Interview with Daniel G. AndÃºjar
April 26, 2016
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In April 2015 I had the honour to receive a private tour by the Spanish artist Daniel G. AndÃºjar of his solo show, Operating System
, at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofÃa Museum in Madrid.
I know Daniel from the net.art days of 1996â€“1997 when he was running Technologies To The People
) (1996), a work shared in Operating System
. All these months later, as the works in the show stayed with me, I decided to contact Daniel and request an e-mail interview with him. What I appreciate in his work is the natural way in which his â€˜new media artsâ€™ background is woven into the broader visual arts context of a large museum such as Reina SofÃa. The show brought together the real thing and its virtual double â€“ as if the two have never been at odds. Operating System
offered a mix of many things, such as playful net.art, a dark, hacker space installation, journalism investigating real estate projects (from the pre-2008 boom years), a colourful room filled with manipulated versions of political celebrity posters and an art historical investigation into Pablo Picasso. The exhibition seemed to find the â€˜tacticalâ€™ equilibrium so many people have thrived on and thirsted for. When we have all moved on to become post-digital, where â€˜analogue is the new digital,â€™ then why should we continue to marginalize those who experiment with the â€˜new materialâ€™ in an evermore ironic fashion? It is time for the Great Synthesis. The historical compromise is there. Everyone prepares for the first post-digital Venice Biennale in 2017. Letâ€™s enjoy the delicate mix between technology, politics and aesthetics in such a way that none of the three dominate, and let AndÃºjar be our guide.