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Barcelona inaugurates the 2013–14 season with a new art map

Asociación de Galerías
de Arte Contemporáneo
Art Barcelona - See more at: http://www.artbarcelona.es/es/directorios.html#sthash.iopEshqs.dpuf
Asociación de Galerías
de Arte Contemporáneo
Art Barcelona - See more at: http://www.artbarcelona.es/es/directorios.html#sthash.iopEshqs.dpu
Map with suggested route available on the Circuit de l'Art Contemporani website 

Habemus gallery listings!

Barcelona inaugurates the 2013–14 season with new signage and gallery map. The itinerary, presented yesterday to the media, suggests a route from west to east of the city, from Montjuïc's Fundació Miró to Sant Andreu's Fabra & Coats - Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, via most of the contemporary art galleries that concentrate in the city centre. Besides the online and physical map, visitors will find two-metre high poles crowned with a pill (galleries marked in pink; museums, foundations and art centres in blue) placed at the entrances of each venue offering additional information (via QR codes and contactless device) about the adjunct venue (exact address, opening hours, website). 

Promoted by Art Barcelona (Gallery Association of Contemporary Art) the 240,000 Euro initiative maps out 26 galleries and 11 art centre locations as well as a calendar of events and openings, both in English (30,000 copies have been printed) and Catalan (20,000 copies) updated quarterly. On a second phase there will be a mobile app with additional information on the artists and programming.

 Detail of the information given in one of the poles marking a gallery location.

Although the map is quite comprehensive, it is a shame that after years of waiting for an initiative of this kind that matches that of cities such London, Berlin, New York, Amsterdam or Glasgow, to only mention a few, other Barcelona galleries such as etHALL, production and studio facilities like Hangar, artist-run and independent spaces such as Halfhouse, Homesession or A*Desk amongst others, are not represented in the listings. Neither are city or government-funded spaces such as Sala d'Art Jove, Can Felipa or Sant Andreu Contemporani. Adding them to the 'official' map (which is part-funded by the city and the Catalan regional government) would not only help in offering a more textured panorama of the city locating private and public spaces but would also instigate a much-needed generosity from top-down and show the city willingness to share its promotional tools.

On a final note, it is perhaps curious that Arts Santa Mònica [formerly the Centre d'Art Santa Mònica (CASM)] is missing. Yet as the new General Director of Creativity and Cultural Companies Jordi Sellas, recently announced the reorientation of its programming to become "a centre of activity more than an exhibition space" (...) "a radar for new cultural tendencies", it is perhaps a final confirmation that what used to be Barcelona's kunstverein is no longer recognisable as a venue of contemporary art (see this blog post). 

Downloadable map with suggested routes here.

Programming here. Includes addresses, listings and forthcoming openings and events.

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'Banquete sinestésico' de Erick Beltrán en Halfhouse

[Web de Halfhouse/La Estrategia Doméstica]:

Erick Beltrán realizará una cena-performance transformando con la ayuda de un chef el espacio Halfhouse en el comedor para un banquete, utilizando los platos como base de su discurso. La performance es un estudio del fenómeno de sinetésia como metáfora para la práctica de la traslación. Erick nos presentará una variedad de platos llevando al invitado a una exploración culinaria y histórica.

Beltrán ha realizado este tipo de evento analizando el concepto de sinestesia en dos ocasiones anteriores: la primera fue en la Kadist Art Foundation ('A dinner with...', 2008) y recientemente en Villa Arson (2010), en el contexto de la exposición 'Double Bind/Stop trying to understand me!'.

'Banquete sinestésico' tuvo lugar el 29 Octubre en Halfhouse, Barcelona:

3 mesas, 30+/- invitados.

 Inspeccionando la cocina para obtener pistas acerca del misterioso menú...

 Ingredientes revelatorios...

 Nos dicen que el segundo plato está descansando...

 más pistas... parece que en el medievo cuando no se tenía pescado a mano, se preparaba este plato a base de hígado

el tedioso trabajo de pelar huevos de codorniz

 Primer plato casi listo...

 Erick ultimando su presentación

 Invitados empiezan a llegar y a degustar el aperitivo especial de la noche, el cocktail Snake in the grass

 Empieza la cena-performance

 Entrante: Aspic de huevo de gallina y huevo de codorniz, acompañada de anguilas y cilantro

 Sigue la charla...

Presentación oficial del primer plato: codorniz dentro de una perdiz, dentro de una gallina de Guinea, dentro de un pato, dentro de un pavo, o algo así...el 'campo expandido' de una matrioska/Turducken. Se acompaña con una salsa de higos y/o garo

 Por cierto exquisito...

 Siguen los diagramas...los ourobouros...la patafísica...el yo y el super-yo...

Segundo plato: boquerones dentro de una lubina dentro de un bacalao. Buen provecho.

 Sobre cómo leer el futuro observando las partes de un hígado...

 Tercer plato: conejo con chocolate...

Sirviendo vino con hinojo como acompañante del postre (no comestible): música futurista

 Muchos cocktail, muchas Estrella...

 Apocalíptica cocina post-cena...

