Cityscapes Foundation is very happy to announce its first exhibition in 2021 at a new venue in the very heart of town: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 131. And at Marineterrein Amsterdam, Cityscapes participates this summer at divers upcoming co-creation projects in the context of the art-science program Living Art Lab.
The installation PASAJES by Sebastián Díaz Morales at Oudezijds Voorburgwal 131, brings together the ongoing series of so far 5 video works in which Díaz Morales ‘maps’ specific landscapes, cities and buildings in Argentina, Indonesia and the Netherlands.
EXHIBITION: Sebastián Díaz Morales - PASAJES
LOCATION: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 131, Amsterdam,
DATE: June 12th _ July 17th,
VISIT: Fridays and Saturdays, 2 - 6 pm
and by appointment.
Informed by the philosophy of Jorge Luis Borges' writing 'On Exactitude in Science' Sebastián Díaz Morales presents a reformulation of reality. In this text, a fictional Empire builds a life-size map identical to the Empire they inhabit. A psycho-geographic conceit, the map becomes the territory; the territory the map. The notion of the 'map' as a co-existent reality anchors Diaz Morales works, believing that we are all inhabitants of such maps, and the territory a long-lost relic.
As Borges story concludes with the destruction of the map by later generations, Diaz Morales' continuous construction and destruction of realities is symptomatic of a world where the original no longer exists; only a succession of simulations. Diaz Morales is the inventor of scenarios of infinite potential. Renouncing the limitations of narrative in favour of something less fixed, directionless-ness presents itself as a timely, though uncomfortable agent of endless and pointless opportunity.
The video installation ‘PASAJES’ is a grounded allegory of such endless realities; inviting the viewer along through interlinked, unconnected worlds; an abandoned building, a gym, a museum. Scenes of abandoned grandeur follow the everyday whilst the walking figure remains a passive subject of his constantly altering environment. We see cities that neglect their past in favour of a malfunctioning future. Díaz Morales seeks the essence of the nature of all cities.