Adventures in virtuality

Pablo Garcia / Solo Exhibition

Aksioma | Project Space
Komenskega 18, Ljubljana
2 – 18 April 2014

At the end of the last century, we got used identifying the term “virtual” with the term “digital”. Yet, according to Pablo Garcia, “virtuality – the systematic approximation and representation of reality – existed long before computers”, and manifested itself in perspective, optics applied to image making, and then in photography and cinema. “The computer – ‘digitality’ – is wholly dependent on several millennia of virtuality.” Going through this pre-history is not just a fascinating travel in media archeology: it’s also a way to question our contemporary perception of ancient modes of representation and of the impact of technology on art making along history; a way to question the presumed “novelty” of contemporary developments; a way to look back and re-discover experiments and researches that ended up in a dead end, and maybe see how they fit with the world we are living in.

Adventures in Virtuality is a show that collects some of the recent developments in the work of US based artist Pablo Garcia, all related to his time traveling through these “several millennia of virtuality”. Starting from NeoLucida – A Portable Camera Lucida for the 21st Century (2013 – 2014), a project done in collaboration with Golan Levin. NeoLucida is an attempt to recreate, and make it available on the market at an affordable price, the “camera lucida”, a powerful tool for hand drawing patented in 1807 by Sir William Hyde Wollaston, and used by artists and illustrators along the XIX century to facilitate accurate life-drawing.

Read more about the exhibition at Axioma.


Pablo Garcia

Pablo Garcia is Assistant Professor in the Department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Trained as an architect, Pablo’s recent work has evolved from design-for-hire to internationally exhibited artworks, provocations and research studies. Previously, Pablo has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, Parsons School of Design, and The University of Michigan. From 2004-2007, he also worked as an architect and designer for Diller Scofidio + Renfro. He holds architecture degrees from Cornell and Princeton Universities.