Launch of the publication 'Amikejo' at the border tri-point (drielandenpunt) where the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany meet, 2 June, 17h


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Coinciding with the opening days of Manifesta 9, Latitudes will launch the publication 'Amikejo' at the border marker which represents the apex of the former Neutral Moresnet-Amikejo at Vaalserberg. This tripoint (drielandenpunt) that joins the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, was once a four-border-point before Neutral Moresnet was absorbed in Belgium. 

Confused? Then read Ryszard Żelichowski's essay included in the publication titled "Neutral Moresnet and Amikejo – The Forgotten Children of the Congress of Vienna" which offers an overview of how Neutral Moresnet (the state 'renamed' Amikejo in 1908) came into existence.

The publication accompanies the year-long cycle of exhibitions that took place at the Laboratorio 987, the project space of MUSAC, León, thoughout 2011, with exhibitions by Pennacchio Argentato (29 January–3 April 2011); Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum (9 April–12 June 2011); Uqbar (Irene Kopelman & Mariana Castillo Deball) (25 June–11 September 2011); Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch (24 September 2011–15 January 2012).

Editor: Latitudes
Publisher & Distribution: Mousse Publishing
Format: 22.5 x 15.5cm, 216 pp, hardcover
Texts: Giorgio Agamben, Theo Beckers, Latitudes, Prof. Peter Osborne, Georges Pérec, Prof. Dr. Menno Schilthuizen, Ryszard Zelichowski
Language: English and Spanish
ISBN: 9788896501832
Price: 26 Euro
Purchase via Mousse (Milan) or Motto (Berlin).

Photos: Latitudes
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Coincidiendo con la inauguración de Manifesta 9, Latitudes presentará la publicación 'Amikejo' en el trifinio (drielandenpunt) en el que convergen las fronteras de los Países Bajos, Bélgica y Alemania, y que antaño fue un punto cuadrifinio antes de que Neutral Moresnet-Amikejo fuese finalmente absorbido por Bélgica.

¿Confuso? Lee el texto "Moresnet Neutral y Amikejo: los hijos olvidados del Congreso de Viena" del Prof. Ryszard Żelichowski que se incluye en la publicación y que repass la historia de Neutral Moresnet (el estado 'rebautizado' Amikejo en 1908).
La publicación acompaña el ciclo de exposiciones que tuvo lugar en el Laboratorio 987, el espacio proyectual del MUSAC, León, a lo largo del 2011, con exposiciones de Pennacchio Argentato (29 enero–3 abril 2011); Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum (9 abril–12 junio 2011); Uqbar (Irene Kopelman & Mariana Castillo Deball) (25 junio–11 septiembre 2011); Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch (24 septiembre 2011–15 enero 2012).

Edita: Latitudes
Publica & Distribuye: Mousse Publishing
Formato: 22.5 x 15.5cm, 216 pp, tapa dura
Textos: Giorgio Agamben, Theo Beckers, Latitudes, Prof. Peter Osborne, Georges Pérec, Prof. Dr. Menno Schilthuizen, Ryszard Zelichowski
Idioma: inglés y español
ISBN: 9788896501832
Precio: 26 Euro
Compra via Mousse (Milan) o Motto (Berlin).

Más fotos de la publicación aquí.

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SAVE THE DATE: Presentation of the publication 'Amikejo' with artist Fermín Jiménez Landa. Tuesday 22 May, 20h at Múltiplos, Barcelona

All photos: Latitudes | www.lttds.org

Latitudes will present the publication together with 'Amikejo' artist Fermín Jiménez Landa, who will discuss the project presented together with Lee Welch for the final exhibition of the cycle. Jiménez Landa will discuss one of the works, 'Himno Nacional' (2011), in which a marching band was commissioned to compose and play a new national anthem. Composed in the most archaic tradition, markedly romantic, military and patriotic, the anthem enacted a parodic attempt to reach a futile objective: the conquering of a small island in the Aegean Sea through invasion-by-sound.

The publication accompanies the cycle of four exhibitions by Pennacchio Argentato (29 January–3 April 2011); Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum (9 April–12 June 2011); Uqbar (Irene Kopelman & Mariana Castillo Deball) (25 June–11 September 2011); Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch (24 September 2011–15 January 2012) that took place at the Laboratorio 987, the project space of MUSAC, León, thoughout 2011. (+ info...) 

Editor: Latitudes 

Publisher & Distribution: Mousse Publishing 

Format: 22.5 x 15.5cm, 216 pp, hardcover 

Texts: Giorgio Agamben, Theo Beckers, Latitudes, Peter Osborne, Georges Pérec, Menno Schilthuizen, Ryszard Zelichowski 

Language: English and Spanish 

ISBN: 9788896501832 
Price: 26 Euro 

The publication will be available for purchase during the presentation
Múltiplos is an independent bookshop that specialises in artists publications.





Pennacchio Argentato's show "Conversion" at Wilkinson Gallery, London

Below images of "Conversion" the recently opened solo show of Amikejo artists Pennacchio Argentato. The exhibition is on view in the Upper Gallery of Wilkinson gallery in London until 17 June 2012.

General view of the exhibition.

General view of the exhibition.
'Set in the Same Universe', 2012. Acrylic resin, print transfer (200 × 95 × 45 cm) 
'West End', 2012. Aluminium, cord (Dimensions variable)
(Wall) 'Shield#0 – #00001', 2012. Acrylic resin, iron, print transfer, bike hooks (130 × 92 × 40 cm), (Right, free standing) 'Set in the Same Universe', 2012. Acrylic resin, print transfer (200 × 95 × 45 cm) 
'FAQ', 2012. Plexiglas, digital projection (35×70 cm). All images: Courtesy the artists and Wilkinson Gallery, London

(Excerpts from the gallery press release):

"Conversion" presents sculptures as free standing agents, hanging off the wall and suspended from the ceiling. As if overcome by a crisis of aesthetic register, a stylistic battle takes place between the artworks’ broad formal references, ranging from minimalist tendencies and optical illusion, to gothic font text paired with “new age” video.

