29.11.2019 – 29.03.2020

Mnemosyne is an exercise around Paolo Montiel Coppa’s light research.

<Arte Abierto> presented for the first time Mnemosyne by Paolo Montiel Coppa, a large-scale installation that the visitor could get inside in order to appreciate visual and sound displays. Presented as a giant walkable kaleidoscope, it offered viewers an immersive experience, generated by one of the simplest principles of optics: the reflection of light.

Made up of stainless steel structures with a mirror finish and LED lighting, the installation was accompanied by an audio and video-projection system with which a triangular kaleidoscope 15m long by 4m high was formed. When walking through it, the infinite reflections of light discovered thousands of geometric shapes combined with changing colors that mixed, giving the impression of floating in space.

The purpose was to create a physical space fed with games of light, which would enable the memory of the public to be activated to connect with their creativity and evoke in them different emotions that would promote a contemplative-emotional-meditative moment.

Mnemosyne was manufactured by Metalglez.

PAOLO MONTIEL COPPA aka TANSEN (Cuernavaca, 1977)

He is a physicist from the Autonomous University of the State of Morelos (UAEM) and has studies in Art Theory at the Morelense Center for the Arts and Art History at La Salle University. His research focuses on the properties of color, how it is perceived by the human body and how its reflection in memory occurs through light. Tansen has developed lighting installations in the Mexico Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo, Kukulkán Nights at the Chichén Itzá pyramids and the pieces White Canvas, Cycles and Outside, the latter presented at the Day for Night festival in Houston, Texas. Likewise, working in the technical direction with artists such as Kurt Hentschlager with ZEE (Ars Electrónica, México 2010), AntiVJ with The Ark (Festival Proyecta Oaxaca) and James Turrell with Pasajes de Luz (Museo Jumex, 2019), Encounter (Jardín Botánico de Culiacán , 2015), Agua de Luz (in the Yucatan jungle, 2012), Tree of Light (Hacienda San Pedro Ochil, Yucatan, 2011).