Public programme of the exhibition "4.543 billion. The Matter of Matter" at the CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux

First public event on 30 June to the Salle des Collections de l'Unité de Formation de Biologie, Université de Bordeaux. This and following photos: Latitudes.


On December 14 at 2pm, the mediation department of the CAPC will lead a guided visit to Ilana Halperin’s "The Rock Cycle" (2017) intervention at the Salle des Collections de l'Unité de Formation de Biologie, Université de Bordeaux. 

The event is the third visit (earlier ones took place on October 19 and November 16) programmed in the context of her participation in the exhibition ‘4.543 billion. The matter of matter’ on view at the CAPC musée d'art contemporain de BordeauxThe next (and final one) will be taking place on January 4, three days before the exhibition closes on January 7, 2018. 

These events are free. Booking is recommended via Léo Correa l.correa@mairie-bordeaux.fr T. (+33) 05 56 00 81 60.


Ilana Halperin’s new project for the exhibition '4.543 billion' deals with geological intimacy and vivacity, and the uncanny fact that something as apparently inert and certain as the stone walls of the CAPC building were once marine life from a tropical ocean of the Oligocene epoch, around 32 million-years-ago. This Calcaire à Astéries (asteriated limestone) characteristic of Bordeaux takes its name from the countless tiny fossil organisms of the genus asterias (a type of sea star) that can be found in the stone alongside fossil mollusks and coral.

Halperin addresses stone, not as dead matter or a mere resource, but as a story-laden substance that both surpasses and partners in humans’ view of the world. 'The Rock Cycle' incorporates the reading of a letter and the hosting of a number of the artist’s geological sculptures within the displays of the zoology collection of the University of Bordeaux. These ‘curios’ originated as fragments of sea-weathered brick from the Isle of Bute in western Scotland, as well as waterjet-cut sandstone, that the artist left for three months in Fontaines Pétrifiantes in Saint-Nectaire. For generations, the mineral-rich waters that percolate through the rock at this site in central France have been used to create sculptures using the same process by which stalactites form, only one hundred times faster. Objects become rapidly encrusted with new layers of stone. 


—Latitudes 
[Excerpt from the exhibition guide]


Three other events have been programmed in the context of the exhibition.

Visit with Terence Gower (participating artist) and Prof. Bruno Cahuzac. Photo: CAPC musée/Département des publics.

8 November 2017, 5:30–7pm
Jam Session #1—Guided tour by Terence Gower (participating artist) and Prof. Bruno Cahuzac (UFR Sciences de la Terre et de la Mer, Université de Bordeaux Montaigne).

Guests during “The Return of the Earth: Ecologising art history in the Anthropocene” event. Photo: Latitudes.

15 November 2017, 4:30–8pm
The Return of the Earth: Ecologising art history in the Anthropocene”—Lecture by Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, a conversation between Xavier Ribas and Ângela Ferreira, debate convened by Latitudes. Free access. Simultaneous translation English-French.



During Jam Session #2 event. Photo: CAPC musée/Département des publics.

6 December 2017, 5:30–7pm
Jam Session #2—Guided tour by Isabelle Kanor (Head association "Le Labo de Lettres” dealing with cultural issues in the Antilles and colonization), and Charlotte Bouvier and Rémi Cazamajour (Inélia, company that supplied the solar panels feeding the video installation "Ancient Lights" (2015) by Nicholas Mangan). Sign up: Stéphane Mallet, s.mallet@mairie-bordeaux.fr


Photo: Latitudes/RK.

The exhibition ‘4.543 billion’ is the contribution of the CAPC musée to the cultural season Paysages Bordeaux 2017. Between September 11–October 6, 2017, and within the exhibition framework, Latitudes led the month-long residency programme ‘Geologic Time’ at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Alberta, Canada.

