Far Beyond the Quixotic Gaze (texts by Paloma Checa-Gismero & Javier Fresneda) (2013)

Structural incompatibility makes some encounters hopeless. Each individual is subjet to its own contingencies, which are hard to conciliate with those of the other. Hence, in order to believe in the illusion of the meeting a certain kind of gaze is required, and it shall emerge from the recognition of that impossibility. It must project the scene in such a way that it places the actors in an initial disposition to trusting -temporarily- they step on common ground. Like in linear perspective, some things in this scene seem to fit inside our visual angle, some others are projected beyond the horizon, and the rest happen behind the viewer's eye.

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Structural incompatibility makes some encounters hopeless. Each individual is subjet to its own contingencies, which are hard to conciliate with those of the other. Hence, in order to believe in the illusion of the meeting a certain kind of gaze is required, and it shall emerge from the recognition of that impossibility. It must project the scene in such a way that it places the actors in an initial disposition to trusting -temporarily- they step on common ground. Like in linear perspective, some things in this scene seem to fit inside our visual angle, some others are projected beyond the horizon, and the rest happen behind the viewer's eye.

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Artist Statement

Every encounter has a start. This one is rooted in the two participants' original intentions. Communication starts with them. Javier's aim is to ignore the physical limitations of the tool, and that all initial drives serve as energy to foster us both further than expected. He acknowledges the presence of non-human systems in our surroundings, with which we engage in reciprocal feedback, and believes in his responsibility to assume their existence as inevitable. He wants to write so as to escape his body. He understands that sharing this process is approaching non-human places together. Paloma's aim is to explore the tension built in the interview. She wonders if it's at all feasible to reach a shared knowledge or if, on the contrary, recognizing how the other arrives to his or her own separate conclusions is enough . She is curious to see how much of a trace of the other one can turn into once engaged in dialogue, as well as how does each of the parts feel with the distance established in the conversation. Above all these secret intentions there is an explicit will to discuss how do we believe is possible to get involved with images today. Hence, they start by talking about Javier's work.

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