Latitudes' redesigned portfolio – projects since 2005

After weeks and long hours facing the screen and mining hard disks, we've uploaded Latitudes' redesigned portfolio, at last! Go to download page and choose format:

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The pdf gathers a selection of projects produced since 2005 and includes a refreshed version of our biographies – which have also been updated on our website.

We have also included short individual biographies available for download as pdf – see below highlighted in yellow.

PDF designed and edited by Latitudes.


Cover Story – June 2017: "Moth light—Absent Forms"

The June 2017 Monthly Cover Story ""Moth light—Absent Forms"" is now up on after June it will be archived here

"The Latitudes-curated Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes & des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne opened at Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, in February 2011. More a series of five interlinked solo presentations than a conventional thematic group exhibition, it featured the work of Kasper Akhøj, Martí Anson, Maria Loboda, Charlotte Moth and Sarah Ortmeyer." Continue reading

Cover Stories' are published on a monthly basis on Latitudes' homepage and feature past, present or forthcoming projects, research, writing, artworks, exhibitions, films, objects or field trips related to our curatorial activities. 


Last chance to read the August 2016 Monthly Cover Story "Fermínlandia"

Last chance to read the August 2016 Monthly Cover Story "Fermínlandia" on (after August 2016 it will be archived here)

Five years ago, in August 2011, Fermín Jiménez Landa initiated the surrender, conquest and defence of a small nameless island using the power of music. With the help of local fishermen he had taken a portable generator, two tripod-mounted loudspeakers, and an mp3 player out into the Aegean Sea and planted the equipment on this uninhabited Greek island. Its new national anthem played again and again until the batteries ran out. You can just make out the two loudspeakers sitting atop the grassy rock in this photograph by Fermín." Continue reading...

Cover Stories' are published on a monthly basis on Latitudes' homepage to highlight past, present or forthcoming projects, research, exhibitions or field trips related to our activities. 

Related content:
  • Archive of Cover Stories.
  • Cover Story, July 2016: Through the grapevine – Rasmus Nilausen’s Soups & Symptoms 3 July 2016
  • Last days! Cover Story and exhibition of José Antonio Hernández-Díez: techno-pop, death and resurrection (20 June 2016)
  • Cover Story, May 2016: Material histories – spilling the beans at the CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux (10 May 2016)
  • Cover Story, March 2016: José Antonio Hernández-Díez: The sacred heart of the matter (3 March 2016
  • Cover Story, February 2016: Sarah Ortmeyer, Towering allusions (9 Febrero 2016)

Latitudes' "out of office" photo album 2011–2012

This is the fourth consecutive year (see 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 posts) we say goodbye to the 2011–12 season with an 'out of office' post with some unseen and 'behind the scenes' moments lived in the past 11 months. 

Happy holidays/felices vacaciones readers! More Latitudes' via Facebook ( and Twitter (@LTTDS). 

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22 September 2011: Back to the future. transfering the mp3 file of the new anthem commissioned by Fermín Jiménez Landa onto a cassette. Images of their show here.

21 September 2011: Lee Welch and Fermín Jiménez Landa talk about their show to MUSAC's staff.

21 September 2011: Newly framed works by Lee Welch (top left) and photos by Fermín Jiménez Landa (right).

22 September 2011: Watching concrete dry (Lee Welch and Fermín Jiménez Landa's exhibition plinths/bordermarks).

23 September 2011: Final rehearsal of La Cena band in the Laboratorio 987 space. Opening performance of 'Himno Nacional' here.

 Permission to parade through the streets and squares of León's centre on the 24th September.

  24 September 2011: Fermín Jiménez Landa (camera) Lee Welch (video recording) the "Himno Nacional" 'pasacalles' parade around the streets of León.
 12 October 2011: Finding 'The Last Newspaper' displayed at Walter König's bookstore while browsing for nice books during Frieze Art Fair, London.

13 November 2011: Jorge Satorre fixing one of the posters of the show, before we take off to discuss his and Erick Beltráns' project 'Modelling Standard', an interview that was published in the February issue of Atlántica magazine.

January 2012: Testing, testing... 'The Dutch Assembly' programme available for smartphones.

 18 January: "Café con...Latitudes". Informal talk with Hangar artists-in-residence. Photo: Hangar. Latitudes has been part of Hangar's Programming Comitee between 2010–13.

31 January 2012: Premis GAC 2012 award ceremony at MACBA's atrium. Mariana Cánepa of Latitudes' was part of this year's jury.

2 February 2012: "...y desde el 'backstage'" (leer aquí) de Vanessa Graell en el suplemento 'Tendències', El Mundo.

6 February 2012: Demonstration to pressure politicians to change their minds about stopping the plan for the Canòdrom to be the future Centre of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. The windows were whitewashed as it is done with unused facilities.

Artists whitewashing the Canòdrom windows. 

 12 February 2012: "Mataró Chauffeur Service" mangled at Matadero, Madrid.

13 February 2012, ARCOmadrid: Installing vinyls and posters for each of the The Dutch Assembly hourly talks, readings, artists presentations, performances, book launches, in conversations and screenings throughout the five days of the fair. See list here (and some audiorecordings). Download full programme details here.

'The Dutch Assembly' was well connected.

13 February 2012: The Dutch Assembly 'Superstructure' space by Jasper Niens and Thijs Ewalts. On the picture, the choir performance 'Care' by Rory Pilgrim, presented by De Hallen, Haarlem.

16 February 2012: Latitudes introducing Ann Demeester, Director, and Nathalie Hartjes, coordinator of the Gallerist Programme at De Appel, presented a round table discussion with (left to right): Jeanine Hofland (Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam), Rebeca Blanchard (NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona) and Helga de Alvear (Helga de Alvear, Madrid) around the profession of the gallerist. Photo: Haco de Ridder.

Álvaro Calleja profiles The Dutch Assembly: "Un Puente entre dos naciones'/'a bridge between two nations" en el  ABCDArco, 16 February 2012.

February: At last...Lara Almarcegui's monograph is here! Edited by Latitudes. 

 16 March: Good morning Sharjah! Part one of the March Meeting report here.

Sharjah lunch with curator and 'El Cultural' critic, Javier Hontoria.

17 March: Latitudes' presentation on residencies (for artists and curators) during Sharjah's fifth March Meeting, which focused on 'Working with Artists and Audiences on Commissions and Residencies'. Latitudes' panel titled "Minding the Gap: the Critical Role of Smaller Organisations" had presentations by Hu Fang (Vitamin Creative Space, China) and Daniella Rose King (MASS Alexandria, Egypt), and was chaired by Samar Martha (ArtSchool Palestine, Palestine). More photos here. Photo: Posted during the conference on the Twitter account of @lamyaalsuwaidi

Glitzy souvenirs from Dubai, anyone? See more images of Dubai's trip.

 23 March 2012: Last day in the Emirates. Visiting Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, one of the world's largest mosques. Read more on our trip to the Emirates on the blog (part 1, part 2 and part 3). 

 29 March (29M): General Strike in Spain. Many more demonstrations to come...

22 April: One of this year's exhibitions highlights: Xavier Le Roy's "Retrospective" at Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona. On the finissage, children almost stole the show joining performers.

Here, father (performer) and son, performing together in the finissage.

10 April 2012: The happy moment of receiving copies of a Amikejo, a book we have been working on most of the winter. See images of the book here.

31 May: Manifesta 9 curator Cuauhtémoc Medina with artist Jeremy Deller. See Latitudes' photo report of Manifesta 9.

31 May: With Lara Almarcegui while she explains her work included in Manifesta 9, Genk. (see more pictures of Manifesta 9, here).

2 June: Visit to the drielandenpunt for a remote book launch. This is the apex of the triangle-shaped borders of what was Amikejo.

2 June: Friends that come to a booklaunch in a remote place, the drielandenpunt ("Three-Country Point") in Dutch, or Dreiländereck ("Three-Country Corner") in German, or Trois Frontières ("Three Borders") in French." More images here. Photo: Klaas van Gorkum

 6 June 2012: Welcome to Germany! Brussels–Kassel train journey. A little German snack at Köln's Hauptbahnhof.

 6 June: A German, a Dane and and English man meet and greet in a square. (gallerist Johann König, artist Tue Greenfort and Max Andrews' of Latitudes in Friedrichtplatz, Kassel). See Latitudes' documenta (13) photo report here.

7 June: Launch of Maria Loboda's book at Karlsaue Park with music, smoke and a pyramid of ice with 750 litres of champagne. See Latitudes' documenta (13) photo report here.

9 June: "Spain is dead" sign posted opposite Kassel's Fridericianum the day Spanish Ministry of Economy De Guindos, announced the financial "bail out".
8 June 2012: Chance meeting with Mr Weiner and Mr Weiner's tote bag in Kassel, good memories of our 2008 'The Crest of a Wave'.

15 June: Visiting lecturers, Máster en Arte, Museología y Crítica Contemporáneas, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. The session was preceded by an evening conference at CGAC on "The Curatorial Contract: Analogies and case studies". Photo: Pedro de Llano.

 16 June: Almejas, berberechos and cold beer in Santiago de Compostela. Galicia calidade! 

 19 July: iPad-photodocumenting Haegue Yang's piece produced for "Sense and Sustainability", Urdabai Arte 2012.

 Tangle of 2012 press and work passes.

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Launch of the monograph 'Lara Almarcegui. Projects 1995–2010', edited by Latitudes at 'The Dutch Assembly', ARCOmadrid, 15 February, 19-20h

Cover of the monograph edited by Latitudes. Photo: Latitudes.

Title: 'Lara Almarcegui. Projects 1995–2010'
Editor: Latitudes
Publisher & Design: Archive Books, Berlin
Texts: Cuauhtémoc Medina, Lars Bang Larsen and Latitudes
Format: 224 pages, colour, 21 x 27.5 cm. Black-and-white and colour illustrations. Flexicover, English.
ISBN: 978-88-95702-05-6

Published by Berlin-based Archive Books, 'Lara Almarcegui. Projects 1995–2010' is the first monograph presenting an overview of the last fifteen years of Almarcegui's artistic practice. The main part of the publication is formed by detailed documentation of the artist’s works and publications companioned by new descriptive texts written by the editors and the artist. These are presented in the following sections: ‘Demolition’, ‘Excavation’, ‘Construction materials’, ‘Ruins’, ‘Wastelands’ (survey, access, and preservation). (+ info...)

Lara Almarcegui (1972, Zaragoza. Lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands) has had solo shows at Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen (2011); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla (2011); TENT, Rotterdam (2011); Secession, Vienna (2010); Ludlow 38, New York (2010); the Centro Arte Contemporaneo, Málaga (2007), FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon (2004) and at INDEX, Stockholm (2003). She participated in group exhibitions such as Radical Nature – Art & Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969-2009, Barbican, London (2009); Taipei Art Biennial, Taiwan (2008); Estratos, Murcia (2008); Sharjah Art Biennial 8, Sharjah (2007); 27th São Paulo Bienal, São Paulo (2006); Frieze Art Fair Projects, London (2006) and the Liverpool Biennial (2004). In 2008 she presented the guidebook 'Ruins in the Netherlands XIX-XXI' published by Episode. Almarcegui studied Fine Arts in Cuenca (1991–95) and at the Ateliers 63, Amsterdam (1996–98). She has recently been awarded the Dolf Henkes Prize, Rotterdam (2011). In 2012 Almarcegui will have solo shows at the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC).

Spreads of the publication:

The publication has been possible thanks to the support of the former Fonds BKVB (Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture), currently Mondriaan Fund. 

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Resolución Convocatoria 2012 de Artes visuales y Tutorial de la Sala d'Art Jove

Con fecha 24 de noviembre de 2011, reunidos en la Dirección general de Juventud (C. Calàbria 147, Barcelona) el jurado formado por Daniel G. Andújar, artista visual y teórico del arte, vicepresidente primero de la Asociación de Artistas Visual de Cataluña; Dora García, artista visual, Max Andrews y Mariana Cánepa, miembros de Latitudes, oficina de comisariado; Frederic Montornés, crítico de arte y comisario independiente, Javier Rodrigo, investigador y educador de Arte; Oriol Fontdevila, miembro del equipo gestor de la Sala de Arte Joven y Toni Reig, Director general de Juventud que actúa como presidente del jurado; resuelven la siguiente selección de proyectos en relación a las convocatorias de Artes visuales y Tutorial de la Sala d'Art Jove:

Proyectos de Creación:
  1. Petia Cervera, Sublevación de Abril
  2. Lúa Coderch, Eco, The girl With no Door on the Mouth
  3. Juan Crespo, Estudios históricos
  4. Eloi Dalmau, Recitales para interfono
  5. Jordi Ferreiro, El traje nuevo del emperador
  6. Paula Giménez, Verano 
  7. Mercedes Mangrané, Piedras
  8. Anna Moreno, Select the Right Location
  9. Quim Packard, L’última institució
  10. David Proto, Memetro
  11. Barbara Sánchez, Bibliografía
  12. Adrianna Wallis, Rare et Magnifique
Proyectos de Investigación:
  1. Alba Aguirre, Marta Bonhora, Belen Genereco, Anna Margo, Mar Montobbio, “/”
  2. Laura Benítez, Alicia Escobio, Lola Lasurt, Primer intent
Proyectos de educación:
  1. Aurelio Castro Varela, Proyecciones urbanas. El 15-M y el trabajo de la ficción
  2. Joanna Empain, Ricard Escudero, Simonetta Gorga, Encuentros y desencuentros entorno a la práctica artística y educativa en un proyecto expositivo con estudiantes...
Proyectos de edición:
  1. Enric Farrés, Quim Packard, Grau d'Assistent d'Artista Professional
  2. Ignasi Prat, El mundo de los vencedores. Las casas de los poderosos del franquismo
  1. José Antonio Delgado, Fito Conesa, Judit Vidiella
  2. Francisco Peinado, Rachel Fendler (Cultural Nodes)
  3. Andrea Rodríguez, Verónica Valentini

Newsletter #39 – December / diciembre 2011

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'The Dutch Assembly / Asamblea de los Países Bajos', ARCOmadrid, 15–19 February 2012, Madrid (+ info...)
Follow us on Twitter: #NLAssembly

Three juries: for the 2012 Open Call at the Sala d'Art Jove; the GAC Awards given by the Catalan Gallery Association (Award ceremony: 31 January 2012 at MACBA); and the Curatorial Open Call 2012, which invites individuals or collectives to submit a proposal for curating an exhibition between June and July of 2012 at NoguerasBlanchard. 

