As an alternative to building a more participative and self-aware society, the Edgelands Institute, in partnership with MATZA MEDELLÍN, has facilitated initiatives such as the COMMON GROUNDS project. On this occasion, the Swiss artists Julie Semoroz and Sandrine Pelletier partnered together to create UNDA PELEROZA. The performance combines the alter egos of both artists, Cerise and HOO, in order to create a monster who walks in the city measuring digital signals: invisible data that are constantly circulating above our heads and throughout our bodies. The monster in UNDA PELEROZA collects data that we cannot reach or see but are intrinsically connected with our daily life and urban experience.
Sandrine Pelletier plays the monster, a subject dressed in shining silver clothes, holding a device that seems like an antenna. While the monster visits spaces of the city and interacts with Medellín’s citizens, Julie Semoroz composes a technological soundtrack that introduces a digital environment in the performance’s 3-minute video. For the COMMON GROUNDS project, the artists were challenged to reflect on massive urbanization and its relation to the use of data as a tool for security and surveillance, specifically in the context of Medellín, a city that has experienced an urban renewal in the past years. They were inspired by conversations with experts, activists and the city population.
Created by Séverin Guelpa and Anja Wyden Guelpa in collaboration with the Edgelands Institute, MATZA EDGELANDS MEDELLÍN is a project held in Colombia between 31.01 and 17.02.2022. Gathering artists, experts, citizens, and activists together to reflect on contemporary issues, urban dynamics, and social tensions in the heart of Medellín, the project lead to the COMMON GROUND art residency and exhibition, which presented original artworks regarding security, digital surveillance, technology, and urbanization.