Dante's Inferno in 8 Minutes 34 Seconds, 2006
Video installation, dimensions vary
Aguilar's video works investigate the existence of human codes within the digital realm, revealing how contemporary technology renders information and knowledge omnipresent yet fleeting. Through naïve inspections of the tools of technological presentation, such as subverting the prescribed function of a computer screen, Aguilar questions the status of traditional forms of communication in contemporary culture, where technology increasingly mediates our experiences.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is a large video projection titled "Dante's Inferno in 8 minutes 34 seconds", which presents the entire first cantica of Dante's Divine Comedy in a rush of scrolling, nearly indecipherable text. By showcasing this iconic work compressed into ungraspable digital space, Aguilar examines how technology is changing the way we relate to our history and heritage, while also questioning how simple marks can become an epic poem.
Other works in the exhibition include Aguilar's artist statement, scrolled letter by letter on a small monitor, and "ABC, 123", a recording of his handwriting on the surface of a computer screen. "I Mean What I Say" simultaneously projects a computer screen and the artist's hands as he methodically types the title phrase using alternate finger positions on the keyboard.
Exhibition: February 15 - March 24, 2007
Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 9:30 am - 5:30 pm,
Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Stephen Wirtz Gallery
49 Geary Street, 3rd Floor
USA-San Francisco, CA 94108
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