Oswaldo Maciá work about
UNDER THE HORIZON, XVIII Rohkunstbau.Macht, SchlossMarquardt Potsdam,Germany 01|07|11

‘Under the Horizon’

DATE: 2011
MEDIA: sound- smell composition, bath, black liquid, fountain pump

Oswaldo Maciá’s artistic practice seeks to question assumptions about knowledge and perception. The ways in which we attempt to understand our place in the world is structured through conventions and expectations that often overwhelm our direct perception of what surrounds us.

At Rohkunstbau Maciá shows ‘Under the Horizon’, a work that employs sculptural conventions and narrative expectations. A plinth elevates a bath to eye level – a signal that this domestic object has been removed from its vernacular context. From the taps black liquid is running, unchecked and overflowing.

Emanating from the flow is a scent, unfamiliar and uncontainable within language. Maciá has commissioned the perfumer Ricardo Moya to create the smell of ‘under’, an abstract term deriving its meaning from context. To perceive ‘under the horizon’, as the title instructs, is to pay attention to a realm beneath the infinite and general. The horizon line is an incommensurable used to navigate between one place and another, a line to which vision is calibrated.

Maciá is particularly concerned with how external stimuli we receive from the world are translated into images and information through our senses, mediated by what-we-think-we-know. ‘Under the Horizon’ moves from an ocularcentric register of perception, using smell to embrace the subjectivities of memory – be they based on our own perception or adopted from indirect experience.

Presented at:
Rohkunstbau XVIII, Schloss Marquardt, Berlin, 2011