Newsletter #29 – January 2011

Last days! Until 9 January...


Catalogue 'The Last Newspaper' edited by Latitudes. Photo: Joel Stillman.

Partner organisation in 'The Last Newspaper', 3, 4 and 5 gallery floors, New Museum, New York, 6 October 2010 – 9 January 2011.

Exhibition curated by Richard Flood, Director of Special Projects and Curator at Large, and Benjamin Godsill, Curatorial Associate.

Documentation Archive | Photo Gallery Exhibition | Photo Gallery Newspaper

Produced by Latitudes during 10 weeks from a micro-newsroom installed in the exhibition space of the New Museum, 'The Last Post' (issue 1); The Last Gazette (issue 2); The Last Register (issue 3); The Last Star-Ledger (issue 4); The Last Monitor (issue 5); The Last Observer (issue 6); The Last Evening Sun (issue 7); The Last Journal (issue 8); The Last Times (issue 9) and The Last Express (issue 10) form the catalogue of the exhibition 'The Last Newspaper' that continues at the New Museum until 9 January.

Featuring over 100 contributors, including essays and interviews with participating artists, the publication also brings together articles and special features around an expanded selection of work that addresses the news, the newspaper, and its evolving form and function. (+ info...)

Editor: Latitudes
Publisher: New Museum & Latitudes;
Design: Chad Kloepfer with Joel Stillman
Print run: 1,000 (of which 400 are the final compilation)
Format: 11.5" x 14"; 10 newspapers + supplement
Printing: Linco Printing, Long Island
Price: $15 ($12 museum members)

Latitudes's participation kindly supported by SEACEX.


New Museum | 235 Bowery | New York, NY 10002 | US | MAP


Opening 21 January, 5pm...


No.1 Sun Engine (2008–9) produced for the 11th Cairo International Biennale. Courtesy of the artists.

Exhibition 'Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller: United Alternative Energies', Århus Art Building, Denmark, 22 January–3 April 2011.

'Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller: United Alternative Energies' will be the most comprehensive presentation of the duo's work to date, and include 10 works, 4 of which will be new productions. Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller have investigated the concept of energy for several years. One of their main areas of interest is the history of oil and its competing alternatives, notably solar energy.

'Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller: United Alternative Energies' will exhibit works such as 'No.1 Sun Engine' (2008), which focuses on the world’s first commercial solar-thermal plant built in 1913 in a Cairo suburb; the choir performance 'Globalising the Internationale' (2006–ongoing) recently presented in the context of the Latitudes-curated commission series 'Portscapes'; and the documentary 'A Road not Taken' (HD film, 66 min., 2010), which follows the story of the solar panels installed on the roof of the White House in 1979 by the then President Jimmy Carter and removed by Ronald Reagan in 1986.

The exhibition is one of five exhibition proposals selected from approximately 600 submissions received in response to the Aarhus Art Building's open call for their 2011 programme, entitled 'Imagine: Towards an Eco-Aesthetic'. (+ info...)

Exhibition possible thanks to the generous support of Pro Helvetia and the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.


Aarhus Art Building | J.M. Moerks Gade 13 | DK-8000 Aarhus C | DENMARK


Opening 29 January...


Installation of 'Five o'clock shadow' (2010) in T293 Rome. Courtesy of the artists and T293, Naples.

Curators, 'Laboratorio 987' 2011 exhibition season: 'Amikejo', Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), Spain.

Inaugural exhibition: 'Amikejo: Pennacchio Argentato, 29 January–27 March.

For the inaugural show of the Amikejo series, the Neapolitan duo Pennacchio Argentato will present a new installation based on expectations about performativity and interactivity in exhibition spaces. By transforming the Laboratorio 987 space into an interior akin to an abstract fitness gymnasium, the artists frame their own activity as young artists alongside that of Amikejo by addressing the ideas of leisure and overproduction, work and non-work. Presenting a series of rough concrete “muscular” sculptures resembling prototypes for exercise machines, they seemingly promise engagement though, as the artists describe, “all without seeing or offering any end result”.

