2016 - 2021
The project discusses the present conflict between road travel, as an experience associated with the feeling of freedom and exploration, and the new projections of reality close to the simulacrum provided by location technologies.
Road travel began to appear constantly in culture after the Second World War, always associated with an "initiatory journey" that expresses search, a desire for space and discovery. Our way of understanding travel has currently changed and the main reason for this arises from new technological tools that provide us with a relationship of dominance over the territory/environment. With access to new communication technologies, which base their performance on the creation of artificial and interactive environments, new ways of relating to the environment appear, shifting our attention from the landscape to the screen. Localization devices become the perfect tool to fulfill the post-modern simulacrum.
No Marked Path reflects, through the imaginary of popular culture "road movie", on the present conflict between highway travel, technology, and image. Starting from the idea that Frederic Jameson points out “our inability to achieve aesthetic representations of our own current experience”, I’m interested in examining how concepts related to the human footprint through technology, the screen as a catalyst for experiences, and the interrelation between map and territory are present in our environment and landscape. Composed of several chapters that include photography and photosculpture, the work combines materials and media, fiction and reality, strategically displaying visual and material details to confront the device with the image for its questioning.
The project aims to raise a series of questions: How does technology influence the way we travel and the way we represent our surroundings? How do we approach the idea of "the trip" and its imagery today? How do we express this new relationship with place and territory? To what extent has the screen turned "a new available territory" into a single "marked destination"?