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Take a taxi ride into an alternate world within the city of Liverpool, where the Cumbian beat of Latin American music intersects with primordial forces.
Presented across a fleet of Liverpool’s ComCab taxis, Erick Beltrán's Superposition (2021) used sound and graphical drawings to see the body move through ripples and rhythms as a way of reflecting on different forms of being and coming together, beyond the conventional understanding of the individual. Beltrán deconstructs Cumbia music – rhythm from Latin America – by bringing together ideas of proprioception (the body’s ability to perceive its own position in space), quantum physics, Psychopomp (spirits that escort souls to the afterlife), and collective psyche. Different types of knowledge and velocities are central to this narrative, including our perception of frequency, harmonics, bodily knowledge and dream states.
The commission was available to interact with throughout Liverpool Biennial 2021. The full Superposition commission, combining lights and music alongside the graphic designs, could be experienced across 5 taxis – while Beltrán’s graphic designs, complete with QR codes providing access to the accompanying audio, were displayed across the tip-seats of an additional 30 taxis.
Supported by Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo, P.A.C., Embassy of Mexico in the United Kingdom and Com Cabs.