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Wifi Leaves

Clàudia Del and Jaume Clotet

From the 5th of April to the 6th May 2018

Inauguration Thursday 5th April 2018 at 6.30 pm

Bòlit, Centre d'Art Contemporani. Girona

Pou Rodó, 7-9 Girona

 

Wifi Leaves is a project which reflects on how to be offline through a metaphor with the natural and rural environment, which will be exposed in a mini-exhibition format in the Bòlit, Centre d'Art Contemporani. Girona Hall. 

 

To be surrounded by nature is synonym to disconnection, but nowadays, 100% disconnection  in the digital field is basically a utopia. We can not use the Internet, but that does not mean we are not connected to our technological devices (we are still in front of our computer or mobile phone working, playing, reading, etc. without having to be on the net). 

 

Wifi Leaves is a fragmented and ludic videographic narrative  on how to live in a rural area. The project maintains a strict work method: no use of the Internet. So, all the materials we see have been developed in situ from the Rad'Art house and surroundings of San Romano, designing and editing with technological tools in offline mode. 

 

Clàudia Del and Jaume Clotet artistic practice, residents of the Rad'Art project in Italy, turns around how the Internet and technological devices coexist and affect our daily lives. Maintaining an ironic and critic perspective, they construct visual stories that explore the dissolution of the real and the digital, making fun and twisting the sense of entertainment. 

 


Photo credit: Wifi Leaves (San Romano, 2017). Documented action

 

Nicolas Daubanes

 

#SignsOfTheTime

 

 The hashtag, an ephemeral print on virtual walls.

 

In our digital world, ideas and volatile suibjects are associated with "keywords" preceded by a hashtag, just to put them forward. Mmovements of opinion, scandals and revelations, useless, practical, everyday and banal are covered by this alteration, allowing computer programs to find, classify and examine them more easily.

 

This digital landscape is powered uninterruptedly by a flow of messages and associated hashtags.

Hashtags #Catalonia, #Madrid, #Puigdemont, #Rajoy ... are currently flooding outrageous and uprising messages, passionately animating our screens.

 This is a global landscape. The wave of information is continuous, almost dizzying, if you think about it.

 

All this agitation is only visible through our digital devices, and its influence in our reality is limited to the use we make of them. Therefore, once disconnected or far from the screens, this digital excitation becomes invisible to us.

"Être dans le vent, c'est avoir le destin des feuilles mortes" ("Being in the wind is to have the fate of the dead leaves") said Jean Guitton.

 The hashtags go out of style. Our concerns and our issues of debate evolve ... And some pronounced words end up disappearing.

All this is like a Christmas tree, which lives in our homes for a limited time. It begins exploding, then it  dries, losing its needles and its beauty, and finishes in the garbage or the compound.

There is no better time to talk about the inexorable march of time than during the celebrations of the end of the year.

 

What happens when chosen labels, are reunited with an existence / manifestation, in our reality?

The device, presented simultaneously in Perpignan and in Girona, allows light garlands to blink in different colors depending on the appearance on Twitter of hashtags related to the independence of Catalonia (unionists or independentists).

Decorated with these garlands, the fir (presented in Perpignan) and the crown (presented in Girona) are again manifesting their presence.

 

Nicolas Daubanes (Perpignan, 1983) is the winner of the third call for European resident artists in  The Spur / ETACEC 1618 project.

 

Open Studio. Nicolas Daubanes

 

Open Studio
Nicolas Daubanes
Wednesday 14th March 2018, 6.30 pm
Bòlit, Centre d'Art Contemporani. Girona
Plaça del Pou Rodó 7-9, Girona

 

Free prior registration at info@bolit.cat or 972 427 627 
Limited spaces

 

The French artist, Nicolas Daubanes (France, 1983), resident artist in European project The Spur, suggests a visit to our current exhibition, workshop and presentation of his research to a group of residents of the Girona Open Center.

Many of Daubanes projects reflect on social reintegration policies. In his workshop, Daubanes will question us if visits to Art Centers, participation in activities, document consultation or just simply, the fact of introducing art to residents' life is important for social rehabilitation. 

This thought-provoking atelier is open to everyone. The visit of the exhibition will take around 30 minutes and the workshop, which includes the presentation of his artistic research in Girona,  an hour. 

More information on the artist: nicolasdaubanes.com