Obsidian Pulse, Julieta Gil & Ana González

Mixed media installation comprised of animation and sculpture that explores past and present forms of ritual. The work aims to generate a conversation about our emotional relationship with technology, both ancient and contemporary. While obsidian once served as a technological tool to extract blood from the body and offer it to the gods, today technological devices serve as an extension of our brain. Our most intimate conversations and images are stored in the cloud.

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From a geological standpoint, obsidian is volcanic glass formed by lava, rich in silicon dioxide, that is cooled down quickly. It is so pure in its physical appearance that is almost transparent, translucent, bright, and can be reflective depending on how thick the piece is and the light that is shining on it. It’s color is usually black but can variate depending on the composition of its impurities and the soil it was found on; some metallic fragments can give it a hint of oxidation and coloration.

Obsidian is mainly related to the Aztec culture, which is also tied to Tezcatlipoca, an ancient God of Darkness that the Aztecs consider one of the creators of the Universe. Tezcatlipoca’s most representative insignia is the Obsidian mirror, the smokey mirror with which he could see into the face and hearts of those staring at it.