Biblioteca Nacional de…

Graphite on paper

Set of 10 drawings 29.7 x 42 cm each. Variable layout and installation

2017

Selected work in the VI Mardel Visual Arts Award 2018. Composition of the jury: Bea Espejo, Iñaki Martínez Antelo, José Luis Pérez Pons

 

Drawings made from Google search: «Biblioteca nacional de» (National Library of) and the default search engine list: Spain, Catalonia, Buenos Aires, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Lisbon, Mexico, Peru. Surely this action done in another language and from another part of the world would give a different result.

 

The place to go to search for knowledge, with the library as a symbol, is now replaced by Internet search engines.

The Internet gives us a false sense of democratization of knowledge. It seems that we can find everything and everything is accessible, but it is a mirage that shapes us. Google is like the “great sage.” Whoever does not know something asks “Mr. Google”. This «gentleman», who if he had to have an identity would surely be masculine, western, capitalist and heterosexual.

We must not forget that we filter the access to knowledge through a company that has commercial intentions and interests. This is a very concrete and instrumentalized vision of the world.

 

These are some of the reflections that the piece offers us, leaving open questions: What are the containers of knowledge today? How and in what way are the contents managed? How do we access? What are the hidden powers?

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