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The work of Marcela Armas explores the capacity of materials and mechanisms to produce poetics of social reflection. In The Region of Space, the artist uses the collection of mineral ore samples from mining exploration sites in Durango as a pretext for investigating the attributes of minerals as fragments of a written history of the planet. The processes that minerals undergo over time, such as sedimentation, compaction, and fusion with other mineral layers, also make them material witnesses to the passage of time. Marcela Armas plans to conduct documentary research and collect samples to illustrate this idea: how the planet’s life cycle keeps the mineral world in motion, subjected to a variable array of energies and forces, and ultimately deposits them as testimonial relics of life and of matter. After analyzing these minerals, the artist aims to prepare a report in which she will present the geological information gleaned from them and link it to historical, social, and mythical-imaginary causes. This network of informational relationships will be made comprehensible and readable by means of a numerical control reading system capable of performing continuous scans of the collected samples and displaying the data stored in its memory.

About the author

Marcela Armas is an artist whose work explores the capacity of materials and mechanisms to produce poetics of social reflection. She has a BFA from the University of Guanajuato and an MFA from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Armas reflects on the urban experience, the construction of social space, and historical memory through the machines and devices she builds, which revolve around the exploration of matter as meaning and as a carrier of history. She has been supported in her research and work by the National Fund for Culture and the Arts, the 2009 Bancomer-MACG Arte-Actual Program, the New Media Research Grant Program of the CENART Multimedia Center in 2006 and 2010, and the Alameda Art Laboratory in Mexico City. In 2012 Armas received the ARCO/BEEP Electronic Art Award for her project Máquina Stella. Some of her recent exhibitions include A Kind of Mexican Show, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 2011; Fronteras en Mutación, Centro Cultural de España, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2011; Group Show, Bitforms Gallery, New York, 2010; Trabajo de Espacio, Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, 2008; and Relativo, Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte, Mexico City, 2005.