Antoni Muntadas

Antoni Muntadas was born in Barcelona and has lived in New York since 1971. Through his works, he addresses social, political and communications issues such as the relationship between public and private space within social frameworks, and investigates channels of information and the ways they may be used to censor or promulgate ideas. His projects are presented in different media such as photography, video, publications, the Internet, installations and urban interventions. He is currently Visiting Professor at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology.

Alpahville e Outros. With Alphaville e outros, internationally renowned visual artist Antoni Muntadas would seem to be echoing this sentiment. With his adroit re-telling of the iconically dystopic 1965 film Alphaville by Jean Luc Godard, Muntadas offers a futuristic cautionary tale of urban living drawn from the not-future of almost 50 years ago. With a deft hand, Muntadas mixes scenes from Godard’s film with contemporary drive-by shots featuring heavily guarded compounds in and around Sao Paulo, Brazil, complete with razor wire barriers and bleak concrete facades. The gated community of Alphaville being documented by Muntadas is just outside of Sao Paulo. Developed by the Alphaville Urbanismo Corporation in the 1970s, not long after Godard’s film appeared.

Exhibition at VTape, Toronto, Canada; in co-presentation with Images Festival.