Nuevo mensaje recibido

Marc Gascón Blasco

Gascón works with decontextualisation of queerness. He started using dating apps around 2016, and after a while he started to realise that the possibilities of auto-completion of the profile were getting wider and wider. In 2018 he made a scheme from the elements that can be filled in a profile of a gay dating app, which in turn boost search results for profiles and this scheme he transformed into a DINA2 poster entitled taxonomy.

A new message received is the work derived from this action, based on the list of filter-descriptions. Gascón made a video in which new elements are included and the imaginaries and behaviours that are generated in these applications are shown through a narrative that uses real conversations. The video does not use images, it uses text as if they were subtitles showing only the negotiations and assumptions of the type of sex that is going to take place. At times it is unclear who is the "sender and recipient" of these notifications, playing on the possibility of reading in both directions. There are narratives that are choppy and overlapping, that are unfinished. It is the spectator who has to give images to the scenes and think about what is happening – what is going to happen – but the video goes so fast that there is not enough time for that to happen. Parallel narratives are generated to the main story, as the carousel of filters in the centre of the image creates conflicts, which sometimes even function as an extension or contradiction of the main narrative.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Nuevo mensaje recibido
  • Direction: Marc Gascón Blasco
  • Production: 2019.
  • Duration: 00:02:35
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Formats: HD 1920x1080