Daniel Canogar presents his new series Echo at Galería Max Estrella. The works that compose the series are made with flexible LED tiles, a technology that allows the artist to create curved screens. Visible behind their sinuous shapes are dangling cables and electronic components, the exposed entrails that are usually hidden. For the artist, these screens have stopped being windows that frame reality to become sculptural objects that illuminate and communicate with their environment.
The artist has observed a substantial change in our relationship with screens. From small wrist devices that monitor our biorhythms to monumental LED billboards that wrap around buildings, we are surrounded by their flickering and bright surfaces. Screens are acquiring a new materiality, a membrane quality that extends over multiple surfaces, objects and buildings. The Echo series responds to this new concept of screen-skin.
The screens feature abstract animations generated by algorithms. The animations react to real-time data of different phenomena happening around the globe, including earthquakes, fires or environmental pollution collected by various web pages. The result is a series of sculptural screens that listen to the planet through an Internet connection.
Echo’s screens seem to melt, drained by our overzealous need to represent the world. In their undoing, they discover a new role as creatures that no longer represent, but sense their ecosystem. Connected to the Web, they perceive planetary phenomena that escape our sensory possibilities, and yet are so vital to our survival as a species.