Collaboration with MGMO (Spain), Martín Alexandre (Netherlands) and Javierrr (United Kingdoms)

 

vUnder the name PROM, Federico, Marcos, Martín, and Javier produce audiovisual and installation works. Each of them is based in a different country (Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and United Kingdom). Pretending to be a costly film production, they use low-cost travels to communicate and shoot material together. This multinational enterprise continues its activities via video-calls and conferences. However, the name of the group reveals what this globally-oriented business really is: a quartet of Spanish artists who studied together and strive to find a sustainable form of productive live. Through collaborations they maintain the fantasy that the work they are doing is something. Their backgrounds in different artistic and academic niches serves programmatic purposes.

 

As a collective, they are interested in folk knowledge and its power of mobilization. In our daily lives, we deploy the understanding of what is around us, performing what we are “grown into” in terms of the anthropologist Tim Ingold. However, labeling these knowledges as “folk” does not imply a dialectic with “modern” science. Quite the contrary: they occupy different spheres. One can be an experimental psychologist and yet be conditioned by “folk” notions of value, happiness, or societal benefit. Through mixed media, and always focusing on the power of linearly, they have addressed issues of the genetic, astrophysics, or neuroscience.

 

 

https://radial.gallery/

a series of transmissions designed for Radial Gallery

 

Curatorial text

 

PROM is an audiovisual production team comprised of Federico Pozuelo, Martín Alexandre, Javier R.R. and sonic artist MGMØ. They used to share creative quarters when their paths first intersected in Madrid; now they collaborate long-distance—Federico is based in Carrara, Italy; his projects often link geological materiality with digital metadata. Martin lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and is focused on producing work that implements subversive prostheses, highly-coded interactions, and human perception. Currently living in Cambridge, United Kingdom, Javier combines his research projects with a collaborative art practice. Finally, MGMØ is stationed in Valladolid, Spain, where he is cultivating his sonic identity. His sound is informed by the traditions of Detroit and Dusseldorf music, while he also burrows into the roots of Bakalao and the particulars of Spain’s electronic music history.

 

Prom can refer to a group of individuals belonging to the same generation, or a ball at the end of an academic year. In computer memory terms, PROM also refers to programmable read-only memory, a form of digital memory where the setting of each bit is locked by a fuse or anti-fuse, meaning that the data in them is permanent and cannot be changed.

 

Each episode—ORIENTATION / INDUCTION / LAUNCH—was additionally viewable at undisclosed times throughout the duration of PROM's Radial Gallery intervention, at the following address:

http://vouoahx56zdgfik6.onion/