Erick Beltrán (México DF, 1974. Vive y trabaja entre Barcelona y México DF) estudió Artes Visuales en la Universidad Nacional de México (ENAP-UNAM), entre 1993 y 1997. Posteriormente, participó en residencias artísticas como ENSAD, París (2000-2001) y Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, (2002-2004). Ha realizado diversas exposiciones individuales incluyendo Enciclopedia, Galería OMR (Ciudad de México, 2005); Punchdrunk, SMAK (Gent, Bélgica, 2005); Analphabet, Stedelijk Museum Bureau (Amsterdam, 2005); Réplica (con Jorge Macchi), Muca Roma (Ciudad de México, 2004). Además, ha participado en exposiciones colectivas como la Bienal del Mercosur (Porto Alegre, 2005); Algunos libros de artistas, Proyectes SD (Barcelona, 2005); Prague Biennale 2 (Praga, 2005); Circuitos/Circuits, Matucana100 (Santiago de Chile, 2005), Bienal de Sao Paulo (2008), Manifesta 8 (Murcia, 2010) y más recientemente la actual 11ª Bienal de Lyon.

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Artist-run initiatives in Barcelona

Several admirable artist-run initiatives have recently made refreshing incursions into the Barcelona cultural landscape. Self-organisation and sustained micro-activity outside the major institutions have been uncommon in recent years. Yet as the city awaits the opening of the future 'Kunstverein' of Barcelona, the Canòdrom Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (the planned Spring 2011 opening now suffering delays and budget cuts), and with a continuing lack of flexible grants and affordable rents, innovative projects have sprung up through necessity. These have often been sporadic and ephemeral, such as the weekend group exhibition of about 30 artists 'Entes' at the flat of artist Luz Broto's last November (video here, photo documentation here) or 'Domestica 2' an open-submission group show organized by artists Antoni Hervàs, Ariadna Parreu and Consol Llupià, whose second edition took place in early July in a former bicycle repair shop. ('Entes' will take shape again as the summer show at gallery Àngels Barcelona (22 July–18 September 2010), an interesting transition.)

KKKB (Komando Kultura Kontemporanea Barcelona), a non-profit cultural association, opened at the end of May 2010 with '7 Songs. The raining machine of Raffaella Carrà's monkey does ventriloquism with my neighbour', a project curated by artist Daniel Jacoby. The street-level space in Joaquin Costa 9, near MACBA, resembles more a traditional gallery space, opens weekdays 18-21h and is currently accepting exhibition proposals.

The opening of 'Short Time', December 2009. Courtesy: Halfhouse Espacio

Halfhouse Espacio, which operates as an association in order to be able to apply for grants, is an exhibition space of about 10m2 in the private apartment of artists Alberto Peral and Sinéad Spelman. It opened on December 2009 with 'Short Time', a screening programme of 15 videos under 1 minute by artists David Bestué, Luis Bisbe, Jesús Palomino, Gabriel Pericàs, Jorge Satorre and Daniel Steegmann, amongst others, as well as a site-specific work by Renata Lucas.

Site-specific work 'camouflaged' in the house by Renata Lucas. Courtesy: Halfhouse Espacio

'5 Platonic Solids' followed in April 2010, with a 'chain invitation' by artists and curators that led to the presentation of works by Daniel Jacoby, Paloma Polo, Christian Friedrich, Johannes Wald and Florian Kohler and last June they presented 'Puede que nadie vuelva a tener el mismo conocimiento' a project by Maria Castelló Solbes and Regina de Miguel.

View of the exhibition '5 Platonic Solids'. Courtesy: Halfhouse Espacio

'Puede que nadie vuelva a tener el mismo conocimiento' by Maria Castelló Solbes & Regina de Miguel. Courtesy: Halfhouse Espacio

Halfhouse's programme not only includes exhibitions. In their manifesto, they announce the intention of offering 'discursive support, tortilla and wine' as well as opening up to other formats such as residencies (the first of which takes place this summer as a flat swap), performances and talks.

Their most recent show, 'Lo de siempre raras veces ocurre', opened on a very humid 16 July with a strong selection of works displayed in the 'exhibition' space, as well as in the private space of the flat, by 4 students from the Fine Arts Department at the Universitat de Barcelona: Serafín Álvarez, Mercedes Mangrané, Gerard Ortín, and Rafel Marcos Mota. The latter lay underneath a gold emergency blanket for the most part of the opening as a test of resistance to the event as well as the high temperature. Álvarez presented two works: '±2.5 g (I Believed I Could Fly)' consisting of two silver balloons tethered to 10g weights at a height of 160cm – susceptible to human and atmospheric changes; as well as the performative piece 'Sube a velocidad constante, fría y pequeña, aunque en el torrente sanguíneo te mate', for which he poured cava into an empty glass with a microphone amplifying the bubbles. Gerard Ortín's video 'El Truco' showed his cat snoozing in a garden. During the opening, the artist honked an old-fashioned horn coinciding with a moment when the animal was startled from its sleep as if claiming its attention in a delayed interaction between owner and pet. Mercedes Magrané's two short videos (one on a TV monitor, another projected) showed views of the apartment space, one is an objective view of the flat (a sort of promotional agency video of the property) and the other being a more intimate portrait of inhabited space (afternoon light, the artist touching a plant…).

Gerard Ortín, 'El Truco (el gag)', 2009, action & video 1'30. Courtesy: http://www.gerardortin.com

Pere IV 46, 1º 3ª
08005 Barcelona
[email protected]
Visits by appointment only

Joaquin Costa 9
08001 Barcelona
Monday-Friday 18–21h

Domèstica 1 (January 2009) and 2 (July 2010) http://convocatoriadomestica.blogspot.com
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