festival Art Outsiders 2009 vide

Connie Mendoza

Chile / Spain / Germany

Numerical Desert


Production and first exhibition @rt Outsiders 2009

The Chilean desert of Atacama is like a palimpsest upon wich the different layers of human presence are written: the Chuquicamata copper mine, then the ALMA Observatory (Atacama Large Millimeter Array) have shaped the landscape.
Numerical Desert, combining photographic images and images of digital datas, is a work about memory and images, science research and personal experience. The mine, nearby which the artist is born, triggers evanescent memories, mental images related to exile : ALMA produces digital images of the first moments of the universe.
Connie Mendoza writes : Both image sources have in common that they reveal themselves as visions, optic phenomenons, Fata Morganas or hallucinations. Maybe because both, the memory and the techno-science search the secret origin that hasn’t to be revealed totally, may it be the origin of the universe in an infinite time or the origin of a particular and momentarily past.


Born in 1971 Chuquicamata, Chile. Lives and works in Barcelona and Berlin. Numerous solo shows among which Museo Abelló, (2001), Conboca, (2002), Colectivo 22a, (2004) in Barcelona, Alma Project, Salon xxx, Berlin (2009) and group shows among which Capella, Barcelona (2003) and Kunst im Untergrund, Berlin (2008).


Special thanks to Nik Pitton.
ALMA PROJECT is supported by Fundación Arte y Derecho, EADC Generalitat de Catalunya and Ajuntament d'Olot.