Monochromatic

A decade ago Guzman’s joined the Genographic Project, an initiative of National Geographic that studies the DNA of thousands of people, helping them to find their ancestry. Guzman found his roots are African, Sephardi Jew and Native American.

The artist constructed with Amsterdam’s barrel organist Leon Perlee organ books with his DNA. The barrel organ books were scanned, and the artist made laser banners, cartoon sculptures and ultimately block prints in India with extracts of his DNA sequence.

Dukkha Double Dip

The exhibition Dukkha presents a new assemblage of geometric thread and photo sculptures in which influences of Constructivism come together with the culture of the Congolese Diaspora in Panama. Dukkha is a sequel to a series that Guzman started during a residency at Art OMI in New York. 

Transillumination Sequence #1

In all the projects of Antonio Jose Guzman there is a relationship with the location at which he presents the project. He calls this “Sociological mapping”.  In the project ‘El Organo Oriental. Transillumination Sequence #1’ (ELOO) project, Guzman places an original Cuban organ in a large space so that the sound is given free rein.

The enlarged sheets made by a robot laser engraver with the unique organ score fill the space. This makes the DNA not only audible but also visible. The scores were also used to be played with a marimba, Piano and an artificial intelligence music sensor interfaced robot.

Punch cards are cardboard cards with holes. These punch cards controlled mechanical devices, before the invention of computers. The punch cards were the software for the machines. In an organ punch cards control the organ music. Punched pattern cards inspired the designed of IBM systems that store large amounts of data, leading us to the modern digital age.

Piertopolis – Psychogeographic mappings

In 1960 the Suriname-born artist Stanley Brouwn asked people on the street to show on a piece of paper how they would walk from point A to point B. For Brouwn walking was a way of becoming one with yourself, merging with your environment. The series are a documentation of borders and walks in different metropolis around the world.

The project was developed using ideas of the New Babylon project of COBRA artist Constant and Situationists theories from Jaqueline de Jong and Guy Debord. Debord not only recognized the tectonic shift from a society centered on commodity to one centered on image, but also developed a keen sense for its neuralgic points, such as its intolerance for the passage of time.

www.piertopolis.com

the state of L3

Migration, or the condition of being a subject beyond borders, has always represented one of the most productive resources of aesthetic practices, contributing to the changing of settled cultures. The State of L3 is a project that connects three continents, in search of the African identity and the relationship between distance relatives in those continents.

www.stateofl3.com

Motion Capture Systems – MOCAPS

Inspired by Afrofuturism, the drawings, photographs and acrylics on paper feature landscapes and objects which presents a view of ancient Kongo Bantu Cosmology teachings about energy waves.

Yoruba institute

Works made for a series of performances to be presented during the 2019 Habana Biennial. The project explore the land and culture of the Yoruba people, whose art is an essential and integral element in the Afro Latinamerican way of life.

The Yoruba are among the oldest and most influential of all African cultures, for centuries countless people of Yoruba descent have been living in the Americas. The broad influence of Yoruba culture today ranges from religious blends of Santeria, to visual arts, to the complex rhythmic beats of Afro-Latin and Caribbean music.

Dukkha – The Unequivocal Series

Nails, threads, ropes, carvings, digital layers and different sorts of geometric explorations have all been used to literally and figuratively load the photographs, forming crisscrossing patterns and connecting dots across the imaginary. Exploring prints and patterning through traditional Maroon and Kuba textiles principles.

Transhumanized

Multi-generic collages investigate the relationship between black bodies and future spaces. The works take the imaginary from it’s original participation with a medium, juxtaposing and creating sculptural transformations. The project is a photographic research based on Afrofuturistic philosophical perspectives. Investigating alternative forms of narrative, enhancing or even replacing our bodies structures.

Présence – hogon series

Présence explores the evolutionary connections between Afro-Latinamerican masquerades and precursors from West Africa, the Caribbean, and Western Europe. The series made in Senegal and Panama, investigate the evolution of Afro-Creole prototypes that emerged in the Americas.

superimpose

The project questions presents thoughts on ancestry and notions of cultural identities as well as possibilities and ideas referring to exile identities a and how they bring together thoughts, experiences and dialogues that configure the world of the Diaspora. A major aspect of the series is on researching the contradictory relationship of colonial aesthetics to the formerly colonised countries.

re-edit – Transillumination sequence #1

DNA visions of future decolonized bodies. Painted laser corrugated cardboards with DNA sequencing as a reflection on the experiences of forced removal, genocide and mass migration, while mapping aggressive ethnic biopolitical situations of unrest.

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