David Ferrando Giraut shows at LABoral from Friday 20th Speech Prosthesis (An Alchemical Conversation)

The winning project of the DKV Seguros - Álvarez Margaride Production Grant, the work puts forward a multifaceted view of the current energy problem in Spain

Published: Jun 05, 2014
David Ferrando Giraut shows at LABoral from Friday 20th Speech Prosthesis (An Alchemical Conversation)

The artist recording at the power plant of Soto de Ribera. Photo: LABoral/S. Redruello

LABoral will inaugurated on Friday 20 Speech Prosthesis (An Alchemical Conversation), The winning project of the DKV Seguros - Álvarez Margaride Production Grant, a call made jointly by LABoral and insurance company.

The project puts forward a multifaceted view of the current energy problem in Spain and includes an audio-visual installation, which comprises a wall projection of large dimensions and quadraphonic sound, and a piece of digital animation. It will be on show in the Centro de Artey Creación Industrial, Gijón, until September 14.

Based on audio recordings of interviews to an environmental activist, a historian, a sociologist and an economist, footage from power stations and digitally-generated images, Speech Prosthesis (An Alchemical Conversation) addresses the conflicts created by an official vision of society and nature, or politics and science, as watertight realities. Contrarily to that, this project proposes a model that contemplates simultaneously human societies, industrial objects and natural phenomena, as intertwined entities with undefined limits.

The project questions also how the current political framework hinders the potential of technological development and how recent energetic laws in Spain represent a polluting agent.

David Ferrando Giraut will use his residency at LABoral as a phase of research and compilation of material for the production of a piece that will be presented, in process, at the end of June. This piece will be developed during the two following months, at the same time that several events related with the current energy problem take place; the final versiono f the piece will be presented in the last phase of the exhibition, in September.

Born at Negreira, A Coruña, David Ferrando Giraut lives and works in London. He is a graduate in Fine Arts from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia and MFA in Fine Arts from the Goldsmiths College. In 2010 he was one of the eight video-artists selected for the LUX Associate Artists Programme in London.

Some of his most recent exhibitions are the following: Luminous Flux, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (2014); ARCOmadrid 2014, Galería Bacelos; IndieLisboa14, Festival Internacional de Cine Independente; Veraneantes, MARCO, Vigo (2013-14); It´s a Place of Force” en REMAP4, Athens (2013) and MACO 2013, Mexico, Galería Bacelos; ARCOmadrid 2013, Galería Bacelos; Cristalino, Galería Bacelos, Madrid and Vigo (2012); 41 International Film Festival Rotterdam (2012); Swollen Jungle, Union Gallery, London (2012); The Fanstasist, MACUF, A Coruña (2011); Topophobia, Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London, The Bluecoat, Liverpool and Spacex, Exeter (2011-2012); Against Gravity, ICA, Londres (2010); Journeys End in Lovers Meetings, Galería Visor (2010), Valencia and 10/12, Brussels (2011); Time Capsules, The Gallery Soho, London (2011); Everything is Out There, part of Inéditos 2010, La Casa Encendida, Madrid; Between a Hole and a Home, James Taylor Gallery, Londres (2010); Strange Things Are Hapening, ASPEX, Portsmouth (2009); or Situación, CGAC, Santiago de Compostela (2008).
http://www.davidferrandogiraut.com/

DATES: 20.06.2014-14.09.2014

PRODUCTION: LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial and DKV Seguros

VENUE: Galería de Exposiciones

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