el límite, habitantes de la frontera

(the limit, inhabitants of the frontier)

Individuals as beings who inhabit the frontier, the edge of what is rationally known and of the “other”, a kind of incoherent and irrational magma that we barely comprehend;
a vast extension that stretches to the infinite; a limitless field of play and exploration; the experience we long for but, nevertheless, we fear so much.

It is the concept inspired by the ancient Roman “limes” referred to by Eugenio Trías as a metaphor for a civilised, rationally controlled knowledge. The starting point for a concept of frontier not understood as being the end of something but as the beginning and the search for learning and personal exploration, as a device for growth and development.

A contradiction present in the myth of the labyrinth and of its essence or meaning: for Judeo-Christian or Western culture, it is a place inhabited by the unknown, the subconscious, the obscure, the wild, uncontrolled beast, the fear of the irrational but for other cultures the labyrinth is the voyage of initiation towards the quest for self-knowledge, light and the meaning of human existence; the essential search for true creative knowledge. (In-depth knowledge) A paradox that will always exist between reason and intuition; between artifice and nature.

This idea of the quest and exploration of the unknown and of personal identity relating to natural processes and rhythms is the central theme of the work of Imanol Marrodán. The aim is to form an evermore extensive Atlas of meanings with varied connotations, sometimes with clear, patent connections and others, nevertheless, lost, isolated, without any rational, comprehensible foundation. The proposal is to construct a metalanguage that encompasses different states and occurrences experienced as mental structures made up metaphorically by Euclidian geometries and at the same time by fractal and intuitive-organic thought structures. It is the very same shaping process of an experience that shares a socio-political habitat in an industrial, materialist and artificial world in contrast to the natural environment, intimately linked to the laws of nature, that we barely know but that we still feel and sense.

Forms of positioning and resistance deriving from political attitudes and change.

  • Artistic creativity
Date of resolution:
March 2014