- "There is a new landscape in town and it's a Web Landscape." Victor Pellegrini, Connections, 2003
Sets of maps inherited from my grandfather painted with ink.
For many years, we were clear on describing our habitat. It was very easy to establish our environment. There were two main groups; the ones who lived in the city the and ones who lived in the countryside. Opposite places that still exist, but that today, are more difficult to define their limits. Technology redefined these limits, and globalization gives us the chance to be anywhere, and at the same time in different places, connected online with live experiences, VR, and social networks.
The world in which we live now, technology is the environment that defines us, that represents our reality. An artist can spend his entire life between his computer, his paintings and art galleries; his/her/the reality is measured in pixels, with an irrepressible and immeasurable speed of information. The screen is how we connect to the world, with a completely new and increasingly understandable language.
There is an open illusion: the idea of a space that would not only be visible, but the mental prolongation of what we see.
The artist is a “link” between nature and the city, between geographies, and between the digital image and painting. Artists are not only in museums, you can find them on the streets, in the landscape and inside computers. The combination of these worlds is generating a new species of artists who serve as connectors for both worlds.They are discovering a new space represented in this virtual reality. Nowadays, two points not only generate a line: two virtual points generate a connection between users.
That’s how Web Landscape concept emerges. During centuries, artists painted what they saw or believed; they painted the gods, the emperors, the kings, their battles, still lifes, portraits and landscapes. Today, we spend our life /time/ hours immersed on the internet, our window is a computer screen, we live in a “web landscape”.
Web Maps is a series of internet social network portraits over old National Geographic maps of my Grandfather, a mix of the old, the history, and the new internet globalization.
When the Greeks spoke of the world, they called it the KósmoV (kósmos), that is, the beauty, the harmonious, the order, the fair. To be cosmic, the Greeks had to enter into an ethical harmony of heroes, because only they were immortal: they risked their lives and even died to carry out feats worthy of admiration, worthy of the song of the poets. So, the heroes shared the immortality of the gods.
Then Christianity offered men something they would not have dared or dreamed of: eternity without the need for any heroism. Free eternity. They were only to be baptized and lead a hidden, monastic life. The world, then, was the object of contempt, for being impure and sinful, which holy men had to renounce in order to obtain eternal life.
With the Renaissance and modernity, the beauty of the world was rediscovered, not because it was Olympic, but because it was mathematical. Modern science, that of Galileo, Descartes, and Newton, promised men an understanding of the mysteries of the world, nature tamed by mathematically expressed universal laws. The promise was also to transform all that knowledge into resources, efficiency, infinite development, and power. Thus the world became a great endless source of exploitation and wealth, worthless in itself. It seemed that the order and security provided by Newton’s laws protected against any uncertainty and nonsense.
But the 20th century came, with the theory of relativity, the principle of universal uncertainty, quantum theory and finally, with the wars of total destruction, revolutions and dictatorships, which claimed more than 100 million violent deaths. And all of this was built on the platform of modern science and its rigid view of the world and nature.
At the end of the 20th century, a new way of seeing, reading, writing, interpreting the world was born, until it was metamorphosed into a new language. The quantums of light that give shape and color to the world are manifested and transformed, now, into unimaginable possibilities. That which unites things and gives them meaning, language, logos, as a map of reality, begins to show its source code and it can be modified.
The maps, the images, the landscapes, the words, the colors, the limits of the world are blurred, they become uncertain, plastic. Thus, the infinite possibilities of the world, or the world in its infinite possibilities, intersections, turns, metamorphoses, are graphically expressed in what Víctor Pellegrini calls Web Landscape.
José Andrés Murillo
Phd. in Philosophy
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