List of Artworks

Thought Circles
Jimena Mendizabal
Installation, chalk over wall. 3 x 2 mts.

The concept of ‘thought circles’ 
describes the exchange of ideas within a group that shares a common language. In this visualisation, circular lines connect the names of thinkers, essays, books, theories and concepts written on the wall. The circles overlap and cut through each other, some extend along the wall, while others are only fragments. The resulting image is a visualization of the topics, interests and references that On/Off Collaboration has addressed in various conversations over a 2 year period. The chalk lines reveal affinities and differences, making visible the areas that concentrate our interest and the issues we have left aside, as well as the references from which the topics we treat collectively are understood and defined. This map of the territory on which the group acts also exposes a possible danger of closing our horizons towards new topics or avoiding searching for new references. However, thinking is a collective activity, and the formation of a common territory through the exchange of ideas is what makes acquiring knowledge possible.

The Topography of Dialogue
Carolina Alba
Video, 10:56 min

Jazz records spin on the turntable without producing any sound. The needle tears incessantly, ripping only cacophony, but the fact that there is no sound does not mean that nothing is happening. This work takes jazz, with its emphasis on the use and importance of silence in musical composition, as a metaphor to explore the transcendence of moments of silence in dialogue.
During group conversations silence is inevitable, sometimes as a reflection of the difficulties of communicating through the Internet, but in most cases the moments of silence reveal more than the moments when we try to explain our thoughts and feelings with words. The absence of words contains a lot of information if you know how to listen: elements such as duration, texture or distance between periods of silence show how we participate in collectivity, how we work and express ourselves and how our habits leave a mark in the way we relate to others.

Unseen Homes
Carolina Alba
Drawings on Paper, variable measures

This series of drawings present maps and architectonic templates for the location and homes of group members. You could say that these drawings combine the screen with paper to represent hybrid spaces that mix the real, virtual and personal world. On the paper you can recognize 'traces' of the digital origin of the images, such as the marks taken from the Google Maps images, these traces freely mix a 'real' geography based on satellite images with an imagined topography based on individual personalities.
The drawings take the digital image as a window to observe the daily life and work of others. The computer screen allows the possibility of entering the space of the other to extract traces that indicate reading habits, manias for order or disorder, tastes, or other traits that can reveal how other people have adapted, confronted or modified their environment. This work reflects an interest in how architecture influences us both publicly and privately, and explores the possibility of using the screen as an instrument of empathy that allows us to inhabit the space of the other.

Juan Toro
Installation, 1 x 1 m.

The experimental drawings that make up this installation contain more than meets the eye. Its two-dimensionality hides the superposition of paint, papers and texts, including the pages of the Red Column fanzine, an art, aesthetic and philosophy journal composed of articles by authors of different disciplines and countries, and printed and distributed free of charge. In the flat space of these pieces, the theme of collaboration and digital communication is explored through drawing, text and material processes.
Although virtual processes and events may seem lacking in materiality, the truth is that there is a physical infrastructure (cables, servers, smartphones, computers, cameras and other types of hardware) that supports and allows the operation of the Internet. This piece seeks to approach the materiality of the On / Off collective archive using manual processes, artistic work as a physical process and paper as a medium with a long history of preserving human thought and poetry.

Mirjam Kroker
Installation, variable measures

Covers of empty books lie on the ground while a piles of paper stand beside them. The hollow covers have lost their rectangular shape, acquiring a geometry that, together with the vibrant colors, gives a certain rhythm to the installation, as if the covers move while calling for the paper sheets that have escaped and mixed without order or classification. These folios correspond to parts of the On/Off collective file, which is made available for visitors to review and take home. With this gesture the container has been separated from its content, and the knowledge that is usually distributed in categories has been transformed and fragmented, leaving the private digital space to enter the public space.
This installation explores different ways of moving the information of a person, place channel or from one format to another, the transformative processes necessary to carry information from one point to another, the changes in perception caused by these processes and the properties of the text as raw material. The use of the typewriter deserves a special mention in this piece, for its role as a tool to investigate the material properties of text 

Parallel Universe
Mirjam Kroker
Installation and drawings, variable measures

The series of drawings and the box with paper, pins, and other assembly materials, resembles a suddenly abandoned field investigation. On the wall you can read reports on a parallel universe, written by an anonymous explorer who has observed and collected data about an alien reality that escapes our field of reference. The reports  combine familiar elements with mysterious components, as if the words and tools we use to describe reality are insufficient and our explorer had to use fiction and poetry to be able to approach this alternative world.
Trying to understand other realities can help us get closer to our own world, which can sometimes be as strange as other universes. Not only as an exercise to try to expand our vocabulary and devise other methods to understand our context, but also to expand our conception of what is real and what is possible.

198 seconds of unending rain (or rains over wet)
Alejandro Orozco
Installation, variable measures

The places arranged around a pentagon invite the viewer to sit down, put on the headphones and look up to see the rain persistently hitting the ceiling of the room. The sound of the drops bounces around the room and in the ears of visitors who hear the amplified sound through the hearing aids. This piece envelops the viewer in an atmosphere
that is both shared and private. Visitors are under the same rain but everyone is immersed in their own sound rain experiencing a moment personal. A group that participates in an common experience without losing individuality.
The theme of climate as a common element and the figure of the pentagon are repeated throughout the exposition. The climatic elements are global and they do not recognize borders, there is no climate that can be isolated in its entirety. While the five sides of the pentagon refer to the members of On/Off Collaboration, representing a stable structure that reiterates the presence of five 'people' in the exhibition space.

Editorial Space No. 5
Carolina Alba

This project explored printed material as an specific spatial and temporal experience. It presented one on one dialogues among the 5 group collaborators. You can see them here