Pepo Salazar

The arresting performance documented in this video takes place in an exhibition gallery. In it, a wall, painted in bright pink, has all the numbers that identify Salazar written on it, from his D.N.I. (National Identity Card number) to the secret number of his bank account. During the performance, the artist himself will make sure to trouble, by means of fire extinguishers, our access to his privacy.

In the middle of the exhibition gallery Salazar, dressed in a T-shirt giving us his CV, operates two fire extinguishers. The music, composed by Salazar himself, sets the vibrant rhythm of the video. As expected, the fire extinguishers fill the gallery space with white smoke and so prevent us from reading the artist’s personal numbers. The artist himself decides, with this violent act, to stay on the darker side of information. In this manner Salazar controls our access to his digital information, and, at the same time, modifies the spatial sense and temporality of the exhibition, turning it into a physically undefined space that we cannot access. An element of Health and Safety such as the fire extinguisher becomes a violent control tool. This is the control that is evidenced in the list of numbers that we need in our everyday lives to function in consumer society.

With a polished aesthetics, Salazar offers us a film that is something more than the document of an action. Close to the aesthetics of the electronic music video, this piece presents a juvenile, almost hooligan-like attitude, that is nevertheless fully conscious of the perpetrated acts.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: 18591372-N
  • Direction: Pepo Salazar
  • Production: Pepo Salazar. 2003.
  • Team:

    Música: Pepo Salazar
    Càmera: Javier Bilbao

  • Duration: 00:04:00
  • Original format: DVD
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright