The common thread of Hurpia's work stands in the relationship between natural sciences and how collective beliefs spread. His artistic practice investigates natural phenomena and predictive technologies over time in different cultures and societies, with an emphasis on devices and objects left in obscurity cause they have failed or have dubious effectiveness.
He uses speculative strategies by creating narrative flows and systems that collapse when we face the evidence of the real, which is measured by modern and empirical science. Hurpia recreates various existent devices to understand natural phenomena and geophysical anomalies that are only perceived by the human being when they emerge to the surface or when the body is somehow impacted, such as landslides, sound waves or even telluric currents.
He is especially interested in questioning binary contraries, which expand the analysis of his work, leaving open the certainty of what is real and fictitious. His works intend to highlight the strong tension between the known and the supposed and challenge any assumption of clear borders between facts and falsehoods, reality and imagination. Never providing a absolute and complete picture, he invites viewers to engage with the constituent elements and to become part of a personal process.
Portable Dowsing Map
This is the classic dowsing map used by dowsers. It has multiple charts overlayering each other.
This perspective here on the relationship of theory and practice is often based on a technical, scientific paradigm, which sets the guidelines for artistic experimentation using the concept of laboratory, conventions of exact sciences, and empirical cycle of discovery and proof. However he aims to rethink scientific research protocols, methodologies and forms in his artistic research, considering that it is fundamentally distinct from scientific studies. The artist seeks not just to create artwork but also to contribute to the body of knowledge or solve relevant issues in a specific context.
Systems of new knowledge production are clearer in the natural sciences, based on agreement about the fundamentals and the possibility that anybody can change the postulates with argumentative evidence at any time.