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Susana Anagua


Ir(reversible Systems)

“In a scientific experiment designed to study the behavior of populations under stress, fish are incrementally introduced into an aquarium. At first, each fish creates its own space. But, as the space available for each individual gets reduced, the fish become increasingly aggressive towards one another. However, there is a point at which the number of fish is so great that the notion of vital space vanishes and the fish settle down as if resigned to their condition. Metaphorically speaking, this experiment raises an interesting question, there is an obvious interpretation whereby in increased disorganisation violence will ensue, but from a certain point on enters a phenomenon of auto-organisation (restricted available space for each) that results in the lessening of tensions. (Now imagine this at the scale of human society). ” in a conversation with Carlos B. Pereira

This metaphor has been fundamental to understanding the main concern of my research. Humans have been defined as existing inside a reversible system like a society. States can change and be redefined constantly, because people sometimes cannot just resign themselves to their own condition and position in the structure of the system. It seems there is always some error in the pattern that an individual creates, and this will reach a turning point, and inevitably lead toward chaos. I found a particular interest in visualising the effort that Man and Machine puts into establishing order from disorder, to reorganising systems coming out of the chaos, to producing and inventing new orders, and how much energy they spend on it. It’s the switch and turning point moments, the illusion of transformation, the tension, that I intend to transport to my moving images.

The video–installation intends to combine Man/Machine situations, that in a macroscopical viewing, goes from and individual state of disorder to create new massive patterns of several different kinds of orders. Therefore, in a microscopic analysis, the paint and glass used in the installation reference the concept of recycling; light energy is stored in the organization of the paint particles andby glowing in the dark, the energy is returned.


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