Detail of the installation "Zeitgeist" © Yoel Díaz Vázquez
Zeitgeist by Yoel Díaz Vázquez
Curated by Katerina Valdivia Bruch for the exhibition ZEIT UNZEIT
Our human relations have changed through communication technology, as
media and communication somehow rule our lives in the cities. While
some people research on media ecology – the study on how media and
communication might affect our ways of behaving in society and
influence social change –, others prefer to follow the news as a mode
of being 'informed' and a way to live in the present.
But, what if the newspapers would not say anything? No more bad news
about killings, drone attacks, massacres, wars, diseases, natural
disasters or inequalities among people. Oh, what a feeling!
However, our current time is filled with mass communication, not only
via printed media or public broadcast, but also through online media
(blogs, Facebook, Twitter or other social media) – sometimes, they
might even happen simultaneously. For better or worse, we are
overwhelmed by information all the time.
In an era of excess of information, at least we are now in the position
to decide whether we want or not to be part of this information
overload. Nowadays, we are able to produce or comment 'our' personal
news in our own way. Social media has made us capable of being able to
send our news to the world, no matter where we live. In this age, it is
a sort of 'revolution' to turn off the computer, television and all
media devices, and simply enjoy the moment.
No news is good news? News is
actually the title of the ongoing series of over-worked newspapers by
the artist Yoel Díaz Vázquez (1973, Cuba), a series that he has been
working on since 2011, using newspapers from Mexico, Cuba and Germany.
For the exhibition ZEIT UNZEIT, Díaz Vázquez has created a collage of newspapers, that was originally inspired by the work of Argentine artist Jorge Macchi.
Similar to the work of a censor, the artist cuts out actual news'
texts, creating with this action new documents that are reminiscent of
silhouettes and convey unclear or unfinished messages. A newspaper
extract is placed over the other and presented in layers as a sort of
grid or window, which we regard from outside in a voyeuristic manner.
What is behind it? New messages arise from these paper shavings that
are left open to the reader to interpret them.
in a simple way how information might be adapted, according to the
needs to inform (or disinform). The artist's selection of news are
reflections on current global and local political agendas and depict a
particular moment in time: how contemporaneity is captured by the
media. His work allows us to interpret our own news, leaving them uncut
in our brain.
Yoel Díaz Vázquez' works have been exhibited internationally, including
group exhibitions at the 6th Göteburg Biennial (2011), the 29th São
Paulo Biennial (2010) and the 9th Biennial of Video and Media Art at
MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Santiago de Chile (2009). In
Berlin, he is best known for his participation in exhibitions at nGbK,
Ballhaus Naunynstraße and Savvy Contemporary, and for his performances
at Radialsystem V. Since 2005, the artist lives and works in Berlin.
ZEIT UNZEIT – Exhibition with works by Markus Keibel, Yoel Díaz Vázquez and Leo Zogmayer
Opening: December 13th, 7 pm at KUNSTBÜROBERLIN
Exhibition: December 17, 2014 - February 21, 2015