Dialogues

As part of the research process for the Pure Game exhibition, we engaged in a series of one on one dialogues among the group collaborators with the aim of exploring the multiple channels of communication that open up in group projects.
 The dialogues were originally produced as part of Editorial Project #5, a project looking to reconsider printed material as an specific spatial and temporal experience.
Some exchanges developed into full proposals while others remained as informal exchanges.
Some are still ongoing. 





Under the same sky Mirjam Kroker & Jimena Mendizabal

At the beginning of our communications, we experimented with several ways of interacting that seemed not only effective but fun and somewhat playful at the same time.
While looking for a common ground from which to start our exchanges, we took a fundamental presence on everyone’s life: the sky. The blue sky is one of the of the most welcoming and relaxing images that there is, that is why companies seeking to inspire confidence use sky blue in their logos: Banks, social media organisations and companies for online payments, they all recognise the universality of the idea.
Ever present yet constantly changing, the sky represents that which we all have in common regardless of geography, time zones or weather conditions. Here we take the idea as the starting point for playful exchanges centered around the sky.







The Image is a Thing Alejandro Orozco & Mirjam Kroker

The starting point for this dialogue was a phrase found in a text about the image: ‘The image is a thing’ became the common point from where to start reflection about the relation between text and image. Following the reasoning of the author of the text, we considered that the image is primarily a thing, but a thing filled with words.
Translating the text into Spanish became our methodology to approach writing as gesture and text as materiality.






Power, Affect and KnowledgeCarolina Alba & Jimena Mendizábal

The central theme of this dialogue is a combination of elements that can be found on several occasions both in the private and in the public spheres: power, affection (or love) and knowledge (also understood as information).
Originally thought of in the context of education, we consider a combination of the three elements is always present both in human relationships and in the interactions between individuals and corporate or governmental entities, or even in interspecies relations. With a combination of illustrations and micro-essays, these elements became a framework to analyze everyday situations and events from a different point of view, suggesting different ways of understanding our context.



























I feel in love with your library or
I also studied in London
Jimena Mendizábal & Alejandro Orozco

After visiting each others homes, we noticed that we both have the same books and read the same authors. This coincidence gave rise to this dialogue, which seeks to trace the origin of our libraries with the aim of finding out why we share so many references. 
We have identified some obvious coincidences like the fact that we both studied in the City of London, where we picked up many names belonging to continental philosophy as well as some radical English authors.
To keep developing this dialogue, we want to know which authors are easily recognisable household names. This allowed us to focus in the lesser known names and track how they ended up in our bookshelves. To do this we created small devices that allowed us to put names of authors in circulation and create a kind of playful survey. 




Visual Knowledge Mirjam Kroker & Jimena Mendizabal

This dialogue responded to a need to explore the visual nature of text, playing with references such as concrete and visual poetry, ‘Konstellation’ poems and universal picture language. 






ON/OFF
Carolina Alba & Alejandro Orozco

After choosing the name ‘on/off’ to describe the interactions among the collaborators of the group, we started to see this combination of words everywhere. ON and OFF seem to be related to cultural, social and technological questions.
Fueled by curiosity, this dialogue takes one example of the use of ON/OFF as a starting point to examine how this combination of words is capable of describing so much. The example is a flyer announcing a group exhibition by Chinese artists in the city of Beijing. The only recognisable Western words among Chinese characters is the title ‘ON | OFF Young Chinese Artists. Concept and Practice’, as well as the venue and sponsors. Taking these points as our only reference, we started an exploration of the relation between communication technologies (directly the interface of private virtual networks), internet censorship, state power, and the binary extremes that determine the context of artistic creation in China.    



Untitled
Mirjam Kroker & Carolina Alba

This piece is the result of long talks about how information flows in any type of communication, especially when it takes place between the states of being connected and disconnected of the internet. Therefore, when building this installation by hand within the exhibition space, it started from being in the same space as an opportunity to "do" together and thus expand the dialogue of the internet channels to the material space.

A wooden grid serves as a support for a wall of paper that explores what is seen, what is guessed and what remains hidden. Letter-sized sheets of various types of paper create sequences that allow you to see and not see at once: the hidden bond paper while a sheet of albanene reveals a certain silhouette. This set of inputs, outputs, transparencies and voids is a reflection on the different ways in which information flows in any type of dialogue, where what is said, what is insinuated and what is left behind weave the unique texture of every conversation.


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