Cast in acrylic resin from the front glass of a car, the artists characterize the four shield-like sculptures Shield#0- #00001 as troops deployed in a row, prepared for battle. According to the artists’ selfdevised system, all matter, including the artists’ themselves, are convertible entities; this conversion is likewise reflected in our daily lives, whether it be in terms of converting file formats or currency.
 
FAQ operates as a sculpture illuminated by a video projection of mathematical fractals abstracted into an array of shifting lights, colors and forms. Acting as a visual anchor, it only but alludes to the presence of answers, instead manifesting as a form of light amusement or distraction. In formal contrast, sculptures such as Long Bones, placed at the entrance to the gallery, as well as West End, a ladder sculpture suspended from the ceiling, adopt a more tectonic composition.
 
The incandescent photographic flames that optically engulf the freestanding sculpture, Set in the same universe function as the fuel that formally unites the subsequent artworks in the exhibition. Taken from a larger image of civil riots found in recent news, the sculpture acts as a centripetal force within the exhibition by introducing an element of reality into the fictional discourse and diversit of styles that are otherwise present in the gallery.

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Mousse Publishing and MUSAC release the publication 'Amikejo' edited by Latitudes

 Publication in front of MUSAC's façade, León. Photo: Carlos Ordás.

The publication concludes the 2011 exhibition cycle 'Amikejo' curated by Latitudes, which included exhibitions by Pennacchio Argentato; Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum; Uqbar (Irene Kopelman & Mariana Castillo Deball and Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch at the Laboratorio 987, the project space of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC).

Inside the publication: section dedicated to Pennacchio Argentato.

As advanced in previous posts, the publication includes essays by:  

Peter Osborne (Professor of Modern European Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University London) text "‘Fragments of the future’: Notes on project space" centres on the idea of ‘project space’ as a peculiar one insofar as it characterizes a type of space wholly by its appropriateness for a particular kind of temporalization: the temporalization of the project. What is the distinctive spatialization corresponding to this? And how is it affected by the specifically artistic coding of a project?; 

Ryszard Żelichowski (Professor and Director for Scientific Research at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences) text "Neutral Moresnet and Amikejo – The Forgotten Children of the Congress of Vienna" offers an overview of how Neutral Moresnet (the state 'renamed' Amikejo in 1908) came into existence; 

Pages with Ryszard Zelichowski's essay on the history of Neutral Moresnet/Amikejo.

Theo Beckers (Former Professor of Leisure Studies at Tilburg University and currently faculty member of the Tilburg Sustainability Center and Visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) text "Free time. The rise and fall of a social project" traces western society’s relation to work and time, from Seneca the Younger, through the rise of the factory and Frederick Winslow Taylor's 'The Principles of Scientific Management' (1911), to today's blurring of labour and leisure; 

Pages with Theo Beckers' essay.

Menno Schilthuizen (Research scientist at NCB Naturalis, an endowed chair for Insect Biodiversity at the University of Groningen and an Associate Professor at Leiden University) contributed a text "On Mirror Images in Nature: How Identical Forms Can Be Completely Different" reflects on Uqbar's exhibition centered on chirality: on how in asymmetric animals and plants, sometimes both mirror-image forms exist side by side, but sometimes only one exists, the other being "forbidden"; 
 
Pages dedicated to Uqbar and to Prof. Dr. Menno Schilthuizen's essay.
as well as texts on each project by exhibition curators Latitudes, reprints by Giorgio Agamben ('Notes on Gesture', 1996) and Georges Perec (excerpts from "Species of Spaces and Other Pieces Gesture", 1974), installation views and biographies of the participating artists.

Pages with Georges Perec's reprint.
Pages with installation views of Pennacchio Argentato's exhibition.
Pages with spanish translations.

More info on the exhibition series, and photos of the shows by Pennacchio Argentato, Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum, Uqbar (Irene Kopelman & Mariana Castillo Deball) and Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch (see performance)

'Amikejo' publication, beginning to end. Photos: Mousse Publishing

Title: Amikejo
Edited by: Latitudes
Publisher & Distributor: Mousse Publishing
Format: 22.5x15.5cm, 216 pp., hardcover
Language: English and Spanish
Publication date: April 2012 
ISBN: 9788896501832
Price: 26 Euros





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




Details of the forthcoming 'Amikejo' exhibition catalogue published by Mousse Publishing

Poster of the exhibition cycle. Designed by Latitudes.


We are now editing the 'Amikejo' final publication to be released by Mousse Publishing in Spring 2012. The 200-page-publication will include essays by:

Peter Osborne (Professor of Modern European Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University London);
Ryszard Żelichowski (Professor and Director for Scientific Research at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences);
Theo Beckers (Former Professor of Leisure Studies at Tilburg University and currently faculty member of the Tilburg Sustainability Center and Visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences);
Prof. Dr. Menno Schilthuizen (Research scientist at NCB Naturalis, an endowed chair for Insect Biodiversity at the University of Groningen and an Associate Professorship at Leiden University)

amongst others, as well as texts on each exhibition by Latitudes.

In the meantime some images of the exhibitions on Latitudes' flickr, including the final exhibition 'Amikejo: Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch', on view at the Laboratorio 987, MUSAC, until 15 January 2012. More soon!




All photos: Latitudes | www.lttds.org (except when noted otherwise in the photo caption)





Newsletter #37 - October/octubre 2011


Newsletter en Español | Newsletter in English

THIS MONTH...

Participation in the symposia 'Antimonuments: Critique of Public Space', Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castelló, Saturday 22 October 2011. Coordinated by Ángela Molina and with the participation of Iria Candela (Assistant Curator, Tate Modern, London), Patricia Esquivias (artist, Madrid), Latitudes (independent curators, Barcelona) and Racons Públics (curator/architect, Barcelona).


