Paul Ramírez Jonas
Paul Ramírez Jonas b. 1965, California
Three monitors, custom-made microcontroller, and PBASIC code output to NTSC video signal
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund, 2014
Paul Ramírez Jonas. Installation view: Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 13–October 1, 2014. Photo: Kristopher McKay
Three television monitors display an endless scroll of data reminiscent of the arrival and departure screens at airports and train stations. Each monitor presents a countdown to the next sunrise in ninety different cities, evenly spaced apart along every fourth meridian. When a sunrise occurs, the city in question disappears from the screen. While the work offers an expression of the passage of time, it also visualizes an expansion of our conception of geography (and, in the context of this exhibition, Latin America) beyond the politically determined borders of region and nation-state.