Anna Moreno’s Billennium opens at the COAC, Barcelona
The ground breaking workshops of architect Ricardo Bofill in the 1970s, communal and modular architecture, and a story by British futurist J.G. Ballard come together in Billenium, an exhibition by Barcelonese
In 1962, Ballard wrote Billennium, a story that describes claustrophobia and paralysis in an overcrowded world. Anna Moreno’s work takes the bee symbol as a floating significance; located in the discontinuous line that separates utopia and dystopia in architecture. Based on this scenario, Moreno imagines a post-apocalyptic future in which honey, more than gold or oil, as a valuable currency.
Born in Barcelona in 1984, Anna Moreno works between her home city and The Hague. Her artistic ouerve has been developed through events and individual exhibitions, at prestigeous galleries and art spaces such as Blueproject Foundation (Barcelona) and HIAP Project Space (Helsinki) Moreno has participated in various artistic residences and teaches Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, where she is a founding member of HELICOPTER, an initiative created by artists for experimentation and the exchange of knowledge.
She describes her work as“about social progress, nostalgia and the imagination of the future with regards to three instants in recent history: the beginning of the 20th C with the eruption of anarchic-individualism, the 70s and the birth of retro-futurism and the next five minutes into the future. This last instant is borrowed from a quote by J. G. Ballard in which he specifies this is the science fiction he is actually interested in, describing a psychological, inner space rather than a distant galaxy thousands of years from now.”
Place: Sala Altell, COAC, Plaça Nova, 5, 08002 Barcelona