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The nomad Tokyo girl

Installation inspired by the texts of the Japanese architect Toyo Ito.

The installation of the Corner Exhibition 2010, annually funded by the Obra Social Caja Madrid, brings to the public, for the fourth straight year, the works of young contemporary artists who expose within an unusual space: the ”showcase” Space for the Arts of Zaragoza, open to any by-passer, witness or observer to what happens on the street.

The selection of artists and works for the Corner 2010 is provided by the independent curator Clara Piazuelo (Zaragoza, 1978) and the generic theme within which the artists will work is Kill the Author. Six young artists will reinterpret six literary works, ”creating a space of confluence between the word, the art and the spectator”.

Àlvaro Díaz-Palacios finds inspiration for his piece in different fragments, extracted from the book “Texts”, written by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito. The artist´s interest in investigating the expressive and symbolic possibilities of the architectonic space is a constant throughout his work. On this occasion, Díaz-Palacios takes the texts of this architectural genius and evokes some of the recurring themes: the digital techniques, the dichotomy between nature and artifice and the search for the definition of the contemporary subject. The title of the work is a reference to a character created by Toyo Ito, in order to explain new ways of inhabiting cities: “The nomad Tokyo girl lives alone, roaming the vast plains of the media. The concept of home is, for her, scattered throughout the city and her life goes by using fragments of urban space, in a collage form.”

The installation by Àlvaro Díaz-Palacios is a fantastic representation of this urban collage, where different elements of the city are deconstructed and flow through various layers: photo imaging in large format, representing the multiple and almost dreamlike spaces, an animation that takes the viewer down into the micro-chip city, and the proper glass showcase in which simple drawings build on and complete an accumulation of sensations; a concept which Toyo Ito suggests to the contemporary spectator of the big NeoPolis.

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