Due in November 2015, this book documents an 18-month long collaboration with the BMW Group and surveys the fabrication, tooling and assembly of the modern era automobile vehicle. Whilst the project focuses solely on BMW’s plant and R&D centers in and around Munich (Germany), it also looks beyond the mere referent, representing therefore a point of resistance.
Conceived around the simple premise of ‘slowing down time’, this project undertakes an examination and articulation of the world of flux and flow that we live in, a world defined, haunted and consumed by mobility and transience. Symptomatically titled 0:00.00, this series was produced with long exposures of 5 – 45mins. Photographing with prolonged exposures in a fast moving environment represented a significant challenge, thus requiring a great deal of coordination and support from BMW.
All the images were therefore produced during scheduled and enforced production breaks.
0:00.00 represents the final phase of an overarching project in which Edgar Martins has engaged with environments as varied as airports (When Light Casts no Shadow 2008), hydropwer plants (The Time Machine, 2012) and space facilities (The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite, 2014) and whose main goal has been to examine and re-evaluate our relationship with technology and industry and its impact on our social and cultural consciousness.
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Please join us on Thursday 21st May from 3-4pm at Photo London (The Wapping project Bankside booth) where I will be signing copies of my book The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite.
The Macau weekly newspaper, Ponto Final, interviews Edgar Martins about his latest project and collaboration with the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences. This ambitious body of work seeks to scrutinise, expose and hold in tension many of the contradictions and problems inherent in the depiction of death, whilst attempting to understand what death represents through a fundamentally human narrative. As Martins observes these intentions will likely collide, overlap and blur, revealing the fragility of our perceptual and cognitive systems.
Titled ‘Strange Fruit: Siloquies and Soliloquies on Life and Death’, this project will be published by The Moth House in 2016 and launched in both the UK and Portugal in January and March that year.
The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite, by Edgar Martins will be on show at The Wolverhampton Art Gallery (UK), from February 7th to the 2nd May 2015.
For the first time in the UK tour of this work, Edgar Martins’ exhibition will include a mixed media layout, with photographs and other artworks displayed alongside original ESA technological hardware as well as personal, space-flown possessions of ESA astronauts.
Please join us for a special preview of Edgar Martins’ ‘The Rehearsal of Space & The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite’ at Melanie Rio Gallery (Paris), on Thursday, 13th October 2014, from 19:00-2o:00. This event is organised in cooperation with the European Space Agency, in the wake of Paris Photo 2014.
Gallery address: 56 Rue de la Fontaine au Roi, Paris 11 ème / 0984021278
Jornal de Negócios (Portugal), edition 24th October 2014, interviews Martins’about his latest show The Rehearsal of Space and The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite’ at Sala da Cidade (Coimbra) in a double-page feature titled ‘A fotografia vê para lá do real’. The full article can be viewed and downloaded here.
The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite, by Edgar Martins will be on show at Sala da Cidade, Museu Municipal de Coimbra (Portugal), from Wednesday 8th October 2014 – 31st December 2014.
This event is an initiative by The Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Coimbra, The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, The European Space Agency and Câmara Municipal de Coimbra,
For the first time in the worldwide tour of this work, Edgar Martins’ exhibition will include a mixed media layout, with photographs and other artworks displayed alongside original ESA technological hardware as well as personal, space-flown possessions of ESA astronauts.
XL Semanal (Spain), edition 28th September 2014, features Martins’ The Rehearsal of Space in a 6 page feature titled ‘La puerta espacial de Europa’ and with words by Fernando Goitia. The full article can be viewed and downloaded here.
Edgar Martins’ The Rehearsal of Space & The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite is featured in the Financial Times Magazine once again. Titled ‘It is Rocket Science’, this 3-page feature focuses on previously unpublished works from this series. Click here to view the online feature. Click here to download a PDF of the printed feature.
Edgar Martins’ eagerly anticipated new book The Rehearsal of Space & The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite is scheduled be launched on the 29th May 2014 at The Wapping Project Bankside, from 20H00.
Please join us for a booksigning session with the artist.
This event will be preceded by a conversation between the artist, ESA astronaut Jean-François Clervoy and Senior Curator of Photographs at the V&A, Martin Barnes. Further information concerning this event can be found here.
Produced between 2012 and 2014 with the European Space Agency, this project represents the most comprehensive survey ever assembled about a modern day scientific and space exploration organisation.
This projects engages with ESA and its partners’ programs –the microgravity, telecommunication, navigation, lunar and Mars exploration programs, among others–, whilst also reflecting on the new politics of space exploration as well as the impact of this kind of technological application on our social consciousness.
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