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

FROM THE ARCHIVE...

Coinciding with the first anniversary of the beginning of 'The Last Newspaper' exhibition at the New Museum (6 October 2010–9 January 2011), readers are now be able to flick through the pages of the exhibition catalogue via Issuu: #0 Contents + Index; #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.

Read the first issue 'The Last Post':


...The rest (#2 to 10 plus #0 with Contents+Index) now available on Issuu!






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 | www.lttds.org

'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 | www.lttds.org (except when noted otherwise in the photo caption)




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...


OPENING EVENTS:

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.
Síguenos / Follow us: #amikejo y aquí / and here.

Exhibition made possible by the contribution of the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.




 
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Newsletter #36 – September/septiembre 2011


LAST DAYS...

'Amikejo: uqbar (Irene Kolpelman & Mariana Castillo Deball',
Laboratorio 987, 2011 season guest curated by Latitudes, MUSAC, León. Until 11 September.


OPENING 24 SEPTEMBER...


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

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



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SAVE THE DATE: 24 September opening final 'Amikejo' show with Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch, Laboratorio 987, MUSAC, León

Invitation for 'Amikejo' exhibition. Photo: Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch.

Fermín Jiménez Landa (1979, Pamplona, Spain. Lives in Valencia/Pamplona, Spain) & Lee Welch (1975, Louisville, USA. Lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands) 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 sovereigntyborders, stamps, anthems, and so on. Their project refers to other historical episodes in addition to Amikejo itself as well as taking inspiration from methodologies which combine fixed parameters with improvisation, such as the directing technique of filmmaker John Cassavetes.

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. A marching band from León was recruited to compose and perform a national anthem for a new autonomous island state and the founding of this micronation has been documented in video and photography. Companioning this, a series of letters have been sent by the artists using stamps from Moresnet, the republic which anteceded Amijeko.
Jiménez Landa’s and Welch’s joint endeavour considers how art can produce new understanding, memories and communicative possibilities together with an audience.


A catalogue by Mousse Publishing companioning the '
Amikejo' series will be launched in early 2012, following the conclusion of the exhibition cycle.
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Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC)
Avenida de los Reyes Leoneses, 24

24008 León, SPAIN

www.musac.es




Photo gallery of Uqbar's 'Amikejo' exhibition, on view until 11 September at the Laboratorio 987, MUSAC, León



In the third instalment of the
Amikejo exhibition cycle, uqbar (Irene Kopelman & Mariana Castillo Deball) 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 is 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.

General view of the exhibition. Photo: Imagen MAS. Courtesy: the artists and MUSAC, León.

The exhibition is composed of a spiral staircase, which serves as a viewpoint for other artifacts and objects. Uqbar creates 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”.

Watch the video interview with Uqbar about their work in the exhibition:


Via youtube

ABOUT 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).


'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. A catalogue by Mousse Publishing companioning the exhibition series will be launched in 2012 following the conclusion of the cycle.

Follow us on #amikejo and on Latitudes' website.

Exhibition kindly supported by the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.




MUSAC
Avenida de los Reyes Leoneses, 24
24008 León, ES
Tue–Fri: 10–15 / 17–20h; Sat–Sun: 11–15/ 17–21h. Monday closed.





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.

For
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.

ABOUT 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.


PRESS

Read press release from MUSAC or download press images.

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




Video entrevista a Iratxe Jaio y Klaas van Gorkum sobre su exposición 'Amikejo' en el Laboratorio 987, MUSAC, León



Video entrevista en castellano con subtítulos en inglés.

Segundo capítulo del ciclo 'Amikejo': Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum
Laboratorio 987, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León
9 Abril – 12 Junio 2011
Para el segundo capítulo de 'Amikejo', Iratxe Jaio y Klaas van Gorkum presentan un proyecto en torno a los valores cambiantes del trabajo y la propiedad, examinando las posibles lecturas alternativas, tanto políticas como personales, de un mismo legado cultural.

Citando a los propios artistas: “El abuelo de Klaas era de una generación que consideraba que el ‘tiempo libre’ debía invertirse en algo productivo. Al jubilarse, encargó a sus antiguos compañeros del taller que le forjaran un torno para poder dedicarse a tornear la madera. A una edad avanzada, pudo completar su modesta pensión vendiendo los frutos de su afición a la comunidad que conformaba su red social en aquel momento. A su muerte, dejó a su hijo una caja de puros llena de recortes de revistas, bocetos y patrones de diversos objetos que se podían fabricar con madera torneada, con la idea de que en algún momento pudieran ser de utilidad.
Jaio and van Gorkum han tomado el contenido de esta caja como punto de partida para una exploración conceptual y reflexiva de la idea de la producción artística. Durante el último año, han rastreado lo que queda del legado del abuelo de Gorkum, Jos van Gorkum (1911–1996) y han podido localizar casi ochenta artículos en las casas de una extensa red de familiares, amigos y antiguos vecinos a lo largo y ancho de los Países Bajos.

La exposición presenta una selección de unos
treinta utensilios domésticos realizados por Jos van Gorkum –entre los que se encuentran candeleros, cuencos, ensaladeras, pies de lámpara y pedestales– acompañados de fotografías tomadas en el contexto doméstico original donde se encontraba cada uno de los objetos seleccionados. Los artistas también han podido recuperar la torneadora original con la que se fabricaron los artículos y la han vuelto a poner en marcha. Documentando cada paso del proceso en video, han realizado una serie de experimentos de torneado, vinculando sus acciones físicas en tanto que artistas (y diletantes profesionales) con la productividad del obrero industrial jubilado.

