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the Groundhog Day is a story tale, a journey that is continually repeated through a crack in time in an absent subject’s mind. The actors who inhabit here are different aspects of his spirit. This is a landscape full of living situations, a feeling of déjà vu, a journey through characters that appear, alter ego or mental landscape of this absent subject... in the film “the Groundhog Day”a character who is trapped in time faces continuously the repetition of a day and only him is aware of this situation... but what if all the characters were aware of this curse... If all of them where confronting it at the same time trying to break it?

 
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 The entire process was therefore open to the public, the visitors were spectator of an atmosphere that was never the same. They could see the structures evolve and even degenerate by the action of the performers in the main installation as well as the time artifact  exhibited in the adjacent room and, above all, they where invited to participate to all the activities and work meetings held in the room of documentation, where they could also dive into the different ideas of the project and browse and even quietly read texts and books that have relationship with the project. Every visitor was free to take the books and texts hanging out of balloons, read them and free them back in the air.

 
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The installation puts us in a mental space, looking for the overlap of ideas avoiding pure representation and clear narrative, immersing us into “the darkness of a dream and describing the black feeling of excessive and self-destructive, latent violence and melancholy that persists in this transition from believing to act. An intermediate space that takes body in decomposition of the line of reality.

While a line of meaning in the work emerges from its cultural psyche where fictional worlds, personal references engendered in subcultural iconographies, music or literature, an equivalent line is drawn on aspects of the history of art that contains a criticism, or at least speaks  about his inevitable waste in an age where the culture of the information and the image has emptied it of all meaning.

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The Installation, the works, evolved through the actions and situations . The different artifacts were created, evolved and even destroyed at different levels according to their nature and the relationship with the actions... some are just remains,  descriptions, others show their footprints or even are parallel constructions imbued with that performativity, that consciousness and narrative but maintaining their own entity

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inside one of the showcases a mirror shows the name of Ian Curtis written in cocaine.... In a gesture of homage playing his songs by the speakers inside, which at the same time is the cause of deleting its name by the vibration of his music

 

The fact  that an individual wants to wake up memories in another individual that  do not belong rather than to a third one It is an apparent paradox.  it is a clumsy game of multiple reflections where each character had a box of false memories that was given to him by the artist, and in this collaboration through successive eventualities suffered during the actions, it was completed... one box for each of the seven characters containing the false memories of one person. 

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visitors travelled through a space inhabited by ghosts of the present , a fracture in time where fictional characters are pushed to different levels of representation of life and art through the repetition, day after day, of the same actions... but everything that takes place is real, nothing is represented. The characters are exposed to situations that seem to fail to live simultaneously or in sequence throughout the space of the exhibition... A set of auto-generated operations whose causes and effects are unknown, and so will be the effect in the works of the room that will be taking its final form through their actions. New situations will appear,  characters will take life and replaced the subject  by modifying and altering the actions ... It is a ritual of separation.

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The project, should be considered not as an exhibition but as an experiment within the exhibition itself. The visitors are invited not only to see the work, but to immerse themselves and be exposed to the cycle of generation / / destruction of ideas. They will be exposed to an open and indefinite state, to the fog where antagonistic ideas coexist perfectly.