According to Wikipedia, ‘a mood is an emotional state. It is not a transitional emotional situation. It is a way of being that lasts and affects the rest of the psychic world. Moods differ from emotions, feelings, or affects in that they are less specific, less intense, more lasting and less likely to be triggered by a particular stimulus or event (…) unlike emotions, such as fear or surprise, a mood may last for hours or days.’
Perhaps not surprisingly, currentmood is one of the most recurrent hashtags on social media, especially on those that stand out for their speed and immediacy – in regards to both the ways in which they are used and also the amount of information that is being produced on them – manifesting thus different structures and elements that seem to dominate our emotional economy, the ways we feel, understand, communicate and project ourselves, of tagging our messages with metadata, directing them both to other users and to machines and systems.
This exhibition operates in the same way: it is shaped from an ephemeral state that is contingent as a grin, lasting as a sunset, and the objects and subjects in it have none and many things in common. The artists could be placed within a current of Art Deco(lonial), since there is, on one hand, a kind of urge to question the notions of representation, history and symbolism, specific to the effects of colonialization (current and historic) without neglecting a style that turns simplicity – of both operations and materials- into a technology which is inserted into the everyday.
Thus, each intervention is a different degree of current mood: Mariana Murcia works from nature understood as a digital domestication with an intervened floral arrangement, Juan Sebastián Peláez appropriates and translates latin pop culture icons to colonial representations with digital collages inserted in copies of the National Geographic, Adriana Martínez stresses systems and media circuits with a video in which a box occupies the place of the earth globe, Santiago Pinyol working from a post-photography point of view takes snap shots with a cell phone app designed to look at and understand the skies, and, last but not least, Andrés Felipe Uribe’s currentmood consists of the export of a lot of Megahostias [Megahosts] from the #ColoniaTexaco, his recent Art-Deco project.