Los resultados de este proceso se incorporaran a la instalación como elementos de apoyo de la plataforma en la que se exhiben los objetos originales. Además, tres monitores muestran una película corporativa de la fábrica de hélices Lipps en la que Jos van Gorkum trabajó hasta su jubilación; el torno en el que los artistas han producido las 49 bases de madera torneada que soportan la plataforma expositiva; y por último el proceso de digitalización de los recortes de revistas, dibujos y plantillas para realizar objetos de madera guardados en una caja de puros que Jos van Gorkum legó a su hijo al morir. (+ info...)

Página web serie expositiva 'Amikejo' y
fotografías exposición.




Vistas exposición 'Amikejo: Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum', Laboratorio 987, MUSAC, León

Vista exposición en el Laboratorio 987. Fotos: Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum

Segundo capítulo del ciclo 'Amikejo': Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum
Laboratorio 987, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León
9 Abril – 12 Junio 2011


Para el segundo capítulo de 'Amikejo', Iratxe Jaio y Klaas van Gorkum presentan un proyecto en torno a los valores cambiantes del trabajo y la propiedad, examinando las posibles lecturas alternativas, tanto políticas como personales, de un mismo legado cultural. Citando a los propios artistas: “El abuelo de Klaas era de una generación que consideraba que el ‘tiempo libre’ debía invertirse en algo productivo. Al jubilarse, encargó a sus antiguos compañeros del taller que le forjaran un torno para poder dedicarse a tornear la madera. A una edad avanzada, pudo completar su modesta pensión vendiendo los frutos de su afición a la comunidad que conformaba su red social en aquel momento. A su muerte, dejó a su hijo una caja de puros llena de recortes de revistas, bocetos y patrones de diversos objetos que se podían fabricar con madera torneada, con la idea de que en algún momento pudieran ser de utilidad.

Jaio and van Gorkum han tomado el contenido de esta caja como punto de partida para una exploración conceptual y reflexiva de la idea de la producción artística. Durante el último año, han rastreado lo que queda del legado del abuelo de Gorkum, Jos van Gorkum (1911–1996) y han podido localizar casi ochenta artículos en las casas de una extensa red de familiares, amigos y antiguos vecinos a lo largo y ancho de los Países Bajos.

La exposición presenta una selección de unos treinta utensilios domésticos realizados por Jos van Gorkum –entre los que se encuentran candeleros, cuencos, ensaladeras, pies de lámparas y pedestales– acompañados de fotografías tomadas en el contexto doméstico original donde se encontraba cada uno de los objetos seleccionados. Los artistas también han podido recuperar la torneadora original con la que se fabricaron los artículos y la han vuelto a poner en marcha. Documentando cada paso del proceso en video, han realizado una serie de experimentos de torneado, vinculando sus acciones físicas en tanto que artistas (y diletantes profesionales) con la productividad del obrero industrial jubilado. Los resultados de este proceso se incorporaran a la instalación como elementos de apoyo de la plataforma en la que se exhiben los objetos originales. Además, tres monitores muestran una película corporativa de la fábrica de hélices Lipps en la que Jos van Gorkum trabajó hasta su jubilación; el torno en el que los artistas han producido las 49 bases de madera torneada que soportan la plataforma expositiva; y por último el proceso de digitalización de los recortes de revistas, dibujos y plantillas para realizar objetos de madera guardados en una caja de puros que Jos van Gorkum legó a su hijo al morir. (+ info...)



Detalle exposición en el Laboratorio 987. Fotos: Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum

SOBRE LOS ARTISTAS


Pareja artística desde 2001, Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum emplean el video, las acciones, el soporte publicado y la instalación para crear proyectos en los que exploran la capacidad de obrar del individuo y las comunidades en el contexto de climas sociales y políticos concretos. Varios de sus proyectos han abordado el fenómeno del urbanismo y los barrios periféricos de España. Marcha Zombi Barakaldo (2008) consistió en una acción desarrollada en un centro comercial de un barrio obrero del País Vasco, en la cual un grupo de vecinos se disfrazaba de zombies – seres sin alma incapaces de integrarse en el tejido social – y formaban una procesión que se entremezclaba con los clientes. En Plaatselijke verordening (Ordenanza municipal) (2010) los artistas localizaron seis de las vallas publicitarias que instala el ayuntamiento de Rotterdam de cara a las elecciones para colgar propaganda electoral. Tras sustituirlas por nuevas estructuras y trasladar las antiguas al espacio expositivo, mostraban documentos sobre la pugna territorial y pictórica entablada por despegar sus carteles y lograr mayor proyección.


Iratxe Jaio (Markina-Xemein, País Vasco, 1976) & Klaas van Gorkum (Delft, Holanda, 1975). Viven y trabajan en Rotterdam, Holanda. Entre sus proyectos individuales se cuentan 'Quédense dentro y cierren las ventanas / Stay inside. Close windows and doors', producido por consonni, Bilbao, y el Ayuntamiento de Utrecht (2008); 'Let me hold your hand', Centre for Visual Introspection, Bucarest (2008) y 'Meanwhile, in the living room...', Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz. Han participado, entre otras, en las muestras colectivas 'The People United Will Never Be Defeated', TENT Center for Contemporary Art, Rótterdam (2010); 'Gure Artea 2008', Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2008); 'Wij waren in Overvecht / We were in Overvecht', Centraal Museum, Utrecht (2008) y 'Radiodays', De Appel, Ámsterdam (2005). www.parallelports.org




SAVE THE DATE: 9 April 2011, 5pm. Opening of the second part of 'Amikejo' with Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum, Laboratorio 987, MUSAC, León

Photo: 'Amikejo' advert in Extra Babelia, El País, 19 March 2011

'Amikejo' exhibition season:
Pennacchio Argentato: 29 January–3 April

Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum: 9 April–12 June

Uqbar Foundation: 25 June–11 September

Fermin Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch: 24 September–15 January 2012

Throughout 2011 Latitudes is the guest curator of the exhibition season at the Laboratorio 987, titled 'Amikejo'. The series is structured around relational and spatial twinning and presents the work of four collaborative couples, involving various modes of binomial friendships – couples in life, dedicated duos, intermittent work partners and new allies.


