Pedro Garhel (Tenerife, 1952-2005), a multifaceted and multidisciplinary artist, was a pioneer in the field of electronic and interactive art in Spain. He began his work in the area of performance and video art in Madrid, where in 1981 he founded the emblematic Espacio P, a multi-purpose centre managed by the artists themselves that became a meeting point between the sound, visual and performing arts.
In Etcétera (1981), a performance piece he did with the artist Rosa Galindo, time occupies a crucial position in the construction of a discursive link between the fields of experience and the physical condition of the material world.
Infinito 5 (1985), co-directed with Antonio Cano, explores the relationship between architecture, action and video, suggesting an anomalous loop of reciprocities between space, movement and image.
Atlanta (1986) offers a portrait of the physical, technological and cultural transformations that human beings experienced on the threshold of the emerging digital culture.
Prótesis (1989) is a multimedia act done with the group Depósito Dental that explores the contradictory relationship between man and the human body and addresses the post-biological condition in which the natural is reconciled with the artificial.
Garhel’s work has been shown in galleries, museums, exhibitions and at national and international festivals like Documenta 8 in Kassel, the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe and the Ars Electronic Festival in Linz.
Presented by Karin Ohlenschläger, art critic and curator and a specialist in contemporary art and new media.
Etcétera, 1983, U-Matic digital, b/w, sound, 8'
Infinito 5, 1985, U-Matic digital, colour, sound, 10'
Atlanta, 1986, U-Matic digital, colour, sound, 4'
Prótesis, 1988, U-Matic digital, colour, sound, 8'