José Carlos Martinat: American Echo Chamber

José Carlos Martinat. American Echo Chamber, 2018. Motors, LEDs, microcontroller, and radio module. Dimensions variable. © José Carlos Martinat. Courtesy the artist and Revolver Galería
José Carlos Martinat. American Echo Chamber, 2018.
Motors, LEDs, microcontroller, and radio module. Dimensions variable.
© José Carlos Martinat. Courtesy the artist and Revolver Galería

Dec. 4, 2018 – Jan. 26, 2020

Pérez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Blvd.,
Miami, FL 33132
305 375 3000
pamm.org

José Carlos Martinat. American Echo Chamber, 2018. Motors, LEDs, microcontroller, and radio module. Dimensions variable. © José Carlos Martinat. Courtesy the artist and Revolver Galería
José Carlos Martinat. American Echo Chamber, 2018.
Motors, LEDs, microcontroller, and radio module. Dimensions variable.
© José Carlos Martinat. Courtesy the artist and Revolver Galería

For PAMM’s double-height gallery, José Carlos Martinat created American Echo Chamber (2018), an installation that responds to the amplification and reinforcement of ideas in the current social and political landscape. This large-scale work is composed of mechanical light sculptures that collectively generate a dramatic and entertaining space for visual consumption. The sculptures are inspired by symbols of both American and Peruvian cultures ranging from historical images such as the political cartoon “Join, or Die” attributed to founding father Benjamin Franklin to popular internet memes. These symbols are often composed of images related to violence, manipulation, racism, or migration. The artist also includes artisanal pyrotechnic castle fireworks from Lima. By creating a space that amplifies the consumption of these symbols, Martinat compares the contemporary political scene to an echo chamber, emphasizing a dynamic in which people seek information from media outlets that reinforce their beliefs as an unconscious exercise of validation and prejudice.

José Carlos Martinat. American Echo Chamber, 2018. Motors, LEDs, microcontroller, and radio module. Dimensions variable. © José Carlos Martinat. Courtesy the artist and Revolver Galería
José Carlos Martinat. American Echo Chamber, 2018.
Motors, LEDs, microcontroller, and radio module. Dimensions variable.
© José Carlos Martinat. Courtesy the artist and Revolver Galería

José Carlos Martinat: American Echo Chamber is organized by PAMM Associate Curator María Elena Ortíz with support provided by Revolver Galería. Ongoing support for PAMM’s Project Galleries from Knight Foundation is also gratefully acknowledged.