Miguel Angel Rios, A Morir ('til Death)
October 10, 2004 - December 12, 2004
A Morir ('til Death) by Miguel Angel Rios in collaboration with Rafael Ortega will consist of a three-channel video installation shot in Tepoztlan, Mexico; the work focuses on a popular street game called "trompos" that involves spinning tops. Viewed from multiple perspectives, the video begins with one spinning top and culminates in a cacophonous profusion of numerous tops in a single game that includes thirty of the most skilled players in town, aged 14 to 50. Through the documentation of this simple scenario, dynamics of competition, invasion and territorialism are signaled both visually and aurally. The lyrical movement of the tops is accompanied by their intense, syncopating sound. Confined within a white grid painted on asphalt, the masses speak to both space and subjectivity. The relative violence is complicated by the game's high formality and beauty. A Morir ('til Death) negotiates both politics and poetics in abstracting narrative about urban sprawl, congestion, and war. This exhibition, organized by curator Lauri Firstenberg, Assistant Director/Curator of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, marks the debut of Rios's work to Los Angeles audiences.