OTHER
MINDS

BERLIN
23 SEP—20 OCT

Eli Cortiñas

CU/ES

I’d Blush If I Could (2022–2023)

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Lecture-performance and video (under production) ● Co-commissioned by Screen City Biennial, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden and Photoforum Pasquart ● Location: Archenhold Observatory, Museum of Celestial Science ● Image credits: Eli Cortiñas, I’d Blush If I Could (2022–2023). Production still. Courtesy the artist.

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I’d Blush if I Could proposes a critical approach to the increasing feminisation of technology, devices like voice-activated systems and other kinds of artificial intelligence. The work navigates through different archival footage and audiovisual imagery surrounding different sentient beings—humanoid robots, voice activated systems, chat bots, gynomorphic and zoomorphic social devices. Conceived as a lecture-performance that would later culminate in a video installation, this project interrogates the continuous attempt to bridge the divide between nature and culture by simulating organic and sensorial experiences through new technologies, that merely display nature while avoiding a true engagement with it and other non-human living entities.

I’d Blush if I Could is presented as a lecture-performance at the Archenhold Observatory in 2022. It is currently being developed into a video installation to be premiered during the second chapter of Other Minds, in Oslo (2023).

Eli Cortiñas

CU/ES

I’ve Always Demanded More From The Sunset (2022)

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3-Channel-Videoinstallation, audio ●  Duration: 4’ loop ●  Location: Archenhold Observatory, Museum of Celestial Science ● Image credits: Eli Cortiñas, I’ve Always Demanded More From The Sunset (2022). Video still. Courtesy the artist. 

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In the three channel video installation I’ve Always Demanded More From The Sunset a mysterious female artificial intelligence warns us about humans being naturally drawn to killing. While navigating different sequences of breathing exercises to overcome fear and what seems to be an array of nonhuman entities in a state of uncanniness and disbelief, different associations and questions begin to appear: what stories lie in the forest? What emerges from the ruins of man-made devastation? An orchestrated symphony of mushrooms grows from the soil like a poetic anticipation of post-human life.

Eli Cortiñas

Eli Cortiñas is a video artist of Cuban descent, born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. She was a guest professor at the Art Academy Kassel and the Art Academy Mainz and shared a professorship for Spatial Concepts with Candice Breitz at the University of Art Braunschweig from 2019 to 2022. Cortiñas has recently been appointed Professor for Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. She has received numerous grants and residencies, including Fundación Botín, Kunstfonds, Villa Massimo, Berlin Senate, Villa Sträuli, Goethe Institute, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Rupert and Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff among others. Her artistic practice can be located within the appropriation tradition, using already existing audiovisual material to de- and re-construct identities as well as hegemonic narratives. Her collage-like video essays and installations mix found imagery with documentary strategies. Cortiñas’ work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at institutions such as Museum Ludwig, Kunsthalle Budapest, CAC Vilnius, SCHIRN Kunsthalle, SAVVY Contemporary, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Museum Marta Herford, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Center Georges Pompidou, Museum of Modern Art Moscow, Kunstmuseum Bonn and MUSAC et al., as well as in international Biennials and festivals such as Ural Industrial Biennial, Riga Biennale, Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Mardin Biennale, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International Curtas Vila Do Conde and Nashville Film Festival et al. She lives and works in Berlin.

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