The Library of Cynicism: the archaeology of sound and smell
Private View: 4 June 2013, 6.00 – 8.30pm
Exhibition: 5 June – 20 July 2013
CHELSEA space presents a new work by Oswaldo Maciá, taking the form of an olfactory–acoustic sculptural composition. The Library of Cynicism takes the ancient Greek figure of Diogenes as a starting point to undo assumptions of truth and belief through a sound and smell experiment with objects.
Through his sound-sculptures, smell-sculptures, videos and installations Maciá creates encounters that initiate and reflect upon multiple relationships with what we believe and understand to be truth and reality. His practice sets out to complicate what we think we know by offering counterperceptions.
These are proposals to look harder, listen more acutely and pay attention to all of our senses in order that we might think deeper about the structures of knowledge we rely on to construct knowledge.
Oswaldo Maciá has exhibited internationally, with his current and forthcoming presentations including the group exhibitions Cantos Cuentos Colombianos at Casa Daros, Rio de Janeiro, the exhibition-event Fluxus in Atlanta and during the opening week of The Library of Cynicism his work features in the 2013 edition of Pinta Modern & Contemporary Latin American Art, London. Other recent projects include Manifesta 9, Belgium, 8th Bienal do Mercosul, Brazil and the XI Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador (where he was awarded the Bienal Prize. Maciá has work in collections that include Tate and Daros.
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