Sonority, presence and invisibility are starting points of Mario de Vega’s artistic work and research, utilising strategies as handouts, or rather the requirement to sign a declaration form to take over the responsibility for eventual consequences of an art exhibition visit, no obvious warning labels, blindness, otoacoustic phenomena, architectonic barriers, ambiguous situations between acoustic phenomena and signal amplification. Ambivalences between processes and results, between the obvious and the unknown.
His work explores the tension between documentation and performativity, addressing aural activity visually. Photographic documentation, video, objects, remains of actions, events, and situations producing ambiguous relations between objects and spaces. Performative situations both improvisational and contingent in which documentation constitutes a nuanced aspect of his practice developing modes of presentation for pieces that are otherwise not amenable to a more traditional art context, like the gallery or museum.
Mario de Vega has been guest artist and lecturer at Universität der Künste Berlin, Rijksakademie Amsterdam, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Technische Universität Berlin, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris, Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Kyushu University, Tama Art University, Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, among others. His work has been exhibited in Mexico, North America, Chile, South Africa, India, South Korea, China, Russia, Japan and around Europe.
Mario will be presenting his work at No Patent Pending #38 at the iii workspace on October 12.