UNTIL 15 JANUARY 2012...
'Amikejo: Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch', fourth and final exhibition of the cycle 'Amikejo' at the Laboratorio 987, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León,
24 September 2011–15 January 2012.    
Follow us on Twitter: #amikejo


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'Nice to Meet You – Erick Beltrán. Some Fundamental Postulates' by Max Andrews on Mousse Magazine #31

In the current Mousse Magazine #31 (November 2011) you can read the interview 'Nice to Meet You – Erick Beltrán. Some Fundamental Postulates' where Max Andrews converses with the Mexican-born Barcelona-based artist, about the artist's attempt to create the terms of a dictionary of multiplicity. Their conversation ends:
"In 1997 I was asked to define my work in ten lines, and I realised that was impossible. So I said to myself, okay, let’s just make it one word! So that word was ‘edition’ and from there everything expanded and exploded as I realised my work was about the question of how you select things – what is a choice? And that is a really difficult question."

Erick Beltrán and Jorge Satorre's 'Modelling Standard' evolving project and forthcoming interview with the artists for 'Atlántica' magazine

Invitation card to the exhibition at Galeria Joan Prats.

Opening: 17 November 2011, 19.30h (the artist will do a talk at 20h)

Exhibition organised by: Jorge Satorre and Erick Beltrán

With works by: Christoph Keller, Raphaël Zarka, Paloma Polo, Bernardo Ortiz,
Efrén Álvarez, Meris Angioletti, Jose Antonio Vega Macotela, Vilayanur Ramachandran,
Jorge Aviña and Florian Göttke.

The presentation at Galeria Joan Prats is the third iteration of the project which began in September 2010 at FormContent, London and continued in March 2011 at Casa Vecina, México DF. 

"Modelling Standard takes as a point of departure the radical historiographic turn introduced by Carlo Ginzburg in the 1970s who focused on localised, popular and disregarded micro-histories rather than universal, over-arching versions. The title Modelling Standard references the scientific concept of the Standard Model used in physics to explain the almost invisible interactions occurring between subatomic particles.

Erick Beltrán and Jorge Satorre use both micro-historical methods and the metaphor borrowed from physics to create connections between small, insignificant hints and traces. These are taken from their heterogeneous references to build seemingly unlikely connections between literary references, personal experiences, historical data, trivia and scientific facts through the construction of a diagram. The result is a series of caricatures and texts through which the artists will construct a detective plot where Sigmund Freud, Carlo Ginzburg, Giovanni Morelli, Aby Warburg, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Joe Orton are the protagonists." (taken from FormContent's press release)

In Casa Vecina, Modelling Standard expanded with the inclusion of a comic also with drawings by illustrator and project collaborator Jorge Aviña, which will also be presented in Galeria Joan Prats alongside, as the artists have stated, the "input from a number of artists, illustrators and guest researchers, whose personal research work adds new links to the chain that stretches and lengthens ... like the devil's drool".

Installation process of the exhibition. Photo taken the day we began the interview for 'Atlántica' magazine.

In relation to 'Modelling Standard' Latitudes is currently working on an interview with Satorre and Beltrán for the Spanish magazine 'Atlántica' (to be published in February 2012), where there will be an opportunity to read more about their thread of ideas for this project as well as the process of their collaborative work – the latter being one of the focus of Latitudes' interests developed in exhibition projects such as 'Amikejo' (four exhibitions at MUSAC, León, 2011) or 'The Garden of Forking Paths' (Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, 2009). More news to follow...

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Galeria Joan Prats
Rambla de Catalunya, 54
08007 Barcelona, Spain

NoguerasBlanchard announces "Curatorial Open Call 2012" – deadline 31 December 2011

View of the gallery space. Courtesy NoguerasBlanchard.

NoguerasBlanchard is pleased to announce a Curatorial Open Call 2012, which invites individuals or collectives to submit a proposal for curating an exhibition at NoguerasBlanchard in Barcelona. The successful proposal will take place between June and July of 2012.

For four years now NoguerasBlanchard’s exhibition program has included in the month of June an exhibition proposal by a guest curator. In order to continue this line, to expand artistic horizons and provide a platform for curatorial practice and the making of group exhibitions, we launch our Curatorial Open Call 2012.

The selected curator/s will receive a maximum of €4.000 in concept of honorarium and exhibition production budget.
NoguerasBlanchard will provide administrative and production support, design and mailing of the press release/invitation card and an opening reception. The curator/curatorial collective must be in Barcelona for the setting up and the opening evening.

Application criteria

The proposal should:
- Be thought taking in consideration NoguerasBlanchard exhibition space (see floorplan below)
- Have an international interest
- Show financial feasibility
We encourage proposals to challenge curatorial and gallery practices.

Application procedures

The decision will be made public on
NoguerasBlanchard website and by mail, before February 1st, 2012
The jury will consist of 4 curators/curatorial group that have previously carried out group shows in the gallery:
Latitudes (Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna), independent curatorial practice. Extraordinary Rendition, exhibited in 2007;
Jacqueline Uhlmann, independent curator. Shining by Absence, exhibited in 2009;
Juan Canela, independent curator. Ref 08001, exhibited in 2010;
Direlia Lazo, independent curator. Somewhere Else, exhibited in 2011.

The submission should include:

- A short biography or curriculum vitae (1 page), and contact address of the curator/s.
- An exhibition/project outline explaining the purpose and concept (600 words maximum)
- Initial list of artists and a succinct description of their practice and recent exhibitions (100 words maximum)
- Images of the works to be included with suitable captions.
- Detailed production budget that must include:
  1. Proposed curatorial fee / expenses derived from curators attendance to requested events
  2. Return transports and insurance
  3. Eventual production of new works
  4. Eventual architectural adaptation of gallery space (see map below)
Application deadline: December 31, 2011
Please submit your applications exclusively in English, in a pdf file up to 3MB, to: [email protected]

Please write ‘NoguerasBlanchard Curatorial Open Call’ in the subject line. You will receive an email confirming the reception of your proposal. For more information please contact Zaida Trallero at [email protected]

Information about NoguerasBlanchard
NoguerasBlanchard opened in June 2004 and is located next to Las Ramblas in the historic, multi-ethnic, Raval neighbourhood, in Barcelona. In this context we are strongly committed to developing an exhibition programme with emerging international artists whose work shows strong conceptual concerns and participates in the dialogue between art and broader currents in contemporary society.

The gallery's main goal is to engage in a long-term commitment with the careers of its artists and to be highly involved in the production of works. We are assisting with proposals, raising funds to produce films, biennial projects or catalogues while working in close alliance with international galleries and institutions, generating from co-productions to traveling exhibitions.
NoguerasBlanchard's participation in international fairs is essential for the promotion of our artists world-wide, while enabling us locally to maintain a lively and stimulating environment for art production and exchange.

Map of NoguerasBlanchard
c/ Xuclà 7
08001 Barcelona · Spain

Newsletter #38: November/noviembre 2011

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UNTIL 15 JANUARY 2012...
'Amikejo: Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch', fourth and final exhibition of the cycle 'Amikejo' at the Laboratorio 987, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León,
24 September 2011–15 January 2012

Read article by Bea Espejo (El Cultural, 2 August 2011) related to the artists' work and their collaborative working process (in Spanish).

Follow #amikejo



'Exposition Internationale des Art Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes & des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne', Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, Belgium, 25 February–16 April 2011. With the participation of 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). See photos of the exhibition.

Update: Contents of the forthcoming publication 'Amikejo' to be realised in January 2012 by Mousse Publishing

Photo: Courtesy Musée de la Vallée de la Greule
As announced on our previous post, we are currently editing the forthcoming catalogue 'Amikejo', which concludes the exhibition cycle that has taken place at the Laboratorio 987 in MUSAC, León.

One of the main essays (aside that by Prof. Peter Osborne around the philosophical and the historical development of the 'project space' as a type of art space) is that by Prof. Ryszard Żelichowski, Director for Scientific Research at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, titled "Neutral Moresnet and Amikejo – The Forgotten Children of the Congress of Vienna", which narrates the story of the small state Neutral Moresnet which, in 1908 became the first Esperanto state and changed its name to 'Amikejo' ('a place of great friendship' in Esperanto).

Below an excerpt of what's to come...
Upon Napoleon’s defeat in 1814, the victorious coalition faced the need to introduce a new order in Europe. European citizens could gain entirely new borders for the states they inhabited; first and foremost however, the coalition saw hope for the improvement of the terms of their nation’s existence. The Congress of Vienna had to deal with these challenges while reconciling the often contradictory expectations of both big and small states.One such challenge was posed by an area of what had been the Aubel canton during the French Empire, which today is part of the Belgian municipality of Kelmis. This territory – more precisely a small part of it – wedged between what is today Belgium and Germany enjoyed a certain amount of independence for over a century, and had many attributes of a sovereign state: its own anthem, flag, currency, and postage stamps. This mini-state, Neutral Moresnet (1816–1919), has been mostly forgotten by historiography, and almost two hundred years since its creation, I would like to commemorate the extraordinary fortune of this tiny piece of land at the heart of Western Europe.

Title: 'Amikejo'
Edited by: Latitudes
Publisher & Distributor: Mousse Publishing and MUSAC
Format: 22,5x15,5cm, 200 pp, hardcover
Language: English/Spanish
Print run: 1,200
Date of publication: Spring 2012

Follow the project on Latitudes' Twitter #Amikejo

Participación en el simposio 'Antimonumentos: Crítica en el Espacio Público', Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castelló, Sábado 22 Octubre 2011

Programa simposio

10.30 h: Ángela Molina Climent, Organizadora del simposio: 'ANTIMONUMENTOS: CRÍTICA EN EL ESPACIO PÚBLICO'

Más allá de su papel como sitey depósito de obras de arte, el museo como instrumento cultural –que se ha ido desarrollando paralelamente a la museización de la propia cultura– es una institución normalizadora y disciplinaria. Como repositorios de objetos del pasado, los museos dan sentido a la historia, pero también construyen activamente las relaciones entre la producción de la subjetividad y la producción de objetos materiales. Durante los últimos años, con la tendencia a fusionar los lugares de producción y exhibición (lugares discursivos), todo el aparato institucional que rodea a la obra participa en la creación de nuevos valores y significados estéticos. El activismo y el arte han transformado sus estrategias para producirgrupos de artivistas favorables a una concepción educativa y participativa de la institución. En este simposio, artistas, comisarios, historiadores y urbanistas hablarán de la necesidad de una crítica independiente desde el espacio público, con el fin de perturbar una cultura dominante que depende de un sistema de valores y líneas de autoridad aparentemente incólumes.

Ángela Molina Climent es Licenciada en Filología Española y doctora en Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada por la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), ejerció la crítica de arte en el suplemento de cultura del diario ABChasta 2000. Desde 2001 colabora en las secciones de arte y literatura de los suplementos culturales Babeliay Quadern (El País), y en publicaciones especializadas (LARS, Revista de Libros). Ha dirigido la revista de arte y pensamiento Art&Co, y es especialista en teoría feminista y estudios de género. Editora del libro Los Lugares de la Crítica(Ed. Universidad Pública de Navarra, 2011) y autora de La máquina de las solterasde próxima publicación (Ed. Periférica). 


El arte en Latinoamérica de las dos últimas dos décadas viene ensayando formas de intervención poético-políticas en la ciudad que difieren de las prácticas subversivas y anti-institucionales de las dos décadas anteriores, caracterizadas por el represivo contexto de las dictaduras. Estas nuevas formas se insertan en los diversos procesos de democratización y desdemocratización que experimenta el continente, cuestionando ciertos modelos culturales de la globalización y apuntando nuevos desafíos en el interfaz entre estética y política. Se discutirán algunos ejemplos destacados, como las intervenciones recientes de Héctor Zamora en Bogotá o Regina José Galindo en Guatemala.  