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Actividades programadas durante la exposición "El misterio de caviria" de Antoni Hervàs en La Capella


Hasta el próximo domingo 13 de noviembre tenéis oportunidad de visitar la exposición individual "El Misterio de Caviria" de Antoni Hervàs en La Capella

En paralelo a la exposicón, se han organizado una serie de actividades que han activado la exposición, la primera de las cuales tuvo lugar el 18 de septiembre en el antiguo local de fiestas Copacabana (actual aparcamiento del Department de Cultura de la Generalitat en La Rambla) cuando Juan de la Cruz el Rosillo, interpretó un emocionante repertorio de canciones acompañado por sus ya famosas castañuelas de cerámica.

Fotos: Latitudes.

A continuación el público se desplazó unos metros hasta el Frontón Colón donde Gerard López, el campeón de España masculino senior de gimnasia rítmica, reali una coreografía llevando un maillot diseñado para la ocasión por Hervàs – actualmente expuesto en La Capella. El Copacabana fue el primer local de espectáculos de travestismo en la ciudad condal tras la Guerra Civil. Uno de sus números más populares era cuando la travesti Margarita (ahora encarnada en el premiado gimnasta), disfrazada con un traje de volantes hechos con papel de periódico, invitaba a los espectadores a que le prendieran fuego provocando su danza frenética. López interpretó una sinuosa versión de la danza de los siete velos compuesta por Norman Bambi  para esta ocasión, en la que los movimientos gráciles y seductores del atleta, encubren la poderosa y agresiva disciplina que requiere la gimnasia rítmica permitiéndole reavivar las cenizas del extinto local.


Fotos: Latitudes.


El 27 de octubre, en una velada organizada en colaboración con el cineasta Eduardo Gión (director de "Lentejuelas de sangre" (2012) y del espectáculo mensual "El Desplume!" en el Antic Teatre), se proyectaron en La Capella cinco cortos inéditos en Super-8 realizados por el legendario Pierrot (el actor, dibujante, escritor y showman Antonio Gracia (1942-2011)) pionero del fantaterror y del cine experimental barcelonés.


Cartel de @octavioterol.

 El programa incluyó:

+ Miss Drácula (22' 36'')
¿Se siente enjaulado? ¿Embriagado todavía por un amor desdichado? ¿Preferiría desaparecer? Muera tal y como ha deseado toda su puñetera vida. Miss Drácula le complacerá. Vaya a verla cuando quiera, ella le está esperando en su castillo.

+ Lecciones de sexualidad (17')
Pasen y vean: sexo-terror, un delicioso paseo en el cual recrearse y dar rienda suelta a tabúes y perversiones inconfesables.

+ La muñeca (27' 30'')
La sangre de los muertos es semilla de nuevos súbditos de Satán. Un viaje hacia el epicentro del Mal en el que no se conformaron con llamar a sus puertas, sino que arrojaron pedruscos para cerciorarse de que se enteraría.

+ Poseídos (10')
Cuando una está harta de ver levitar a sus hijos y de dejarse la piel al limpiar esa viscosa y supurante espuma verde con la que lo dejan todo perdido, no queda más remedio que tomar asiento y pintarse las uñas mientras se espera la llegada del crucifijo.

+ El diario de Er (6' 50'')
Eredio danza menguante entre las páginas de su diario, en que yace escrito con sangre el apasionado relato de un amor no correspondido.
 


Víctor Guerrero.

Finalmente el 3 de noviembre, tuvo un lugar un recorrido antológico por la trajectoria de Víctor Guerrero, showman y diseñador de vestuario, a través del desfile de sus trajes más memorables realizados en los años 70 y hasta la actualidad. El recorrido transformó la instalación de "El misterio de caviria" en un psicodélico desfile feliniano de la mano de los modelos Gabriel, Bruno, Manuel, Yago, Juan David, Víctor y Manel (¡gracias a cada uno de ellos por su complicidad!).


 (Arriba y abajo) Entre bambalinas: Víctor Guerrero presenta a los modelos los trajes y complementos de su colección personal. Todas las fotos: Latitudes

 Bruno durante la prueba de vestuario y ensayo. 
  Manuel durante la prueba de vestuario y ensayo. 
 
  Yago durante su prueba de vestuario. 

  Gabriel durante su prueba de vestuario. 