The series encompasses a further register of doubling prompted by the relation with a specific remote location: Amikejo. In 1908, the territory then known as Neutral Moresnet located between the Netherlands, Belgium and Prussia, proclaimed itself to be the world's first Esperanto state becoming 'Amikejo' ('place of great friendship' in Esperanto). The association of the exhibition series to 'Amikejo' not only implicates the spatial functions of the ‘neutral’ spaces of art and the special characteristics of museum project spaces, yet also establishes a similitude with the desire to institute a shared and effective means of communication, between participants and with the world.

The first exhibition presented a new production by the Neapolitan duo Pennacchio Argentato, which included a group of rough 'muscular' sculptures. Together with poster images of former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger and a structure of metal bars, the space evoked an unreceptive gymnasium in which an abstract body was called upon to perform and exhibit itself.

Above: Installation views exhibition 'Amikejo: Pennacchio Argentato' at Laboratorio 987.
Courtesy the artists. Photos: Latitudes | www.lttds.org


For the second chapter of the exhibition series, Rotterdam-based artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum present a project around the changing values of labour and property, examining alternative personal and political readings of common cultural heritage. As the artists have explained, “Klaas’s grandfather belonged to a generation for whom ‘free time’ should be spent doing something productive. When he retired, he had his former colleagues at the factory weld together a lathe for him, so that he could take up woodturning. In old age, he was able to augment his modest pension by selling the products of his hobby to the community that formed his social network at that time. When he died, he left his son a cigar box filled with magazine clippings, sketches and blueprints of different objects made by turning wood, with the idea that it might come in handy some day.”

Jaio and van Gorkum have taken the contents of this box as the point of departure for a conceptual and reflexive exploration of the notion of artistic production. During the previous year they have been tracing what is left of the legacy of Gorkum’s grandfather, Jos van Gorkum (1911–1996), locating almost eighty items in the homes of an extended network of family, friends and former neighbours across the Netherlands. A selection of around thirty of these handcrafted artefacts – including candlestick holders, bowls, lamp bases, stands for houseplants and gavels – have been borrowed from their owners to be displayed in the exhibition at MUSAC, and are shown alongside photographs of these objects in their original home environment. (
+ info...)

Photos: Courtesy of the artists. www.parallelports.org

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Newsletter #31 - March/Marzo 2011



FORTHCOMING IN APRIL 2011...

'Amikejo: Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum',
Laboratorio 987, 2011 season guest curated by Latitudes, MUSAC, León. 9 April - 12 June 2011. Opening: 9 April

EXHIBITIONS CURRENTLY ON VIEW...


Guest curators of the Laboratorio 987 2011 season, MUSAC, León: inaugural exhibition 'Amikejo: Pennacchio Argentato', on view until 27 March 2011 – see installation views here.

'Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller: United Alternative Energies', Aarhus Art Building, Århus, Denmark, on view until 3 April 2011
– see installation views here.

'Exposition Internationale des Art Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes & des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne' showing works by Kasper Akhøj; Martí Anson; Maria Loboda; Charlotte Moth and Sarah Ortmeyer. Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, Belgium, on view until 16 April 2011 - see installation views here


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Newsletter #30 - February 2011


IN FEBRUARY 2011...
Professional Encounters, 'Curating Emerging Artists', ARCOMadrid 2011, 18 February.


ALSO IN FEBRUARY 2011...
'Exposition Internationale des Art Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes & des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne' showing works by Kasper Akhøj; Martí Anson; Maria Loboda; Charlotte Moth and Sarah Ortmeyer. Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, Belgium, 25 February–16 April 2011. Opening: 24 February, 18-21h.

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS...
'Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller: United Alternative Energies', Aarhus Art Building, Århus, Denmark, on view until 3 April 2011
– see installation views here.

Curators of the Laboratorio 987 2011 season,
MUSAC, León: inaugural exhibition 'Amikejo: Pennacchio Argentato', on view until 27 March 2011 – see installation views here.


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Exhibition views of 'Amikejo: Pennacchio Argentato', Laboratorio 987, MUSAC, León, Spain 29 January – 27 March 2011



Amikejo (‘place of great friendship’ in Esperanto) is a series of four exhibitions taking place throughout 2011 at MUSAC’s Laboratorio 987 and structured around relational and spatial twinning. These artistic pairings involve various modes of binomial friendships – couples in life, dedicated duos, intermittent work partners, as well as new allies (+info...)

For the first of four exhibitions at the
Laboratorio 987 neapolitan duo Pennacchio Argentato present a new installation based on expectations about performativity and interactivity in exhibition spaces. By transforming the exhibition space into an interior akin to an abstract fitness gymnasium, the duo frame their own activity as young artists alongside that of Amikejo by addressing the ideas of leisure and overproduction, a continuation to their recent research on apparent fakery, alternative economies and geometric abstraction.

A series of rough concrete ‘muscular’ sculptures, of dimensions that immediately relate to the human form. These seemingly promise engagement through, as the artists describe, they offer ‘different postures and gestures’ without leading to any specific mode of exercise. The unresponsive and non-receptive sculptures attempt to represent a kind of pleasure in suspenseful endurance or ‘abstract fatigue’, as the artists have termed it, a style which is set apart from acting and from making.


Alongside this seemingly inactive machinery, a companion sculpture focusses more specifically on body building. Images of former professional bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger proudly revealing his muscles prompts us to consider, within the context of an art space, a self-made aesthetics based on pose and theatricality.


