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In this digital self-portrait, Garhel anticipates the condition of being hybrid, fluid and variable. Form and background overlap in the image, they blend in, melt and emerge together into a world composed of waves and particles. The observer’s experience and memory give rise to the consideration of interconned and everchanging identities.
According to Garhel, Atlanta is a response to the platonic legend of the ancient culture of the Atlantes, the residents of a continent sunken somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. At the same time, the film suggests an appealing connection between a historical and a contemporary myth, related to the ubiquitous condition of promised land of the emerging digital culture.
Pedro Garhel anticipates in this piece, not just the concept of the digital being, but also that of virtual non-places: spaces of data that are constructed as information membranes, enveloping and penetrating the system of perception of the contemporary human condition. The thing is that, as Vilém Flusser used to say, we are no longer subjects in an objective world, but rather, projects of possible worlds.