163,000 Light Years

2016, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Monterrey, Mexico · Curated by Gonzalo Ortega

What you see, as in the sky, is always the past… It is, actually, the light that was emitted from the Large Magellanic Cloud 163,000 years ago… We, earthlings, are always convicted to watch the past… 163,000 Light Years is a project developed during a field trip to the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia in 2016, a place where when a thin layer of water covers the salt flat, the horizon is erased and the surface becomes a mirror for universes. 

Similarly to the waves that animate the surface of the salt flats in Uyuni, Bolivia, where the film 163,000 Light Years was shot, gravitational waves ripple spacetime in waxing and waning movements warping a linear conception of duration. Recordings of Magellanic Clouds, two galaxies which are 163.000 light years away from us, intersect with the rippling sound two black holes colliding. Different temporalities appear, dimensions are projected, and epochs redefined. This is the light seen by the prehistoric spiders… We are entering a new dimension, a new Era, from the Anthropocene to Aerocene… 163,000 years in action now…