On Translation: On View
March 30 to May 15, 2004
Opening reception: Tuesday, March 30, 2004 6 – 8 PM
On View, a new work from On Translation Series, conceived and shot in Japan, post-produced in New York at Location One, is a work about viewing, looking… waiting… as contemporary rituals. Waiting in lines, airport standby, museum audience, tourist photo opportunities… Interrogations on where, when, why, who and what are part of the intention of the work.
On Translation, a series of work begun in Helsinki in 1995, groups a set of thirty works reflecting on the concept of translation and interpretation from a perspective that encompasses cultural, linguistic, political and economic issues produced and presented in different contexts and mediums.
Antoni Muntadas – born in Barcelona, Spain in 1942 – has lived and worked in New York since 1971. His work addresses social, political and communications issues, the relationship between public and private space within social frameworks, and investigations of channels of information and the ways they may be used to censor central information or promulgate ideas. His projects incorporate different media such as photography, video, publications, Internet and multi-media installations.
His works have been exhibited throughout the world, including the Venice Biennale, Documenta VI and X in Kassel, the Sao Paulo Biennal, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. During the past year the MACBA in Barcelona and the Dortmund Museum in Germany presented the on-going series On Translation (1995-2003) and produced an extensive publication on these works. His upcoming public works include On Translation: Die Stadt (Graz/Lille/Barcelona) and On Translation: Tren Urbano (San Juan, Puerto Rico-Roosevelt Station). Upcoming shows include exhibits at Laboratorio de la Alameda in Mexico, the Neuen Museum Weserburg-Bremen, and In Site 2005 in San Diego/Tijuana.
MUNTADAS has taught and directed seminars at the San Francisco Art Institute, the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris, the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Cooper Union and many other institutions. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture, Visual Arts Program.