MIKRON group exhibition


Artists: Johanna Arenas, Karen Aune, Marcela Calderón, María Fernanda Cardoso, Ximena Díaz, Yury Forero, Alfredo Gil, Carmen Gil, Aníbal Gomescasseres, Álvaro Diego Gómez, Iván Herrera, Lina Hincapié, Philip Klawitter, Alvaro Lacouture, Andrés Layos, María José Leaño, Luz Lizarazo, Adriana Marmorek, Camilo Manrique, Sonia Rojas, Santiago Torres, Santiago Vargas, Carolina Villegas.

Curator: John Ángel Rodríguez

In the context of the molecular revolution, we have reached a high level of technological development that has allowed us to know and decipher micro-universes, which were unattainable, and even sometimes incomprehensible for the model of speculation developed at the beginning of the XX century. With the new forms of microscopic observation and the interpretation of data assisted by the fusion of transversal knowledge, our civilization acquires the commitment to modify its survival principles, to redefine both the concept of origin and evolution of life in the universe.

MIKRÓN is a curatorship project which research format examines multidimensional thinking. Henceforward, the artists and artworks that are making part of this exhibition, attempt to document in a tangential set up the result of this theoretical investigation, thus the project proposes a transversal view of this universe.

The term that has been chosen to name this group exhibition works as a catalyzer manifestation that attempts to open a path towards the discursive speculation of this hidden microscopic dimension.

Microbiology, biochemistry, neurology and quantum physics are some of the areas of knowledge where techno-scientific development is expanding new theoretical and practical approaches. This research methodology and joined effort will help us to understand how works the mechanism that concedes life, and consequently discover what is the relationship between the smallest forms of existence and how they relate to macro-systems.

Therefore, one of the great challenges facing our civilization is to decipher these interactions and their most imperceptible components, in order to optimize our relationship with the environment and also execute an appropriate transition to a planetary civilization.

Accessing these immense realms of micro-organisms, microstructures, unicellular clusters and non-organic life forms will enable us to potentiate and correct our correlation with the biosphere; at the same time, we can also define the idea of existence and implement multiple symbiotic devices, taking advantage of the functions of certain organisms outside of their contexts. In turn, this will empower us to develop a coordinated concept engineering, in order to redesign our matrix of essential terms. In this measure and direction of rediscovery, both concepts and language need to be updated in the light of these unusual windings.

Art, science and technology will be the territories of inquiry that will be spliced most frequently and these initiatives will approach the researchers-creators as well as the audiences.

As the microscope has allowed us to observe amazing configurations and ways of life, the pieces presented at MIKRON challenge the notion of conventional artwork, bringing together a group of creators whose experiments are creating new discursive resources and materialities, in order to subtly manifest some techno-scientific reference sources. For this reason, this exhibition format promotes a cross-research method that attempts to amplify our notions regarding microscopic universes and the way we describe conceptual art in the lights of the molecular age.