David de la Mano and Santa – Deriva
David de la Mano recently collaborated with illustrator Santa (Álvaro Santamaría Vicente) for a series of seven murals titled ‘Deriva’, painted in the neighborhood Ciudad Vieja in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The concept of the artistic intervention was inspired by the term dérive, translated drift, used in psychogeography: “One of psychogeography’s principle means was the dérive. Long a favorite practice of the dadaists, who organized a variety of expeditions, and the surrealists, for whom the geographical form of automatism was an instructive pleasure, the dérive, or drift, was defined by the situationists as the ‘technique of locomotion without a goal’, in which ‘one or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations, their work and leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there’. The dérive acted as something of a model for the ‘playful creation’ of all human relationships. (…) To dérive was to notice the way in which certain areas, streets, or buildings resonate with states of mind, inclinations, and desires, and to seek out reasons for movement other than those for which an environment was designed. It was very much a matter of using an environment for one’s own ends, seeking not only the marvelous beloved by surrealism but bringing an inverted perspective to bear on the entirety of the spectacular world.” (read more)
Drifting on the walls of the urban landscape, the black silhouettes of David de la Mano beautifully combine with the colorful additions of Santa, which may indicate a threat, the outcome of bizarre metamorphosis, of limits, lie and captivity, while the small human figures are perhaps unconsciously led by this force and even venerate it despite its suffocating, deceiving and sometimes harmful presence.
Images courtesy of David de la Mano.