…On The Tip Of Your Tongue

Raquel Ponce


The five videos that make up the Back exhibition function as a single and indivisible graphic video installation. The work reflects on the invisible, hidden part of the work, on the back of the work, on what happens before and after the action, but also on dead time, on waiting times, in between times, preparation times and habitual setbacks in the hidden backstage space.

The backstage as a subject, at the same time as a device and mechanism to activate, seeks the off-centring, the fragment, the interval, the middle point, the between time, what is outside of both the spatial field and the temporal field. In this way it seeks to hide what there is to see, snatch it away from the spectatorsa�� sight, making them think about what they are seeing, or rather about what they arena��t seeing, in showing not the crossing-out, but the crossed-out result.

Back is just cause without its effect. Showing just its cause and hiding or blurring its effect is about intensifying the error, the futile, waste as memory of the result, like the skeleton of the process, oscillating between the document and the waste.

Back plays with the unspoken, with the unseen, with the blind spaces, with the blind spot of the line of sight; reducing as much as possible the narrative bearings, hiding how far one can go without falling into starvation, to the limit where less ceases to be more and is simply less.

Entre tiempos / Between Times
EspaA�a / Spain | 2012
3a�� | VideoinstalaciA?n / Video installation

Contra tiempos / Counter Times
EspaA�a / Spain | 2012
4a�� | VideoinstalaciA?n / Video installation

Tiempos muertos / Dead Times
EspaA�a / Spain | 2012
4a�� | VideoinstalaciA?n / Video installation

Pasando el tiempo / Passing the Time amoxilsales.
EspaA�a / Spain | 2012
5a�� | VideoinstalaciA?n / Video installation

Al mismo tiempo / At the Same Time
EspaA�a / Spain | 2012
Circuito cerrado de video / Video closed circuit

T-shirts, plastic guns, trumpet and other stuff
( Gregorio Viera )

Gregorio Viera

Some things (systems 1 & 2)

Spain | 2012
Video projection onto objects

The object is an art form without substance, what we take are the qualities that emerge from the things when they collide with them, and we possess them as we inhabit them… Things are no more than the material trace of all these gestures. They are simply symptoms of passing, we recompose through them all the brilliance and weight of the world.

Viera has established himself in a critical terrain with representation, and has determined with the images a deconstructing relationship, applying an iconoclastic sense of humour as a fitting vehicle for suggesting the contradictions that are enerated in the accumulation of images and simultaneity of languages in the everyday visual reality. This overlap of levels that the images generate leads to pleasure of the bodily experience when performance movements are projected on the image that have surpassed their physical framework and appear fragmented, projecting the artist as a subject-object and intervening on the forms with a minimal narrative. (Gopi Sadarangani)

Gregorio Viera

Camisetas / T-shirts

Spain | 2012
Video projection on t-shirts

In T-shirts, a set of garments show characters, faces and icons overused by merchandising with a phrase that unifies them: I am a thing. I am successful. Clearly, in a commercial society there can be no greater achievement than becoming a product, ready for consumption. But this society is completely indifferent to its object of desire.

The uninterrupted sequence of images, perfectly interchangeable, tells us rather that it is the consumer economy that has triumphed in replacing reality with a battery of beings without depth that feeds the permanent need for artificial victories. (Rodrigo Alonso)

Not created, not destroyed, transformed

EspaA�a / Spain | 2012
Drawing-writing on back of Polaroids

Series of photographs-drawings-writing, based in a phrase loop originating from one of Vieraa��s first performances, alongside artist Juan JosA� de la Jara in Madrid. This said exactly: a�?I work a lot, to earn money, to be able to buy myself things that I cana��t then enjoy because I work a lot, to earn money, to be able to buy myself things that I cana��t then enjoy because I work a lot…a�?

A cyclical sense of language in terms of continuous narrative, without beginning or end, and which exemplifies the idea of permanence in an eternal present. Like in a continuous movement always returning to the start: not created, not destroyed, transformed. (Gregorio Viera & Gopi Sadarangani)