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You are too alert to sleep any longer
2 July - 1 October
Daniel Moreno Roldán + Aldo Urbano
The Roommates London
July 2 – October 1, 2017 LONDON
To visit the exhibition write to:
@ Upper Clapton, London
«After being injured by a rat, our character decides to flee and hide in a hut in the forest. In it, he seeks shelter to regain strength. Cleans the wound, applies a piece of cloth as a bandage, and falls asleep. He starts to dream. In the dream, a voice whispers in his ear an invented word: “zybomdaer”.
When he wakes up he remembers it perfectly, but ignores its meaning. From that initiatory moment, each time our character sleeps, new words are revealed that seem to form a new language.»
Víctor Balcells, Mimesis and loss.
You are too alert to sleep any longer is an intervention in a room of a private house in London. In this context, Daniel Moreno Roldán will play the video game MUD through which he will try to dream words in a language still unknown. As the game allows these types of breaches, Daniel will recreate them and perform a series of Live Gameplays through the Youtube platform. In parallel, Aldo Urbano will interpret some of the narrative bursts that the game spits out to give them an image. These will be visions of a muddy tone, which will remind the marsh – a place where the characters of MUD throw their treasures and belongings in exchange for recognition – to the point where Daniel can end up confusing the room in which he plays with the deeper place of the swamp. In addition to this, on the occasion of the exhibition, the writer Víctor Balcells has published the text ‘Mimesis and loss’ in which he reflects on the construction of the spiritual in virtual worlds.
Daniel Moreno Roldán (Barcelona, 1990) is a visual artist and musician. His work is situated halfway between an event and its story. He is interested in finding linguistic inconsistencies or temporary inadequacies in this relationship. In order to do so, he constructs narratives in which dialogues events of totally different scales. All this ends up being a hypothetical exercise to make perceptible ‘the intimate and secret bonds of things’. He has recently started working around the confusing border that delimits the ‘MMORPG’ (a massively multiplayer online video game) and ‘Reality’.
He has shown his work in exhibitions such as Toco a la puerta de la piedra (Espacio Trapézio, Madrid), Some and Others (Spinnerei, Leipzig), Do You Believe? (Fabra i Coats, Barcelona), Ella: Allà i després (Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona) and Pica i Fuig! (Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona); he has been awarded a grant by the UNCIP (El Prat de Llobregat), Can Felipa (Barcelona), Sant Andreu Contemporani (Barcelona), Sala d’Art Jove (Barcelona) and Nau Estruch (Sabadell) and has won the Embarrat 2017 (Tárrega).
Aldo Urbano (Barcelona, 1991) lives and works in Barcelona. He graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona and the Willem de Kooning Academy (Holland). His work starts from a painting always linked to the dislocation of space and perception. Recently, he uses prose language to accompany the images, creating distorted stories in which epic, irony and a certain fundamental sentimentality come together. An example of this would be the comic “Un bosque cuyo incendio se ha extinguido”, which has published with the help of a grant from the Sala d’Art Jove 2017 for publications.
He has participated in collective exhibitions such as Falla (Fundació Arranz Bravo, Barcelona 2017) or Grand Tour (Sant Andreu Contemporani, Barcelona 2016). He has been in several art residencies such as the Sandarbh Artist Residency (India, 2014), from which came the publication “Un planeta bañado por la luz en constante erosión, aunque su postura recuerda a un desafío” (A planet bathed by light in constant erosion, although its posture reminiscent of a challenge). He won the Guasch Coranty Award 2013-2014.