MARTA MORENO MUÑOZ Art as an experience of dissolution of the self
Marta Moreno Muñoz talked about her practice, The Unifiedfield and her ongoing project in the Philippines Lost Paradise. The Unifiedfield is an independent art space and artist-run organization focusing on the experimental aspects of sound, video and
performance art. It previously occupied a traditional complex amongst rice fields in Yogyakarta (Indonesia), subsequently moving into a cave in Granada (Spain) before settling in an antique building nestled in Granada’s historic Moorish quarters, the Albayzín, where it currently runs its Artist-In-Residence (AIR) programme. Lost Pradise deals with the theme of the regression towards our animal condition, approached from a perspective close to pantheism and with a feeling of oneness with nature. The main idea of this project is “becoming buffalo”, intended as a journey, an expansion of Being through the dissolution of the self, an attempt of ontological transformation establishing a co-existence with the buffaloes by bathing daily with them in the water and remaining
completely silent in a meditative state for the duration of one month. The whole process will be documented with video and this material will lead to a video-performance and to a film installation.
Marta Moreno Muñoz (Spain, 1978) is a performance and video artist with a background in experimental theatre and other timebased arts. Graduating in 2002 with a M.A in Fine Arts, her work has focused predominantly on “feminine” subjectivity, dissolution of
the ego and the notion of pre-oedipal nostalgia in response to a patriarchal and undesirable reality. She is at present in a transitional stage, shifting towards the conceptualization of larger-scale projects exploring the complex interchange between performance art and cinematic language. Currently nomadic, she is working on personal artistic projects, researching for her PhD Thesis “Art as an Experience of Dissolution of the Self” and co-directing The Unifiedfield with Marc Chia; Marta Moreno has lived, produced and engaged in artistic works in Spain, UK, Turkey, India, The Netherlands, Indonesia and exhibited worldwide.
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Photos by Gerome Soriano