  Manuel durante su prueba de vestuario. 

 Momentos antes de empezar la actuación.

Empieza el espectáculo con la capa.

 Bruno y Manuel con trajes rojos y abanicos con plumas dan entrada al resto de modelos.

 Yago en frac blanco y Juan David con el traje "quick change" utilizado para realizar un truco de magia.
 Los ocho modelos al final del desfile.

Avanzamos que en Enero se presentará la publicación que recoge documentación de la exposición así como una entrevista entre Antoni Hervàs y Latitudes, tutores del proyecto, sobre el proceso de trabajo, las escenografías y personajes que han compuesto "El misterio de Caviria":
 

"El misterio de Caviria"
Colofón 

"El misterio de Caviria" es un proyecto expositivo de Antoni Hervàs enmarcado dentro de la 10ª edición de la convocatoria abierta BCN Producció'16 que se presenta durante la temporada 2016 en La Capella.

Tutoría del proyecto: Latitudes 
Diseño de espacio: Goig (Miquel Mariné y Pol Esteve)
Cesión de espacio taller: Fàbrica de Creació Fabra i Coats
Patrocinio de andamiaje: Cal Cego

Capítulo 1: La Loba
Casco: Luís Robles (“Lluis Quinrob“)
Canción: “La Loba” de Marifé de Triana
Intérprete: Pilar Carrión
Localizaciones vídeo: etHALL / Bar O'Barquiño
Música: NormanBambi
Cinematografía: Eduardo Gión

Capítulo 2: La sala de las columnas
Ve: Violeta la Burra
Música: Norman Bambi

Capítulo 3: La Peste
Intérprete: Gilda Love
Localización: Antic Teatre
Cinematografía: Eduardo Gión
Vestuario: Victor Guerrero
Cesión de espacio: El Desplume

Capítulo 4: Ritual purificador del fuego
Nadadores: WoMen Synchro
Coreografía: Iris Brunsó
Intérprete: José Jaén
Música: Versión de “Tengo miedo”, Norman Bambi
Cinematografía: Ainara Elgoibar. Tractora
Performance realizada a la Fundación Joan Miró (2015) durante el acontecimiento performativo “Mercurio Splash” comisariado por David Bestué y Antoni Hervàs.
Fotografía: Pere Pratdesaba/Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona.

Capítulo 5: La lucha
Taller “De cintura en arriba” con el equipo de lucha de La Mina, parte del programa de actividades públicas gestionadas por Consol Llupià para Xarxa Zande.
Localización: Artes Santa Mònica
Documentación fotográfica: Jose Begega y Consol Llupià

Capítulo 6: El trofeo de la lucha
Confección del maillot: Elastic Rubí
Pedrería: Yolanda Strass
Música: Norman Bambi

Acto I: el Copacabana
Cesión de espacio: Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya
Intérprete: Juan de Cruz el Rosillo

Acto II: el Frontón Colón
Gimnasta: Gerard López, Club gimnàstic Mediterrania
Cesión practicable de gimnasia rítmica: Consell de l'Esport Escolar de Barcelona
Música: Norman Bambi
Cinematografía: Ainara Elgoibar. Tractora
Sonidista: Mariana Cánepa Luna
Material técnico: HANGAR – BAFF

Capítulo 7: La ridiculització de la masculinidad
Documentación: Casal Lambda, Barcelona

Capítulo 8: La invocación de los dioses del underground
Material documental cesión de Eduardo Gión:
1. Un desplume diferente. Espectáculo del Barcelona de noche.
2. Cortometrajes de Pierrot: “Miss Drácula” (1976), “Poseidos” (1973),“Vampiros” (1972), “La muñeca”(1972), “Miss drácula 2 y el imperio de la Leche” (1976).


Juan de la Cruz "el Rosillo". Foto: @brillobox

Antoni Hervàs agradece al jurado de BCNProducció'16, a todo el equipo de BCNProducció y al fabuloso equipo de montaje liderado por Alberto Calvete.

A Ico Mateo.

