Pwned concerns artistic research based on the notion of bodies of data to question how our technified memory (everything that is stored and registered in databases) participates in constructing desire and projecting the future. From the creation of trained artificial intelligence, primarily with private data such as the history of the artist’s movements over the past few years, Santamaría will ask the machine about his future movements. Its response will devise a series of routes and behaviours to be reproduced by a human body. This offers us the possibility of observing how reality is transformed when the physical body is traversed by its doubles and virtualities.
Mario Santamaría (Burgos, 1985) works across a wide range of media by frequently using photography, video, performance, websites and online interventions. He was a finalist in the Post-Photography Prototyping Prize of the Fotomuseum Winterthur and part of Watched! Surveillance, Art and Photography at the Hasselblad Foundation. He has been artist-in-residence at HISK (Ghent), Hangar (Barcelona) and Kunststiftung (Baden-Württemberg), among others. His work has been shown at centres such as CaixaForum (Barcelona), MACBA (Barcelona), ZKM (Karlsruhe), WKV (Stuttgart), Edith-Russ-Haus (Oldenburg), Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), CENART (Mexico), Or Gallery (Berlin), Arebyte (London) and Münchner Stadtmuseum, as well as at the Thessaloniki, Havana and Lyon Biennales.