Thursday, 26 January 2012

Invisible Fields: an interview with José Luis de Vicent

Italian magazine, Domus, have published an interview with José Luis de Vicente, the co-curator of the art-science show, Invisible Fields.

Ethel Baraona Pohl introduces the interview by writing: "We inhabit intangible territories. The networks of invisible infrastructures which surround our world are extensive and growing day by day. In this context, Invisible Fields explores how the understanding of our world and our cosmos has been transformed by the study of radio waves."

In the interview, José Luis notes:
"I have an ongoing interest in my work in the infrastructures of information society, the historical, political and technological factors that have shaped them, and their impact on us as citizens. I feel it's hard to talk about technology as a agent of transformation without paying more attention to what goes in the infrastructural layer. This is quite common in architecture and urbanism, for obvious reasons, not so much in design or contemporary art. And one of the grand narratives about this theme is the progressive process of conquest and colonization of the radio spectrum throughout the 20th century, culminating in a way in the Digital Switchover in the first years of the 21st century. I've thought for a long time this is a story that has not been told cohesively, and evaluated from different disciplinary perspective. Invisible Fields is not that (that would be a titanic project, the work of a lifetime) but intends to be another piece in the construction of this greater story."

Read the full interview and review here:

Invisible Fields is showing at Arts Santa Mònica in Barcelona, from 14 October 2011 - 4 March 2012.

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