3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge

Jesus Aguilar

Jesus Aguilar
Floating Chronologies
Multi-media installation
Supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation for Intersections
Space 47
June 4-July 11, 2008
Festival hours: Wed. – Sat.,12:00n – 4:00pm
Fri., 12:00pm-12:00am

Jesus Aguilar’s video and multi-media installation builds on a current and ongoing exploration of electronic data queried and retrieved by the popular Internet search engine, Google.com. Using the artist’s name, Jesus Aguilar, as the search criteria, the ‘raw data’ consisting of text, images, and sound is interwoven into disjointed ‘floating chronologies’. Taking its cue from the ‘Many Worlds Interpretation’ of quantum mechanics in which every possible outcome to every possible event takes place in its own ‘history’ or ‘world’, the installation explores issues of multiplicity, identity, indexing and archiving, and information politics in today’s de facto culture database, the Internet. Graphical figures, diagrams, and non-linear timelines attempt to visualize the ‘alternate realities’ of the new narratives, reminiscent of history’s evolution of chronology mapping. The attempt is to quantify humanity’s distinctiveness within the time and space of the Internet.