Expo 2020 artist Daniel Canogar uses technology to dissect a modern dependence on data, Maan Jalal, The National News [29/1/2023]
In the modern age of smart phones and constant internet access, we are inundated with data, information and news. We have become addicted to the lure of endless connection, unaware of the myriad ways it influneces our lives.
This is the theme of Spanish multidisciplinary artist Daniel Canogar‘s first solo exhibition in the region — following from his work at the Spain’s national pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Called Loose Threads, the show at Galloire gallery in Dubai’s City Walk opened this week and runs until February 24.
It is an unexpectedly beautiful and ethereal examination of the constant flow of data that we consume through technology. Canogar, who splits his time between living in Madrid and Los Angeles, not only creates data-driven artworks, but uses data as a medium itself.
“There used to be these really specific news cycles,” Canogar tells The National. “You’d buy the newspaper in the morning, then at night you’d catch the evening news. But now it’s incessant, it never stops. I’m very interested in trying to capture that incessant flow.”
The show includes a 2016 work called Ripple — a rectangular screen hung in portrait format on the wall. At first glance, the surface looks like a multicoloured, finely woven textile, until three adjacent horizontal lines cascade from the top at varying speeds, leaving behind a striking coloured path.
Each of these moving lines represent a new video being uploaded on to CNN’s website. When a new video is uploaded, a large thumbnail of that clip appears and makes its way down the screen, leaving behind a ripple of colour based on the hues that appear on the video.
Once the video reaches the bottom of the screen, it reappears at the top as a collapsed line trickling down again. These uploads make up the archive of videos from CNN from the past hour, and as a new clips come in, the oldest ones are kicked out.
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