Nothing its what it is

Video installation

This project shares the same concepts and concerns, that are treated in "Interpretation issues", and also the same process. If during a studying evening I decided to take some photos with my cell phone to a Dan Flavin´s Catalog and the result was a failure, because the light from my lamp desk interfered on the glossy paper. In this case, something similar happened to me.

When visiting a do-it-yourself hypermarket, I discovered a huge panel with different kind of fluorescent light fixtures. It was spectacular, and although the exhibition was not in an art room, I experimented a similar aesthetic and intellectual experience of that one that you could have in a museum.

At this point, I Decided to take some photographs with my cell phone but when I started to focus on, something unexpected happened. On the one hand the lights flickered non-stop, it was because they were not going to the same frequency as the screen of my mobile phone. On the other hand, the white lights were all dyed by different colors as a kind of rainbow. It was because the lights had different color temperature, and although it was not very visible to the human eye, which performs a kind of automatic white balance to match them all, it was very evident when taking a picture or making a video.

However, this lighting issue, made me again aware of the importance of the art documentation, and the mechanisms that we use in order to build an aesthetic experience. And more specifically, the importance of photography in minimal art and light sculptures, which technically have specific issues.

Thus, the light again became interpretation tool, that overcame the minimal art discourse, and challenges the famous statement by Dan Flavin when he asserts that minimal art “ It is what it is and it ain’t nothing else”