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Emblematic Translations: Hispanic Society Installation

Installation: Projection and LED Lights

Digital Translation of 26 Spanish and Portuguese Speaking Nations' Flags



EMBLEMATIC TRANSLATIONS is a site-specific light projection that promotes a contemporary view of cultural values shared within the Hispanic Society's collections and re-imagined views of the respective countries' flags. The installation encourages engagement in history, place and art through a vibrant, two dimensional digital experience projected onto the front of the Hispanic Society Museum in New York, New York. 

This work “highlights the the currency of creativity and collaboration” as a theme in our artwork, while translating sound waves into colored light. Our concept interprets the visual language of Spanish and Portuguese speaking nations' flags and their emblems as cultural symbols, downloaded through a Google search and digitally altered through selective pixelation into new iterations. The flat blocks of basic color that comprise most flags render them recognizable from a distance and these block forms are reiterated in the contemporary and oversized pixels in our images, but our pixels express variations of each hue, while refracting the specific symbols into abstract designs. They create the

illusion of a digital rendering viewed from a distance, and require engaged perception to be understood. The flags are meant to be recognizable and distinct but we wish to display their similarities, also the presence of converging cultures. Our process reflects our experiences in several Hispanic countries, most recently our visit to Cuba in 2015, and celebrates the complex and resilient culture we enjoyed there, while appreciating cohesive thread of language. Each time we travel our memories are colored by layered realities and interpretations in the moment.

Installed Thursday, October 20th, 2016 
Hispanic Society of America
613 W 155th St, New York, NY



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