Latitudes’ Max Andrews, a curator, writer and lifelong birder, recently conducted the podcast “Minor” Ornithologies for TBA21 on st_age (Season 4, Episode 4). The podcast’s guests are Alex Holt, a spokesperson for Bird Names for Birds, a movement to decolonise bird names, and zoömusicologist Dr Hollis Taylor who specialises in birdsong. Through their perspectives, we glimpse new and speculative kinds of human–bird narratives – what Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin have coined “minor ornithologies”.
The interviews are complemented by two audio clips, one of a Pied Butcherbird recorded in N Queensland, and another of a Superb Lyrebird mimicking birdsong and two flute phrases recorded in New South Wales, both courtesy of Hollis Taylor.
This edition accompanies Laia Estruch’s performance “Ocells Perduts V67” (2022) also produced by TBA21 on st_age, and takes flight into the realm of birds, looking at politics and practices that disrupt dominant historical narratives, and exceed scientific and cultural boundaries.
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31 March 2022: Press trip to Córdoba on the occasion of “Abundant Futures”, the inaugural exhibition Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) organises in C3A Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía, Córdoba, as part of their three-year-long collaboration agreement.
Seven artists are currently exhibiting in Madrid or Córdoba with works produced, presented or derived from their original presentation in the group exhibition “Panorama 21. Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls” that took place at MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, between October 2021 and February 2022, curated by Hiuwai Chu and Latitudes.
Rosa Tharrats opened her first solo exhibition at Galería Ehrhardt Flórez in Madrid. Titled “Theta Wave” (until July 3, 2022) it presents a new installation made with her signature materials, including recycled textiles and clothes, bioplastics, sponges, nets or stones, and is complemented with a suite of framed drawings and a sculpture made with discarded marble pieces intersected with fabrics. The text accompanying Rosa’s exhibition is written by another Panorama participant, Gabriel Ventura, whose performative action and poem “Passió i cartografia per a un incendi dels ulls” titled the small book published as the colophon of the exhibition.
Originally premiered in July 2021 at The Green Parrot, Adrian Schindler’s series of posters “The roles (notes for a film)” (2021–ongoing) is part of his ongoing research tracing Morocco’s colonial past in Spanish society, which culminates in his film trilogy “Tetuan, Tetuán, Tetwan”, whose first part was premièred at MACBA, and has been produced with the support of the Department de Cultura of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Casa de Velázquez and the Centre national des arts plastiques in Paris, with the collaboration of 2deo.
Besides the installation “Constellation” (2021–ongoing) Arash Fayez presents “Anecdotes From the Elsewhere” a performance developed alongside “Anecdotes to be forgotten” which was presented in MACBA on December 9, 2021, alongside his works “Apolis” (2014-18/2021) and “Limbo” (2018-2021).
Claudia Pagès just opened the solo show “Abajo el puerto suena nino-nino, y yo arriba pipí” at The RYDER in Madrid, where the centrepiece is the video installation “Gerundio Circular” (2021), a 14-minute, 360º film presented on a circular LED screen which was commissioned for “Panorama 21. Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls” and co-produced with ELAMOR. On view until July 30, 2022.
Aleix Plademunt’s “Matter”, his most comprehensive solo show to date, is on view until July 24, 2022, at Sala Canal Isabel II as part of PHotoEspaña 2022. As Elena Vozmediano noted in her review, a selection of 18 large prints were originally premiered in MACBA’s exhibition “Panorama 21. Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls”.
“On 17 March 2022, the first event of a year-long “Parahosting” collaboration between Latitudes and PUBLICS took place in Helsinki. The Parahosting programme of PUBLICS began in 2018, and it has grown into a key method of decentering the authorship of the curatorial agency through a flexible, evolving, expanding, and sometimes messy, practice of working together.” Continue reading
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PUBLICS Parahosting began in the Autumn of 2018 and has grown into a key method of decentering its own curatorial authorship, and as an essential means of working together without boundaries or containment.
Through Parahosting PUBLICS supports its para-sites, para-institutions, and para-guests, and has grown into a flexible, evolving, expanding, and sometimes messy, programme. In 2020–2021 PUBLICS Parahosted curatorial studio Shimmer (Eloise Sweetman and Jason Hendrik Hansma) with a year-long project ACROSS THE WAY WITH… where artists, poets, philosophers, and curators from around the world were invited to explore the notion of intimacy through online readings.
Latitudes collaborated with PUBLICS in September 2019 as a partner organisation in the first edition of the multidisciplinary arts festival Today is Our Tomorrow initiated by PUBLICS, presenting the performance “Yegua-Yeta-Yuta” (2015-ongoing) by Argentina-born, Amsterdam-based artist Mercedes Azpilicueta.
In 2021, PUBLICS supported the production of Laia Estruch’s “Ocells Perduts” (Stray Birds, 2021), a new work commissioned for the first MACBA triennial exhibition “Panorama 21. Notes for an Eye Fire” (October 2021–February 2022).
