▶️Controller of the Universe, 2007
Through the use of wit and humor, Damián Ortega deconstructs familiar objects and processes altering their functions and transforming them into novel experiences and scenarios. Ortega’s work plays with a scale that ranges from the molecular to the cosmic, applying the concepts of physics to human interactions where chaos, accidents, and instability produce a system of relations in flux. Inverting and dissecting, reconfiguring and zooming in, he explores the tension that underlies every object and the infinite world inside them. The result of his inquiries reveals the interdependence of diverse components, be it within a complex engineered machine or a social system. Although his projects –which he envisions through drawing– take form in sculpture, installation, performance, film, and photography, for Ortega the work of art is always an action: an event. His experiments inhabit a space where possibility and everydayness converge to activate a transcendent new way of looking at simple objects and routine interactions.