Morbid landscapes #1 I Marcela Uribe
School of Communication, Information Experience Design
Marcela Uribe is a multidisciplinary artist and architect with experience in spatial and graphic design. Her practice explores the fragmentation of the image through photography and the creation of visual patterns to talk about other abstract ideas such as movement, time and perception. She is particularly interested in the material and perceptual composition of 3D space, and has been studying how we perceive and relate to material spaces and atmospheres which are also created by ephemeral components such as light and visual perception.
On Morbid Landscapes #1:
“Morbid landscapes #1 is from a series that I created from images that were spread through online media after certain natural disasters or large-scale human events such as protests. The images were all low-res - or ‘poor’ images - from unknown sources, which I deconstruct and use as pixels.
The work questions the real value and effects of contemporary poor images on the media, re-constructing their meaning and revealing their abstract character. The analysed material corresponds to a group of images that spread after an environmental disaster that left massive quantities of dead ocean animals along the Chilean coast in 2016: at least 7 different species were found dead on different beaches in extremely large numbers.
The powerful images of thousands of decomposing dead animals on the coast taken by local people in low-res formats - no doubt primarily on their phones - were quickly spread through social media. Even though these images and videos are actually relevant evidence of multiple global and local problems such as climate change, pollution, ocean exploitation, and local political corruption they were almost invisible to the rest of the world and easily forgotten, even in Chile, after a few months.
This artwork gathers this poor visual information spread through media in a specific situation and recreates an abstract landscape through data visualisation techniques, with a special interest in repetition and the visual effect of photos with a massive number of elements. Deconstructing these images and using their content as textures, the piece creates a complex ‘poor’ image, enriched by content and data related to the real massive and abstract numbers of the dead animals. Questioning the real value of these images, the project creates a new visual perception of both image and numeric data, enriching a forgotten visual information and engaging art and visual communication with its own criticism: What is the role of image in the media? What is our visual bond to anonymous images? What is our perception of an image as real data?”
Original photo print under acrylic glass
Aluminium Dibond & Fuji Crystal DP II
Image size: 55 x 55 cm