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‘Dark Mirror’ was made in collaboration with German graphic designer André Pahl and Mexican composer José María Serralde. Amorales invited Pahl and Serralde to respond to images in his Liquid Archive, an extensive digital database of drawings, photographs and collected images which the artist has been accumulating since 1999. Pahl selected specific drawings from the archive, which he sequenced into this silent animation. Serralde, a silent movie pianist, also worked on a selection of images and, without seeing Pahl’s animation, composed music to accompany this work. The animation and music were united by Amorales to form Dark Mirror. The animation and music combine as a double projection on a two-sided screen – one side is a video of Serralde performing his composition on a grand piano, and the other side is Pahl’s soundless animation. Black and white graphics of animals, humans and machinery dissolve from one entity into another, merging and separating, creating a sense of ambiguity, and thereby deliberately thwarting any chance of identifying with one central character or engaging with a linear narrative.

MediumTwo-channel video
Duration6min.14 sec. Dimensions variable
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2005
EditionEdition 2/5
Item NumberIMMA.1897
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André Pahl, Carlos Amorales, José María Serralde, Dark Mirror, 2004, Two-channel video, Duration: 6min.14 sec. Dimensions variable, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2005

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Carlos Amorales

Carlos Amorales b.1970

Mexican artist Carlos Amorales works in various media and often incorporates references to contemporary Mexican culture in his practice. Since 1998, Amorales has been compiling his now extensive 'Liquid Archive', a database of digital drawings which he uses in individual and collaborative projects. He has exhibited widely in Europe and America and his work features in many significant public and private collections. — View Artist »