For his third solo exhibition at Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Reino de todos os animais e de todos os bichos é meu nome (Kingdom of all the animals and all the beasts is my name), Catalan artist Daniel Steegmann Mangrané presents two pieces never seen in Brazil before alongside a new body of work on the walls. Produced in 2013-2014 for the 2015 Triennial at the New Museum, Phantom (kingdom of all the animals and all the beasts is my name) and Spiral Forest (kingdom of all the animals and all the beasts is my name) explore the same locale of tropical Brazilian forest through two divergent technologies. While Phantom uses one of the most advanced digital techniques, Spiral Forest was created with analogical and mechanical technologies, some of which are nearly obsolete. To produce Phantom, Steegmann Mangrané worked with the London-based company ScanLab. Together, they scanned a piece of the forest, creating a point cloud of extremely high resolution. ScanLab then used an application called “Unity” to read the scan, making it accessible via a pair of virtual reality glasses. A set of optitrack cameras track the position of the spectator in the space, enabling the viewer move through the virtual forest. To create Spiral Forest, the artist collaborated with engineers Nicola di Chio and Stefan Knauer, who constructed a Gimbal (a hinged device which allows an object to rotate on the same axis) activated by the motor of a 16 mm camera. By turning on the camera and starting to film, the gimbal rotates its three axes (pan, tilt, roll), conducting the filming process while executing interlinked movements. Randomly distributed on the gallery’s walls are five poems by Stela do Patrocínio, fragmented by the artist’s geometric designs.
Reino de todos os animais e de todos os bichos é meu nome. Daniel Steegmann Mangrané