EL MUNDO FUNÁMBULO
The Funambulist World was my undergraduate thesis project, submitted during the second semester of 2012; it took part in “At the End of the Mirror,” Los Andes University’s thesis projects exhibition at Textura Creative Centre. The project included 15 paintings made with a dot matrix printer from the U.H.P. series (Universal History of Painting) a large format painting with an enamel finish, silk-screen and digital printing, and two more paintings of medium format in mixed media. This project received an Excellence Distinction awarded by Los Andes University, and was shown at Thesis Project 2013, a platform devised by MAC-Bogotá (Bogota Museum of Contemporary Art) to exhibit and diffuse the best Fine Arts thesis projects in the country.
The fundamental thematic of the project explores the limitations of digital language, the simulation generalized by information machines and the repercussion of excessive codification in the analog world. If they are not paintings because they are made with printers and cutting plotters, they are perhaps contemporary renitences: their nature originates in the bone marrow of the CPU and their mother cells are constituted by zeros and ones. A discourse about a moment in which information seems to appropriate the world, a linguistic revolution, an anticipated apocalypse, a full domestication of the intelligence itself. What about the computer? What dangers will suddenly arise when alienation materializes and coexists with us in offices, malls, hospitals, and nursing homes? Where is everything left? What does a funambulist world offer, willing to lose balance at any moment?