Glexis Novoa

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2012 Mediations Biennale

4th Mediations Biennial: “The Unknown:” The Americas
(Group exhibition), Paulo Bruscky, Nick Cave, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Andrea Galvani, Gabriela Golder, Nick Hornby, Ali Hossaini, Adam Kalinowski, Algis Kizys, Sang Nam Lee, Simon Lee, Kristin Lucas, Lenore Malen, Teresa Margolles, Alice Miceli, Oskar Muñoz, Glexis Novoa, Julia Oldham, Robert Parke Harrison, Shana Parke Harrison, Fernando Prats, Tim Roda, Regina Silveira, Adriana Varella, Alejandro Vidal & Alex Villar.
Curated by Denise Carvalho. Muzeum Narodowe w Poznaniu, Poznan, Poland. September 14 - October 14.


At the 4th Mediations Biennial in Poznan, ‘The Unknown’ is examined through the formatting and de-formatting of microsystems, whether socially, environmentally, or technologically. One can envision the open source of self-generating Internet data as an example of micro-resistances that alter the way we perceive communication in time and space. Our relation to the natural environment is also changing. We are recognizing new forms of intelligence and inter-species communication, expanding our understanding of ourselves and other living beings in the planet. Established social orders have been corrupted in every level of structural control, but yet the micro-dynamics of human relations keep redefining the constitutive social as an inevitable pre-requisite for human existence. Corporate capitalism has long infiltrated the microsystems of exchange-value and their ever more divisive and disseminated systems of power, but micro-human-relations keep reemerging, redefining notions of resistance and reclaiming a public communal awareness toward more organic systems of social exchange. In the arts, the engagement with contingent practices as immediate sources of perception and cognition lead to new forms of experimentation, communication, and social relations, but also to new forms of alienation, displacement, and invisibility. The question remains: Where are we now? Are we simply repeating earlier notions of human conquest, domination, and control through new forms of subjugation, displacement, and more disseminated forms of power? The ‘unknown’ keeps us at bay, slowing us down to the position of observant/actor at the moment of choice before the effect. The unknown is the unfolding “now” that we choose to create.