Mobile Project

Artist: Leslie Fernández, Oscar Concha
Location: Concepcion, Chile
Year: 2009
Researcher: Gabriela Ribeiro

In 2009, Leslie Fernandez and Oscar Concha coordinated the installation of display cases that engaged the different public spaces in the city of Concepción, the capital of Biobío region, in Chile. It was the first time the collective Movil made a call which included works of a dozen young artists of the city, mostly students from the School of Arts of the local university. The display cases went through the Municipal Market, the Liceu Enrique Molina, the Central Library of the University of Concepción, the Post Office building in Chile and the Regional Hospital, among other places.

In all locations selected by the collective, the facilities were built with the concept of promoting the circulation and appreciation of art in non-traditional locations and for this purpose at the same time promoting a space for artists could have visibility and where they can expose their work, supplying the lack of cultural and artistic spaces that meet this demand in the whole country. The display cases can not only have the expository purpose, but also an aesthetic design and artistic intention, which had a simple form that came to camouflage, which blending with the surroundings and everyday of the society. The first impression is that these facilities resemble vending machines selling one snacks and drinks, taking perhaps the impression of being an just a "automatic machine art" or an art / exhibition that can be consumed at the same rate that currently consume the various other products.

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Despite the simplicity of the form (which provides the mixing of the facility in the city), these display cases take ownership of another contemporary aspect as to become contrasted with the concept that they are used: visibility for the appropriation of light. They stand out for their internal illumination, attracting all the citizen through to this interior space.

The experience encourages the viewer that amazed during his walk, and look for the object, cordially invites you to enjoy. You can understand that in the project there is the traffic between the carefree passer and captive viewer, connoisseur. MOBIL is made possible by the incorporation of visual arts through constant and playful mobility of windows in a resignified city. The windows propose a new look to the city and the art starting from a device in order to provide an experience, adding the experience with the city and its historical, architectural and everyday nuances. Also putting the appreciation of art in another context, which it moves and approaches the citizen space, narrowing the geographic and economic barriers that prevent access to art, an extremely common reality in Central and South America, where cultural centers and museums are concentrated in prime and central areas, usually in big cities. Requiring that the public realize sometimes long distance traveling in order to have a closer experience with works of art.

A paradox of the many ways to make visible today in the public space, which for that use exaggerated lighting, artificial and striking.

The project opened up notices 2013 for circulation of the displays in public spaces to young artists. The proposal has grown in recent years the project has expanded to the dissemination of artists and collectives higher trajectory work, carrying out so far about one hundred assemblies, becoming reference in Concepción and with national recognition, also participating in exhibitions, events and meetings in other regions of Chile, such as Antofagasta, Santiago, Valparaíso, Temuco. But also in other countries, including, Lima (Peru), Lausanne & Bern (Switzerland), Brussels (Belgium) and Minneapolis (USA).

All copyright belongs to Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University.

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