Iria Candela es curadora adjunta en la Tate Modern de Londres desde 2009, donde ha trabajado en exposiciones de artistas como Theo van Doesburg, Gabriel Orozco, Alejandro Cesarco y, actualmente, Tacita Dean y Roy Lichtenstein, entre otros. Es doctora en Historia del Arte por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid y máster en Arte Moderno por Columbia University de Nueva York.Autora de los libros Sombras de Ciudad. Arte y transformación urbana en Nueva York 1970-1990 (Alianza, 2007) y Joan Miró(Tate, 2011), ha realizado la edición crítica del catálogo Francesc Torres. Da Capo(Macba, 2009). Ha escrito sobre arte para publicaciones como The Burlington Magazine, Lápiz,Tate EtcyEl País, y ha impartido ponencias en las universidades de Harvard, Oxford y Sorbonne. Miembro del Comité de Adquisiciones Latinoamericanas de la colección de la Tate, actualmente ultima la publicación de un libro sobre arte contemporáneo en América Latina.

12.30 h: Patricia Esquivias: 'LIEBE FRAU'  
Patricia Esquivias observa Castellón a la distancia y reflexionará en torno a su identidad geográfica. Compuesto de pequeños monólogos dirigidos a una señora alemana, que ocupa en la obra el papel de censora, Liebe Frauexpone los problemas que supone hablar de realidades estrambóticas. Al igual que en otros trabajos de la serie Folklore(videos seudoeducativos sobre España), la artista elaborará exquisitas asociaciones entrelazando referencias personales, cotidianas e históricas. En Liebe Frau, Esquivias llevará un paso más allá la naturaleza subjetiva de su trabajo, y pondrá en evidencia la limitación del lenguaje para explicar ciertas idiosincracias.

Patricia Esquivias nació en Caracas y creció en Madrid. Estudió arte en Londres y San Francisco.  En Madrid trabajó junto con Manuela Moscoso en la programación de los29enchufes.  Desde el 2005 trabaja en video y ha expuesto sus trabajos entre otros en Madrid (Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Galería Maisterravalbuena, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo), Alemania (Frankfurter Kunstverein, 5th Berlin Biennale), Nueva York (White Columns, Murray Guy, New Museum), Italia (Arcos Museum, Artissima) y en Inglaterra (East International, Royal College of Art). Actualmente disfruta de una beca en la Akademie Schloss Solitude en Stuttgart.

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'Making of' de Jan Dibbets '6 hours tide object with correction of perspective' (2009).

Con la participación de diez artistas de diversos países (Lara Almarcegui, Bik van der Pol, Jan Dibbets, Marjolijn Dijkman, Fucking Good Art, Ilana Halperin, Roman Keller and Christina Hemauer, Paulien Oltheten, Jorge Satorre y Hans Schabus (web: Maria Barnas (poesía) y Markus Miessen (entrevistas)), el proyecto Portscapesexaminó las implicaciones físicas y conceptuales de los nuevos horizontes del Maasvlakte 2, la extensión de la zona portuaria e industrial de Róterdam, la más extensa de Europa, que entre el 2008 y 2013 robará 2.000 hectáreas de terreno al mar. Portscapes giró entorno al leitmotifitinerarios y destinaciones, creando proyectos de escala y temporalidad variable (performances, excursiones, esculturas efímeras y proyecciones), con la intención de desarrollarse como una guía de la zona portuaria que se extiende a lo largo 40 kilómetros. En el simposio se analizarán cuatro proyectos de Portscapes, los realizados por Jan Dibbets, Jorge Satorre, Lara Almarcegui y Cyprien Gaillard (no realizado), y se pondrá en cuestión la noción de anti-monumento y específicamente las negociaciones y retos que se plantearon a nivel artístico y curatorial. 

Latitudeses una oficina curatorial independiente dirigida por Max Andrews y Mariana Cánepa Luna, fundada en el 2005 y con sede en Barcelona. En el 2009 comisariaron Portscapes, una serie de diez proyectos públicos en el Puerto de Róterdam producidos en el contexto de la expansión del puerto, la zona portuaria e industrial más extensa de Europa. Latitudes ha participado en el festival de organizaciones independientes NO SOUL FOR SALE(X Initiative, Nueva York, 2009 y Tate Modern, Londres, 2010); fue organización asociada en la exposición The Last Newspaper, New Museum, Nueva York (2010–11) para la que publicó un periódico semanal durante la exposición. Durante la temporada 2011 ha comisariado el ciclo Amikejoen el Laboratorio 987, MUSAC, León.

17.15h: Racons Públics (Sara Dauge y Alejandro Giménez): "ARTE Y MICROCIRUGÍA URBANA"
La constante transformación de nuestras ciudades deja atrás espacios residuales, huecos y rincones. En el paisaje urbano actual, esos rincones ponen de manifiesto la falta de atención al detalle en el acelerado proceso de desarrollo que transforma nuestras ciudades. Son problemas de pequeña escala que quedan enquistados en los intersticios de la gran metrópoli: roces entre tejidos, en los perímetros y en el contacto con las infraestructuras, las dificultades de adaptación al relieve, las discontinuidades en las tramas, la desertización de la ciudad abierta, los monocultivos funcionales, las medianeras desnudas como evidencia de los conflictos internos de los crecimientos compactos, los cambios normativos, las imprecisiones del planeamiento, la desafección del promotor privado y la falta de recursos materiales o técnicos. El concurso de participación ciudadana en el diseño de la ciudad Racons Públicses una iniciativa que plantea la recuperación y dinamización de lugares degradados, olvidados o desaprovechados, para su uso público. Sus objetivos son abrir la disciplina urbanística a otras áreas del conocimiento, de las ciencias y de las artes al tiempo que se recuperan ocho enclaves significativos de la ciudad de Castellón.

Sara Dauge es historiadora urbana. Estudió en la Universidad de París Panthéon Sorbonne. En su doctorado investigó las formas de sociabilidad en Barcelona desde 1833 hasta 1844. Se dedicó a la investigación histórica y urbana dentro del despacho de arquitectura, urbanismo y paisaje de Beth Gali, Barcelona. Fue comisaria de la exposición Urbanismo y ocio en la Barcelona de 1850, casa Elizalde, Barcelona 1999. Desde 1998 en colaboración con Alejandro Giménez se dedica al comisariado y coordinación del concursode participación ciudadana Racons Públics, organizado en Barcelona en 2004 y 2010 porel FAD (Foment de les arts i del disseny) y con el apoyo del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona. Desde 2006 es secretaria ponente de la comisión de esculturas del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona, encargada de establecer un diálogo entre el arte contemporáneo y el espacio público.
Alejandro Giménez es arquitecto por la Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona, donde es profesor en el Departamento de Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio desde 1998. Es profesor en la Universidad de Salamanca, máster de Diseño de Interiores, desde 2004y profesor en la Universidad Pompeu Fabra, máster de Nuevos Formatos Expositivos. Ha colaborado con arquitectos de Barcelona: Beth Galí, Enric Miralles, Oriol Bohigas, y otros. Desde 1998 forma estudio propio, con proyectos de espacio público para el centro de Dublín, edificación y rehabilitación en Barcelona y otras poblaciones catalanas. Es comisario y coordinador del concurso Racons Públicsde participación ciudadana en el diseño urbano. 

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    Opening performance: 'Himno Nacional' (2011) by Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch in the context of their exhibition 'Amikejo' at the Laboratorio 987, MUSAC

    Pasacalles de la Agrupación Musical La Cena por León. Foto: Latitudes |

    'Himno Nacional' (National Anthem, 2011)
    A project by Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch
    24 September 2011 at 13:30h (centre of León) and 19.30h (MUSAC)
    In the context of 'Amikejo' exhibition cycle at the Laboratorio 987, MUSAC 

    "In the context of 'Amikejo' – an exhibition cycle on micro-nations, historical anomalies, common endeavours and optimism – a León marching band has been invited to compose a new national anthem. Composed in the most archaic tradition, markedly romantic, military and patriotic, the anthem enacts a parodic attempt to reach a futile objective: the conquering of a small island in the Aegean Sea through invasion-by-sound.

    Forming a journey loop from León to the island and back again, the musical representation of nationhood becomes an end in itself. During the exhibition opening, the 65+ musicians of the Agrupación Musical La Cena paraded through the streets of León (Plaza San Marcelo, Plaza Don Gutierre; Plaza San Martín; Plaza de Regla (in front of the cathedral); and Palacio de Botines) in what could be seen as a playful, ceremonial or military action, and perform an anthem that is familiar in its musical idiom and yet is completely unidentifiable".
      – Fermín Jiménez Landa

    Anthem composed by: Juan Ramón Solla Santos, musical director, Agrupación Musical La Cena, León. 

    All photos: Latitudes | (except when noted otherwise in the photo caption)

    Report in quotations from 'Talking Galleries', 19–21 September 2011, MACBA auditorium

    A report in quotations from the first evening's two panels and the first session of the second day of Talking Galleries.

    19 September 2011
    15.30h: Welcome by
    Ferran Mascarell, Regional Minister of Culture of the Generalitat
    Jaume Ciurana, Deputy Mayor of Culture, Knowledge, Creativity and Innovation of Barcelona
    Faustino Diaz Fortuny, Deputy Director General for the Promotion of Cultural Industries and Foundations and Patronage of the Ministry of Culture
    Adriaan Raemdonck, President of FEAGA (Federation of European Art Galleries Association)
    Llucià Homs, main promoter of the project TALKING GALLERIES
    Bartomeu Marí, MACBA's Director

    Llucià Homs: "according to an art market report commissioned by TEFAF (The European Fine Art Foundation), 51% of the art business is done by gallerists and 49% by auction houses. 30% of that is done in art fairs."

    Faustino Diaz: "Galeries are the basis for the construction of value". "Galleries are a fundamental cultural sector for the economic development of knowledge". 

    Mascarell: "Talking Galleries should connect Catalan art to the international trends and vice-versa". "Artists are the ones making sense of our world".

    16.00 h: 'The new role of the Gallerist in the art market' with:
    Casey Kaplan, Casey Kaplan Gallery (New York)
    Claes Nordenhake, Galerie Nordenhake (Berlín, Stockholm)
    Emilio Álvarez, Galeria Àngels Barcelona (Barcelona)
    Moderated by: Ann Demeester,  Director of De Appel Arts Centre (Amsterdam)

    Ann Demeester: "We are not able to project a 20-50 year future anymore"..."are galleries going to become agencies for artists or are they able to foster new experiments in a globalised 21st century?"; "Collaboration should not be an enemy of competition"; "Galleries are a site for free education"; "A gallery should perform an informal efficiency"

    Emilio Álvarez: "The work of a gallery is articulated in connection with the past. Memory gives meaning, one constructs value through time". "Circuits of the artworld are closed, although the product we present is open."; "A gallery has a ongoing relationship with an artist and shows him/her continuously over time, no institution will give a solo show to an artist 3 times"; "A gallery has a single monogamous relationship, museums have plural relationships with artists." 

    Casey Kaplan: We (with David Zwirner and Friedrich Petzel amongst others) have done New York Gallery Week (NYGW) twice now, but I don't think is necessary to repeat it again and again if, for instance, Frieze New York is starting in May 2012"; "We are taking the risks, we produce art, we research artists, basically we do it first and then everyone follows";"A gallery is about trust in your artists and them in you. Is a small family extension that grows organically. It's also about constant reinvestment in a new space, in a new piece, in shipping ridiculous works to art fairs to show your ambition."

    Claes Nordenhake: "New art should be shown in galleries first, thereafter in art fairs, kunsthalles, etc. Not the other way around!"; "A gallerist is an eternal improvisor, a cleaner, a guard, an interior designer, a carpenter, a shipping agent, a graphic designer, a bookeeper, an art historian, a teacher and sometimes a professor, a therapist, a pimp and sometimes a lover, a storage administrator, a divorce councilor, a good banker, a sympathetic drinking companion, an arrogant bastard, an interpreter, a travel agent, a cook (professional or amateur), a waiter, a restaurateur, a philosopher (or at least in late hours of the night...), an actor, a business strategist, a secretary (where the boss is the artist)... 

    18.00 h: 'Dealing with the economic crisis' with
    Georgina Adam, Journalist Financial Times (London)
    Robert Tornabell, Professor of Economics at ESADE Business School (Barcelona)
    Soledad Lorenzo, Galería Soledad Lorenzo (Madrid)
    Moderated by: Carlos Urroz, Director ARCOmadrid (Madrid)

    Dr. Robert Tornabell: "The most profitable investments are first art, then gold, and then...I don't know!"

