Marguerite Kalhor, Santa Cruz, California/USA
Alejandro Sajgalik, Montreal/Canada — Okt 24, 2016
Delta Văcărești is a container for rituals of future imaginaries. A failed communist megaproject near downtown Bucharest, it has been a haven for serendipitous activities for the past 25 years: wanderers, fishermen, Romas, shepherds, nudists, cruisers wind and bask among the reeds and evergreens, out of sight from the city noise. Within this urban anomaly, these folks reject the downfalls of tyrannies and the trappings of urban existence. Freed from societal ties, their acts are like rituals from prelapsarian times, in touch with the perennial cycles of the land like shepherds.
Cradle Văcărești is a web installation consisting of twelve rotating performances filmed by the artist in Văcărești. Played at random online, each short video will depict a ritual or lived fantasy for a new embedded reality. A voiceover-as-incantations proselytizes alternative values beyond the current order of things, taking inspiration from folks using the space in non-normative ‘unproductive’ ways. Each snippet brings meaning to redundant infrastructures, and reappropriates this urban void by rendering governmental and administrative strategies obsolete.
As a space facing rapid transformation (having just obtained Natural Protected Area status, which will turn this nondescript territory into a commodified urban park), the digital representation becomes both an archive of rituals and a yearning for an alternative present reality, in a physical world increasingly shaped by the Internet.
Alejandro Sajgalik is an artist based in Montreal (Canada) who investigates the production of space, technology, and queer representations. His by-products are books, installations, performances and videos. As of late his work focuses on contemporary infrastructural spaces as potential sites for the development of future imaginaries, and on the material limits of the Internet as archive.