2018- Ongoing project
“[...] it seems easier to imagine the ‘end of the world’ than a far more modest change in the mode of production, as if liberal capitalism is the ‘real’ that will somehow survive even under conditions of a global ecological catastrophe...”
(Žižek, 1994, p.1).
There is no alternative was a slogan often used by the Conservative British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The phrase was used to signify Thatcher’s claim that the market economy is the only system that works, and that debate about this is over.
Those belonging to this late capitalism are aware of the unsustainability of the system, but at the same time there is an inherent consciousness, the impossibility of combating it. Capitalism offers a seamless scenario in which all counter cultural artifacts are absorbed by it and in which everything can be valued under the criteria of economic productivity.
This research deals with problems related to electronic contamination and programmed obsolescence through the visibility and awareness of these recycling processes as well as the procedural complexity faced by an electronic device after its useful life.
The eco disaster is not presented as something natural, but as the political-economic consequence. Although the manufacturers of electronic products consider a technical life of 10 years, the average life of these devices is around 2 years. These production dynamics favor the illegal export of electronic waste to other countries such as Ghana, India and China where they are burned to obtain small pieces of precious materials.
But, how are the trajectories, processes and destinations of these obsolete goods? From this starting point the ewaste artifacts are subjected to restructuring processes through actions such as burning or encapsulating them and, in the same way, the routes of illegal marketing of ewaste are studied through tracking and espionage tools.
Mildlife is an analogous exercise that evokes the nature and its states through artifacts or actions performed by humans.
Through a compilation of several videos, the control relationships that we establish with the states of nature and matter are evidenced through the visualization of instruments that replicate or evoke natural properties. By this way, the instruments of the anthropocene imitate and mix them with the natural ones, sometimes confusing our perception.
Video showed on ExoGallery exhibition at EP7 Paris. Curated by Carlos Sánchez Bautista.
A selfie video with a Snapchat filter, an argue on Twitter, the uncertainty after the double WhatsApp check, the likes of your new Facebook post or the hashtags that you add to your Instagram photos in order to achieve greater popularity...
The banality of these daily actions and cultural thinking conditioned by the reproduction of these, is the starting point of this project.
Notes on the teenternet is an artistic research that studies the relationship between adolescence - as a social construction - and the Internet - as an artifact of cultural distortion. The concept “Teenternet” becomes, then, a perspective from which to dig into the study of behaviors normalized by the social absorption of the Internet.
This research presents pieces related to the characteristics of capitalized adolescence such as identity crisis or narcissism, but also on aspects linked to the gamification of life, procrastination and the consequences of overexposure to hypermedia narratives.
These elements of an asynchronous adolescence are formalized through the installation, the juxtaposition of neo-objectual relationships and through personal theoretical researches.
Narcissistic idiot. 2017.
PVC adhesive on mirror
WTF is In Real Life? 2017.
One hour video
Slides serie 2017.
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In this project the graphic codes of the Internet are studied to experiment in their physical formalization. In this way this research seek to extrapolate intrinsically digital concepts towards physical objectualities. To do so, the iconographic imaginary of the digital language is used as well as the pixel or the icon and also the processes of abstraction that accompany a web navigation such as; the waiting, the staticity, the searching or the two-dimensionality of the screen.
To delve into this study, are used theoretical influences such as the Post-Internet, the net art, and the hypermedia narrative.
We live waiting for an economic, political or natural disaster.
Thought these sentence I define my own situation, I was born in 1993 in a capitalist society. Hence, I consider myself as a product of a neoliberal society without access to any alternative or real expectations of change. This makes me rethink my personal and collective abilities. The increasing lack of resources, as well as the unsustainability of the current system in opposition to the comfort offers me to lead a life far away from dystopias. In these conditions, I think is too late to criticize the dynamics of production, so i only can wait and prepare myself for the collapse of the system.
Manuel Minch has participated in exhibition projects including ExoGallery (EP7 Paris, France, 2018) Hash, virtual goes real (ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany, 2018) Notes on the teenternet (Lamosa, Spain, 2018) Internetamine (Inder_espacio, Santander, Spain, 2017) Spamm Power Tour (Refrag, Parsons Paris, France, 2017 and Dateline, Denver, USA, 2018). He has also participated in talks, residences and workshops as Das weisse haus (Vienna, Austria, 2018) IR11 (Edinburgh, UK, 2018) Estudio_Escritorio (Injuve, Madrid, Spain, 2017) Web Residencies #2 (Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany, 2016) and Im/Possible Museum (UCLM, Spain, 2017) among others.
