Future Archaeologies

8 Mar 2017 – 8 Apr 2017

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12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
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Future Archaeologies by Fran Meana is a sculptural installation that combines analog and digital techniques, contemporary art, visual anthropology and science fiction to construct an industrial archeology archive that explores the role of work and industry as mediators between nature and society.


SCAN (Spanish Contemporary Art Network) is pleased to present Future Archaeologies, the first solo project by Fran Meana in the UK.

Future Archaeologies unearths the work of the chimeric architect Joaquín Vaquero Palacios and his pioneering designs for the Salime, Selviella and Proaza hydroelectric plants. Built between 1954 and 1965, these brutalist landmarks are covered with geometric shapes and symbols representing energy and its transformation processes.

In spite of the architect’s innovative spirit, these buildings symptomatically embody the conflict between utopian dreams of a convivial relationship with nature and the prevalence of a paradigm where industrial technology is used to dominate, exploit and deplete the environment.

Using a combination of digital and physical media, this ongoing archive explores the role of work and industry as mediators between nature and society, right when the sector’s ongoing privatization and the emergence of a “sun tax” in Spain have ignited the debate on energy management.

Fran Meana works with sculpture, video and installation. His projects investigate how matter is affected by different structures of industry. He graduated from the MFA in Fine Art Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam in 2012. This is his first solo presentation in the UK.

Recent exhibitions and projects include: Future Archaeologies, Laboral, Gijón, ES (2016), 1.000 Horsepower, Can Trinxet, Hospitalet, ES (2016), Labour, Motion and Machinery, TENT, Rotterdam, NL (2015), Go with the Flow, SixtyEight, Copenhagen, DK (2015), Machines for Hardrock, Avalanche, London, UK (2015), Percussive Hunter, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, TR (2015), Feel the Discourse, Guest Projects, London, UK (2015) and Reasoning Well with Badly Drawn Figures, Nogueras Blanchard, Madrid, ES (2014).

Future Archaeologies is the winning project of the Premio LABjoven_Los Bragales, called jointly by la Colección Los Bragales and LABoral Centro de Arte. This exhibition is produced in collaboration with Colección Los Bragales, LABoral Centro de Arte and supported by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).

Thanks to EDP for allowing access to their archives and power plants.


Pedro Font-Alba

Exhibiting artists

Fran Meana

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Spanish Contemporary Art Network

Spanish Contemporary Art Network

London, United Kingdom

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