Installed at MoMA’s Gallery 521, La Barrera is an augmented reality piece that addresses the signal-to-noise ratio in our everyday lives, at a time when the future seems especially uncertain. Part of the MoMAR project
About the Work
This work plays with the idea that museum goers are looking at art while the world is burning, melting, falling apart; but is it simply a luxury? Willful distraction? A genuine appreciation for the present moment?
The left hand side of La Barrera begins with a black stain of cycling memes; each a bit too quick to comfortably read, the vapid messages a subliminal bombardment. A crackling sound is prevalent. Moving through the piece, one is haunted by an array of floating garbage; items that we fill our world with, but also items that make us “happy”. A Mayan pyramid floats in space. When viewers walk towards it/gaze at it, they receive a broken transmission from Greta Thunberg. Time is collapsed, but is the message any different now from then?
Along the right, the wall opens up around the canvases. A portal to a lonely place is simultaneously revealed and obscured by a miasma of fragmented emoji, calling into question the many layers of obstacles between the viewer and those trapped behind the wall.