• Modular kinetic sculpture
  • 5 interconnected mechanical pieces made of galvanized cast aluminium
    (58x20x13 cm each), motors and batteries.

“A man needs such a narrative, a continuous inner narrative, to maintain his identity, his self”. Oliver Sacks.

It is not yet clear how the progenote, or first cell that lived on Earth, organised as an isolated being and started to evolve and develop until resulting in human beings. Using this as starting point, Eugenio Ampudia takes an interest in the organisms –cells, bacteria, and other unicellular beings–that inhabited the waters of the Primordial Ocean, progressively uniting to form tubular structures in order to better access nutrients. With time, the tubes gradually closed, generating much more developed multicellular organisms that, a long time afterwards, came out of the water in multiple autonomous forms and with a high level of conscience, that is, of “being”.

In search of new possibilities, these organisms started to reproduce by partition and expand, , and in turn, divide again originating different organs with determinate functions inside a living thing.

The artist interrelates form, space, and movement, and –as usual in his practice– includes the spectator as a participant in the artwork, generating a sense of visual estrangement and optical confusion.

Ampudia develops a kinetic installation using as starting points neuronal conscience
and experiential selection. The experience stems from the enormous quantity of reciprocal interactions between memory systems and systems related to perceptive categorisation. This way, the artist questions consciousness of beings and its implications. What we are and “with what” we are, where do we start to be and which part of us is what makes us to be.

Blanca de la Torre