The world will be Tlön

Serafín Álvarez / Lúa Coderch / Ana Garcia-Pineda / Alicia Kopf / Rosell Meseguer / Claudia Pagès / Aleix Plademunt / Ricardo Trigo

Curated by Jordi Antas

From 21st February to 23rd August

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Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius is a story by Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) which is included in the book entitled in English The Book of Fantasy, first published in Spanish in 1940. A fictional story based on the unique discovery of a non-existent and inaccessible country, located in a parallel dimension. A place in which the fantasy and the metaphysical condition pose an exercise that speculates on the limits of knowledge, understanding and belief.


Beyond the story's original plot, "El món serà Tlön" (The world will be Tlön), as an aphorism of Borges' story and the title of a contemporary art exhibition, has to do with emotional relationships established between humans and other beings, and their environments from the perspective of such diverse fields such as alchemy, psychology, mysticism, literature and parallel realities. Concepts that are present in some way when it comes to addressing the flexible nature of certain artistic practices through different cultural patterns, encoded in acts, languages and social and narrative processes.


The Argentine writer describes and speculates on the history of an unknown planet with its architecture, its fear-inspiring mythologies, the murmuring sound of its languages, its seas, birds and fish, its algebra and its metaphysics, emphasising the idea of literary fiction, literary fantasy and metaliterary fantasy. A kind of cosmic illusion that allows us to explore the possibility of thinking and travelling in a different way towards the affective power of the unknown through two possible interpretations: on the one hand, through the performative activation of language and the influence it exerts over our thinking, whether this is realistic or not; and on the other hand, an analysis of the limits of fantasy worlds, set free from the reliability of what is safe and true, regardless of its multiple irregularities and logical obstacles. Something that Borges tries to replace and completely metamorphose in our world with this fictitious universe.


"El món serà Tlön" becomes alive, based on a collective exhibition organised around the idea of a cosmic order, and around the analysis between the sacred and the profane, to influence the relationships and analogies between science, magic and power. It is an intimate approach to situations and moments somewhere between the physical experience and the narrative value which, through a flexible dialogue (tinged with a touch of parody and not without humour), exudes an attitude of utmost confidence in the effort to decipher aspects such as the supernatural, fantasy, symbolism, science fiction and mystery.


In the same way that Borges' obsession with mirrors are often present in his stories-not as reflections of reality, but rather as an ad infinitum multiplication of it-the exhibition allows us to become part of these non-existent realities, illusory worlds, imaginary regions and futile conquests. Therefore, the exhibition is a matrix of dialogues among eight artists from different generations and backgrounds who, despite working in different formats (illustration, video, stage installations, photography and performance), share a mutual understanding and common interests: the blending of reality and fiction, the construction of supreme worlds and the speculation about the interpretation of our own environment. An approach to the gesture of poetry of literature and a prefiguration of Borges' own story, in order to explore new possibilities of flight and reinvention of what is considered the norm.


In this regard, and looking from an open and flexible viewpoint, "El món serà Tlön" brings together a series of works which, based on a fragmented narrative, investigate and explore the possibilities of giving a new meaning to the concept of parallel worlds through various artistic practices and fields of interest: the landscapes included in Serafín Álvarez's video games; the radical narrative and interpersonal relationships half-way between the community chanting by Claudia Pagès; the new decontextualised materialities from the industrial, scientific and technical field of Ricardo Trigo; the flexible narrative through the multiple spatio-temporal structures and perspectives, the limits of human worlds and the power of parallel realities of Ana Garcia-Pineda; the reflections on everything we perceive as human through the objectuality that surrounds us and which affects how we form our identity by Lua Coderch; the semi-real, semi-fictitious accounts from Alice Kopf; the concept of distance, or what Aleix Plademunt tries to define by measuring certain physical, temporal and emotional distances; and finally, the unpredictable work on the limits of what is true and the symbolic significance between sensory and mental perception offered to us by Rosell Meseguer.


In short, "El món serà Tlön" invites us to a contradiction between ingenuity and perversion, and creates a short fantasy story which, in a critical way, places aspects which are often met with disbelief on mysticism, rituals, desire and the meaning of life from an active, performative and narrative relationship between the place and the individual, as well as the significant possibilities of language itself, from a context which is able to create places where things which today seem like fiction, tomorrow could become a reality.


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