    Georgina Adam: "The size of the market is U$ 43 billion: 21 bn in auction, 22 bn in dealership. The global share in 2006 breaks up in 46% for the US; 27% for UK, 6% for France; 5% for China, 16% Others. In 2010 is 34% for the US; 22% for UK, 5% for France, a huge increase to 23% for China and, 15% Others". "Today, there are 20 top auction houses, 11 of which are chinese, which did not exist a decade ago"; "Today money is not inherited, it is made."

    20 September 2011
    10.00 h: 'The future of art fairs' with
    Victor Gisler, Mai 36 Galerie (Zurich)
    Noah Horowitz, Director VIP Art Fair (New York)
    Pierre Huber, Galerie Art & Public (Geneva)
    Moderated by: Carles Guerra, Chief Curator of the MACBA (Barcelona)

    Carles Guerra: "Barcelona was considering initiating a fair, but with ARCOmadrid nearby and seeing how profits stand now, maybe a meeting amongst professionals such as this, is the way forward"

    Noah Horowitz: "The 1970s market was trade; today it's retail and event-led" ; "Going back to TEFAF's figures: 30% of the business is done in fairs, that's obviously an average figure because for some galleries fairs are 70% of their year sales"; "The VIP Art Fair is accessible, international, transparent, communicative, it is still a one-to-one relationship with the buyer"

    Victor Gisler: "A gallery shows – tells – sells". "Art fairs like Art Basel have become so hugely important that they now validate quality. If an artits hasn't been shown in Basel, it may seem not valuable". "Initiatives like the VIP Art Fair are great for telling, maybe not so much for selling, but it is online, and that is the language of the next generation which you can not neglect, and one must embrace."

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    Robert Smithson's 'Broken Circle/Spiral Hill Revisited' (1971–2011) and The Land Art Contemporary programme

    Land Art Contemporary year-long initiative showcases works of art located in the countryside of Drenthe, a province in the northeastern Netherlands, which will be complemented with an international events programme dealing with the contemporary aspects of Land art. Starting on 17 September 2011, the programme is linked to the 40th anniversary of the creation of Robert Smithson's film Broken Circle/Spiral Hill in Emmen for the exhibition Sonsbeek 1971.  

    Coinciding with the anniversary, Land Art Contemporary kicks off with the exhibition 'Robert Smithson – Broken Circle/Spiral Hill Revisited', at the Centre for Visual Arts (CBK) in Emmen. The exhibition's star piece will be the recently completed film 'Breaking Ground: Broken Circle/Spiral Hill' (1971–2011), uncompleted due to Smithson's untimely death in 1973, which is now finally produced, following his instructions for direction and editing, by his widow Nancy Holt in collaboration with SKOR. The film will also be screened once on 22 September at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Holt will introduce the video.

    Parallel to this major exhibition, SKOR is also organising The Ultraperiferic (17 September – 27 November 2011), an exhibition that will feature the work of Lara Almarcegui (ES/NL), Jorge Satorre (MX/NL) and Cyprien Gaillard (FR/DE), three artists with whom Latitudes has worked in the recent past and whose work will also be featured in Max Andrews' essay "'A Dark Spot of Exasperation: From Smithson to the Spime'" in the forthcoming publication 'Robert Smithson: Art in Continual Movement' (ISBN 9789081531481) to be published by Alauda Publications in early 2012. The essay and The Ultraperiferic both feature Jorge Satorre's 'The erratic. Measuring compensation' (2009) which was produced in the context of 'Portscapes' and recently featured in his exhibition at Labor, Mexico City.

    The project will continue in 2012–13, with a series of 'assignments' to contemporary artists "a number of artists will be set the assignment of creating a work in the spirit of Smithson, whereby the landscape is viewed as a continual process that is constantly in a state of transformation due to the interaction between man and nature", to be curated by SKOR's curators Nils van Beek and Theo Tegelaers. + info...

    Land Art Contemporary is an initiative of STICHTING LACDA, Drenthe, a foundation established in 2011 by the Sanders-Ten Holte family. The program has been made possible thanks to (content and financial) support from SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain, Province of Drenthe, European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe Investing in Rural Areas (LEADER), Municipality of Coevorden, Municipality of Emmen, Cultuurfonds BNG and the Sanders-Ten Holte family.

    24 Septiembre, 19h: Inauguración última exposición del ciclo anual 'Amikejo' con Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch, Laboratorio 987, MUSAC, León. 19.30h: Performance 'Himno Nacional' de Jiménez Landa.

    El sábado 24 de Septiembre a las 19h inaugurará la última exposición del ciclo anual 'Amikejo' comisariada por Latitudes. La exposición presentará el trabajo de Fermín Jiménez Landa (1979, Pamplona) y Lee Welch (1975, Louiseville, EEUU) quienes no se conocían antes de que se les invitara a participar en el ciclo. Como si fuera una cuestión de diplomacia internacional, los artistas han tenido que entenderse mutuamente tanto en lo personal como en lo artístico antes de emitir una declaración conjunta, según lo acordado y negociado. Jiménez Landa y Welch han escogido establecer su colaboración en torno a la noción de “micro-nación” y los recursos que definen la soberanía: fronteras, sellos o himnos nacionales

    En MUSAC presentan un conjunto de elementos algunos de los cuales se advierten directamente en el Laboratorio 987, mientras que otros documentan fenómenos en lugares remotos, o existen únicamente en la imaginación. Una estructura similar a una plataforma, junto con esculturas que adoptan la forma de portales o hitos fronterizos, crea espacios y herramientas para el encuentro y el debate, además de albergar otras obras bidimensionales y de vídeo. + info...

    Eventos inauguración:

    Sábado 24 de septiembre, 13:30 h.
    'Himno nacional', 2011
    Duración aproximada: 60'

    A menudo se dice que lo más relevante de un trabajo es el proceso. 'Himno Nacional' (2011) se incorpora y se desdobla en varios elementos, historias y anécdotas. Enmarcado en 'Amikejo', un proyecto expositivo entorno a micro-naciones, anomalías históricas, empresas en común y optimismo, se ha invitado a una popular banda de música de León a que componga un nuevo himno nacional realizado a la más arcaica de las maneras: con un sabor marcadamente romántico, militar y patriótico. El himno se presenta con un objetivo paródico y fútil: la conquista de una pequeña isla situada en el mar Egeo mediante la imposición sonora del himno.

    Con un viaje de ida y vuelta, de León a la isla y de la isla a León, la representación musical se convierte en una celebración en sí misma. Durante la inauguración, 65 músicos de la banda desfilarán por las calles de León en lo que podría parecer ser una acción lúdica, conmemorativa o militar, tocando un himno que resulta reconocible en su lenguaje musical y, sin embargo, es totalmente irreconocible.Fermín Jiménez Landa

    La banda Agrupación Musical La Cena interpretará el nuevo himno nacional en cinco puntos del casco antiguo de León, entre los cuales se desplazará acompañándose únicamente con la sección de percusión. La banda iniciará su recorrido en la Plaza San Marcelo (13:30 h) prosiguiendo a la Plaza Don Gutierre; Plaza San Martín; Plaza de Regla (frente a la catedral) y finalizará en la Plaza San Marcelo (frente al Palacio de Botines).

    A las 19.30h volverán a interpretar el himno en el hall del MUSAC.

    Stills video 'Himno Nacional. Conquista de una isla mediante la colocación de un equipo de sonido con un generador de energía limitada emitiendo un himno nacional compuesto por una banda musical de León. (2011) de Fermín Jiménez Landa. Cortesía del artista.
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    The final exhibition of the year-long cycle 'Amikejo' will open on Saturday 24th, 19h, at the Laboratorio 987 space in MUSAC. The exhibition will show new works produced collaboratively by Fermín Jiménez Landa (Pamplona, Spain, 1979) & Lee Welch (Louisville, USA, 1975). Jiménez Landa and Welch did not know each other before the invitation to participate in Amikejo. As if engaged in international diplomacy, the artists have had to understand each other personally and artistically before issuing what might be regarded as a joint statement based on what they have agreed and negotiated, in the form of an exhibition. Jiménez Landa and Welch have chosen to establish their collaboration in relation to the notion of the micronation and devices which delineate sovereignty – borders, stamps, anthems, and so on.

    Their works in MUSAC comprise a constellation of diverse performative, discursive, interactive and displayed elements, some of which are directly apparent in the Laboratorio 987 , while others document occurrances at remote locations, or exist only in the imagination. A platform-like structure and sculptures that take the form of portals or border markers constitute spaces and tools for assembly and discussion as well as hosting further two-dimensional and video works. + info...


    Saturday 24 September, 13:30 h
    'Himno Nacional' (National Anthem, 2011) by Fermín Jiménez Landa
    Duration: approx. 1h

    It is often said that the best thing about a work of art is the process leading up to it. In the case of 'National Anthem' (2011) the work incorporates and unfolds many other elements, histories and anecdotes. In the context of 'Amikejo' – an exhibition project on micro-nations, historical anomalies, common endeavours and optimism – a León marching band has been invited to compose a new national anthem. In the most archaic tradition, markedly romantic, military and patriotic, the anthem enacts a parodic attempt to reach a futile objective: the conquering of a small island in the Aegean Sea through invasion-by-sound.

    Forming a journey loop from León to the island and back again, the musical representation of nationhood becomes an end in itself. During the exhibition opening, 65 musicians will parade through the streets of León in what could be seen as a playful, ceremonial or military action, and will perform an anthem that is familiar in its musical idiom and yet is completely unidentifiable.Fermín Jiménez Landa

    13.30h: The band Agrupación Musical La Cena will parade through five points of the old town of León playing the new anthem starting at Plaza San Marcelo (13:30 h) and thereafter proceed to the Plaza Don Gutierre; Plaza San Martín; Plaza de Regla (in front of the cathedral); and finalise at the Plaza San Marcelo (in front of the Palacio de Botines).

    19.30 h: Parade of the anthem at MUSAC's atrium.

    Stills video 'Himno Nacional. Conquista de una isla mediante la colocación de un equipo de sonido con un generador de energía limitada emitiendo un himno nacional compuesto por una banda musical de León. (2011) de Fermín Jiménez Landa. Cortesía del artista.
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    Exhibition made possible by the contribution of the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.

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    Martes–Viernes / Tue–Fri: 10–15 / 17–20h
    Sábado y Domingo / Sat–Sun: 11–15/ 17–21h
    Lunes: cerrado / Monday: closed

    Tour around Stockholm: 'The Spiral and the Square' opening at Bonniers Konsthall, IASPIS, Moderna Museet, Biologiska Museet and a few gallery openings

    Street banner announcing Bonniers Konsthall's 'The Spiral and the Square. Exercises in translatability' guest curated by Jochen Volz and Daniela Castro.

    23 August: Opening of Bonniers Konsthall's exhibition with the participation of: Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain; Mauricio Dias & Walter Riedweg; Eugenio Dittborn; Öyvind Fahlström; Cao Guimãraes; Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster; Fredrik Ehlin, Andjeas Ejiksson & Oscar Mangione; Laura Lima; Arto Lindsay; Dora Longo Bahia; Renata Lucas; Raimundas Malašauskas & Marcos Lutyens; Cinthia Marcelle; Rodrigo Matheus; Cildo Meireles; João Modé; Fabio Morais; Rivane Neuenschwander; Natascha Sadr Haghighian; Rirkrit Tiravanija and Haegue Yang.

    Above: Two chefs prepare Rivane Neuenschwander's Gastronomic Translations (2005/2011) in temporary tents located outside Bonniers Konsthall: "Gastronomic Translations (2005/2011) has its point of departure in a shopping list that the artist found in Frankfurt. She sent it to two chefs and invited them to prepare a banquet only using the ingredients on the list. On the opening day, Bonniers Konsthall’s visitors can taste the result". [from the Konsthall web].

    Rivane Neuenschwander's Gastronomic Translations, 2005-2011, by Team Kungsholmen.

    (Entrance) Rirkrit Tiravanija's Untitled 2011 (police police potato grease), 2011, "is a silkscreen-workshop in the entrance of the gallery, where visitors can have a personal and unique t-shirt printed by one of our gallery hosts. The prints are in different languages – but something seems to have gone wrong in the translation." [from the Konsthall web]

    Rirkrit Tiravanija's Untitled 2011 (police police potato grease), 2011, in action during the opening evening.

    General view of the first exhibition space with (left) Rodrigo Matheus' Nature of Construction (2011) and (right) Haegue Yang's No. 16, Circular Flat – Lotus Robe, 2010. Far back a wooden changing room for Laura Lima's 'Marra' (1996 and 2011) performers.

    Haegue Yang, No. 16, Circular Flat – Lotus Robe, 2010: "is a work comprising three light sculptures; simple, white stands in metal, covered in feathers, fabric, cables and other materials." [from the Konsthall web]

    Rodrigo Matheus, Nature of Construction (2011): his "works explore representation and perception in art and nature. In Nature of Construction (2011) a metal net is put up between the branches of a tree. This type of net is put up over windows in Brazil in order to stop children from falling out. The Landscape is a kind of diorama in which a landscape painting in the background is contrasted against the authentic, but in an art gallery unnaturally installed, branches and plans in the foreground." [from the Konsthall web]
    (above) General view of the second exhibition space where most works were on view: (foreground) Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain's, SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS (2011) "is an adaption of a mysterious Latin palindrome, which can be written in a square and read from all directions. Detanico & Lain have created their own coded alphabet and written the palindrome with concrete slabs on the floor." [from the Konsthall web]. (Background) works by Öyvind Fahlström (left) and Eugenio Dittborn (right).