Teenternet. Lamosa, Cuenca. Spain [WEB]
How to break a screen. Auditorio UCLM, Cuenca. Spain.
_ExoGallery Curated by Carlos Sánchez Bautista. EP7, París. France. 2018. [WEBSITE]
_Open Codes ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. Germany. 2018. [WEBSITE]
_Light lite coin. Curated by Coleman Mummery. Denver, Colorado. EEUU. [WEB]
_Estudio_Escritorio. Curated by Antonio Ferreira. Injuve, Madrid. Spain. [PDF]
_You and I are like that red wall, it's a good idea in theory but somehow it doesn't quite work. Curated by Jade Annaw and Emily Simpson. CBS Gallery and Studios, Liverpool. UK. [WEBSITE] [INSTALLATION VIEW]
_24/1, Teenternet codes. EINA Espai Barra de Ferro, Barcelona. Spain. [EXHIBITION VIEW]
_404-Not Found. Meetingpoint gallery #07 / April edition, Bio-built, Barcelona. Spain. [EXHIBITION VIEW]
_ϟℙ∀ℳℳ▁ℙϴШ€ℜ_TOUR. Curated by Systaime and Elctra Radikal. Refrag. Parsons Paris, Paris. France.[WEBSITE]
_Internetamine. Curated by Pablo Quintana. Inder_espacio, Santander. Spain.[PRESS]
_Roaming. UCLM, Cuenca. Spain.[EXHIBITION VIEW]
_Future kings of phuture. R.Heredia, Cordoba. Spain.
_The writters. Lamosa, Cuenca. Spain. [EXHIBITION VIEW]
_EHEA Official Master's: Research Master in Art and Design, EINA. UAB, Barcelona. Spain.
_CAAC, University of Castilla La Mancha, Cuenca. Spain.
_The International Museum of Electrography – Innovation Centre in Art and New Technologies (MIDECIANT), University of Castilla La Mancha, Cuenca. Spain.
_Fine Arts, University of Castilla La Mancha, Cuenca. Spain.
_Das weisse haus In collaboration with Orbital Residence. Vienna, Austria. [MORE INFORMATION]
_Hash Award 2018 | Virtual goes real. Juror: Marisa Olson. ZKM Karlruhe, Germany. [MORE INFORMATION]
_Taller de creación y exposición online, Emergencia. Estado de sitio. Lamosa and UCLM, Cuenca. Spain. [MORE INFORMATION]
_Workshop AFK, Awake From Keyboard, Estudio_Escritorio. Injuve, Madrid. Spain. [MORE INFORMATION]
_Museo Im/Posible, debates en torno a la musealización del media art. UCLM, Castilla La Mancha. Spain. [MORE INFORMATION]
_Old galleries are boring, new horizons on the Internet. Internet Moon Gallery. Online presentation. Akademie Schloss Solitude, Web Residencies #2, Stuttgart, Germany. [MORE INFORMATION]
_Skylight. [MORE INFORMATION]
_Internet Moon Gallery. (Online) [MORE INFORMATION]
_You are in/on CAAC, CAAC, Cuenca. Spain. [MORE INFORMATION]
_Weekly conversations...with Manuel Minch Das weisse haus. Vienna, Austria. 2018. [READ]
_Internet Moon Gallery: Cuando lo virtual imita lo real. Brit-es. UK. 2018. [READ]
_The labors of the data curator The Labours of the data curator. SCHLOSSGHOST #2. Akademie Schloss Solitude. Stuttgart, Germany. 2018. [READ]
_Art on the Moon. A conversation with Manuel Minch. Continent.cc, Palais des Beux Arts Wien. 2018. [READ]
_Internet Moon Gallery. The cult issue. Interview by OnegMagazine. 2018. [READ]
_Teenternet. EINA, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona: Limited edition. 2017. [READ]
_Internetamine. Inder_espacio: Santander. ISBN: 978-84-617-8107-2. 2017. [READ]
_Internet Moon Gallery: Art Moves into a Virtual Platform. Masters of Media: New Media & Digital Culture M.A, University of Amsterdam. 2016. [READ]
_Born on the Internet. Interview by Akademie Schloss Solitude. 2016. [READ]
_How to break a screen. Castilla La Mancha: Limited edition. 2016.
_Política de protección de datos. Facebook. Castilla-La Mancha: Limited edition. 2015.[MORE INFORMATION]
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_Instagram @data_curator [LINK]
_Internet Moon Gallery [LINK]
_AGRARIK BEATS. Carlos Anselmo and Manuel Minch. [LINK]
_Pixel Font. Manuel Minch. [LINK]
_Self-portrait. Manuel Minch. [LINK]
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