Art Exhibition: “The Cuban Matrix”


Here is another exhibition that, like “Cuba Is,” opens to the public on September 9, 2017, and also forms part of the “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” [a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles; see previous post Cuban Art and Artists in “Pacific Standard Time-LA/LA”].

“The Cuban Matrix” will be on view at Torrance Art Museum (located at 3320 Civic Center Drive Torrance, California) until November 4, 2017. [As an amusing aside, as Ariana Hernández Reguant (EthnoCuba) points out, there is an interesting typo in the description below. “El Paquete Semanal”—a weekly bundling of data content—is spelled as “El Paquete Seminal,” making the phrase seem more, let’s say, testosterone-infused than it should be.]

Description: This in-depth look at contemporary Cuban artwork focuses on the digital media exchange culture of “El Paquete Seminal”: a mirror and method to scrutinize the relationship of Cuban artists to contemporary art and culture within Cuba and internationally.

The Cuban Matrix is an ambitious project featuring an in-depth look at contemporary Cuban artwork, with emphasis on digital media exchange culture. Cuba is navigating two distinct temporal realities: the reality of economic isolation (the blockade) and that of instant communication made possible by increasing access to technology. The focus of The Cuban Matrix is the offline digital “mercado” (marketplace) sharing culture that has arisen around the phenomenon of “El Paquete Semanal”: a weekly terabyte packet comprised of downloaded webpages, information, and entertainment that is shared and consumed throughout Cuban society—a solution to the country’s limited access to virtual information systems. The works comprising The Cuban Matrix explore aspects of the digital mediation between Cuba and the rest of the world, delving into the intersection between the country’s isolation and its increasing interaction with modern technology.

[Featured photo: Jorge Otero Escobar’s Stampede (from the series War Hero), 2014. Digital print. See See more work by Otero at]

For more information, see; also see previous post Cuban Art and Artists in “Pacific Standard Time-LA/LA”.

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