Gilberto Esparza, prizewinner at VIDA 9.0 and VIDA 13.0, is presenting his individual exhibition Cultivos at the Espacio Fundación Telefónica de Lima in Peru. Curated by Tatiana Cuevas, the exhibition brings together three main projects from the artist’s research career: Parásitos urbanos (2006-2008), Plantas nómadas (2008-2013) and Plantas autofotosintéticas (2013-2014). These projects show the intersection between robotics, biology, and special attention to the relationship between nature and urban space, the imbalances between the ecosystem and the action of human beings. In the case of Planas nómadas (Nomad plants), the project can be applied to the city of Lima, whose residual waters are converted to energy to sustain a rudimentary ecosystem made up of protozoa, crustaceans and microalgae which visitors will be able to see at the exhibition. Esparza’s projects, which according to Sally-Jane Norman, co-founder of VIDA, have a “visionary use in their conception and assembly” of available technology, stand out due to the quality of their research and their social and political commitment.
This aspect of the artist’s work is highlighted by Cuevas: “More than simply questioning the barrier between the living and the non-living (a problem which always comes up when robots and artificial life are discussed) Gilberto Esparza’s creations take a critical position regarding current ecological failures, considering them from all sides: political, economical, social, behavioural.” Esparza’s work can be seen at the Espacio Fundación Telefónica Lima until 15 February 2015.