Rhythm Nation
Date 2004
Dimensions 30 minutes
Category Video
Medium Digital Video
Genre Contemporary
Period 21st Century
Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
Acknowledgement Gift of the artist

Edra Soto

"Rhythm Nation" (2004)


Rhyth Nation is an act of perpetual kinetic motion that examines the inability to move forward in diverse sectors of our society. The three major components of this act consist of three parts (3 movements): A drummer, a chain smoker and a stationary bike exerciser. This work examines life in urbanity represents through archetypical characters. The drumming repetitive sound alludes to sonic order of urban settings. The chain smoker depicts time filling habits that could lead us from pleasures to tragedies. The stationary bike exerciser figures into a certain compulsive-obsessive category, hiling in a social fixation for physical perfection. This persistent immobile-motion is a reflection of non-progressive aspects of our culture.


Painter and video artist. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Arts from Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico and in 1995 received the Alfonso Arana’s scholarship to study and work at the Studio of the artist in Paris and to travel around Europe during one year. During 1997 she continued her studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work is distinguished by its great expressive power and the creation of seductive and fantastic scenarios where color is the protagonist.