Group exhibition           

Fantasmes al mur (Ghosts on the Wall)
Curated by Imma Prieto
Artists: Xavi Bové, Miquel Garcia and Andrea Gómez
2017


Ghosts on the Wall creates a discussion space based on a series of questions originating from the ideas of “the ghost” and “the wall” related to the politic, social and economic space.

The origin of the project goes back to the famous phrase enunciated by Karl Marx in 1848, A spectre runs through Europe: the ghost of communism. With this celebrated phrase, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels began the Communist Manifesto. But if we ask it today, can we allow ourselves to adopt Marx's hopeful attitude, and believe in a new ideology?

The ghost is a metaphor for an unknown, invisible evil which knows no boundaries. The idea arises from the romantic conception of a spectre for which there are no physical or metaphysical barriers, a threatening presence, holding a great deal of power over us, generating terror. The ghost takes on a timeless quality, allowing the past to feed into present processes, and to gestate the future. All this is established as an allegory in relation to our contemporary condition.

The project starts with three questions. Who are our ghosts today? Who can cross the walls? Who is invisible?

The idea of power, with all its controversies and paradoxes, lies in the background of these questions. Each question points towards core ideas which are opposite in principle. We may think of ghosts as spectres from a past, or as entities shaped by our contemporaneity. We may think of walls, in terms of the human beings who have blocked the way, or we may consider them in terms of the free circulation of the individuals who have generated them. We may ask whether invisibility refers to the real power which governs the world, or the group of people who need to cross a border.

Ghosts on the Wall is intended to take place simultaneously in several centres, in order to create a sort of cartographic axis through its realisation. The reason why it is necessary to resort to a certain simultaneity is because it reflects the intention to emphasise the idea of multiple and shared fear or terror.

Assuming globalisation as a stigma of our time, we must consider new constants which spread in a globalised fashion: manipulated wars, terrorists, drug trafficking, dictatorships. A generalised state in which the fear generated by the manipulation of information and the invisibility of the truth, provokes a state of global terror.

The wall, present in space, becomes an element of separation, and takes on a quality which appeals to its physical nature as to limit, threshold and border, but also to all its multiple meanings and signifiers, which lets it be considered as a living subject. Thus, it presents itself as an organic element replete with movements, memories and multiple voices.

The project consists of four phases, the first to be presented at ACVic, constructed as three interventions; Xavi Bové's audiovisual installation, Àrea de seguretat, the only one among these interventions which will be present in all spaces; Andrea Gómez's installation, Perifèria; and Miquel Garcia's project, Oradors.

Andrea Gómez's project uses virtual reality, highlighting error as a shameful mark of human action. Periferia reflects upon identity, and its loss. We are placed within the environment of Second Life and, from there, we identify with a virtual subject who tries to reach the edge of the digital platform. The interesting thing is to see the way that, as the subject approaches the boundary, it disappears and disintegrates. Gómez creates a metaphor for the situation of people who must cross a border. The virtual world becomes a mirror of the structures that condition our future.

Imma Prieto