Daniel Canogar is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist working across photography, video, sculpture, and installation. Themes of memory and its loss are central to his art. In his most recent data-driven artworks made with sculptural LED screens, Canogar examines the implications of technological changes from material-based media to online platforms. Connected to the Internet, these artworks use live feeds to capture the ceaseless flow of information in today’s world, materializing intangible yet ubiquitous data that affects every aspect of our lives.
BILLOW IV-r, 2022 (Billow Series)
Description: Billow consists of a series of six sculptural LED screens that depict abstract animations created with real-time data from Google platforms, including Search interests, Knowledge Graph topics, trending YouTube videos and Google News articles compiled from hundreds of newspapers and publications. Colors within the animation are determined by how “hot” or popular a specific topic becomes, the more viral the search is online, the warmer the tones become. Popular queries from each day appear momentarily as overlaid text before dissolving into a smoky abstraction. Their lingering forms generate illusions of interlaced imagery. The data-sphere is a driving force of society and the economy, despite its invisible nature. This lack of visibility can make it difficult to comprehend how information affects daily life. Billow attempts to expose the hidden threads of data networks. This series continues the artist’s interest in the similitude between screens and textiles. Canogar plays with the idea of threads and knotted string by exposing electric data cables underneath the LED panels. Another defining element of the artist’s recent work is the curving, architectural intersections of his sculptures. Rolling silhouettes of technological streams emulate the natural world of rivers, hills, and valleys. Canogar presents sculptures of the incorporeal electronic realm in the hopes of better understanding the rhythms of our digital times.
Dimensions: 198.1 × 57.8 × 64.8 cm
Edition Type: Flexible LED screen, computer, generative custom software, metal frame
Edition Size: Edition of 1 + 1 AP