Davide Balula

A journey through you and the leaves

February 21 - March 28, 2015

galerie frank elbaz, Paris

View of the exhibition A journey through you and the leaves, galerie frank elbaz, Paris, 2015

In A journey through you and the leaves, Davide Balula presents a new series of sculptures, «Coloring the Wi-Fi », as well as « Artificially Aged Paintings ». The WiFi sculptures are metal bars painted in various colors which act as antennae. Each sculpture emits a Wi-Fi signal corresponding to its color, a digital echo of the piece can be accessed through an open network on any nearby smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

The « Artificially Aged Paintings (Wet, Dry, Wet, Dry, Wet, Dry) » were conceived following Balula’s collaboration with Binder, a fabricator of climatic chambers, which reproduce the effects of erosion.To create the work, primed canvas is submitted to a series of conditions reflecting different temperature cycles: hot, cold, humidity, etc, which simulate accelerated weather fluctuations that effect work over time.

Lake Polan is a former corporate attorney and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. Lake’s research explores the contemporary legal and technological recoding of the concept of privacy in relation to perceived threats from new data collection and analytic technologies and practices.