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Travesías – An installation by Daniel Canogar

Written on January 25, 2010 by Felicia Appenteng in Arts & Cultures & Societies

Travesías is a video installation using a LED screen, created especially for the atrium of the Justus Lipsius building of the European Union Council. The work will be exhibited from January to June of 2010, coinciding with the Spanish Presidency of the European Union.

The sculptural screen, which is 33 meters long and 1.65 meters wide, has an undulating shape and includes a full loop. The screen, long and thin, resembles a pathway suspended in mid air.

The screen displays videos of people walking or crawling, taken with an overhead camera. The images mirror the constant flow of people that cross the atrium. The workers, politicians, advisers and visitors of the European Council animate the building and, consequently, the European project.

The sinuous forms of the installation create interesting perspectives, including the appearance and disappearance of figures through the length of the screen. The screen is also reflected on the façades and the glass ceiling of the atrium, generating curious visual effects.

In words of Daniel Canogar (Madrid, 1964), "Travesías is a response to the profound territorial, economic and social transformations that the European Union has undergone in the last few years. This permanent state of transition inspired me to create a passage in the air that suggests vertigo, risk and also delight. Travesías seeks to create a daring version of the passage through the atrium, reminding the users and visitors of the building of the obstacles, uncertainties and effort required to advance in times of transition, and the satisfaction of discovering new paths.


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