Andrew Roberts is a mexican artist and writer. He incorporates elements of gameplay, roleplay and worldbuilding into his multi-platform practice, recognizing in these mechanisms a cultural structure where consumption and production become one. Researching the material dimension of horror, Roberts’s digital animations, installations, sculptures and poetry treat colonial agents as possessed images and haunted spaces. He is primarily concerned with representational systems, military technology and the parasitic relationship between Mexico and the United States of America, often exploring the links between optics, warfare and entertainment.

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Protean Silicone Matter
2023


Protean Silicone Matter

Pequod Co., Art Basel Miami Beach

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Haunted Silicone Matter

Pequod Co., Art Basel Miami Beach

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Tank
2023


Tank

Pequod Co., Mexico City

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Necromancer
2022


Necromancer (Vanitas)

House of Chappaz, Barcelona

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Necromancer (Mining Mana)

House of Chappaz, Valencia

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A hourse on fire is a ghost, a factory on fire is a specter
2022


A house on fire is a ghost, a factory on fire is a specter

Best Practice, San Diego

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The Harvest
2021


The Harvest (Pilot Episode)

Collaboration with Mauricio Muñoz

Delaplane, San Francisco

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The Harvest

Collaboration with Mauricio Muñoz

Delaplane, San Francisco

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2020


La Horda (The Horde)

Pequod Co., Mexico City

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CARGO

Pequod Co., Mexico City

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Undead

Pequod Co., Mexico City

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Isla, dinos tu nombre (Island, tell us your name)
2019


Isla, dinos tu nombre

Roca, Isla, Glaciar, Museo Jumex, Mexico City

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Towards Electromateriality
2018


Towards Electromateriality

Ficción y tiempo, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco

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Towards Electromateriality

Ficción y tiempo, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco

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Sunrise Corporation
2017


Brief History of the Sun

Centro Cultural Tijuana

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The Complex

Centro Cultural Tijuana

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Sunrise Corporation Headquarters

Centro Cultural Tijuana

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Protean Haunted Matter
Pequod Co., Art Basel Miami Beach
12/06/23 — 12/10/23

Protean Silicone Matter, solo booth with Pequod Co., Art Basel Miami Beach


Protean silicone matter, 2023, three-channel 4K CGI video, color, sound, 9:00 min. 


Excerpt from Protean silicone matter, 2023, three-channel 4K CGI video, color, sound, 9:00 min. 



Protean silicone matter confronts the spectator with two narratives that melt into each other. On the surface, a speculative fiction about the past of a certain multi-species engineering. Within it, a meta-modern analysis about its own condition as a method of production.

Considering that fictions generate reality and that Role-Playing Games grant tools to re-think and re-configure the present in a critical way, Roberts weaves a fable in sync with pre-human, fictitious forms of life. If our relationship with bodies of water has been historically mediated by fantastic otherness, is it possible to design a new tale?

The characters in Protean silicone matter —invoked via poems, digital animations, and sculptures— are suspended in a state of deep sleep where death and repose become indistinguishable from one another. As figures, they are marine creatures that dream about a non-human future. As artifacts, they are haunted matter.

Articulating the project is Protean silicone matter, a digital film in three channels where silicone, a spectral entity, becomes self-aware. Conscious about its material history and instrumentalization in the fabrication of images, it transmutes into the bodies in the screens, and then escapes to find its tangible form in the sculptures.

The pieces that comprise this assemblage are viscous and form changing. They assume their role as entities in a narrative play that employs science fiction’s capacity of imagining utopias and, at the same time, recognize themselves as auto-generative mechanisms of mutant matter.

Haunted Silicone Matter, 2023, medical grade silicone and synthetic padding, 40 × 200 × 275 cm (15 3⁄4 × 78 3⁄4 × 108 1⁄4 in)


Tank Matter (Blue), 2023, medical grade silicone, resin, automotive paint, wood and metal structure, 69 × 122 × 8 cm (26 3⁄4 × 48 × 3 in)


Tank Matter (Purple), 2023, medical grade silicone, resin, automotive paint, wood and metal structure, 69 × 122 × 8 cm (26 3⁄4 × 48 × 3 in)


Tank Matter (Pink), 2023, medical grade silicone, resin, automotive paint, wood and metal structure, 69 × 122 × 8 cm (26 3⁄4 × 48 × 3 in)


Tank Matter (Red), 2023, medical grade silicone, resin, automotive paint, wood and metal structure, 69 × 122 × 8 cm (26 3⁄4 × 48 × 3 in)


Tank Matter (Orange), 2023, medical grade silicone, resin, automotive paint, wood and metal structure, 69 × 122 × 8 cm (26 3⁄4 × 48 × 3 in)


Tank Matter (Yellow), 2023, medical grade silicone, resin, automotive paint, wood and metal structure, 69 × 122 × 8 cm (26 3⁄4 × 48 × 3 in)



Protean Haunted Matter, installation view


Protean Haunted Matter, installation view