Pangea

The concept of Pangea, the early state of the Earth mass before it divided into continents, is the image used by Kenji Nakama (Lima, 1982) to represent the current illusion of “global unity” through the mass communication media, especially television. The recorded, edited and then transmitted reality on TV has led to an illusion of elimination of geographical distances and to an acceleration of our own perception of time.

The image fragments are key to perceive the reality transmitted by media through selection, hierarchy and arrangement which are made by power perspectives that fragment reality and gives us an experience of an edited simultaneousness on screens.

Through paintings and collages, the artist decomposes the media image in luminous and blurry spectrums, which refer to the narrow limit between reality and fiction, in the context of the media drill and its new guidelines of credibility. The image selection for Pangea’s works matches the homogeneity of contents that reflect television pattern of standardizations and simultaneousness. Nakama builds a constellation based on the zapping experience in different frames, directly registered from the television signal or digitally changed. It is about stills of paradigmatic realities of the contemporary world transmitted on TV: weather reports, sports, remote-controlled wars, pornography, etc.

The bi-dimensional state of the screens captured in the paintings is simultaneous with the tri-dimensionality of the collages made out of TV guides. These objects restore the 3D characteristic of the reality of the Earth initially mentioned, and reflect on the material sources that disseminate the information in the bi-dimensional screens. In these pieces, the fragmented condition of television’s hyper-reality, as well as the ever growing and accelerated accumulation of remains of this reality in time are remarked. The media landscape is seen as a geological map that emphasizes this accumulation of information layers and as a space where time is superposed. It is about a topography that considers different dimensions of our experience and presents new ways of representation that questions the current placebos of our knowledge and our imagination.

Miguel Zegarra

Geologic map or a fragment of Pangea, 2009, decollage of the magazine TV y Novelas, 21x29cm

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Geology of a Mountain of 720 hrs, 2009, collage of a TV programme magazine, 21x29cm

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Cross Section of a Mountain of 36000 hrs, 2009 collage of TV programme magazines  42x70cm 

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Cross Section of a Mountain of 42480 hrs, 2009 collage of TV programme magazines  42x70cm

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Cross Section of a Mountain of 107280 hrs2009, collage of TV programme magazines  42x70cm

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Untitled, 2008, oil on canvas, 300x180cm

.03, 2008, oil on canvas, 180x300cm

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27, 2008, oil on canvas, 180x300cm

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32, 2008, oil on canvas, 180x300cm

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46, 2008, oil on canvas, 180x300cm

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 41, 2008, oil on canvas, 180x180cm

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69, 2008, oil on canvas, 180x180cm

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