Daniel Canogar
Sikka, 2012
140 DVDs, video projector, speakers
57.1 x 57.1 x 6 in / 145 x 145 x 15 cm
7 min 50 sec, loop
Edition of 3

Taking its name from the word that describes Babylonian-era gold coins sewn to clothing, Sikka is a video installation constructed from 140 discarded DVDs. This decorative tradition also references the shiny plastic objects that we know today as sequins. Historically, sikka were worn to remind onlookers of the wealth and power of those wearing them, while also evoking the light of the divine.

In this installation, the surfaces of the DVDs flash images back at us that are born from the glamorous world of Hollywood, where image is converted to a kind of currency. An audio-visual mosaic that explores the phantasmagorical properties of cinema, Sikka projects the contents from each DVD back on to its physical surface. It’s film segments were selected from each DVD, primarily for color, shape and movement values, forming a digital palette from which the projected loops were constructed. The 140 layers of audio in these segments form the installation’s “found” soundtrack.

Also an exploration of the short life expectancy of technological media, Canogar has created an abstract double of the films, as moving images trapped within the discs are reflected onto the surrounding walls. Turning Walter Benjamin’s notion of art and commodity on its head, he has crafted a distinctly utopian cosmology.

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