Leo Marz: The Ancient Incident
Museo Jumex – Until 09 Jan 2022 Mexico City (Mexico)
The Ancient Incident is an immersive installation by Mexican artist Leo Marz (Zapopan, 1979) that connects different moments. From monumental historical sculpture to contemporary snapshot.
The Battle of Puebla (May 5, 1862).
A finger of cast bronze is the instigator of this chain of associations. The sculpture is an exact copy of General Ignacio Zaragoza’s finger on a monument in Monterrey. Inspired by the fact that the Battle of Puebla (May 5, 1862) was the first to be relayed in real time by telegram. Marz combines it with contemporary interfaces where you can immediately access the news via touch screens. The installation also includes sculptural designs. One of which is derived from a group selfie found online. Between these poles of a historically significant moment and a fleeting moment, Marz suggests how modern technology and art make moments visible or invisible. Then, how the past, present and future can be connected in unpredictable ways.
Hang the disembodied finger.
As part of the project, Marz will produce a series of actions attempting to suspend the disembodied finger of Zaragoza at the height of the original monument in the square of the Museo Jumex. Each attempt will use a different medium ranging from cinematic chromo-keying. The audience will be faced with a seemingly absurd physical situation, with online documentation that will make the structure invisible by letting their finger float in the air. More than an investigation of the line in space, Marz reconfigures the drawn line to suspend it. Thus, create dynamic situations where the audience is involved physically and metaphorically.
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