Antoni Abad: Ego
January 9 – March 4 2001
Antoni Abad (b. 1956, Leida, Spain) has emerged in recent years as one of the most innovative European artists working in new media. He is known for video installations that expand the traditional boundaries of exhibition space, projecting onto ceilings and floors and employing mirrors to create large-scale illusory spaces. More recently, Abad has created computer-based projection works, and, Ego, among the most dramatic of these, uses drawing software that enables the computer to generate swarms of houseflies that buzz and flit around the space in random patterns. Every few minutes several dozen flies gradually group themselves to spell out a single English or Spanish word: “I,” “Me,” “Yo,” or some variant of the first-person singular. No sooner has the word become eligible, then the flies disperse and scatter to the far margins of the projection wall before reassembling once more.