Spain, 1946
In 1968 the artist Albert Porta transformed himself into Zush and created a body of work that formed a parallel world which he called ‘Evrugo Mental State’. This world is set up as a state: a territory with its own flag, a passport for its citizens, and even a language. The iconography that permeates his work develops organically from biographical and anatomical elements, such as eyes, vital organs, fire, water and so on. In 1975 Zush was awarded a fellowship by the Juan March Foundation to study holography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, and in the 1980s he began to apply digital technology in his work. His digital work is based on a concept that he came up with himself: the PsychoManualDigital. From that point on, he sought to make his work as interactive as possible and emphasise the role of the viewer. Evru’s artistic practice combines two seemingly opposed elements: craftsmanship and technology. His output includes physical and mental maps, videos and performances that expand into systems, as in the case of Untitled (1992–1994). Evru was born in 2001 as the second ‘reincarnation’ of Albert Porta (Barcelona, 1946), following the demise of his predecessor, Zush.
Neus Miró