There is a purely formal aspect in the processes of globalization. Adopting a standard or following a protocol not only implies affiliating to a set of specific rules, but also adapting to specific formats. These forms are thought and measured to be able to connect with each other. They are normative forms whose function is to homogenize data, materials, energies, trajectories and durations. What makes a typology of forms more restrictive than others?

EC/TR 60083

Cables, plugs, adapters lamp
Variable dimentions

EC/TR 60083 shows all the variants of electric plugs and sockets that currently exist in the world. This diversity has a very simple explanation: in its origin electrical infrastructures developed independently in each country, at a time when the current globalization was far away and it was difficult to imagine that devices would ever be portable. The eleven plugs are connected with cables. Electricity travels through the installation using adapters to connect the different plugs and finally light a lamp at the end of the circuit.

A life in forms

10 risographs
29 x 21 cm

The graphic elements of all the current forms that a person must fill during their life (in Peru) to be part of the system had been extracted and printed on paper following the original provision, but omitting all textual content. The impressions are presented according to the chronological order in which they are supposed to be completed.

Tracking Number

Action documentation
2014 - ongoing

In 2014, I sent a small empty envelope from Berlin to Marseille. Once there, a friend put it inside a somewhat larger envelope and sent it to Ghent. A friend received it and put it back in an envelope slightly larger than the previous one before sending it to London. The operation was repeated and the package was gaining volume. So far it has traveled to 21 countries. The package will continue traveling until it reaches a size that makes it impossible for it to continue its journey, until it is too suspicious for customs, or until it gets lost in one of its routes.

Håll dig till höger, Svensson / Auala

speakers, metal
120 x 77,5 cm

On September 3, 1967, Sweden changed its circulatory regulations to move from driving on the left side of the street to doing it on the right. Sweden produced cars adapted to drive on the right side, which facilitated exports. To prepare the population for the day of the change, a contest was organized to reward the best song that would help people remember the impending change of direction. The winner was Håll dig till höger, Svensson ("Stick to the right", Svensson) of the Telstars group. More than forty years later, the Republic of Samoa made the opposite operation. The change to driving on the left aligned them with the most important economies of their region (Australia, New Zealand and Japan). They could easily import second-hand Japanese cars (the cheapest in the world). They made the change on September 8, 2009 and, like Sweden, they also wrote a song to remember the change: Auala.