Alexandre Estrela

MNAC: Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado

Though his production also encompasses photography, drawing, sculpture, and installation, video remains Alexandre Estrela’s preferred medium. It is the creation of images in general, and the process underlying imagemaking in a technological age in particular, that interests him. Estrela therefore uses common audiovisual equipment such as TV sets and camcorders, exploring their technical qualities, both in analog and digital terms, for the creation of his works. For instance, in TV’s Back, 1995, a television set displays an image of its own back, and in One in a Million (Version Two), 2003, a malfunctioning pixel appears as a tiny bright point interfering with the view from a car driving through the streets of New York City.

Neither of these works, however, figures in Estrela’s survey “Stargate,” for the project took science fiction as its organizing principle. For example, the 2002 work

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