Talleres Comunitarios de Zegache

Browser Mirror/Mirror Browser by Laura Balboa
18 Feb 2013 - 1 Mar 2013
Detail of window buttons
Browsing reality through physical Internet browsers in collaboration with Talleres Comunitarios Zegache.

Browsing reality.

I have been working lately with the Internet in a way I can translate concepts, aesthetics and imagery from it into objects or activities related to everyday life. For the residency in Zegache I got involved for two weeks as much as I could with the way of living, the food, the people and the activities held in the workshop.

It was impressing for me to witness how the members of the workshop are really good and quick at crafting, wood carving, painting and restoring. The processes for restoration and frame making gave me a nostalgic feeling about the qualities of handcraft where a certain amount of the understanding of shapes and composition is translated into objects and has a unique signature in most of the cases.

I also got involved a little in how life in Zegache is, how people live and what are their ways of communicating. There is not too much internet spots in Zegache. The town (population around 4800 to 5000) only has two Internet-cafeterias-shops usually known as cyber cafés in Mexico. Few people own laptop computers and there is only one Internet provider that got to buy the service to redistribute it and resale it to the people there. Even though they don't surf the Internet that often, many people own and use very updated mobiles. So they are somehow used to the aesthetics and language used in sms, emoticons and shortened messages. Asking a little about what they see when they navigate through the Internet what came first was YouTube. So they use Internet mostly for writing emails and to watch entertainment contents in the net.

My idea was to build an object that could relate entirely to the experience of browsing the Internet but without any screen or computer. The result was to make physical replicas of the most common and used browsers in the present and used them as frames for mirrors. We are often surrounded by screens. Our notion of reading dynamic information is often defined by specific shapes and formats nowadays. The browser window and the mobile screen are some platforms where we enclose motion, information, content and communication. To emulate the act of contemplation of reality, I decided to produce a series of mirror frames where the reflection turns into the content. The shape of the border defines what happens within and the holder or exhibitor decides his/her level of involvement in that reflection.

With the help and collaboration of the workshop members we replicated: a Mozilla Firefox and a Chrome window. The frames were built by hand from scratch and details were carved. The shapes and colors for them were painted also by hand and include some silver-sheet covering technique in some areas inspired by the eighteenth century mirrors made in the workshop.

 

Thanks to María Benito, Estanislao Chompa, Misael Ventura and Ángel Martín de León for their work for the frames and to Mónica Galván and Antonio Ambrocio for the guidance.

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Browser examples
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"You may all play music, but you are not a band..." by David Cuartielles
21 May 2012 - 21 Jun 2012
...on collaboration, skill learning, and our education system

"You may all play music, but you are not a band – on collaboration, skill learning, and our education system" by David Cuartielles, an essay about collaboration, skill learning, and our current education system. Medea, Malmö University.

Zegache en Malmo
21 Apr 2012 - 29 Apr 2012
espejo zegache

Taller de carpinteria, talla de madera y aplicacion de hoja de oro en Suecia.

Intercambio cultural, artesanal y tecnologia.

Zegache: Monica y Chiquis.

Tecnologia: David cuartielles.

Monica: participando en la aplicacion de hoja de oro.

Chiquis: participando en la carpinteria y talla en madera.

Trabajando con jovenes de Europa: Estonia, Italia, España y suecia.

 

 

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