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Haptic Eye

Friday 29 July 2011, 6pm
@ Cervecería Martí, 
Esquina de Calle Comercio y José Martí 
Col. Escandón, México DF

La Galeria de Comercio

CCTV footage from From London to Mexico

Haptic Eye is a project curated by La Galeria de Comercio, Mexico City, Solina Hi Fi, London and Stella Bottai, featuring performances by London-based sound artists Solina Hi-Fi, John Chantler, The Bad Producer, The Runs, KAYAKA, Hands, Tower, Doomed, Amaurote, Ariel Karsh and Andrew Davinson.

Cervecería Martí in Mexico City and Solina Hi-Fi’s studio in London are connected through CCTV-like visual and audio devices, allowing the performances to be broadcasted live from London to the Cervecería. Simultaneously, the artists are able to watch and hear the public attending the event in Mexico City.

When looking at the functioning of machines in contemporary society, one may recognise how, in many instances, their widely diffuse, yet non-democratic employment makes them a rational tool to govern other people for other people. The presence of imperceptible devices effectively monitoring our movements characterises our society as an entire carceral body within which certain behaviours are discouraged in order to provide control over urban space.

Each one of us has certain safe walks and certain excluded walks 1, and all of us are surveilled — our conduct is surveilled. Prison and control do not punish but rather reform our behaviour; we find ourselves living in a state of panopticism 2, a hierarchical principle established through the unilateral scrutiny of the individuals (the so called CIA feeling: they are looking at me, but how do I know when I am looking at them 3). We are in custody of machines; in silence they watch, in sound we are watched.

Haptic Eye wishes to subvert the condition of passive subjects forced upon us by the systems of control that every day redefine the social territory. Surveillance cameras constantly violate the nature of reality by filtering visual portions of it and aborting its sound. Such removal of the acoustic vibrations that penetrate and fill the environment secures the permanent disconnection and isolation of the individual from its surroundings.

Reality has been cleaved and not cleaned, the infection is trapped inside. We live in the need for human liberation from unnecessary constraints to our freedom and to our full development. Solina Hi-Fi open the wound and let the sound flow out. The mechanical eye gains an affective nature, it literally touches.

1. R. Roderick, The Self Under Siege: Foucault and the Disappearance of the Human, 1993

2. Cfr. M. Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, 1977

3. R. Roderick, Ibidem

stills and sounds from the performances

The Runs


Andrew Davinson


Ariel Karsh




John Chantler





The Bad Producer