An installation in Zaragoza and in Rijeka

Goya Recycling Memory

An INSTALLATION created in Zaragoza (Spain) / Cambio Constante II / Arte en Orbita / September, 2001 / Cl. Juseppe Martinez 14.

At the center of a space, which seems to be the studio of Francisco de Goya (1746 - 1828), there was a simple kitchen table made of wood, modified to meet specific technical functions. Four laser-pointers were installed on this art-object to project red spots in the interior space and outside through a window. The projected laser-spots were also reflected by optical mirrors fixed on the table itself or on the walls. There was also a revolving mirror-construction to reflect light beams and create moving laser-spots.
This installation was conceived with reduced esthetical characteristics. At one level, the table-installation integrates experiences with painting, technology, factors of time-passing and the dimension of metaphysical history, which always is associated with concrete local determinants.
Simultaneously, the Point Navigator based on the use of lasers, functions spiritually as a division between of the meaning of "spots" and "points".


Although this installation functions using laser-pointers powered by electricity, the aim was not just to demonstrate the simple technical means. The products of industrial processes have been already, integrated into Art long ago. This installation contains both a material status as well as conceptual memory values. The points aggregated by laser-pointers represent the idea of the point in itself. The transmition of energy [happening by the passing of time] is the factor which influences the context of static and kinetic elements, on the table and in the direct surroundings in a room, which was - as I am led to believe - a studio of Francisco de Goya. Since the point of the laser represents the idea; by reflection it marks the walls and other surfaces of the surrounding. The points, in themselves, exemplify the thoughts about the position of human existence in society and in the universe. The collection of found objects, and what they signify, does not even have anything to do with the past, although perhaps with the present and certainly with experience of the future.   Aunque esta instalación funciona usando punteros de láser eléctricos, el objetivo no es solo demostrar los simples medios técnicos. Los productos de procesos industriales se han integrado en el Arte hace mucho tiempo. Esta instalación libera tanto su estado material como con los valores de sus memorias conceptuales. Los puntos agregados por los punteros de láser representan la idea del punto en sí mismo. La transmisión de energía (que ocurre por el paso del tiempo) es el factor que influencia el contexto de elementos estáticos y cinéticos: sobre la mesa y alrededor, que fue - según creo - un estudio de Francisco de Goya. Debido a que el punto de láser representa la idea, por reflejo marca las paredes y otras superficies alrededor. Los mismos puntos ilustran los pensamientos sobre la existencia humana en la sociedad y en el universo. La colección de los objetos encontrados (y lo que significan) ni siquiera tiene nada que ver con el pasado, aunque quizás sí con el presente y por supuesto con la experiencia del futuro.

Laszlo Kerekes / Traducción al español: Cristina Suñe Gonzalez



Installation at the MMC / Multimedijalni Centar in Rijeka (Croatia) / exhibition during the FONA-Festival / July - August 2003.


Point Recycling Memory
Summer holidays on Adria / Rab, near Rijeka / 1958,
photographie / object with an integrated laser-pointer







Functional view on the Point Navigator / Zaragoza
Photo © Manuel Barrio / 2001