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A project by Fundación Rodríguez

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 creative areas.

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 artistic practice.
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 and places.
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.

[Arteleku] [Rodriguez Fundazioa] [Eusko Jaularitza] [American Foundation Center] [Casa Asia]