|A project by Fundación
Following on the "Art and
Electricity" experience, Fundación Rodríguez
is now building on some of the key elements used in
producing and publicising that project, with the idea
of starting up a new system which will extend to new
The system, which we call Tester,
is geared towards detecting "electrical activity",
i.e., working formulae that tie in with the way we have
been operating, wherever they may be. In some ways,
then, it could be seen as a detection system.
This first aim which needs to
be projected, and which we have based on a graphic "rhizomatic"
reference, now centres on the idea of "periphery",
in the sense of a "shaded area" of contemporary
culture and creation and, in particular, of multimedia
For us, the central object of this new mechanism is
the shadow, viewed as the negation of visibility for
projects that adopt a critical distance from the "single
network project", or whose origin places them outside
the predominant geo-political framework.
"Tester" also goes back
to collaborative and decentralised proposals, stressing
features such as "do-it-yourself", "home
tech" and "teleworking" between different
and remote projects, initiatives, groups, artists, directions
To start the system going, we
want to compose a working sequence, in successive phases,
which will naturally develop the project. We will try
to lay down a stable working structure which provides
"Tester" with the theoretical support it needs
for proper development.
In this way we want to reconsider the processes of mediation,
in an attempt to analyse the factors that condition
reception of creative proposals in the field of their
own production, and how these conditioning factors form
a subject for research in artistic practice.
Our most immediate target is to begin our intensive
prospecting work by means of an initial work group,
in which the rhizomatic diagram will be extended until
it forms a "network of its own". We will search
for "nodes" (collaborators) who can offer
new means of development, opening new branches and new
lines of transmission to this network.
And only then, when the structure
allows its work to be sustained and expanded to the
area of artistic production, will we move on to the
second phase, which will be a consequence of the development
of the system, in which the activity generated offers
strategies for dissemination and new mechanisms which
will in turn generate chain reactions, new ramified
structures, material and nonmaterial results, new previously
nonexistent creative possibilities and previously unimaginable
and impossible human relations.