American Echo Chamber moves to the Perez Art Museum
#MIAMI The Perez Art Museum (PAMM) hosts the American Echo Chamber installation by José Carlos Martinat. The artistic system questions the notion of amplification and reinforcement of ideas in the current social and political landscape. The work is large and consists of about fifteen kinetic light sculptures and LED screens. Assembled in this way, they create a dramatic space that distracts our visual attention. Rooted in Hispano-American culture, these sculptures are inspired by American and Peruvian symbols, historical images such as the political cartoon “Join or Die” first published in 1754 by Benjamin Franklin or memes, the very popular art of humorous diversion that haunts social networks. The installation explores our current political and cultural landscape and the symbols are often composed of images related to violence, manipulation, racism or migration. The playful and systematic use of neon light gives a pop dimension to the subject and underlines the extent to which these serious and recurring societal problems have been reduced to entertainment. The artist also draws inspiration from the popular tradition of fireworks in Peru and tells, through this social entertainment, a story of the rupture of public discourse in his culture of origin and adoption.
By creating this space that amplifies the consumption of these symbols and information, José Carlos Martinat compares the contemporary political scene to an echo chamber. It emphasizes this dynamic in which citizens seek media to reinforce their beliefs as an unconscious exercise of validation and prejudice. Martinat’s artistic approach highlights the complex reality of society and the intersections that co-exist between technology, politics and virtual social spaces.
An installation that totally (chamber) echoes the very tense situation of the Yellow Vests movement in France
José Carlos Martinat
American Echo Chamber
December 4, 2018 – January 26, 2019
Perez Art Museum
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132305
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