suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
javier BARRIOS: “electric dome” is a project that very much relates to science fiction where i have thought of the human evolution and questioning its future existence on this planet. as good science fiction there is a bit of utopia in the project, but still it does not make it irrelevant as many of modern technological advances in the last years has been with the aim to prepare humankind for change of habitat in the near future, more specific in space.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
jB: the starting point of this project was already back in 2004. i was impressed by the structures of an electricity plant just outside oslo. its massiveness and complexity amazed me, and especially considering that it’s the lounge of our modern world. the result was the series of “lines of power constructions”. as the project evolved i got more and more into the subject and looked into scientific research that had to do the presentation of artificial life and the idea of conquering space.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project? we were always watching
jB: i spent much time looking at semi/ populistic scientific magazines such as illustrated science as well as spending time in front of geographical and discovery channel. there is a hidden childish curiosity about this fascination and some things never stop impressing me. the qatsi trilogy (produced by godfrey reggio and scored by phillip glass) has been a big influence on my work.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
jB: it’s a tough question as it changes from day to day, but an artist that i keep looking at from time to time is julie mehretu. her work is extremely dynamic and presents much of the changes that are happening in our time.