    (above) "Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s Textorama (2011) has its basis in an exhibition she produced for the Hispanic Society of America in 2009-2010. Her exhibition related to the institution’s famous research library. The calligrammatic wall is an exploration and continuation of this library, with excerpts and quotations from canonical as well as unknown works of various languages."

    "João Modé's 'Vanish' (2005) incense spirals have a short life cycle. Assembled in clusters, one spiral sets fire to another until only ashes remain." [from the Konsthall web]

    Rivane Neuenschwander's "In 'First Love' (2005/2011), viewers can describe their first love to a police artist who creates a “facial composite” – an image that has travelled a long way from the original object of love." [from the Konsthall web]

    (Foreground) Stage ready for Arto Lindsay's performance during the opening evening. (Background) "The artist duo Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain’s work is focused on language, and specifically typography. New Roman Times (2011) is a remodelling and reversal of the classic typeface Times New Roman." [from the Konsthall web]

    24 August: IASPIS's corridor. Studio visits with Anna Sandgren, Priscila Fernandes, Helen Mirra and Job Ramos.

    25 August: Former premises of Moderna Museet, currently hosting The Museum of Architecture.

    Moderna Museet's 2004 Rafael Moneo extension with exhibitions on the museum's photography collection and a solo show of Klara Lidén.

    25 August: (Below) An amazing discovery: the Biologiska Museet (Biological Museum) in Djurgården, a place that "contains collections of Scandinavian [stuffed!] mammals and birds in their natural habitats. Backgrounds for the dioramas [viewed from two levels] were painted by Bruno Liljefors, and the [1893] building was designed by Agi Lindegren, who used Norwegian medieval stave churches as a model." (from

    25 August: Opening of 'T-a-l-i-s-m-a-n-ic' exhibition of Lucie Fontaine at Fruit and Flower Deli Stockholm.
    as well as several other galleries opening at the vibrant Hudiksvallsgatan:

    Including the beautiful show 'Loch Ness, non-site' by Gerard Byrne at Galerie Nordenhake (+ and better images here). 

    Below detail of his work 'Some gestalt forms surveyed, and organized into primary structures, on dates between 2001 – 2011' Site: Loch Ness, Scotland, 2001 - ongoing. Silver gelatin prints, wooden forms, linen lined vitrine.

    (Below) Alba S. Enström “Through love and emotions…” opened at the young Crystal

    (Below) and on the first floor, Andréhn-Schiptjenko hosted a solo show of Annika von Hausswolff.

    Latitudes 'out of office' photo album 2010–11 season

    Following a tradition started in 2009 (see the 2010 post) we say goodbye to the 2010-11 season with an 'out of office' post with some unseen and 'behind the scenes' moments of the last 11 months. Happy holidays/felices vacaciones!

    – Latitudes |

     17 September 2010: Opening of 'Antes que todo' at the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles (Madrid). Latitudes contributed artist entries to the exhibition catalogue (+ images)

    20 September 2010: BCN-NYC. Ahead are 11 intense weeks of hard work as a partner organisation of 'The Last Newspaper' exhibition, for which Latitudes produced a weekly newspaper in a live situation from the New Museum galleries for 10 consecutive weeks. Weekly blogs and videos of each newspaper (now 'The Last Newspaper' exhibition catalogue): #1 The Last Post; #2 The Last Gazette; #3 The Last Register; #4 The Last Star-Ledger; #5 The Last Monitor; #6 The Last Observer; #7 The Last Evening Sun; #8 The Last Journal; #9 The Last Times; #10 The Last Express. (+ images)
    25 September 2010: Studio visit with Ester Partegàs (+ images). Partegàs was the 'advertising department' in the 10 tabloid newspaper series edited by Latitudes for 'The Last Newspaper'.

    early October: Final touches to 'The Last Newspaper' exhibition curated by Richard Flood and Benjamin Godsill. Show opened 6 October 2010. (+ installation images)

    21 October 2010: Presentation of 'Vic Cambrils Barcelona...' project at the Midway Contemporary Art's library, Minneapolis. A selection of 50 self- and micro-published books and paper editions by Catalan artists, designers, curators... (+ images)
      22 October 2010: Yves Klein gala dinner at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

    13 November 2010: final checks of issue #7 'The Last Evening Sun' with the brilliant TLN part-time staffers Janine Armin and Greg Barton. (+ images of the exhibition)

    18 November 2010: 'The Last...' graphic designers Chad Kloepfer and Joel Stillman discussing with New Museum's Daniel Thiem and Latitudes' the final bits & pieces of 'The Last Newspaper' catalogue.

    24 November 2010: Issue #8 'The Last Journal' delivered! Won-der-ful cover by Fernando Bryce.

    late November 2010: Checking the headlines of 'The Last Times' (#9) featuring Peter Piller, Robert Gober, Andrea Bowers, Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere amongst others.
     Late November: The board is almost filled with the weekly mini-posters with 'The Last...' headlines. Underneath pictures of the team that made TLN possible.

    10 December 2010: This is how 10 weeks of full-time work look like when you pile them up.
      10 December 2010: Packaging the 10 newspapers + cover/index with New Museum's Daniel Thiem and the ever helpful Irina Chernyakova.

    early January 2011: Delivery of our copies of 'The Last Newspaper' to our home, what-a-moment! (+ images)

    19 January 2011: Installing with Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller their solo show at the Aarhus Art Building, Centre for Contemporary Art, Århus, Denmark. (+ images)

    Roman & Christina installing 'End of Life - Contribution to the inefficiency of poetry' (2010). They know what they are doing!
     21 January 2011: Leaving our cozy temporary homes before the opening of the exhibition.

    26 January 2011: The crates are here! First installation of 'Amikejo: Pennacchio/Argentato' at the Laboratorio 987, MUSAC. (+ images)

    Placing one of Pennacchio Argentato's slabs with the installation crew.

    Amikejo wonderful helpers Pilar and Maria from the Escuela de Arte Superior de Conservación y Restauración de Bienes Culturales, León. Gracias for being there!

    Final touches... Filming a short interview with Pennacchio/Argentato at the Laboratorio 987, MUSAC. You can watch it here.
     21 February 2011: Delivery of Martí Anson's works in Meessen de Clercq, Brussels, for the exhibition 'Expositition International des Arts...' (+ images)

    Unpacking Martí Anson's furniture, trying to make sense of their parts.

    Unpacking bits and pieces of Sarah Ortmeyer's VITRINE MAURICE (2011).

    Lunch break with Maria Loboda, Martí Anson and Max of Latitudes. Eating delicious baguettes from next door's deli.

    Placing Maria Loboda's new pieces in the Wunderkammer.

    Charlotte Moth's nine photographic prints before being installed.

    23 February: Placing Martí Anson's furniture on the (finally dry) platform.

    2 March 2011: Studio visit with Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum in Rotterdam deciding the display of their forthcoming exhibition at the Laboratorio 987, MUSAC. Above: home-made maquette of the Laboratorio. (+ images)

    2 March 2011: Klaas van Gorkum grandfather's lathe in action in the artists' studio (+ info)
     2 March 2011: Trying out different displays and selecting the objects made by Klaas van Gorkum's grandfather for the exhibition, would they all fit in the platform?

    3 March 2011: Laying out each page of the forthcoming publication 'Lara Almarcegui. Projects 1995-2010' in the artist studio in Rotterdam.

    5 April 2011: Installation day 1 of Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum show at the Laboratorio 987.
    Tricky part: placing the platform on the wooden legs manufactured by the artists using Jos van Gorkum's lathe.

    Klaas discussing with über-fabulous 'Amikejo' coordinator Carlos Ordás, 'Amikejo' helpers Pilar and Maria and the technicians from Artefacto how to install the photographs on the wall.

    8 April 2011: Press conference at the Laboratorio 987 (+ info)
     9–13 May 2011: Week-long seminar with A-Study participants discussing curatorial practices. Photo: Gerda Kochanska.
     20 May 2011: Studio visit with Lee Welch at Piet Zwart in Rotterdam, to discuss his ideas for the final Amikejo show (opening 24 September) at the Laboratorio 987 in collaboration with Fermín Jiménez Landa.

    early June 2011: Navigating Venice by vaporetto... (photo tour Giardini, Arsenale and Eventi Collaterali)

    early June: and navigating Venice by foot...
    21 June 2011: Unwrapping Irene Kopelman's sculptures to be exhibited as part of Uqbar's exhibition, the third chapter of Amikejo at Laboratorio 987, MUSAC.

    22 June 2011: Irene Kopelman and Mariana Castillo Deball unwrapping Mariana's sculptures.

    23 June 2011: Installing Uqbar, stairs going up and down...

    24 June 2011: Final piece to install. Mariana and Irene Kopelman giving 'left, right, up...' instructions to Artefacto crew member. (+ images)

    25 June 2011: Uqbar presents their show to the press and museum staff.

    29 June 2011: Third day of 'Campus'. Participants chat outside and look at the project vinyls placed on the façade. (+ images)

    4–8 July 2011, week #1 with Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson. Mapping participants to ideas, mapping ideas to participants.

    4–8 July 2011, week #1 with Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson. Ólafur and Antoine see the world in 3D.

    11–15 July 2011, week #2 with Renata Lucas.

    18–21 July 2011, week #3 with Peter Piller.

    18–22 July 2011: Mariana invited by the Mondriaan visitors programme to tour Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht's galleries, museums, art centers and artist studios. Above poster campaign signed by 'Disgruntled Dutch Artists' posted in several institutions in relation to the HUGE change Dutch arts will suffer due to unprecedented cuts. (+ images)

    25–29 July 2011, week #4 with Adrià Julià.

    29 July 2011, 19.30h: Display of the projects and ideas-in-the-making developed during 'Campus'. After 5 weeks of group talks, video screenings, tutorials and production, a one-month exhibition opens at Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, the same space occupied by 'Campus' during the last five weeks.

    All photos: Latitudes | (except when noted in the photo caption).

    viernes 29 julio, 19.30h: Finissage de 'Campus', Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona

    Poster 'Campus'.

    El 29 de julio tendrá lugar un finissage en el Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona, coincidiendo con la conclusión de la segunda fase de 'Campus' (27 junio–29 julio). La presentación recoge los proyectos e ideas desarrollados por los quince participantes durante el últimos mes.

    Los artistas, seleccionados mediante convocatoria abierta, han participado en cuatro intensas semanas de trabajo dirigidas por los artistas Libia Castro y Ólafur Ólafsson (4–8 julio), Renata Lucas (11–15 julio), Peter Piller (18–22 julio) y Adrià Julià (25–29 julio) y han organizado este display final de sus proyectos, que se podrá visitar hasta el 28 agosto y que incluye trabajos e ideas colectivos e individuales, así como videos de los cuatro casos de estudio presentados en las dos conferencias del 28 y el 30 de junio sobre programas educación artística y videos documentando las cuatro semanas de trabajo durante 'Campus'.

    Entre los proyectos presentados se incluyen:

    Quim Packard (Reus, 1985) quien ha creado la Thompson Student Association (TSA), una asociación estudiantil de participación colectiva y abierta desde donde se han generado diferentes actividades paralelas al programa oficial de 'Campus'.

    La instalación 'Ejercicio de ritmo' (2011) de Lola Lasurt (Barcelona, 1983), compuesta de una maqueta de cartón y plastilina y una película en super 8 (3'50''), explora el monumento dedicado al político y abogado Francesc Layret (1880–1920) situado en la Plaza Goya en Barcelona.

    El proyecto 'Tierra Circular' (2011) de Mónica Zamudio (Bogotá, 1985) consiste en la creación de una sociedad secreta, la Societat Real Contemporànea del Sentit Profund, a partir de la cual se presentan imágenes simbólicas irreconocibles y una red relacional de significados entorno a la palabra 'seny' (cordura en Catalán).

    Dada la abundancia de carteristas en Barcelona, Claudia Claremi (Madrid, 1986) ha decidido dejarse robar el bolso y poner una denuncia en la cual narra los hechos y la lista de los objetos sustraídos, dejando abierta la posibilidad de que la persona que coja o encuentre la cartera se ponga en contacto con ella o simplemente la ignore.

    Finalmente, Ariadna Parreu (Reus, 1982), Jordi Ferreiro (Barcelona, 1982) y Daniel Silvo (Cádiz, 1982) presentarán su trabajo colaborativo "Poplitics" durante la inauguración, una conferencia–performance que propone la confrontación de la estética musical pop y el análisis de las letras de sus canciones con el discurso político.

    El 29 julio también se presentará una publicación diseñada por FerranElotro Studio que recoge documentación de los artistas participantes así como pequeñas entrevistas con los tutores.

