Lecture


Conferencia (Lecture)
The artist sleeping at the Museum while people expected him to give a lecture
2009

A lecture by Oscar Santillan was hosted by Museo Municipal de Guayaquil. When people arrived they found him deeply sleeping on the floor. Written on his hands there was a note that he left for them:
Left hand:
No es que crea en el silencio (It's not that I believe in silence)
Right hand:
Pero prefiero marcharme (But I rather leave)









Statement - Contact info

The gap between the possible and the impossible, between reality and fiction, has been the creative territory from where my practice departs.
The repertoire of strategies is always expanding and includes means such as: the transmutation of materials; documentation of unorthodox actions; or, the actual deception of the eye without the use of post-production methods.
Then, these strategies interweave with a phenomenological approach committed to creation as a physical action in the world, as the embodiment of reality.
As every new experiment requires a different set of skills, a prominent amount of effort has been devoted towards the dialogue with others. The igniting spark comes always from unapologetic speculation, from the simple curiosity of asking “what if” to others and myself.
I consider my practice as a vindication of curiosity. I hope to find what is epic in the small, in what is obvious but somehow unnoticed, in a blink, in a falling leaf, in a newspaper, in a casual encounter.

Contact: santillano@vcu.edu
Oscar Santillan is represented by dpm