Since the earliest humans stood upright millions of years ago, impelled
by curiosity and the urge to find out what lay beyond the horizon, our
capacity for imagination has never stopped growing. That impulse was a
revolution for the entire species. It implied formulating an abstraction,
thinking it through and setting out to find it - a new dynamic that
changed the future of humankind. That's how we've invented the world, my
The concepts "East" and "West" represent much more than what our eyes
allow us to perceive. Only through the sum of all our senses can we
approach two worlds that are so seemingly distant and different from each
other. The collective imaginary takes us back to cultures that, for
millennia, have evolved in disparate ways. However, in today?s world it
has become notoriously difficult to find a clear differentiating line. The
West has exported its lifestyle and traditions all over the world,
penetrating the East to such an extent that, no matter how you look at it,
a convergence of the futures of both seems inescapable. Likewise, the East
has become part of our daily life in a multitude of ways: spirituality,
culture, sports, food, technology...
Through this project, we want to explore this time that gives coherence
to all human forms of _expression_, in the East and the West, through the
overall patterns on which myths and reality have been constructed. While
there may be no match for transversality in our day and age, the
transubstantiation of reality into multiple and varied forms allows us to
see the vision of the East reflected in the mirror of the West and vice
versa. There are no certainties and no clear boundaries exist.
NOMADAS 00-10 is a project that we began in 2000 and that stretches
over a decade. It is the frame of reference that connects all of our
projects, as well as a way of merging art with life. This path, which
disrupts borders and prejudices, fuels the way we see and understand the
world today, mixing cultures and experiences, smells and tastes.
The aim of this journey is to experience all the countries in the world
by organising exhibitions and conferences and working on projects with
transnational groups in order to create collaborative links with artists
and institutions, cultural agents and different societies.
With our laptops and still and video cameras, we wander through a world
full of contradictions, sharing and assimilating cultures, and learning
human biodiversity on the streets. Regardless of skin colour, language,
culture, economic status and any other differentiation factor we could
come up with, we confirm that we are more similar than we are
In an almost linear trajectory from New York to Tokyo, passing through
most European countries, China and the Philippines, we've tried to capture
the rhythm and daily life of the places visited.
It has been a journey of over two years, which have allowed us to
assimilate and accept that we live in a single, complex and ever-changing
world with multiple realities.
As in a hall of mirrors, we've seen ourselves reflected in numerous
stories. We are actors and spectators both in a multi-polar world.
Imagination has been captured and expressed in over 50 hours of video
recordings and thousands of photographs, creating a mosaic, a puzzle that
we try to put in order.