Title of the artwork: The Wrong Box

Author: Cachito Vallés

Date: 2021




“My research focuses on two physical factors seen from an epistemological point of view, such as space and time, on which I reflect through a plastic art based on the innovation of technological means, with a language that uses the use of pattern, duality and geometry that, in turn, uses resources that straddle the material and the spiritual.”


In a corner of the room, at first almost unnoticed, we spotted a slit of light that gives access to a small octagonal room. Inside we find several rings of light, crisscrossed, in continuous movement, an armillary sphere; at the same time we hear a constant sound, a mechanical knocking? The space is designed to be able to surround the piece 360º and thus obtain a complete immersive experience.


What materials / media are used in the work and why? 

Installational in nature, The Wrong Box is, in essence, a planetary ring. The orbits described by Kepler in his laws of the motion of the planets defined that all the planets move around the sun following their orbits, and that the sun is at one of its foci. This work functions as an agglutinator of space, time and action. It is a large-format box inside which the movement of these planetary rings is collected, a site-specific installation with a strong experiential component.

Once again Cachito Vallés uses light as a medium, which particularizes the tangible aspect of the piece, turning it into a sensorial experience that is fully completed with the physical presence.

What is the significance of the elements of the work? 

With an enveloping character, the work not only invites you to contemplate the gravitational movement of space, but also abstracts and transports you directly to a spatial non-place where nothingness and everything becomes one. An enveloping and utopian place where, in addition, a chime representing the sound of space can be heard in the background.

The spatial dimensioning has a justified meaning since, in its disposition, the work speaks to us of what sound the stars will have; and the answer is none -audible-: the stars that only generate noise as a result of the movement of the material they are made of. The larger the size of the stars, the more serious the sound, and in this sense, its “reproduction” is only justified in a context where movement is the conceptual core of the work.

With his particular artistic vision, the author incites to silent meditations on time and space, as well as to the reflection on the significance of the human being facing the magnitude of the cosmic abyss, as a timeless anthropological aspect, as worrying nowadays as it has been throughout the history of mankind, but approached from a language based on the new media.

About the artist

Cachito Vallés, (Seville, 1986) creates new media installations that reflect on technology beyond its functionality. Through the creation of specific software, he formalizes a language that transmits rhythms through which he investigates and represents the states of the human being, and he does it through pieces full of life that involve a combination of light, sound and movement.

Author of the analysis: Carmen Salazar Pera