• “The Metabolic Age, or How Federico Manuel Peralta Ramos Predicted the Internet With an Egg”

    Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (Malba)
    Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415
    September 13–October 25, 2015

    Curated by Chus Martínez

    We, the Outsiders, created by the self-taught Argentinean artist Federico Manuel Peralta Ramos in 1965, is a gigantic egg sculpture that was shown only once before it was destroyed by the artist. The work’s implication of impasse in the face of an unbreachable vessel is the starting point for curator Chus Martínez, who has commissioned a remake of the sculpture and gathered an additional dozen works made since 1965. For Martínez, the colossal egg is an emblem presaging today’s hyperlinked world populated by budding artificial life-forms, with which we interact but can never understand. This era’s awkward adolescence is reflected in the terse playfulness of the younger artists here, such as Petra Cortright, whose customizable stripper avatars, resituated in sublime, unicorn-populated CGI landscapes, suggest worlds for meeting, and erotically interacting with, beings whom we can’t yet claim to know.