Art to look at through a magnifying glass

Dalton Ghetti.

 

 

 

When pencils are not used for drawing, but as the raw material to carving. This is the work of Dalton Ghetti, a Brazilian carpenter that devotes his free time to work on pencils up to create these objects in miniature with which, no doubt, we won’t feel like sharpening them.

 

 

 

Dalton Ghetti.

 

 

 

Contrary to what one might think due to the little size of these pieces, Dalton invests in each of them an average time of two to three months, and even more in some of them. He got interested in this format when he was 25, though by then he counted on some experience as a sculptor. As he himself states: “One day, I took a pencil and I started to carve its point. The idea is to raise the attention of people towards little things. What’s little, is beautiful…”

 

 

 

 

Ant-Man (work for Marvel, London, 2015).

 

 

 

Slinkachu is a British artist that decided to make of the urban landscape his particular creation studio where he sets his universes in miniature. Despite the apparent contradiction between the dimensions of streets and buildings and his pieces, the result is fantastic.

 

 

 

Slinkachu.

 

 

 

Since 2006, Slinkachu tirelessly recreates tiny sceneries. His work of photography was included in the books Little People in the City (2009), Big Bad City (2010) and Global Model Village (2012).

 

 

Tatsuya Tanaka.

 

 

 

The Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka works since 2011 in creating a calendar with a daily image in miniature, where he reproduces scenes from everyday life, many times with a humour touch. As he explains, many of us share thoughts about how some little elements of common life seem like other things, such as the broccoli looks similar to a thick tree.

 

 

 

Tatsuya Tanaka.

 

 

 

This artist wanted to put together a catalogue of images to take advantage of these thoughts with a radical change of scale. The project is entitled Miniature Calendar.

 

Thirteen years have passed since its beginnings, and in all this time the Video Art Festival PROYECTOR has grown and consolidated its position as an essential event in this discipline. Since its inception, the initiative has tried to give visibility to a discipline that has always been relegated to the background in the usual exhibition circuits. Although video creation is not new, since it emerged by its own in the 60s of last century, the way to get to know it and enjoy it has not always been easy. On many occasions, the exhibitions only included a few isolated pieces within the main route, as if the video was the anecdotal contribution to the whole. However, our daily lives are invaded by moving images, and there is a paradox that video art, despite being a format of artistic expression very much in tune with the habits of today's society, remains a minority discipline

Frame from “Hel City”, by Gregorio Méndez Sáez, 2019

To some extent, PROYECTOR was born to reverse this situation, to value video as a creative format and to offer a wide, itinerant space to host a multitude of proposals, coming from inside and outside our borders. In this time, the growth of the festival has led it to travel the world, but also, to be a benchmark that each year arouses more interest. In the open call to receive proposals, they reach almost half a thousand, and a hundred works selected by the jury are a representative sample of different ways of understanding video creation, with pieces mainly from Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

In turn, PROYECTOR wants to be more than a video showcase and offers a large program with talks, workshops, masterclasses, meetings with artists, visits and concerts. A complete experience that always has the moving image as a backdrop.

El Instante Francisco Ruiz de Infante. El bosque que se mueve (errores de medida)

In this evolution, another circumstance stands out: video is a creative format that has its own codes, but it is also one of the disciplines most open to artistic hybridization and the widening of uses. The video may, therefore, be the genuine idea of an author who conceives an autonomous project to be carried out in this format, but it can also be the complementary result of an action or the documentary record of a previous performance being recorded to guarantee its survival. The versatility of the moving image and the potential that it has acquired in recent years allows us today to speak of numerous branches of art that focus on the fusion of languages and the integration of techniques and methodologies from other sectors, and in many of them, the video is still a cornerstone. So it is with technological art, interactive sound art, performance recording, the transformation from big data to image, artificial intelligence, and a long etcetera. Precisely for this reason, PROYECTOR offers a panoramic vision of this reality, with an extremely interesting program that plays with the variety and wealth of proposals.

Frame from “Herdança”, by Thiago Rocha Pitta, 2007

The 2020 edition will run from September 9th to 20th. As usual, the program displays in various venues throughout the city of Madrid, each of which will house a small section of the activities. This year the festival will count with the collaboration of the Casa Árabe, White Lab, Cruce, El Instante Fundación, ¡ésta es una PLAZA!, Extensión AVAM (Matadero Madrid), Institut Français de Madrid, Medialab Prado, Quinta del Sordo, Sala Alcalá 31, Sala El Águila, Secuencia de Inútiles and White Lab, in addition to the collaboration of the INELCOM Collection and the video art collection of Teresa Sapey.

The festival is also the ideal place to articulate the cultural fabric, since it involves numerous professionals in the sector, from curators to creators, from centres managers to critics and teachers. The 2020 program also has the collaboration of the FUSO Festival and the Museo Reina Sofía, which are providing some of their pieces for the exhibition.

In short, an appointment that lovers of contemporary art should not miss and that promises many novelties in this 13th edition.