Gabriel Barcia-Colombo | 1 min | USA | 2012
Tube is a 1964 RCA television installation which illustrates the changing nature of TV from analog to digital medium. Today we consume television as a fluid medium. It exists in the air, on the internet and outside of the constraints of a linear traditional time based medium. “Tube” questions what this sort of time space displacement would do to an on screen character. The tiny figure, once living on screen is now presented as a video projection standing on top of the television, removed from the action and residing in the real world. The well-known linear cinematic narrative space has been displaced in this installation and all that’s left on screen is the static remnants of the analog age.
Created by Gabriel Barcia-Colombo
Gabriel Barcia-Colombo‘s work focuses on memorialization and, more specifically, the act of leaving one’s imprint for the next generation. While formally implemented by natural history museums and collections (which find their roots in Renaissance era “cabinets of curiosity”), this process has grown more pointed and pervasive in the modern-day obsession with personal digital archiving and the corresponding growth of social media culture. His video sculptures play upon this exigency in our culture to chronicle, preserve and wax nostalgic, an idea which Barcia-Colombo renders visually by “collecting” human beings (alongside cultural archetypes) as scientific specimens.
Gabriel repurposes everyday objects like blenders, suitcases and cans of Spam® into venues for projecting and inserting videos of people. While making conspicuous references to Marcel Duchamps’ ‘Ready-Mades,’ he also draws from an eclectic range of other influences, from the combines of Robert Rauschenberg and the video spectacles of Aernout Mik to taxonomy texts and anatomical drawings.