    Poster conferencia 'Poplitics'. Cortesía: Jordi Ferreiro

    Programa finissage:

    19.45h: Proyección film super 8 "Ejercicio de ritmo" (2011, 3'50'') de Lola Lasurt (Sala exposiciones)
    20.00h: Conferencia "Poplitics" (2011, 10') Ariadna Parreu, Jordi Ferreiro y Daniel Silvo (Auditorio primer piso)
    20.30h: 'Hiperconferencia' (15') performance de Jordi Ferreiro alrededor de la idea del hipervínculo en la que el espectador se ve involucrado en una ficción participativa (Auditorio, primer piso).

    Poster acción participativa 'Hiperconferencia'. Cortesía: Jordi Ferreiro

    Catálogo-dossier de 'Campus' disponible via Issuu:

    Espai Cultural Caja Madrid
    Plaça Catalunya 9 (esquina Rambla Catalunya)
    08002 Barcelona

    Lun-Sáb 10–21h
    Dom 10–14h

    Latitudes' 'The Last Newspaper' exhibition featured in the May issue of Shanghai-based magazine 'Art World Magazine'

    In their May issue, Shanghai-based Art World Magazine featured 'The Last Newspaper' (New Museum, 6 October 2010–9 January 2011) exhibition focusing on Latitudes' 10-week-long editorial project and re-publishing and translating four articles originally published in issues: #2 The Last Gazette (focus article on Hans Haacke's "News" by Julienne Lorz), #5 The Last Monitor (an essay on paperweights and newsstands by Harley Spiller), #6 The Last Observer (interview with Wolfgang Tillmans by Lorena Muñoz-Alonso), #7 The Last Evening Sun (focus article on Luciano Fabro's 'Pavimento-Tautologia' by Simone Menegoi) and #8 The Last Journal (an interview with Rirkrit Tiravanija by Desiree B. Ramos).
      Thank you to Michelle Ding from Art World Magazine and to all the writers for giving permission to reprint in Chinese.

    Photos: Latitudes |

    Opening 25 June, 17h: 'Amikejo: uqbar (Irene Kopelman & Mariana Castillo Deball)', exhibition cycle 'Amikejo', Laboratorio 987, MUSAC, León

    Calipso, 2011. Courtesy: uqbar.

    Opening: Saturday 25 June, 17h.

    Amikejo, uqbar (Irene Kopelman & Mariana Castillo Deball) will explore the idea of working together as a subject in itself. The “interchanges, mutations, transmutations, metamorphosis and contaminations that working together entails ... the hybrids we create together, not belonging to one or the other but rather creating an in between zone”, as the artists have described. 

    The exhibition at the Laboratorio 987 will be based on the principal of chirality or ‘handedness’. Chirality is a property of an object that is not superimposable on its mirror image. Human hands are perhaps the most recognizable example of chirality: the left hand is a non-superimposable mirror image of the right hand. Cases of chirality can be found in many different organisms in nature, such as in the twisted petals of certain orchids, shells and fish scales. 

    The exhibition will be composed of a spiral staircase, which will serve as a viewpoint for other artifacts and objects. Uqbar will create a psychedelic chiral ecosystem, featuring hanging papier-mâché epiphyte sculptures and enlarged stone microfossils, as well as “Banyan tree drawings, a video of a chemical reaction, fables among non-humans and drawings of hybrid creatures”.

    Zeno Reminder, Cabinet Magazine Space / Performa 09, New York (2009). Courtesy the artists.


    Uqbar is an occasional collaboration between artists Mariana Castillo Deball & Irene Kopelman initiated in 2005. Its practice has led to sculptural installations, seminars and publications, and frequently involves the cooperation of individuals outside the artistic field, including scientists and writers. Uqbar’s projects are often sparked by an oblique investigation into a particular repository of knowledge, and following Jorge Luis Borges (whose fictional place Uqbar lends its name to the foundation) they approach a world through an abundance of possible of meanings and possible histories. Fuga di Un Piano (2009) for Manifesta 7, Rovereto, Italy, for example, took the International Center for the study of Futurism as its point of departure, by presenting in part a future archive of some imagined sculptural creations of a speculative creative automaton.

    Uqbar projects include Principle of Hope, Manifesta 7, Rovereto, Italy; Zeno Reminder, Cabinet Magazine Space / Performa 09, New York (2009); Principle of Hope, Manifesta 7, Rovereto, Italia (2008); Transacciones Filosóficas, Museo Astronómico de Córdoba, Argentina (2007); Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge, 10th International Istanbul Biennial (2007); A for Alibi, Utrecht University Museum, Utrecht & De Appel, Amsterdam (2006–8).
    Forthcoming and final 'Amikejo' exhibition: Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch (24 September 2011–15 January 2012).

    'Amikejo' is an exhibition cycle of four exhibitions guest curated by Latitudes, taking place in January, April, June and September 2011 at the Laboratorio 987, MUSAC.

    Exhibition supported by the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.


    Read press release from MUSAC or download press images.

    For further information please contact Izaskun Sebastián at [email protected]
    Avenida de los Reyes Leoneses, 24
    24008 León, ES
    Tue–Fri: 10–15 / 17–20h; Sat–Sun: 11–15/ 17–21h. Monday closed.

    Christodoulos Panayiotou production in Barcelona

    Today was the last day of Christodoulos Panayiotou's (1978 Limassol, Cyprus) temporary event in Estudios Gala, a film studio in Barcelona that has remained opened this past week while Panayiotou's production for the forthcoming show at Fundació Miró, 'You are not alone', was taking place.

    Panayiotou proposed to produce a theatre backdrop of a sky which has been painted by professional scenographers over this past week. As with pieces such as The End (2009) or a series of works with existing historical theatre backdrops, the piece will be shown lying on the floor and folded, presenting 'the absence by its negative presence'. It is accompanied by a silkscreened poster that reads 'N O W H E R E' and below the dates and the place of production (11–16 June, Estudios Gala).

    (From the press release) "In 'You are not alone', 14 artists help to fight stigmatisation by reappraising the causes, consequences and current context of Aids as well as the ways of fighting it." The exhibition is produced by the ArtAids Foundation, founded and presided by Dutch-born Barcelona-based philanthropist Han Nefkens who, besides this new work by Panayiotou has facilitated the production of the work of eight more artists whose work does not generally address the subject of Aids: Deimantas Narkevicius (Lithuanis), Latifa Echakhck (Morocco), Danh Vo (Denmark/Vietnam), Lorena Zilleruelo (Chile), Lucy & Jorge Orta (UK and Argentina), Antoni Miralda (Spain) and Elmgreen & Dragset (Denmark and Norway).

    The exhibibition will travel to
    the Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo (MARCO) from October 21. 'You are not alone' is curated by Hilde Teerlinck, director of FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais/Dunkerque with Irene Aristizábal as assistant curator.

    Photos: Latitudes |

    Programación 'CAMPUS', 27 Junio–28 Agosto 2011, Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona

    Imagen gráfica de Campus por ferranElOtro Studio.

    27 Junio–28 Agosto 2011
    Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona

    Artistas tutores: Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Renata Lucas, Peter Piller y Adrià Julià.

    Artistas participantes: Claudia Claremi (Madrid–Madrid), Diogo Evangelista (Lisboa–Lisboa), Alia Farid (Kuwait–Barcelona), Jordi Ferreiro (Barcelona–Barcelona), José Joaquin Figueroa (Caracas–Nueva York), Lola Lasurt (Barcelona–Barcelona), Federico Martelli (Santiago de Chile–Londres), Momu & No Es (Lucia Moreno/Eva Noguera, Basilea/Barcelona–Madrid), Quim Packard (Reus–Barcelona), Ariadna Parreu (Reus–Barcelona), Antoine Renard (Paris–Berlin), Maria Salazar (Logroño–Bilbao), Daniel Silvo (Cádiz–Madrid), Carlos Valverde (Cáceres–Barcelona) y Mónica Zamudio (Bogotá–Bogotá).

    Ponentes conferencias: Bartomeu Marí, Jennifer Teets, Carles Guerra y Nikolaus Hirsch.

    Combinando modelos de educación experimental y de residencia de artistas, 'Campus' es una escuela temporal, gratuita, y sin créditos universitarios, un proyecto piloto enfocado hacia la reflexión y el intercambio de ideas, de experiencias y conocimiento. Durante Julio, el Espai Cultural Caja Madrid de Barcelona, se convertirá en una escuela híbrida y bilingüe (inglés/castellano) en la que tendrán lugar cuatro sesiones de trabajo semanales dirigidas por cinco artistas internacionales: Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Renata Lucas, Peter Piller y Adrià Julià. 'Campus' será un punto de encuentro para artistas nacidos en o después de 1980 trabajando en una variedad de disciplinas artísticas. (+ info...)

    El programa se divide en 3 partes: 

    Fase 1, 27 junio–1 julio: Presentaciones del trabajo de los 15 participantes seleccionados (a puerta cerrada) y dos conferencias gratuitas y abiertas al público (28 y 30 junio, 19–21h) en las que se presentarán cuatro casos de estudio de educación artística autónoma con el objetivo de analizar diversos modelos pedagógicos internacionales – + info programa, casos estudio y ponentes.

    Fase 2, 4–29 julio: Cuatro sesiones de trabajo de una semana de duración bajo la tutoría de cinco artistas con una consolidada trayectoria internacional: Libia Castro y Ólafur Ólafsson, Renata Lucas, Peter Piller y Adrià Julià – + info contenido sesiones de trabajo.

    Fase 3, 29 julio–28 Agosto: Finissage: 29 Julio, 19.30–21h. Presentación de los proyectos e ideas desarrollados.

    'Campus' es un proyecto concebido y dirigido por Latitudes y producido por Obra Social Caja Madrid.
    Coordinación: Julieta Manzano
    Diseño espacio: Yoel Karaso y Cecilia Tham (Collective Intelligence/Polyplicity)
    Diseño gráfico y publicación: ferranElOtro Studio

    Contacto: [email protected]
    Síguenos en Twitter #campusespai

    Espai Cultural Caja Madrid
    Plaça Catalunya 9 (esquina Rambla de Catalunya)
    08002 Barcelona, ES

    DVD/Book of 'A Road Not Taken', a film by Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller

    We received the beautiful DVD/Book of 'A Road not Taken', the film by Swiss artists Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller – see trailer here – narrating the story of President Jimmy Carter's solar panels installed on the roof of the the White House in 1979. Latitudes collaborated with the duo during Portscapes, Rotterdam (2009) and most recently in February this year, curated their solo exhibition 'United Alternative Energies' in Arhus, Denmark – see images.

    "This symbolic installation was taken down in 1986 during the Reagan presidency. In 1991, Unity College, an environmentally-minded centre of learning in Maine acquired the panels and later installed them on their cafeteria roof. In 'A Road not Taken', the artists travel back in time and, following the route the solar panels took, interview those involved in the decisions regarding these panels as well as those involved in the oil crisis of the time. They also look closely at the way this initial installation presaged our own era." (from the website

    The documentary just won the Golden Sun Award Best Documentary at The International Environmental Film Festival (FICMA), Barcelona. Congratulations Roman and Christina!

    The DVD/Book is now available worldwide through their web and other bookstores. Some data:

    UPC: 6 34479 99963 5
    ISBN: 978-3-033-02868-5
    Genre: Documentary
    DVD Region Code: No Zone
    Running Time: 66 min.
    Rating: no rating
    Package Type: Hardcover book in slim DVD case size (192 x 135 x 10 mm, 7.4 x 5.3 x 0.4 “), cellophane wrapped
    Pages: 64
    Number of discs: 1 DVD-5
    Directors: Christina Hemauer | Roman Keller
    Original Language: English
    Closed Captioned: yes
    Subtitles: German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and English
    Aspect Ratio: 16:9
    Audio Format: Dolby stereo
    Bonus: 24 min.

    All photos of the pages: Latitudes |

    Photo & review tour: 'ILLUMInations/ILLUMInazioni', 54th Biennale di Venezia 2011

    ILLUMInations / ILLUMInazioni
    54th Biennale di Venezia
    4 June–27 November 2011

    Much has already been written about this year's biennale which officially opened last Saturday, 4 June (professional previews 1–3 June). We have selected some excerpts of reviews that have appeared so far to accompany our photo-tours.
    We'll begin with the main exhibition 'ILLUMInations / ILLUMInazioni' curated by Bice Curiger at the Padiglione Centrale in the Giardini and at the Arsenale.