A toda la expedición argonauta: Luc, Ainara, Pol, Miquel, Eduardo, Max, Mariana, Lluis, Gerard López, Juan de Cruz, los guerreros de la mina, a los WoMen synchro (Antonio, Iris, Gio, Tammi, Luis, Clara, Claudia y Pau); José Jaén, Victor Guerrero, Pilar Carrión, Violeta la Burra y Gilda Love.

A la capitana de la furgo-Argo: Beatriz Fuentes.

Así como a los fantásticos
amigos: Ariadna Parreu, Pau Magrané, Anna Moreno, Fito Conesa, Marc Navarro, David Bestué, Martina Millà, Montse Badia, Lucía C. Pino, Enric Farrés, Araceli Moreno, Claudia Labrador, Ángela Palacios, Evripidis Sabatis, Jordi GG, Corte Moderno, Carlos Valverde, Alicia Rosselló, Manolo Carrión, Marc Vives, Aimar Pérez Galí, Dutor-Mont de Pallol, Sergio Ibañez, Consol Llupià, Jose Begega, Usue Arrieta, Guido, Sara Hervàs & Maria, y a la Katherings: Pilar Cortés.

A Pierrot y a todos aquellos, quienes desde Fregoli, han iluminado los escenarios de la ciudad hasta apagarse.



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Public programmes related to the exhibition 'José Antonio Hernández-Díez. I Will Fear No Evil' at MACBA, Barcelona, on view until 26 June 2016

View of José Antonio Hernández-Díez's 'El resplandor de la Santa Conjunción aleja a los demonios" (1991). Installation. Lightbox, sampler, timer, flash, tripod and speakers. Collection Leonora and Jimmy Belilty. Photo: Miquel Coll, MACBA.


The exhibition I will fear no evil presents works from the beginning of José Antonio Hernández-Díez’s career in the late 1980s and early nineties – several of which have not been seen since they were first exhibited in 1991 – in dialogue with a new series produced especially for the occasion. 

The following series of events have been programmed to accompany the exhibition:

Thursday, 31 March, 7pm:
Visit with the artist and Latitudes. Exclusive to the Amic card. Limited places.

#MACBAAmic

Saturday 2 April, 7pm:
Experience MACBA, The secrets of conservation in ‘I will fear no evil’ by José Antonio Hernández-Díez. Visit with the artist, Latitudes and Lluís Roqué
Museum galleries.
5 €. No booking required. Limited places. 

#MACBAesviu


View of Hernández-Díez's exhibition "I will fear no evil". Photo: Miquel Coll, MACBA.

Film programme: 
Shadows and silences or the ghosts that return as if for the first time”. Curated by Andrés Duque.
Meier Auditorium. 
Admission: 5 €/session. Free with MACBA Amics card. Limited places.

Wednesday 4 May, 7pm
‘Schastye (Happiness)’, Aleksandr Medvedkin, 1935, Russia, 95 min, b/w, silent.
Despite being released in 1935, this is a silent movie. It narrates the hapless misadventures of a peasant unable to reap a good harvest. It takes a courageous act to reconcile himself with himself and other people.

Wednesday 18 May, 7pm
‘Finis Terrae’, Jean Epstein, 1929, France, 80 min, b/w, silent.
Four labourers leave for the island of Bannec to collect the harvest. One loses his hand and the wound becomes infected, so cannot work anymore.

Wednesday 15 June, 7pm
‘He Who Gets Slapped’, Victor Sjöström, 1924, USA, 83 min, b/w, silent.
After many years of research, Paul Beaumont, a scientist and humanist, discovers a revolutionary theory, but his patron (Marc McDermott) seduces his wife (Ruth King) and takes credit for his discoveries. To add insult to injury, he slaps Beaumont before the assembled scientific community, compounding his humiliation. Ashamed, Beaumont flees and takes refuge in a circus, where he becomes a famous clown known as ‘he who gets slapped’. As fate would have it, one night his perfidious patron appears in the audience, having abandoned Beaumont’s wife and intent on marrying the beautiful Consuelo (Norma Shearer).