Marisa Argentato (born Naples, Italy, 1977) & Pasquale Pennacchio (born Caserta, Italy, 1979). Live and work in Berlin and Naples). Solo exhibitions include: 'Five o’clock shadows', T293, Rome (2010); 'The New Boring', Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2010); 'Landings 4', Landings, Vestfossen, Norway (2010); 'Do It Just', Galerie Opdahl, Berlin (2009); 'Estate', T293, Naples (2007) and 'Blind Date', Viafarini, Milan (2002). Group exhibitions include: 'SI - Sindrome Italiana', Magasin, Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble (2010); 'Dude, where's my Career?', MMK Zollamt / Portikus, Frankfurt (2009); 'A long time ago, last night', Gallery Kortil, Rijeka, Croatia (2008); 'Aspen Project' (Part III), Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt am Main (2007); 'Cinema infinito / Neverending Cinema', Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporanea, Trento (2006).


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Tuesday– Friday: 10–15 / 17–20h; Saturday and Sunday: 11–15/ 17–21h; Mondays closed


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'Amikejo: Pennacchio Argentato' inaugura el 29 Enero junto con otras 5 exposiciones en MUSAC, León

6 nuevas exposiciones en MUSAC a partir 29 Enero 2011. Cortesía: MUSAC

El
29 enero MUSAC inaugura 6 exposiciones: La misión y los misioneros de Georges Adéagbo (Comisario: Octavio Zaya en colaboración con Stephan Köhler); Desaparecidos de Gervasio Sánchez (Comisaria: Sandra Balsells); El molesto asunto de Akram Zaatari (Comisario: Juan Vicente Aliaga); Un modo de organización alrededor del vacío. Brumaria Works#3 Expanded Violences (Comisario: Agustín Pérez Rubio) y Un editor independiente y libre se posiciona del lado de los artistas cneai = Centre National de l’Edition et de l’Art Imprimé (Comisaria: María Inés Rodríguez), y 'Amikejo: Pennacchio Argentato' en el Laboratorio 987 (Comisariado: Latitudes) +info.

Invitaciones de las 6 exposiciones que inauguran en MUSAC el 29 Enero 2011.

El Laboratorio 987 de MUSAC inicia una nueva etapa en su programación. Cada año MUSAC invitará a un pequeño número de comisarios a presentar un proyecto anual para la sala de proyectos del museo, con la premisa de desarrollar una propuesta conceptual a través de cuatro exposiciones en el Laboratorio 987.

Reverso invitación de 'Amikejo: Pennacchio Argentato' (29 Enero–27 Marzo 2011)

Amikejo, la serie inaugural de esta nueva etapa, está comisariada por Latitudes. Amikejo está estructurada en cuatro exposiciones conceptualizadas entorno a los nexos relacionales y espaciales. Amikejo ('lugar de amistad' en Esperanto), se fundó sobre el anhelo de propiciar una comunicación internacional más efectiva mediante el lenguaje sintético del Esperanto. Este territorio 'neutral' en forma de cuña de 3,5 km2 situado entre los Países Bajos, Bélgica y Prusia (entorno a una importante mina de zinc) existió entre 1816 y 1920. Tras la Primera Guerra Mundial, Alemania renunció a sus pretensiones sobre el territorio en disputa y consecuentemente Amikejo-Moresnet desapareció del mapa, y fue absorbido por Bélgica, si bien las balizas fronterizas siguen visibles a día de hoy. Este episodio-lugar, y en última instancia fracaso, fue una síntesis única de cartografía, lengua, nación, política, economía y subjetividad brinda sus fronteras conceptuales y se ha designado como ubicación gemela al Laboratorio 987 durante esta temporada.

Para la primera exposición, 'Amikejo: Pennacchio Argentato' (29 Enero–27 Marzo 2011), el dúo napolitano Pennacchio Argentato presentará una instalación de nueva producción basada en las expectativas de teatralidad e interactividad en los espacios expositivos. Al transformar el espacio del Laboratorio 987 en interior semejando a un gimnasio absurdo y abstracto, el dúo entronca su propia actividad artística con el proyecto Amikejo, abordando las ideas de ocio, interactividad y sobreproducción, trabajo y el no-trabajo.

+info sobre la temporada aquí y aquí.

Programación y calendario de '
Amikejo':

·
Pennacchio Argentato (29 Enero–27 Marzo)
·
Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum (9 Abril–12 Junio)
·
Uqbar Foundation (Mariana Castillo Deball & Irene Kopelman) (25 Junio–11 Septiembre)
·
Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch (24 Septiembre–15 Enero 2012)






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Newsletter #29 – January/enero 2011


LAST WEEK...
'The Last Newspaper' exhibition at the New Museum continues until 9 January. As a partner organisation Latitudes edited the exhibition catalogue over the course of 10 weeks from a micro-newsroom installed in the exhibition space. The catalogue is now available from the New Museum Store ($15, $13.50 for museum members).

IN JANUARY 2011...
Curators of the exhibition 'Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller: United Alternative Energies', Aarhus Art Building, århus, Denmark, 22 January–3 April 2011.
Opening: 21 January, 5pm.

Curators of the Laboratorio 987 2011 season,
MUSAC, León: inaugural exhibition 'Amikejo: Pennacchio Argentato' (29 January–27 March 2011), opening on Saturday 29th together with MUSAC's exhibitions: The Mission and the Missionaries by Georges Adéagbo, Desaparecidos by Gervasio Sánchez, The Uneasy Subject by Akram Zaatari, and Un modo de organización alrededor del vacío. Brumaria Works#3 Expanded Violences.

IN FEBRUARY 2011...
Professional Encounters, 'Curating Emerging Artists', ARCOMadrid 2011, 18 February.

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


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SAVE THE DATE: 'Amikejo: Pennacchio Argentato', Laboratorio 987, MUSAC, León. Opening: Saturday 29 January

Amikejo: Pennacchio/Argentato (29 January–27 March 2011)
Amikejo: Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum (9 April–12 June 2011)
Amikejo: Uqbar Foundation (25 June–11 September 2011)
Amikejo: Fermin Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch (24 September 2011–15 January 2012)

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Amikejo is a series of four exhibitions at the Laboratorio 987 of MUSAC that is structured around relational and spatial twinning.
These artistic pairings involve various modes of binomial friendships – couples in life, dedicated duos, intermittent work partners, as well as new allies. The artist partnerships involve an overall 50–50 split of male and female practitioners, as well as Spanish-speaking and foreign origins.

