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Alejandro Vasquez


Humanity have traced many kind of horizons we could infer that one of the horizons of humanity is precisely the legal regulation. To organize ourselves in society we must set certain limits and certain rules like jean jacques rousseau says in “the Social Contract”: freedom, is nothing more than a set of rules. We must find common ground and reach mutual agreements between people. That is why since the beginning of civilizations have drawn a line that divides judges and prevent us the consequences of our actions. But there are always ways to break the rules.

The underwater installation, talks about navigation, horizons, legality and its many manifestations in different contexts. It speaks of the fragility of that line that divides legal from the illegal. And of all those businesses that move under water, under the legal horizon, and the limits of our own consciousness. The sound track 2’30” plays some stories taken from real life, and real people in moments of a moral fight. Balancing in the narrow edge of legality.

Many of the devices and tools on tripods, are used to establish a relationship with the horizon, either to measure or imagine it. Navigational instruments, cameras, telescopes, etc.. All of them are looking for new horizons. And expands our view, and ways of interpreting the world.

The tripods are stable figures and if we refer to the text of Hito Steyerl in Free Fall, when we adopt a vertical top-down view, the horizon changes. The position of surveillance satellites are now the way for us to locate ourselves in the map. In her comment this new point of view, make us away from our relation with ground and its horizon. What she called free fall.

In this case one of the most used methods for geo location is triangulation to locate objects and signals using three reference points to determine with great precision the objectives.

After nearly 11 months studding Ma in fine arts in Holland my work as a researcher in the arts has been completely transformed, my position as an artist has been building increasingly, the methodologies that I used now are much more personal, and I try increasingly to reconfigure my position as a cultural worker in society.

Artists like Aernout Mik, Hito Steyerl, jeremiah day, have strongly influenced my methodologies.

And the learning space with Maria Hlavajova BAK has been crucial to my process. Even now I am undertaking with three other colleagues a research paper that has to do with the reflection of the artist role in society. And is related to my research project for both my work and for my thesis. It has to do with the law, agreements between humans, working conditions of artists, and the legitimization of our practices.