Wednesday 22 June, 7pm
‘Kurutta Ippēji (A Page of Madness)’, Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1926, Japan, 70 min, b/w, silent.
Kurutta Ippēji tells the story of a worker in a psychiatric hospital who begins to feel a strange affection for a patient, who was allegedly committed after murdering her own baby. But he only wants to release her, to escape with her and start a new family. The film went missing for over fifty years and was barely seen after its release. It was the director himself who discovered the negative and a copy in his archive store in 1971.

Saturday 25 June, 7pm:
Nieve Fuga: music around 'I will fear no evil'
Exhibition galleries.
5 €. Free with museum ticket and with MACBA Amics cards. Limited places. Ticket includes free admission to current exhibitions until 9 pm.

#MACBAesviu

View of Hernández-Díez's exhibition "I will fear no evil". Photo: Miquel Coll, MACBA.


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In conversation with the artist Nicholas Mangan at Chisenhale Gallery, London, 7 July 2015, 19h.

  Nicholas Mangan, Still from 'Ancient Lights', 2014–5. Courtesy LABOR, Mexico City; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne; and Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland.

On July 7 at 19h Latitudes will lead a conversation with the Melbourne-based artist Nicholas Mangan on the occasion of his solo show 'Ancient Lights' (3 July–23 August 2015) at Chisenhale Gallery. They will discuss his ongoing investigations into the relationship between energy and social transformation as well as his latest film installation premiered in the exhibition and powered entirely by on-site solar panels placed on the roof of the gallery building.

'Ancient Lights' is produced in partnership with Artspace, Sydney, where it will be presented as part of his solo exhibition, Other Currents, in September 2015.  

Nicholas Mangan (1979) lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Recent exhibitions include 'Art in the Age of…', Witte de With, Rotterdam; 'Anthropocene Moment', Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (both 2015); 'Octopus', Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; 'Concrete', Monash Museum of Art, Melbourne; 'Melbourne Now', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (all 2014). He participated in the '2015 New Museum Triennial: Surround Audience', New York; 9th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre; and the 13th Istanbul Biennial (both 2013).


This event is free. Reserve a place via Chisenhale's Eventbrite.

  
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Interview 'What Lies Beneath' between Nicholas Mangan and Mariana Cánepa Luna of Latitudes, Mousse Magazine #47, February–March 2015.  

Max Andrews' of Latitudes feature article 'Landscape Artist', Frieze #172, June–August 2015.


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Max Andrews reviews 'Utopia is possible' in frieze magazine's October 2012 issue

Below Max Andrews' frieze review on the exhibition 'Utopia is possible. ICSID. Eivissa, 1971' currently on show (on view until 20 January 2013) at the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)An interesting follow up is Ethel Baraona Pohl's review on Domus (published 15 October 2012) which is accompanied by a lot more photodocumentation presented in the exhibition.

 Instant City, 1971. Col·lecció MACBA. Centre d'Estudis i Documentació. Fons Xavier Miserachs

‘This will be an ICSID Congress only 10 metres from the sea,’ read the welcoming Bulletin of the Seventh Congress of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design in 1971. ‘The environment, the climate and the sea bathing will act as a stimulant to the general business of the Congress.’ As 1,500 delegates registered at the ziggurat-like hotel venue in northern Ibiza, the more adventurous made their way to
 Instant City, an inflatable camp below on Sant Miquel bay. Three days of meetings, debates, performances and partying were to follow –a professional design conference that was also a beach-side experiment in leisure and the creative potential of industrial plastic. The exhibition ‘Utopia is Possible’ was not only significant as an exercise in advocating the pioneering importance of an interdisciplinary festival that predated the better-known Encuentros de Pamplona’ (Pamplona Meetings) the following year – both all the more astonishing as Spain remained under the grip of dictatorship until 1975 – but also (and following a sprawling exhibition about the latter at Madrid’s Museo Reina Sofía in 2009) as a corollary of the emergence of curatorial and exhibition history as legitimate fields of study, as exhibition.

