, not only visual, but also as far as physical objects are concerned. It is, therefore, why we decided to collect, select, and transform what we find in the footprint of this "flow" of constant superposition, recycling what is found through our creation methods. This intention should not be confused with any kind of predictable appropriationism, much less understood as a cult to Sherrie Levine. Our work is based on a departure from the unpublished and the physicality of new images that are no longer part of an earlier "something", thus generating an intermediate level; a starting point between what is found and what will end up being. Practically speaking, this first phase consists of creating an imaginary by means of the exhaustive search of any source that we consider pertinent. This is why we propose this phrase of the project as part of our residence in Tabakalera, assuming its own context and adopting a proactive character in the development of our work.

In conclusion, and in addition to the interest that excess produces in itself, we are attracted to the unexpected connections that are created between discarded materials. A pile of garbage is a disturbance of order; a chaos in which new relationships arise between different elements, relationships totally alien to their original functions. This compilation of what remains in these spaces gives way to a common sharing; to a process of assimilation of these images.

This project has been awarded with a production grant from TABAKALERA - International Contemporary Culture Centre (Donosti) to be carried out by the artists Gómez Selva and Natalia Suárez between September - December 2018.