Amikejo was an anomalous in-between state which never entirely existed, and was founded on a desire to foster more effective international communication through the synthetic language Esperanto. A 3½ km2 wedge of land between the Netherlands, Belgium and Prussia was established as a neutral area because of an important zinc mine. In 1908 the 2,500 identity-less citizens of Neutral Moresnet, as it was known, declared it to be the world’s first Esperanto state: Amikejo (‘place of great friendship’ in Esperanto). This episode-place, between pragmatic and conceptual borders of cartography, language, nationhood, and subjectivity, is entreated as a twin site to MUSAC's Laboratorio 987 and lends its name and symbolic implications to the exhibition series.

Forthcoming exhibitions: Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum (9 April–12 June); Uqbar Foundation (25 June–11 September) and Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch (24 September–15 January 2012)


MUSAC | Avenida de los Reyes Leoneses, 24 | 24008 León | SPAIN | MAP


and in February...


Professional Encounters, 'Curating emerging artists', ARCOMadrid, Friday 18 February 2011, Madrid

'Curating emerging artists' is one of the 6 Professional Encounters taking place on Friday 18 February during the forthcoming ARCOMadrid fair. At the invitation of Latitudes 16 international curators will do short project presentations with the aim of providing a quick framework to share and trigger common points of interest. In the afternoon the group will visit the fair and meet participating artists and gallerists.

The invited curators are Anne Barlow (UK/US); Mark Beasley (UK/US); Rob Blackson (US); Inti Guerrero (CO/NL); Tessa Giblin (NZ/IE); Krist Gruijthuijsen (NL); Eva Grinstein (AR); Vincent Honoré (FR/UK); Xenia Kalpaktsoglou (GR); Martí Manen (ES/SE); Mihnea Mircan (RO); Bruna Roccasalva (IT) and Vincenzo de Bellis (IT); Jennifer Teets (US/FR); Alexis Vaillant (FR); Nathalie Zonnenberg (NL) (+ info...)

The 2011 edition has a new director, Carlos Urroz, and celebrates the Fair's 30th anniversary.

ARCOMadrid (Ifema Fair Grounds) | Feria de Madrid | 28042 Madrid, SPAIN | MAP


Opening 24 February...


Sarah Ortemeyer, 'Maurice', 2009, Hotel Marienbad/KW Berlin. Courtesy the artist and Figge von Rosen Galerie, Cologne.

'Exposition Internationale des Art Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes & des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne', Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, Belgium, 24 February–7 April 2011.

Artists: Kasper Akhøj (1976, Copenhagen, Denmark. Lives in New York, US); Martí Anson (1967, Mataró, Spain. Lives there); Maria Loboda (1979, Kraków, Poland. Lives in London, UK); Charlotte Moth (1975, Carshalton, UK. Lives in Paris, France); Sarah Ortmeyer (1980, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Lives there)

The International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts & Arts and Technology in Modern Life presents the work of five contemporary visual artists which engage with specific instances of modernity as represented through industrial or domestic design. A world-famous tower, a street, a range of furniture, and a modular display system, for example, have been metaphorically taken apart before being reconstituted, sometimes literally, through artistic practices and personal affiliations which incorporate historical research, travel, tribute and scenography. (+ info...)


Meessen De Clercq | Abdijstraat 2a Rue de l'Abbaye | 1000 Brussels, BE | Tue–Sat 11am–6pm | MAP


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Latitudes is a Barcelona-based [41º23’ N, 2º 11’ E] independent curatorial office initiated in April 2005 by Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna. Latitudes collaborates with artists and institutions in the conception, organisation and production of exhibitions, public commissions, conferences, editorial and research initiatives across local, pan-European and international situations. Latitudes is part of Plataforma Curatorial as well as of Hangar's Programming Committee 2010–2. Latitudes was awarded the GAC 2010 curatorial prize, given by the Catalan gallery association. (+ info...)

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