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Octavi Serra

 




“Useless” is an exhibition to give space and value to uselessness.
Through the upgrading and evolution of technique, men have been subdued to its inertia. A capitalist inertia that moves us toward a “we want everything we can” more than making us question ourselves about “what can we want?”. We no longer dominate the technique and we’re interested in doing anything we can do.
We have the needed tools to do whatever we want, but we have forgotten the process of pausing and the humanistic thinking that are necessary to understand the repercussions that our “progress” can have upon humanity.

This way, “USELESS” aims to turn functional/useful objects into “useless” art pieces. The goal is to help understand, though these transformations, the importance and necessity of the “useless” culture and thinking (one without an economic purpose) for the retrieval of the technical domain.




Festival Ús Barcelona
2019



CENSURED ART


During the two weeks of the “Festival Circular” I have been collecting, cleaning and stapling plastics to make a Smile mural. It is the smile that makes us not face the obvious and devastating problems to solve them but helps us to avoid them to continue living peacefully in self-deception. A beautiful smile made with one of the most dangerous materials on the planet.A pleasure to have participated in the circular festival and work with Madrid Street Art Project. Also thank the neighbors of San Cristóbal for all the support received for the project.

“Tanca la porta al seu darrere. L’un davant de l’altre, els dos vesteixen corbata, ben arreglats. Un té uns 50 anys i l’altre és un noi jove. El senyor demana al jove que segui a la cadira i el jove seu. El senyor té la mirada intensa però cansada. Les arrugues li cauen com llàgrimes al voltant dels ulls i du tres o quatre cabells llargs pentinats d’un costat a l’altre per tapar-se la calba.
Al noi jove se’l veu inquiet. Aquesta entrevista definirà el seu futur. Somriu nerviós però intenta mantenir la calma.
L’interrogatori comença però després de tres preguntes, ningú sap perquè, a una de les sabates del jove, s’hi cala foc. Ell ho nota de seguida i, dissimuladament i sense perdre el somriure, intenta ofegar les flames amb l’altre cama. Malgrat els seus intents, les flames no cedeixen. S’apoderen ràpidament de les dues sabates i, mica en mica, el foc es va estenent pels pantalons.
El jove però, tot i notar les cames bullint entre les flames, decideix oblidar-se’n. L’entrevista continua. Va prou bé, és prou important. Ell manté el somriure i la mirada serena. Està concentrat. No hi ha temps per perdre i tampoc vol despistar l’atenció de l’entrevistador. Les flames arriben al cinturó i poc a poc el van envoltant fins que queda submergit dins d’una foguera violenta. Ell, encara amb el somriure, s’esforça per contestar les preguntes de l’entrevistador. I l’entrevistador, just al seu davant, se’l mira encuriosit i intentant desxifrar les seves respostes.” 



CONFINED - 2020
When creativity is driven by boredom









Art direction at Cúmul Collective. CÚMUL is an experimental laboratory with artists, designers and engineers from Barcelona that offers new architectural scenes. The physical limits disappear and the urban landscape becomes the canvas we work on and thus, fantastic scenes that make us doubt the established logic are generated.
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I was invited, along with Anna, Albert and Nil, to participate in the Ampparito’s exhibition "sobreexposicions i cura”. The project consists of the deconstruction of the flag as a symbol.

Destiny dirty banners, used as a wedge ... For this specific installation I wanted to create a flag that was not from any country but, at the sometime, it can be a lot of flags of different countries.
A flag generator with only a few seconds of glory for each one.




Cúmul sculpture.