Sur-Sudeste. Impressions of an extraterrestrial entity on Earth, 2020
"The light where I come from comes out from every
hole in the wrapper which contains this body;
I electronically die towards a flexible void. I don't
want to loose this body, useful."
Perhaps, a way of understanding what human beings are and their relationship with this planet is ceasing to be human.
Under an experimental exercise of erasing my own prejudices ideas of what art, nature and humans are in the Anthropocene era, Sur Sudeste describes the interpretations and expressions of an immaterial celestial entity that, coming from out of this planet, travels to the Southeast of the Earth crust, taking my body to see, smell, touch, feel and leave its halo, wherever it is present.
Without prejudices, culture and indoctrinated aesthetic sense, the extraterrestrial entity naturally begins to describe what observes and feels. Not to leave a trace, but to understand where it is and how are the beings around. It perceives its surroundings for the first time. Dismissing the meaning of things, it admires them, and simply focus on what arouses its curiosity, like textures, colors, lights, shadows, energies, smells, sounds and whatever sensation, like an impressionist painter facing variations of light and color, or like a child abstractly scribbling. There is no passage of time, it is always the present moment and the best place is where it is.
The entity creates a limited, primitive and sensorial language using the line, the stroke, the stain, the color, the matter in addition with the word, materializing that on drawings, texts and interventions in the landscape using the resources around. Lately, that expressions start to mingling with feelings of yearnings and passions. Maybe, at this moment, it is closer to the primitive human expressing ideas in caves.
To find contrasting experiences on Earth, the project Sur Sudeste is based in three trips. The first one through the south-southeast of the Iberian Peninsula; other to a tropical rainforest and other to a megalopolis. Its first contact with the Earth's surface, drifting, it doesn't understand why it is there. It describes the environment through colors and shapes, interpreting the relation between human beings, agriculture, domestication and their dependence on land, and also the gradual decline of the landscape.
On the second trip, it chooses a tropical rainforest, a natural environment with minimal human impact, self-sustainable, plenty of living beings, in accordance with the pleasure and mystery offered by natural creative impulse and cycles of life. It will take the body of animals, plants or inanimate beings like the wind, or water, as an exercise of corporeal empathy.
The third trip takes place in the megalopolis of Sao Paulo, in the southeast of Brazil, an antagonic world comparing to the previous. In the exhibition, the original drawings, photographs and texts will be shown as diptych frames 20x15cm., text on left and image on right, screwed at the wall at eye-level.
What is the sense of an extraterrestrial entity to draw, write, create? What would motivate it to express its sensibility around the world it inhabits? Is it conscious of its creation? Is it possible to became a plant, animal or any other body without humanizing it? Is it possible to describe a reality with only a primitive language as tool? What would be in common with prehistoric art, impressionism or abstract expressionism?
Here I do a first approach to my growing concern of how can we artists use media and materials as less residual as possible. This is an experimental exercise of ego detachment and empathy with all beings in this planet. If the entity will continue its travels on Earth, I don't know. If it has any message or conclusion, I hope not. Answers are not my aim in this project, but other interpretations formulated from a non-human point of view.