The series encompasses a further register of doubling prompted by a critical reflection on the conditions and expectations of a ‘project space’ such as Laboratorio 987 within today’s contemporary art museum. Such a site is typically annexed from a hosting institution, independent yet attached, with the understanding that different, more ad-hoc and agile laws apply. Nonconformist and at the same time authorized, and following spatial theories such as Michel Foucault’s ‘heterotopia’, a project space is a typology that is neither here nor there.

Shadowing Robert Smithson’s concept of the ‘non-site’ (an indoor artwork physically and mentally paired with an outdoor site), the Laboratario 987 space has been assigned a relation with a specific remote location for the 2011 season: Amikejo.

Amikejo was an anomalous in-between state which never entirely existed, and was founded on a desire to foster more effective international communication through the synthetic language Esperanto. Following treaties of the early 19th Century, a tiny 3½ km2 wedge of land between the Netherlands, Belgium and Prussia was established as a neutral area because of an important zinc mine. In 1908 the 2,500 identity-less citizens of Neutral Moresnet, as it was known, declared it to be the world’s first Esperanto state: Amikejo (‘place of great friendship’ in Esperanto). A national anthem was constituted and stamps and a flag were designed. Yet in the wake of the first World War, Germany relinquished its claim to the disputed territory, and Amikejo-Moresnet disappeared from the map as it became part of Belgium, although border markers still exist to this day. This episode-place, between pragmatic and conceptual borders of cartography, language, nationhood, and subjectivity, is entreated as a twin site to Laboratorio 987 and lends its name and symbolic implications to the exhibition series.

For the first exhibition of the season, Neapolitan duo Pennacchio Argentato will present a new installation based on an exhibition's expectations of performance and interactivity. By transforming the
Laboratorio 987 space into an absurd and abstracted gym, the duo will frame their own activity by addressing the ideas of leisure and overproduction.
Marisa Argentato (born Naples, Italy, 1977) & Pasquale Pennacchio (born in Caserta, Italy, 1979). Live and work in Naples and Berlin. Solo exhibitions include: 'Five o’clock shadows', T293, Rome; 'The New Boring', Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2010); 'Landings 4', Landings, Vestfossen, Norway (2010); 'Do It Just', Galerie Opdahl, Berlin (2009); 'Estate', T293, Naples (2007) and 'Blind Date', Viafarini, Milan (2002). Group exhibitions include 'SI - Sindrome Italiana', Magasin, Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble (2010); 'Dude, where's my Career?', MMK Zollamt / Portikus, Frankfurt (2009); 'A long time ago, last night', Gallery Kortil, Rijeka, Croatia (2008); Aspen Project (Part III), Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt am Main (2007); 'Cinema infinito / Neverending Cinema', Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporanea, Trento (2006).

Iratxe Jaio (born Markina-Xemein, Basque Country, 1976) & Klaas van Gorkum (born Delft, the Netherlands, 1975). Live and work in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Solo projects include 'Quédense dentro y cierren las ventanas/ Stay inside. Close windows and doors', produced by consonni, Bilbao, and the municipality of Utrecht (2008); 'Let me hold your hand', Centre for Visual Introspection, Bucharest (2008) and 'Meanwhile, in the living room...', Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz. Group exhibitions include 'The People United Will Never Be Defeated', TENT Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2010); 'Gure Artea 2008', Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2008); 'Wij waren in Overvecht / We were in Overvecht', Centraal Museum, Utrecht (2008) and 'Radiodays', De Appel, Amsterdam (2005).

Uqbar Foundation [Mariana Castillo Deball (born 1975, Mexico City, Mexico) & Irene Kopelman (born 1976, Córdoba, Argentina)]. Live and work in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Uqbar Foundation projects include 'Zeno Reminder', Cabinet Magazine Space / Performa 09, New York (2009);
'Principle of Hope', Manifesta 7, Rovereto, Italy (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).

Fermín Jiménez Landa (born Pamplona, Spain, 1979. Lives in Valencia, Spain) & Lee Welch (born Louisville, USA, 1975. Lives in Rotterdam, the Netherlands).
Jiménez Landa's solo exhibitions include 'No muy a menudo, ni muy poco', Galería Valle Ortí, Valencia (2010); 'Actos oficiales', Sala Montcada, Caixaforum, Barcelona (2008). Group shows include 'Welcome Home', Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz, Pamplona (2010); 'Kairós: Moments de Claredat', Sala Muncunill, Terrassa, Spain (2009); 'Nostalgia del futuro', Centro del Carmen, Valencia; 'Creación Injuve 09', Cículo de Bellas Artes, Madrid (2009); 'Entornos próximos', Artium, Vitoria-Gasteiz (2006).

Solo exhibitions by Lee Welch include 'At the still point of the turning world', Galway Arts Centre, Galway (2009); and 'Never Odd or Even and other pieces', The LAB, Dublin (2008). Group exhibitions include 'We have the final proof', Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest; Clifford Irving Show, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2009); work.in.space, Connaught House, Dublin (2009); 'It’s not for reading. It’s for making', FormContent, London (2009); 'Non-knowledge', Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2008); and 'Play', Draíocht Arts Centre, Dublin (2008).


Pennacchio Argentato, view of the exhibition 'Five o'clock shadows', T293 Rome.
Courtesy of the artist and T293, Naples.
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Amikejo: Pennacchio/Argentato (29 Enero–27 Marzo 2011)
Amikejo: Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum (9 Abril–12 Junio 2011)
Amikejo: Uqbar Foundation (25 Junio–11 Septiembre 2011)
Amikejo: Fermin Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch (24 Septiembre 2011–15 Enero 2012)

Amikejo es una serie de cuatro exposiciones en el Laboratorio 987 del MUSAC estructurada entorno al hermanamiento relacional y espacial. Estas parejas artísticas implican distintos modos de amistades binomiales - parejas de vida, dedicados dúos, socios intermitentes y nuevos aliados. Las colaboraciones se dividen en un 50% de profesionales masculinos y un 50% femeninos, así como una mezcla equitativa de orígenes de hispanos y extranjeros.

