Roberto Aguirrezabala. Net.art 1998 - 2008"
29 February 2008 - 06 April 2008.
The Huarte Contemporary Art Centre. Huarte (Navarra) - Spain
Curators: Roberta Bosco and Stefano Caldana.
Exhibition: February, 29 - April, 6.
Opening Reception: Friday, February 29, from 7 p.m.
"Roberto Aguirrezabala. Net.art 1998 - 2008"
The Huarte Art Centre is pleased to announce the first net.art solo
exhibition by Spanish artist Roberto Aguirrezabala. His works are focused in
his two fetishes subjects: the concept of identity and the interpersonal
relations in the age of Internet. His projects avoid the stereotype of the
website, do not exhibit banners or navigational menu and manage to address
the user towards unforeseen thematics developments.
The show displays three net.art works. what:you:get (1999) is a project that
spies the user and configure a profile of his/her personality, analyzing the
identity signs that he/she generates while browsing the website. Badplayer
(2002) is a project developed in a context of artificial intelligence in
Internet, that uses chat to reveal the new problematics related to the
communication. Easyfriend (2006) investigates hybrid formats of expanded
cinema on the web, throughout the interactive story of an artist in crisis.
With the help of conversational robots, mails, chats, passwords and virtual
alter ego, Aguirrezabala obliges the users to interact with many characters
without knowing if they are real persons or just bots.
His work has been exhibited in numerous international festivals, exhibitions
like net_condition (ZKM, Karlsruhe) and awarded, with acknowledgements such
as the first prize for best work for net.art "X Canariasmediafest" (2002),
the "Mobiüs Barcelona" award (2006), among others. He is currently
investigating the development of fictional narrative systems of expanded
cinema, using mediums between cinema, the installation, photography and
The Huarte Contemporary Art Centre
Located in Huarte (Navarra), 5 km from Pamplona, this new cultural space
inaugurated in October 2007, is located barely an hour and a half from some
of the most important contemporary art centres and museums such as the
Guggenheim in Bilbao, the Artium in Vitoria, the future Krea Contemporary
Expression Centre in the same city or what will be the future International
Contemporary Culture Centre of San Sebastián.
The Huarte Centre is the first cultural facility in Navarra, specifically
conceived to house exhibitions and activities related to contemporary art,
with special attention to the emerging international scene.