‘Utopia is Possible’ remembered and celebrated an event that evoked a meltdown of academia, inflatable architecture, cinema, Catalan artistic vanguardism and countercultural ceremonies – part ‘Exploding Plastic Inevitable’, part technology enthusiast craft convention. Through teeming type and handwritten correspondence arranged in vitrines, hundreds of photographs, technical notes and newspaper reports – as well as four projections showing archival footage and a dozen monitors presenting newsreels and newly-made interviews with those involved – it revealed a project that clearly had a life-changing impact on those who experienced it. ICSID 1971 championed liberal social innovation and user-generated content. ‘This is an “open” congress’, declared its introductory statement, ‘a new experience […] for the first time the congress members will be able to participate to the utmost […] this is YOUR congress.’ The proceedings in the hotel comprised ‘Speaking Rooms’ with themes proposed by delegates, 65 talks including ‘The House Style of the Netherlands railway’,‘What We Are Doing in the Belgrade School of Design’, and ‘Basic Design with Computers’ – the latter led by the pioneering Centro de Cálculo (Computing Centre), a collaboration between Madrid’s Complutense University and IBM.

Down by the beach, meanwhile, the participation was of a somewhat different order – kinetic sculptural events with air, water, fire and food. Josep Ponsatí collaborated with members of the Grup Obert de Disseny Urquinaona (Urquinaona Open Design Group), who themselves collaborated in the pop-style signage of the congress, which was replicated in the show’s exhibition design. They tethered together 12 pairs of huge air-filled white plastic pillows that floated out over and on the bay like a giant flower. Vacuflex-3 (1971) by Antoni Muntadas and Gonzalo Mezza is a portable sculpture in the form of a 150-metre flexible plastic pipe which, with teamwork, can be variously carried around, used to spell out words on the sand (‘LOVE’, ‘LAND’, ‘HERE’) or floated on the sea. The opening dinner took the form of a multi-colour ritual orchestrated by Antoni Miralda, Jaume Xifra and Dorothée Selz; masked performers and diners wore green, red, blue and yellow cloaks, and feasted on similarly coloured paella and wine.

Yet Instant City took such multi-coloured experiences to architectonic dimensions, and it remains the ideological and pictorial emblem of the congress. Architecture students Carlos Ferrater and Fernando Bendito had persuaded architecture professor José Miguel de Prada Poole to transform their idea of inflatable student accommodation into reality. What resulted was a global manifesto for a new way of living intended to embrace the ‘nomadic and mobile’ values of impermanence and flexibility. Following publicity in colleges and magazines around the world, scores of volunteers came in the weeks before the congress to collaborate in stapling together a pop-up plastic community. Instant City was the backdrop to some of the exhibition’s most striking images, of bemused locals in traditional dress watching bearded design hippies building something between Hélio Oiticica’s ‘Penetrables’ and Maurice Agis’s ill-fated Dreamspace V (an inflatable environment that killed two women when it broke free from moorings in 2006). And although the taste of Utopian living was evidently challenged by the whiff of residing in sweltering polytunnel tentacles with too few toilets, it also inspired some soaring prog rock poetry that, perhaps more succinctly than any other words in the exhibition, gave a blast ofthe elaborate techno-paganism which must have blown minds at this extraordinary Congress. ‘Green cornfields alongside Instant City / Awaken to Ibizan sunrise’, read a typewritten sheet alongside module construction diagrams. ‘We are children of the future / Born into the paleo-cybernetic age / our minds extended electrically through the video sphere.’ 

‘Utopia is Possible’ offered a timely pre-history of participatory practice from a Spanish perspective and, against the backdrop of contemporary funding cuts, an object lesson in artistic solidarity and internationalism against the odds. 

– Max Andrews

 (Originally published in Frieze, October 2012, Issue 150)  


 Antoni Muntadas and Gonzalo Mezza Ceremonial and Vacuflex-3, 1971.  


Related materials:
  • Video where participants' discuss their experience here 
  • Tour of the exhibition by exhibition co-curator Teresa Grandas, here (both in Catalan)
  • Latitudes' writing archive




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