Allora & Calzadilla

 
Amphibious (Login-Logout)  (2005), video still, courtesy of the artists

Amphibious (Login-Logout) (2005), video still, courtesy of the artists

 

Amphibious (Login-Logout)

2005, video, 6’20’’

Amphibious means having more than one mode of existence, being of doubtful nature, existing in more than one particular realm. Amphibious, as a concept, asserts its singularity through its interdependence, holding onto relation proximities and distances. This film takes place in the Pearl River Delta region in the People’s Republic of China. It follows a group of turtles riding atop a log as it is carried along by the river current. The turtles appear to be amazed by what is going on around them, and their prehistoric sluggishness glides effortlessly and unseen through the river’s fast amphibious network of import and export activities. The juxtaposition produces an absurd picture of industrialisation gone wrong. The message is crystal clear and needs no commentary or insistence.

 

Allora & Calzadilla

Live and work in San Juan

Jennifer Allora (born 1974 in Philadelphia, USA) received a BA from the University of Richmond, Virginia (1996) and an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2003); Guillermo Calzadilla (born 1971 in Havana, Cuba) received a BFA from Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1996) and an MFA from Bard College, New York (2001). Collaborating since 1995, Allora & Calzadilla were finalists for the Hugo Boss Prize (2006) and the Nam June Paik Award (2006). Over the past twenty years, they have developed an expansive and experimental body of work, using performance, sculpture, sound, video and photography. Through a complex research- oriented practice, by delving into and questioning the structural and narrative conventions of storytelling and the potential of language and materiality, they critically address the intersections and complicities between culture, history and geopolitics. Their works have been shown in prominent institutions around the world.