    On the
    inclusion of three Tintoretto paintings in the Padiglione Centrale, Giardini:
    Adam Kleinman, “ILLUMInazioni – ILLUMInations”, Art-Agenda, 5 June 2011: At first reading, it seems that we might be in for a show on the artistic play of light and shadow. (…) Normally the suffix –tion alerts the reader that some process has affected the host word it is tagged to, i.e., illumination is the condition of being lit. But at the Biennale, curator Bice Curiger instead turns a homophonic pun by tying –nations to nations, as in states, in the exhibition literature. (...) "Why they [three Tintoretto's paintings 'The Last Supper' (1592–1594), 'The Stealing of the Body of St. Mark' (1562–1566), and 'The Creation of the Animals', (ca. 1550)] were there, exactly, is a bit hard to ascertain, especially since all three of these paintings have been on view to the public in Venice for some time now." (…) In addition, the ahistorical juxtaposition of trusting the work in the center of a contemporary exhibition could blur some notion of antiquarian historicism."
    Adrian Searle, 'The Venice Biennale's balance of power', The Guardian, 6 June 2011: (…) Shuttling the canvases across Venice from the Accademia and the church of St Giorgio Maggiore to the Giardini was the perilous bit. But they don't belong here, and add nothing but a frisson of High Art, an intimation of the certainties of the past. In the climate-controlled half-light, they just look big, excessive and out of place.
    On Maurizio Cattelan's 'Others' (2011) a re-creation of his 1997 piece 'Turisti' (also presented in the Biennale) with 200 stuffed pigeons and pigeon shit on the floor – also by Adrian Searle: Excess in one way or another marks this biennale more than most. Cattelan's pigeons are everywhere in the central pavilion. He had them here before, in 1997, but they have bred. It's a running gag. [this time 2,000 stuffed pigeons are placed in every room's roof except in Gabriel Kuri's space].

    On the German, the Swiss and the Polish pavilions:
    Adrian Searle, 'The Venice Biennale's balance of power', The Guardian, 6 June 2011.
    (…) Schlingensief was still planning his work when he died, and the final show is an over-the-top mixture of theatre sets and artistic works, film and documentation from his project to build a school and opera house in Burkina Faso. The whole thing is a mock-cathedral of disquiet and rage, loud with recorded voices, fragments of filmed performances and archival footage, copies of Joseph Beuys drawings and diagrams – as well as x-ray images of Schlingensief's own ravaged lungs. I felt hectored. An extraordinary man though Schlingensief undoubtedly was – as much a social critic as an artist – at what point does the artist's work end and curatorial surmise begin?
    Germany seemed excessive, but Thomas Hirschhorn filled the Swiss pavilion with a wonderland of gaffer-tape, cardboard and Bacofoil, bevvies of Barbie dolls and other uncountable props. It's great, in a rackety Doctor-Who-set way, but one might say that Hirschhorn is doing what he always does. (This was also Mike Nelson's problem, as I wrote last week.) – Great photos of the pavilion here by Contemporary Art Daily.
    (…) More pointed and focused was Israeli-Dutch artist Yael Bartana trilogy of films '... And Europe Will Be Stunned', in the Polish pavilion. This felt right. Bartana's idea is a call for over three million Jews to return to Poland, and her film follows the setting up of a Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland. The whole thing is both real and unreal, heartfelt and parodic. Perhaps such a movement may now become a reality. Bartana's final film ends with the funeral of the assassinated leader of the movement; there is an implicit critique of Israeli politics, and of xenophobia and nationalism everywhere.
    Adam Kleinman, “ILLUMInazioni – ILLUMInations”, Art-Agenda, 5 June 2011: (…) Yet, these cross-pollinations become even more laughable and glib in the exhibition ephemera as the curator rambles, in one of many examples, that the Tintoretto works somehow have a relation to Urs Fischer’s 'Untitled' (2011), in which a giant modeled souvenir candle of Giambologna’s 'Rape of the Sabine Women' (1574–82), is melted away because they both share some connection to “art history”, or likewise, that James Turrell’s sci-fi light “echoes” Tintoretto’s palette.
    Adam Kleinman, “ILLUMInazioni – ILLUMInations”, Art-Agenda, 5 June 2011: (…) Within the context of the show’s half-formed pairing of light, or let’s say, vision & power, Amalia Pica’s Venn Diagram (Under the spotlight) (2011), is the only work that truly brought notoriety to this coupling, while also touching on ideas of togetherness, socio-political history and the like. Here two lights, each with their own colored gels, shot two beams onto a wall in the Central Pavilion. (…) one beam produced a red circle of light on the wall, and the other a blue light completed by a slight overlap between the two. Underneath these blinkers was a handwritten wall caption on an irrational prohibition by the dictatorship of Argentina in the 1970s. This censorship banned Venn diagrams (…) due to the subversive implications of these models of heterogeneity. As such, these fundamental pedagogical devices were removed from primary school textbooks and overt public usage. (…) Blended in the center of the red and blue surveying alarms was a bright, clear spotlight, which pointed to a need to watch all political and nationalistic colorings.
    On the overall focus, the four 'para-pavilions' and, again, the inclusion of Tintoretto:

    Franz West's para-pavilion at the Arsenale.

    Monika Sosnowska's para-pavilion at the Padiglione Centrale, Giardini.
    Oscar Tuazon's para-pavilion in the Giardini, with works by Asier Mendizabal and Ida Ekblad.

    Article by Georgina Adam and Jane Morris, 'First impressions of “Illuminazioni” exhibition at Venice Biennale. Elegant, intelligent and well paced, but its curator Bice Curiger takes few risks', 3 Jun 2011, The Art Newspaper (web only): (…) Curiger has organised a show that despite its conceptual underpinnings also focuses on the classic themes of form, composition and materials. (…) The critical reaction generally favoured Curiger’s other innovation: the creation of four “para-pavilions”, in which Franz West, Song Dong, Monika Sosnowska and Oscar Tuazon were invited to create individual spaces that could also house works by other artists. West is showing a “reproduction” of his kitchen in Vienna with works that usually hang there by his artist friends. The works are displayed on the outside of the structure. Inside is projected Dream Villa, a work by Dayanita Singh. (…) Ossian Ward, the art critic and art editor of London’s Time Out magazine, said: “The Arsenale is the stronger of the two venues, but overall 'Illuminazioni' fails to take any real risks. Besides, that is, the parachuting of three Tintorettos into its midst, which neither steal nor cement the show.”On the Italian Pavilion, “L'Arte non è Cosa Nostra” in the Arsenale curated by Italian polemicist, politician and art historian Vittorio Sgarbi:

    Cristina Ruiz, 'Italian Pavilion: Vittorio Sgarbi’s sprawling, sexed-up show', The Art Newspaper, 3 June 2011: (…) When he announced his decision to include 200 artists selected by 200 intellectuals, the pundits said it couldn't be done. In fact, Scarbi has displayed the 200 he said he would, and then added another 60 for good measure. (…) The resulting display has the sprawling randomness of a flea market. There are works featuring sex, religion, violence, nudity, as well as a giant pomegranate and a polar bear.

    Adrian Searle, 'The Venice Biennale's balance of power', The Guardian, 6 June 2011: (…) Sgarbi, a maverick critic and TV personality who hates most contemporary art, has invited leading Italian writers and intellectuals, Dario Fo and Giorgio Agamben among them, to select the works. Boorishly provocative, the resulting show is full of horrible, kitschy things, appallingly installed; with its cliched sentiments and rubbishy populism, it is like a tour of Silvio Berlusconi's brain.
    Roberta Smith, 'Venice Biennale: The Enormity of the Beast', The New York Times, 2 June 2011: (…) A new and historic Biennale low is reached in the vast Italian Pavilion where Vittorio Sgarbi, an Italian art historian, television personality and former under-secretary of culture, has overseen a ludicrously dense installation of work by some 260 Italian artists, almost all of it unredeemable still-born schlock. Bristling with an unbelievably venomous hatred of art, the exhibition would be a national scandal, if Italy weren’t already plagued by so many.

    Jerry Saltz, 'The Ugly American', “This makes me embarrassed to be an American,” the mega-curator of an extremely well-known U.S. art museum groaned to me. (…) Artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla have placed a 60-ton army tank. It’s a real one, shipped from England at who knows what expense, turned upside-fucking-down, turret and gun barrel on the ground, steel treads to the sky. Atop this warlord wedding cake, they’ve installed a treadmill where a world-class runner works out for 15 minutes of every hour. It’s the health club from Hell, Afghanistan in Venice, and it makes a humongous racket that can be heard all around the Giardini. I looked back at the curator and said, “I think being embarrassed to be an American is partly what this is about.”

    Adrian Searle, 'The Venice Biennale's balance of power', The Guardian, 6 June 2011: America, of course, has been flexing its muscles and telling the world to screw itself for years. I heard that Obama personally approved the US pavilion's show Gloria, by Jennifer Allora and Cuban-born Guillermo Calzadilla. Their work really depends on the Olympic athletes who run on their tank-track-powered running machine, and who perform amazing gymnastics on American Airlines first class seats. They leap, fling themselves about, defying both gravity and the imaginary confinement of air travel, slumped on the beds. Extraordinary rendition was never like this. Was this all about American power and choreographed, muscle-bound might? Allora and Calzadilla pirouette on the line between politics and entertainment. The runners go nowhere, and the upside-down tank looks impotent and vulnerable, though it makes a lot of noise – a roaring excess. (video on the US Pavilion, UK Pavilion, Swiss Pavilion, Tintoretto and Maurizio Cattelan at the Central Pavilion, Urs Fischer at the Arsenal)

    Carol Vogel, 'Venice Biennale: Money Talks, Make That Sings', The New York Times, 3 June 2011: (…) There is only one A.T.M. machine in the whole of the Giardini, the gardens at the tip of the city that is home to the national pavilions. It’s in a space of its own at the back of the American pavilion. But this is no run-of-the-mill A.T.M. The brainchild of the artist duo Allora & Calzadilla, it is a pipe organ with an A.T.M. embedded in its belly that is computer-programmed to play a tune when a person puts in their pin number. (…) During the first three days of the Biennale’s V.I.P. preview earlier this week, more than 100,000 euros were withdrawn from the machine. That amount, Lisa Freiman, commissioner of the pavilion said, is three or four times the normal activity of an A.T.M. in Italy, according to BNL, the bank that operates it. When it gets low on cash, gun-toting guards can be seen coming to replenish it.

    Roberta Smith, 'Venice Biennale: An Installation Art Contest', 1 June 2011: At that pavilion [Czech Republic], a little-known artist named Dominik Lang, barely 30 years old, has mounted a strangely affecting time-capsule-like installation featuring a great deal of generic postwar figurative sculpture by his father, Jiri Lang (1927-1996), who stopped making art years before his son was born. It serves as a sobering reminder of the obscurity that awaits most of the art produced at any given point in time, as well as the ability of art objects, being objects, to wait out different phases of neglect.

    Rachel Withers, 'Mike Nelson at the Venice Biennale', The Guardian, 3 June 2011: Nelson's concept for Venice is to test out ideas of repetition and duplication on a giant scale. He tells me he's going to "build a biennial within another biennial" by reconstructing his 2003 Istanbul piece. But he's not stopping there. The Istanbul work was housed in a remarkable building: the Büyük Valide Han, a vast, once-palatial 17th-century travellers' inn that survived, in 2003 at least, as a crumbling warren of artisans' workshops. (…) His goal, he insists, is not to produce a replica of the Han but to realise a memory of it, in all its cobbled-together confusion and curious beauty. (…) "Making the pavilion disappear" means three months of intense work for the artist and his small team of technicians. In the present age of artistic fabrication and delegation, this hands-on approach is relatively uncommon.

    On the Spanish Pavilion, 'The Inadequate / Lo inadecuado / L'Inadeguato' a project by Dora García:

    Javier Hontoria, 'Dora García, inadecuadamente oportuna', 31/05/2011: Tras varias ediciones frustradas, el pabellón español de la Bienal de Venecia alberga a partir de hoy un proyecto de altura, acorde con las exigencias y expectativas de la cita que mayor visibilidad concentra en el calendario del arte contemporáneo internacional. (…) La artista vallisoletana presenta desde hoy en el pabellón español de los Giardini venecianos un proyecto titulado Lo Inadecuado. Es un concepto que implica, como le dijo a Paula Achiaga en una reciente entrevista “un sentimiento de malestar, de desajuste, de torpeza”. (…) El proyecto que ahora presenta en Venecia es también inadecuado en su forma. Esta no es una exposición al uso. Aunque tiene su emplazamiento en el interior del pabellón español de los Giardini, no está pensado para ser instalado en un lugar sino para que se extienda en el tiempo. (…) Diseminados en el interior del pabellón vemos diversos elementos que no constituyen obras de arte en sí mismas sino apoyos, atrezzo para situaciones que tienen su curso a lo largo de la Bienal. (…) Es un proyecto, digámoslo sin paliativos, de una enorme complejidad pero en el que la artista se reconoce plenamente. Toda su obra, toda su trayectoria, toda inquietud se concentran en estos meses de Bienal. La necesidad de empujar los límites de todo aquello a lo que se enfrenta es visible en cada situación. Lo inadecuado lo es a todos los niveles, formal, conceptual. (…) Durante la Bienal se sucederán las situaciones en forma de performance, charlas y encuentros en los que participan diferentes actores, fundamentalmente italianos, muchos de ellos profesionales del arte contemporáneo.