La serie incluye además un registro adicional de desdoblamiento a raíz de una reflexión crítica sobre las condiciones y expectativas que genera un espacio museístico destinado a proyectos como es el Laboratorio 987. Este lugar normalmente figura como anexo de la institución anfitriona, independiente y al mismo tiempo adjunto, con el entendimiento de que leyes diferentes o ritmos más ágiles son aplicables. Partiendo de las teorías acerca de la ‘heterotopia’ de Foucault, este ‘project space’ no es ni aquí ni allí. Siguiendo la teoría del ‘non-site’ (una obra de arte está vinculada física y mentalmente con un sitio al aire libre) de Robert Smithson, se planteará una relación del Laboratorio 987 con una ubicación remota y al mismo tiempo específica:
Amikejo.
Amikejo (‘lugar de gran amistad’ en Esperanto) fue un anómalo estado que nunca existió del todo, fundado con el deseo de fomentar una comunicación internacional más eficaz a través de un idioma sintético, el Esperanto. A raíz de los tratados de principios del siglo XIX, una pequeña cuña de 3,5 km2 de terreno entre los Países Bajos, Bélgica y Prusia se fundó como Moresnet Neutral gracias a los intereses que surgieron entorno a una importante mina de cinc. En 1908 sus 2,500 ciudadanos apátridas, se autodeclararon como el primer estado Esperanto: Amikejo. Se creó un himno nacional y se diseñaron sellos y una bandera. Sin embargo, a raíz de la primera guerra mundial, Alemania renunció a su derecho al territorio en disputa y Moresnet Neutro/Amikejo, desapareció del mapa y se convirtió en parte de Bélgica, aunque los límites de su frontera todavía existen hoy en día. Este episodio, entre las fronteras de lo pragmático y lo conceptual de la cartografía, del idioma, la nacionalidad y la subjetividad, se convertirá en un sitio hermanado al Laboratorio 987 y prestará su nombre y las implicaciones simbólicas a la temporada de exposiciones del 2011 del MUSAC.

Marisa Argentato (Nápoles, Italia, 1977) & Pasquale Pennacchio (Caserta, Italia, 1979). Viven y trabajan en Nápoles y Berlin. Exposiciones individuales incluyen:
'Five o’clock shadows', T293, Rome; 'The New Boring', Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2010); 'Landings 4', Landings, Vestfossen, Norway (2010); 'Do It Just', Galerie Opdahl, Berlin (2009); 'Estate', T293, Naples (2007) and 'Blind Date', Viafarini, Milan (2002). Group exhibitions include 'SI - Sindrome Italiana', Magasin, Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble (2010); 'Dude, where's my Career?', MMK Zollamt / Portikus, Frankfurt (2009); 'A long time ago, last night', Gallery Kortil, Rijeka, Croatia (2008);Aspen Project (Part III), Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt am Main (2007); 'Cinema infinito / Neverending Cinema', Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporanea, Trento (2006).

Iratxe Jaio (Markina-Xemein, País Basco, 1976) & Klaas van Gorkum (Delft, Holanda, 1975). Viven y trabajan en Róterdam,
Holanda. Exposiciones individuales incluyen: 'Quédense dentro y cierren las ventanas/ Stay inside. Close windows and doors', produced by consonni, Bilbao, and the municipality of Utrecht (2008); 'Let me hold your hand', Centre for Visual Introspection, Bucharest (2008) and 'Meanwhile, in the living room...', Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz. Group exhibitions include 'The People United Will Never Be Defeated', TENT Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2010); 'Gure Artea 2008', Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2008); 'Wij waren in Overvecht / We were in Overvecht', Centraal Museum, Utrecht (2008) and 'Radiodays', De Appel, Amsterdam (2005).

Uqbar Foundation [Mariana Castillo Deball (1975, México DF, México) & Irene Kopelman (1976, Córdoba, Argentina)]. Viven y trabajan en Amsterdam, Holanda.
Proyectos de Uqbar Foundation incluyen: 'Zeno Reminder', Cabinet Magazine Space / Performa 09, New York (2009);
'Principle of Hope', Manifesta 7, Rovereto, Italy (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).

Fermín Jiménez Landa (Pamplona, 1979. Vive en Valencia) & Lee Welch (Louisville, Estados Unidos, 1975. Vive en Róterdam, Holanda).
Exposiciones individuales de Jiménez Landa incluyen: 'No muy a menudo, ni muy poco', Galería Valle Ortí, Valencia (2010); 'Actos oficiales', Sala Montcada, Caixaforum, Barcelona (2008). Exposiciones colectivas incluyen: 'Welcome Home', Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz, Pamplona (2010); 'Kairós: Moments de Claredat', Sala Muncunill, Terrassa, Spain (2009); 'Nostalgia del futuro', Centro del Carmen, Valencia; 'Creación Injuve 09', Cículo de Bellas Artes, Madrid (2009); 'Entornos próximos', Artium, Vitoria-Gasteiz (2006).
Exposiciones individuales de Lee Welch incluyen: 'At the still point of the turning world', Galway Arts Centre, Galway (2009); y 'Never Odd or Even and other pieces', The LAB, Dublin (2008). Exposiciones colectivas incluyen: 'We have the final proof', Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest; Clifford Irving Show, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2009); work.in.space, Connaught House, Dublin (2009); 'It’s not for reading. It’s for making', FormContent, Londres (2009); 'Non-knowledge', Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2008); and 'Play', Draíocht Arts Centre, Dublin (2008).



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