PUBLICS is a curatorial agency with a dedicated library, event space and reading room in Helsinki, Finland. As such PUBLICS is an educational resource where critical learning, knowledge production and discursive programming are integral to its curatorial approach. Under the artistic direction of curator Paul O’Neill, with program manager Eliisa Suvanto, PUBLICS explores a “work together” institutional model with multiple overlapping objectives, thematic strands and collaborations.
About Laia Estruch
Laia Estruch’s practice hinges on the voice as a material reality—an expressive force and a medium that is expelled from the body. Over the last decade, her work has broached the fields of sculpture and contemporary art, spoken word, and experimental theatre, undertaking a kind of no-frills exploration of the voice’s communicative and emotive grammar while probing the conventions of staging it. Her interest focuses on the extremities and porosity of the spoken word in its relationship with song and raw sound. The articulation of noises and meanings often encompasses and exceeds human vocal language: breathing, exclamation, mumbling, ululation, cries and whispers. The voice is recast as an extraordinary, supra-human object. Estruch’s recent performances have involved scenes and routines in which her body is suspended above the ground, be it via the playground-like structures and inflatables of “Moat” (2016–2018), the swimming pool setting of “Crol” (2019), the hanging stage of “Ganivet” (2020–2021) or the monumental bird trap of “Ocells Perduts” (2021–2022).
Laia Estruch has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Universitat de Barcelona (2010) and also studied at The Cooper Union, New York (2010). She has had solo exhibitions at the Fundació Joan Brossa, Barcelona (2020–2021); Capella de Sant Roc, Valls (2019); and Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2019). Her group exhibitions include “Panorama 21: Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls” MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2021–2022), “La cuestión es ir tirando”, Centro Cultural de España, Mexico City (2020), and “Back to School”, Fundación Rafael Botí, Córdoba (2018). In 2022 she won the 6th Premio Cervezas Alhambra de Arte Emergente (Alhambra Beer Award for Emerging Art) and in 2021 she was awarded the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona (City of Barcelona Prize) in the category of Visual Arts.
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|(Above and below) Lara Almarcegui, ‘Gravera’ (2021), vídeo, 10 min. Cámara: Daniel Lacasa; y ‘Rocas y materiales de la Cordillera de los Pirineos’ (2021). Cortesía de la artista.|
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23 March 2021: Catch up with a provider for Laia Estruch’s installation and discussion of Panorama’s identity with graphic designer and ‘Panorama 21’ participant, Ana Domínguez. #PanoramaMACBA
29 March 2021: Morning meeting with Rasmus Nilausen and pm meeting with Gabriel Ventura and Rosa Tharrats to discuss the progress of their respective contributions for Panorama 21, titled after Gabriel’s latest book poem ‘Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls’ (Notes for an Eye Fire). #PanoramaMACBA
7, 14, 21 and 28 April 2021: Four reading groups are programmed this month as part of Adrian Schindler’s project to be presented as part of MACBA's inaugural Panorama exhibition in October 2021. These open-format groups constituted the last step before the production of his film Tetuan, Tetuán, تطوان , the first chapter of which will be shot in Barcelona in late Spring 2021.
The reading group “A quienes la inspiraron y no la leerán: Goytisolo, Marruecos y el Otro” (To those who inspired it and will not read it: Goytisolo, Morocco and the Other) proposes a critical approach to the theoretical and fictional work of Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo (1931–2017), influenced by Morocco. Contrasting his ambition to deconstruct the islamophobic literary tradition with the fantasies that inhabit his novels, we will address issues such as the construction of the image of the Other in Spain, the ghosts of the colonial project and the tensions inherent to decolonial works developed by white cultural agents. Participants read excerpts from the novels Reivindicación del conde Don Julián (1970), Juan sin tierra (1975) and Makbara (1980), as well as from the essay collection Crónicas Sarracinas (1981). The sessions were carried out with Salma Amzian, Núria Gómez Gabriel and iki yos piña narváez funes, who contributed to examining Goytisolo’s contradictions and potentialities through other literatures and epistemologies. The meetings took place in the Parc de la Ciutadella, near a colonial monument and an orientalist sculpture. #PanoramaMACBA
2 April 2021: Video call with Claudia Pagès to check in the development of her project while at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. #PanoramaMACBA
7 April 2021: MACBA’s 2021-22 exhibition programme is up. Just over 6 months to the opening. #PanoramaMACBA
12 April 2021: Publications meeting with Ana Domínguez. #PanoramaMACBA
13 April 2021: Meeting with Adrian Schindler at the museum’s offices to discuss the production of his work for MACBA’s ‘Panorama’. #PanoramaMACBA
15 April 2021: Monthly catch up with the communication department with dazzling spreadsheets, followed by a visit to Stella Rahola Matutes's project at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion. Curators’ outfits merging – too many hours together ;-) #PanoramaMACBA
22 April 2021: Design briefing with MACBA’s communication team, Marta Reus and Carla Ventosa, and Panorama 21 designers Ana Domínguez and Lara Coromina, about the exhibition. #PanoramaMACBA