EVOCATION is a set of five audiovisual
installations that emphasise metaphor and the experience of evocation.
Five dark spaces painted black, with projected light and hypnotic
sounds, an unsettling experience of light and shadow, voices and
quietudes, a disconcerting half-light that evokes mystery, bringing
us closer to the unexpected moment. The moment of astonishment,
of surprise, that appeals to curiosity, even as we cannot avoid
harbouring a certain distrust from not knowing what's going on,
from entering into a dialogue, an interaction with that which seduces
us but which we find strange because we cannot cope with it, comprehend
it. There is an unsettling doubt in perceiving only the cracks,
when we can tell that through them there is something more. Five
spaces that open and expand toward infinity, evoking, suggesting,
insinuating, negating the point that they start from - reality -
to present us with five fictions.
The EVOCATION experience refers to the instant when we are bewildered
by the world – by what we have in front of us. In each of
the five installations, the person is escorted to the doorframe,
the threshold, the door, so that they can continue their journey
from there, persuaded by two realities – audio and visual
– toward the summit of evocation, transcending immediate reality.
The person is the centre, the medium where the metaphor moves along;
the person is the physical reality to be transcended, to be sacrificed,
to be renounced in order to approach what they are not, the figurative
EVOCATION persuades, invites, seduces;
the five installations have in common that the sound appears dissociated
from the visual element. This simulated diachrony is intentional;
the person, the explorer, experiences a game between proximities,
alternates between being able to feel closer to the audio reality
and bewildered by the visual part or vice versa. This contrast is
necessary to reproduce the relief of the closeness and the distress
of what we find strange.
The diachrony functions as a resource to depart from a safe place,
the memory of which accompanies us at the start of our trip towards
what we do not know, towards mystery, alternating between relief
and distress on the passage towards evocation, towards what we are
Since both the visual and the audio parts are fictitious cracks,
thresholds that invite us to cross them, we feel that this approach
never ends, since we cannot ever reach the other side, and hope
of achieving it, trying it over again.
Both experiences – the audio and the visual - sketch a sinusoidal
curve, each comes closer to the other, meeting at a point only to
move away from each other again, distancing themselves as a metaphor
of this coming and going that is part of the selfsame experience
of evocation that the person is experiencing in the first person.