CONTROL (2007-2009)

“The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend is as the center of true religiousness.” 

Albert Einstein

Following the line of my work, the Control series is experimental. Facing nature as a subject (not as an object), I search for an encounter under no written rules. Freed by spontaneity, I feel the landscapes topography in search of the results of the collision that occurs between time-space and the ingredients that compose an individuality which I can doubtfully consider my own. 

Human control over nature, or the mechanism on how we try to control it, is the foundation of any culture. The human race leaps forward moved by these discoveries, ideas and concepts that are constantly revised, reissued and fed by every new paradigm that comes to life, builds up and finally dissipates throughout our History. Science is part of humanity´s heritage, the only one that in the long term admits no political, religious or philosophical gaps. It grows beyond them soaking it all: the simplicity and the complexity of our everyday life. From prehistoric times until today science has been evolving continuously while forming our cultural background. The confrontation between the control of Nature and the control that this control brings upon human nature is paradoxical, since human nature is reluctant to be controlled, while the individual control, in short terms, grows increasingly in response to the needs of nature´s control. 

This is the story I try to depict with these invisible graffiti, luminous hieroglyphics that can only be captured through the lens with long expositions. I play with symbols that reveal themselves through the study of nature. I impregnate the landscape with the storys and formulas it evokes, creating a counterpoint between the landscapes nature and the human influence that transforms it: the human traces that invade it while trying to comprehend it in order to gain control over it. 

Time is another concept that underlies in the series. The light traces from the typography as well as the twinkling movement of the stars are solid in these images, permanent. A human presence in the landscape, a solid body, or the shining light that comes from a road vanishes; it is trivial and temporary. The continuous dissapearence of the individual. We pass through states to which we can never return. This unique unmessurable moment is physically inexistent, as opposed to the physical formula that remains. A human being enters, observes trying to comprehend and exits, leaving a trace behind him for the next being to come. This is the being I try to represent, a being who has detached from his ego, from time, from his knowledge and heritage. This small contribution that we all make to this Race called Human. 

“True enough, it succeeds in isolated and individual cases in various parts of the earth and under the most widely different cultures, and in these cases a higher type certainly manifests itself; something which, compared to mankind in the mass, appears as a sort of superman. Such happy strokes of high success have always been possible, and will remain possible, perhaps, for all time to come. Even whole races, tribes and nations may occasionally represent such lucky accidents.

The antichrist – Friedrich Nietzsche. 1888.)

Diego Alonso, Madrid, May 2009.

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