The common thread of Hurpia's work stands in the relationship between the denial of modern empirical science and how collective beliefs spread. His artistic practice investigates notions of displacement and collapse – which can be expanded in a geographical bias, but mainly in a cognitive dissonance level (psychological stress) – when a person or a group are able to counteract even the basic level of logic; denying evidence, creating false memories, distorting perceptions, ignoring scientific claims, and triggering a loss of contact with reality. Following this thought of collapse and displacement, the paradoxes of human behavior are aligned with geological faults.
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 empirical science. Hurpia recreates various existent devices in order 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 directly impacted, such as landslides and sound waves. 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.
Portable Dowsing Map
This is the classic dowsing map used by dowsers. It has multiple charts overlayering each other.