Item description for Antoni Muntadas: On Translation by Antoni Muntadas...
From one language to another, one voice through a telephone through an ear into an email through a fax machine via a satellite hookup, a third language, a photograph and four hybrid cultures ... you know what I mean. Problems of translation have long fascinated Antoni Muntadas. In a 1995 manifesto the artist proclaimed his concern with the way in which the transmission of information through different systems and its subsequent translation can transform, fragment, deform and even obscure or censor any original meaning. That concern has fed the ongoing On Translation series through projects which vary greatly in terms of their formalization, projects which pose questions about such themes as the identity of artistic practice, the idea of its social value, and the possibilities of representation, curatorial interpretation, transcription and conservation of heritage.
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Antoni Muntadas was born in Barcelona in 1942 and has lived and worked in New York since 1971. Among his many honors are prizes and grants from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. His works have been exhibited at important international events including two Documentas and biennials in Venice, Sao Paulo and Lyons, as well as at institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Guggenheim Museum, New York.