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Miguel Palma

Miguel Palma’s (1964) artistic works often present the world as a model in a dream or nightmare – technically constructed and absurd. In a seemingly playful manner he examines certain aspects of artistic reality or the general human situation, although this is usually marked by a deeply sceptical and pessimistic world view.

During his artist residency in a studio with a view of Montagne Saint-Victoire, Miguel Palma, who was finding himself in the same place as Cézanne, fascinated by this subject, devised a mechanism, a reflective structure that was erected on the mountain that enabled him to reverse the viewpoint. Put up in the parc of Mudam, it transmits the image of a detail of a building located on the Plateau Saint-Esprit. The resulting images, far from offering an often fantasized objectivity, seem to hover: marked by shifting light and the distortions of the mirror, they create fleeting impressions.

His installation Autofocus (2006) initially appears to be a technical implementation of a futuristic imagination, similar to the works we know from other ages, e.g. Leonardo da Vinci. A propeller-driven rail vehicle with a video camera at its tip moves like a satellite “around” the earth in motion. The resulting picture is shown on a screen, which, as Palma phrases it, forms an analogy to Google Earth.

Artworks

  1. Miguel Palma Autofocus, 2006

    Écran vidéo, caméra, ventilateur, globe terrestre, chariot sur rails
    320 x 150 x 100 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2006 Reginald Neuman, Luxembourg
    Vue de l’exposition Portugal Agora – À propos des lieux d’origine, 16.12.2007 – 07.04.2008, Mudam Luxembourg
    © Photo : Andrés Lejona | Mudam Luxembourg

  1. Miguel Palma Pays/scope, 2012

    Structure métallique, miroir, télescope, ordinateur portable
    580 x 190 x 190 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2014 – Reginald Neuman
    Vue de l’installation dans le Park Draï Eechelen, Luxembourg
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi | Mudam Luxembourg

Marina Abramović, "Video Portrait Gallery", 1975-1998 | Collection Mudam Luxembourg | Acquisition 2001
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