    Ángela Molina, 'Dora García, entre un gato y un ratón', El País, 04 Junio 2011: "De repente entendí la no adecuación de la bienal y de su público como algo interesante. Decidí que mi intervención tendría que hacerse de espaldas al público, en un espacio de precariedad. No se tocan las paredes del pabellón, ni apareceré como autora del proyecto. Se trata de prescindir de la platea, pasar por allí sin mancharse. Tampoco es un proyecto colectivo, sino algo iniciado" (…) "El artista es algo incidental que cede su voz a los marginados. Trato de investigar la idea de exclusión, el autismo, lo que no se entiende o no tiene sentido."

    Catalonia and the Balearic Islands also had a pavilion at the
    Magazzini del Sale, in Dorsoduro, with new works by Mabel Palacín:
    Natàlia Farré, 'Mabel Palacín revisa el papel de la imagen en la era digital', El Periódico, 2 Junio: [180º] El propio título de la obra ya remite al séptimo arte, puesto que la regla de los 180º es aquella que asegura que la relación entre imagen y espectador es la correcta, es decir, que la cámara siempre esta en el mismo lado de un eje ficticio para no desconcertar al público. Y lo que hace Palacín es evidenciar que en un mundo en el que cada día se cuelgan 100 millones de fotos en Facebook y se visiona el equivalente a 150 siglos de vídeos en Youtube, el estatus de la imagen ha cambiado y las normas se han roto. «No hay diferencia entre emisario y receptor», apunta Torres. Y añade: «La imagen ha pasado a calificar la realidad». Pero aún hay más: fotografía y vídeo confluyen y se confunden. «Todo es lo mismo» – Better images here and a video tour of the exhibition.

    Klara Lidén's garbage cans collected from the streets of various cities, view in the Arsenale.

    On the
    54th Venice Biennale awards announced 4 June, "The Golden Lion for best national participation went to Germany, represented this year by the artist Christoph Schlingensief, who died last August. The Golden Lion for best artist went to Christian Marclay for his piece The Clock, 2010, on display at the Arsenale, while the Silver Lion for a promising young artist went to Haroon Mirza. The jury—comprising Hassan Khan (Egypt), Carol Yinghua Lu (China), Letizia Ragaglia (Italy), Christine Macel (France), and John Waters—also assigned two special mentions, one to the Lithuanian pavilion, which was represented by Darius Miksys, and one to Klara Lidén’s work Untitled (Trashcan), 2011, on display in the Arsenale. Additionally, according to Curiger’s proposal, the artists Sturtevant and Franz West were awarded Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement."In case you are thirsty for more, here other recommended sources to read/see: for the next two weeks Roberta Smith will discuss one of the 'pieces that stuck with her for good or for bad' on the The New York Time's under the title 'Everyone's a Critic' - you can contribute with your impressions writing 6 words; sweet storytelling NYTimes blog with illustrations by Christoph Niemann, or the ever useful and always growing Center for the Aesthetic Revolution blog by cultural agent, independent curator, exhibition organizer, amateur researcher, public editor, occasional writer, museum-art fairs-collections adviser, retired architect, and aesthetic dilettante Pablo León de la Barra.

    And finally, before ending with full slideshows of the Biennale, an interesting article titled
    'The Venice Effect' by Olav Velthuis (The Art Newspaper, 3 June 2011) to read on your way to Basel focusing on the dealers’ credo: “See it in Venice, buy it in Basel.”

    Slideshow of the Giardini:

    Slideshow of the Arsenale:

    Slideshow of the Eventi Collaterali:

    Some numbers on the 54th Venice Biennale:

    • 83 artists
    • 28 country pavilions in Giardini, used by the 30 official countries considered permanent participants.
    • 89 participating countries this year(77 in the 2009 Biennale)
    • 37 Collateral Events
    Bice Curiger portrayed by Thomas Kilpper, Danish Pavilion.

    2011 Venice Biennale director Bice Curiger, is an art historian, critic and curator. Her curatorial activity at Kunsthaus Zurich parallels her important work in the publishing sector. In 1984, she co-founded the prestigious art magazine “Parkett”, of which she is editor-in-chief. She has been publishing director of London Tate Gallery’s magazine “Tate etc” since 2004. She is the author of a number of publications on contemporary art, among which “The Collected Writings” (Lindinger+Schmid, Regensburg, 2002), “Looks and tenebrae” (Peter Blum Editions, New York and Zurich, 1983), and a monograph on Meret Oppenheim, “Spuren durchstandener Freiheit” (ABC Publisher, Zurich, 1982, English translation 1990, MIT Press, Boston).

    All photos: Latitudes |

    'Spaghetti Junctions', exhibition of Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller at Cubitt Gallery, London

    A Road Not Taken (2010), film still, Courtesy: Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller.

    'Spaghetti Junctions'
    Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller
    Cubitt Gallery, 16 April–29 May 2011
    Opening: Friday 15 April, 6.30–8.30pm

    7.30pm: Performance of an American president’s dedication to the White House solar installation
    Saturday 16 April, 2.30pm: A Road Not Taken (2010), film screening and Q&A with the artists

    Cubitt Gallery presents the first UK solo exhibition by Swiss artists Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller. Through performance, video, sculptural-recreation, text and archive material, Hemauer and Keller explore two short-lived experiments with solar energy, both marking points of change or crisis in the history of oil consumption.

    Latitudes recently collaborated with Hemauer and Keller for Portscapes (2009–10) (see making of video) and the solo show United Alternative Energies, at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Aarhus, Denmark (22 January–3 April 2011).

    The exhibition will present Sun of 1913 (2009), which looks back to the first commercial-scale solar power plant, which American engineer Frank Shuman built in Maadi near Cairo in 1913. However, the plant ceased operation after one year, at the onset of World War I, as the British Government began mass-scale crude oil production in Iran, precipitating a widespread turn to oil. A video projection shows the reconstruction of two segments of the plant by the artists and craftsmen in Cairo.

    A Curiosity, a Museum Piece and an Example of a Road not Taken (2006-2007) investigates former American president Jimmy Carter’s pioneering but ultimately futile energy programme. It culminated in his symbolic solar installation on the White House roof during the 1979 energy crisis, which was removed by the Ronald Regan administration.

    Using re-creation and re-enactment to revitalise the optimism of these pioneering projects, Hemauer and Keller also highlight the time that has since lapsed; that these were “roads not taken”. They revisit episodes in the history of oil and solar energy to ask questions about the present energy situation: increased dependence on, and continued conflict over, fossil fuels.

    Christina Hemauer (born 1973 Zurich, Switzerland) and Roman Keller (born 1969 Liestal, Switzerland) live in Zurich, Switzerland. Recent exhibitions include United Alternative Energies, Centre for Contemporary Art, Aarhus, Denmark, curated by Latitudes (2011) and the 11th Cairo International Biennale, Cairo (2009).

    Exhibition curated by Fiona Parry.


    Saturday 16 April 2.30 pm
    A Road Not Taken (2010), 66 mins
    Film screening and Q&A with the artists

    This will be the UK premier of Hemauer and Keller’s documentary road trip film A Road Not Taken (2010). The film is structured around the conceptual act of finding and donating two of Carter’s solar panels to American history museums as the “museum pieces” he warned they might become. Through interviews (including with Carter) and archive footage the film investigates Carter’s energy programme in the context of his foreign policy on Iran during the 1979 oil crisis.

    CUBITT - Gallery and Studios
    8 Angel Mews
    London N1 9HH, UK
    Open: Wednesday-Sunday 12-6pm

    'Primera necesidad: ¡libros!' librería temporal en RMS, El Espacio, Madrid

    Foto: Maria Nieto

    Primera necesidad: ¡libros!

    Comisariado: The Office (Maribel López) + RMS, La Asociación
    2 abril – 8 julio
    sábado, 2 de abril, 12–15h.

    Primera necesidad: ¡libros! es una librería temporal en la que tienen cabida proyectos editoriales vinculados al arte contemporáneo que por diversos motivos no se encuentran fácilmente en Madrid. Se presenta una selección de libros de editoriales independientes que plantean propuestas que buscan en el medio impreso otras estrategias y modos de hacer y juegan un papel fundamental en el desarrollo de la creación actual.

    Editoriales y autopublicaciones incluidas: Afterall (Londres); Archive Books/Archive Journal (Berlín); Argobooks (Berlín); Nadia Barkate (Bilbao); Belleza Infinita (Bilbao); Bookworks (Londres); Braço de Ferro (Lisboa); Casco Projects (Utrech, Países Bajos); Coop (San Sebastián); Crani (Lladó, España); Cru (Figueras, España); Editions Matière (París); Entreascuas Editores (Madrid); Impress (Londres/Barcelona); Jap Sam Books (Heininjen, Países Bajos); Julia Montilla (Barcelona); Joan Morey (Barcelona); Kaleidoscope (Milán); La Más Bella (Madrid); Mathieu Copeland (Londres/París); Mousse Publishing (Milán); Carme Nogueira (Vigo, España); Paraguay Press (París); Peep-Hole (Milán); Pork Salad Press (Copenhague); Save As ...Publications (Barcelona); Script (Buenos Aires/Madrid); Sternberg Press (Nueva York/Berlín); UHF (Madrid), entre otras. (+ info...)

    Bajo el título de 'Bibliofilia', críticos, comisarios o artistas, ofrecerán semanalmente una selección de libros. Colaboran: Javier Díaz Guardiola, Javier Duero, Bea Espejo, Javier Hontoria, Latitudes, Pablo Martínez, Momu & No Es, Agustín Pérez Rubio, Gloria Picazo, Manuel Segade (Bibliofilia #1, 2-8 Abril), Iker Seisdedos, Julia Spínola y Virginia Torrente.

    Latitudes contribuirá a 'Bibliofilia' en su tercera semana (25–29 Abril 2011) añadiendo a la lista de publicaciones los doce volúmenes producidos por la Editorial Alias, el proyecto editorial del artista mexicano Damián Ortega.

    Foto: Cortesía RMS La Asociación.

    Alias es una editorial independiente sin fines de lucro, que "tiene el propósito de difundir la obra y el pensamiento de autores particularmente significativos para el arte contemporáneo. Creaciones que, por razones y circunstancias difíciles de enumerar en este espacio, no han sido traducidas, impresas y difundidas en habla hispana; o bien, cuyas ediciones anteriores están descontinuadas o nunca han sido distribuidas en México." Entre sus publicaciones se encuentran 'Conversando con Marcel Duchamp', de Pierre Cabanne (2006); 'Mi libro es su libro. Selección de textos y obras traducidas', de Lawrence Weiner (2008); 'Rock, mi religión', de Dan Graham (2008); 'Robert Smithson. Selección de escritos', de Robert Smithson (2009) y 'Una página de chistes', de Ad Reinhardt (2010), entre otros.

    Primera necesidad: ¡libros! ha sido organizada con motivo de Jugada a 3 bandas, una iniciativa que pretende dinamizar la escena del arte emergente madrileño en la que participan 14 galerías, 16 comisarios y 50 artistas.

    Inauguración Jugada a 3 bandas: Sábado 2 Abril, 12-20:30h, varios espacios y galerías de Madrid.

    RMS, El Espacio
    c/ Antonio Pirala 17, 28017 Madrid Ver mapa

    T: +34 91 524 02 19Martes-Viernes 16:30 a 20:30h.
    [email protected]

    Latitudes publications available for consultation in MACBA's Library

    MACBA's Library now has a complete set of Latitudes' publications and exhibition catalogues available for consultation, these include: Portscapes (2009-10), Nothing or Something (2009), No Soul for Sale (2010), The Last Newspaper (2010) and United Alternative Energies (2011).

    These complete the already included publications such as the exhibition catalogue 'Greenwashing. Environment: Perils, Promises and Perplexities' (2008), the publication 'Land, Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook' (2006) and Lawrence Weiner's small booklet and public pieces in the form of sugar packets (2008).

    Biblioteca del MACBA
    Plaça dels Àngels, 8
    08001 Barcelona
    T: +34 93 481 33 66
    F: +34 93 412 46 02
    [email protected]

    Monday-Thursday, 10am-7pm
    Bank holidays, closed

    Installation views of 'Christina Hemauer | Roman Keller: United Alternative Energies', Århus Art Building, Århus, Denmark, until 3 April 2011

    Above and below: Installation view. Photo: Jens Møller Sørensen. Courtesy the artists.

    —> Slideshow of the publication.
    —> Slideshow of the exhibition.

    The exhibition 'Christina Hemauer | Roman Keller: United Alternative Energies', is the most comprehensive exhibition of the Swiss duo's work to date, presenting ten works of which four are new productions.

    Hemauer | Keller has 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. Often involving historical research, remembrance, performance and film, their projects focus in particular on the politics of oil, energy crises, and the pursuit of new technology. (+ info...)

    A 36 full-colour page booklet can be purchased from the Århus Art Building for 35 DKK (aprox. €4,70). Exhibition remains on view until 3 April 2011.

    Photos and texts accompanying images: Latitudes |

    Latitudes' projects timeline to date (2005–ongoing)

    We've updated Latitudes' timeline (2005–ongoing) with some of the 2011 projects.

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