While journeying throughout India, I could not help but notice the vast array of cable lines across the horizon. Wires upon wires laid atop one another, in every direction, from every vantage point, some thick, some thin, some twisted, some knotted, some straight, some with clear direction, others following unknowable paths. Tangled, and yet, in the end, all functional. Wires keep the world connected and give people the ability to relate to one another. Even today, in a world moving away from the physicality of copper and fiber wires, the invisible trajectories of a wireless universe – waves and spectrum – represent the same thing: the integral and ancient connections, the essential linking points among and between people.
Weaving technologies with impressions of history, acclaimed artist Grimanesa Amorós structures connections between moments in time. Amorós is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist interested in social history, scientific research, and critical theory. Her art conveys a sense of ephemeral wonder where past meets future, inspiring viewers to become agents of empowerment. She uses sculpture, video, and lighting to create works that illuminate our notions of personal identity and community. She spoke at TEDGlobal 2014, and was a recipient of the NEA Visual Artist Fellowship and the NEA Artist Travel Grant. She has exhibited in the United States, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Grimanesa was honored as a CODAworx Creative Revolutionary in 2022.