FROM JUNE 21 TO JUNE 25, 2017 Azkuna Zentroa presents, in collaboration with Ars Electronica and Foro Cultural de Austria en Madrid, the exhibition Plastic Planet, curated by Jaime de los Ríos.
Plastic Planet is a transmedia project that constructs a narrative shared by different media; a webcomic, a Marvel style comic publication and an exhibition, with the aim of transmitting to the citizens the electronic artistic processes within the European context. The exhibition is composed by four installations and a performance of five artists from Ars Electrónica (Linz, Austria), the world epicenter of the art scene related to new technologies.
The selected artists are: Chang Yen Tzu, Stefan Tiefengraber, Marta P. Campos & Jürgenropp, César Escudero Andaluz, Karmelo Bermejo and Ubermorgen.
Plastic Planet is a project developed from the encounter of contemporary artworks set out by artists belonging to the Austrian Media Art scene -specifically creators related to the futuristic festival of Ars Electronica- invited by the Austrian Cultural Forum in Madrid.
We understand Art as a fundamental part of our legacy, despite it’s recipients and interpretations remain unknown. The storytelling of this exhibition grows out of the artists themselves and branches into a science-fiction story consisting of comic, performance, dialogue and an exhibition.
We enable the Atrium -Azkuna Zentroa- as ground for discussion where Art is interpreted, or perhaps where it’s impact, it’s link to time are the tracks we leave behind. Will Art be the path to understanding our culture in the future? Will what art awakens be the shortcut? Or will Art remain camouflaged? Plastic Planet brings humanity to a post-apocalyptic world, exposes its history, and reflects from our future about our present. All through the artwork of Media Art, Net Art and Sound Art creators.
Ubermorgen’s binary primitivism; the improvement and waste of Marta P. Campos and Jürgen Ropp’s cyberbodies; Cesar Escudero’s interface guerrilla work; Karmelo Bermejo’s transfer of Art from the intellectual to the streets; Yen Tzu Chang’s memory’s old friends turned into digital files; and Stefan Tiefengraber’s sound of time of Jing. The artworks represent the situation of our society in times of the Anthropocene, generating a subjective view of what would be left of us in a thousand years.
Jaime de los Ríos