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Performance ‘COLAPSO. Máquina posible’ de Joan Morey en Can Balaguer, 23 de julio 2020, 19h y 20:30h

‘TOUR DE FORCE’ © Joan Morey. Foto: Noemi Jariod | Cortesía del artista y del Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB).
Joan Morey
Performance ‘COLAPSO. Máquina posible’
23.7.2020
Can Balaguer
Carrer de la Unió, 3
07001 Palma de Mallorca


El próximo 23 de julio 2020 a las 19h y las 20:30h, Joan Morey presentará en Can Balaguer la performance ‘Máquina posible’, en el marco de su retrospectiva ‘COLAPSO. Máquina célibe’ que actualmente se puede visitar en Casal Solleric hasta el 6 de septiembre de 2020. 

Es imprescindible inscribirse previamente (formulario abierto hasta el viernes 17 julio) para acceder a la performance, así como cumplir con un código de vestuario y acatar estrictas normas de acceso.

(↑ ↓) Sala dedicada al proyecto ‘TOUR DE FORCE’ en la exposición ‘COLAPSO. Máquina célibe’ de Joan Morey en Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, 31 enero–6 septiembre 2020. © Joan Morey. Fotografías: Roberto Ruiz | Cortesía del artista y Casal Solleric.


‘Máquina posible’ (2020) consiste en la reactivación, adaptación y actualización de la obra dramática ‘TOUR DE FORCE’ (2017), que trazaba de manera poética varios recorridos por la breve historia del sida, desde la aparición de la enfermedad y su conversión en pandemia a finales del siglo pasado hasta las parafilias generadas alrededor de la transmisión y la difusión del virus que la provoca, el VIH. Dos de las intérpretes originales se confinan ahora en el espacio doméstico de la planta noble del dieciochesco edificio de Can Balaguer.

La consuetudinaria estructura en actos rige una vez más la formalización de la performance, ideada para dos cuerpos, una sola voz y un acompañamiento musical. En este caso las interpretaciones femeninas se ven punteadas por interludios ejecutados en directo desde el imponente órgano que ocupa la gran Sala de Música en Can Balaguer.




Protagonizada por Anna Sabaté, Candela Capitán y Nadal Roig, ‘Máquina posible’ configura una dramática maquinaria de movimiento coreográfico, música y voz que toma el interior de la casa como espacio de transmisión y memoria basándose en ejes temáticos como la pandemia, el encarcelamiento y la fragilidad humana.

COLAPSO. Máquina célibe’ es una adaptación del proyecto original ‘COLAPSO. Máquina deseante, máquina de trabajo’ que tuvo lugar simultáneamente en el Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona - Fabra i Coats, el Centre d'Art Tecla Sala y la prisión celular la Modelo entre el septiembre 2018 y enero 2019, ambas comisariadas por Latitudes.

‘COLAPSO. Máquina posible’ de Joan Morey está comisariada per Latitudes y es una producción de la Direcció General d’Arts Visuals de la Regidoria de Cultura i Benestar Social de l’Ajuntament de Palma, Casal Solleric y Can Balaguer, con la colaboración de HM hotels.




CONTENIDO RELACIONADO:



  • Wakelet archivo redes sociales
  • Ressenya de Pere Antoni Pons, ‘L'Art provocador i litúrgic de Joan Morey’, El temps de les arts, 10 juliol 2020
  • Selección de reseñas, videos y entrevistas (31 Diciembre 2018)
  • December 13, 2018, 7pm: Performance reenactment of "TOUR DE FORCE. El cos utòpic" (2017) by Joan Morey 10 December 2018
  • "Joan Morey presenta "Col·lapse. Cos social", programa Taquilla Inversa, L'Hdigital Mitjans de Comunicació de L'Hospitalet, 29 Novembre 2018
  • November 29, 2018, 5–8pm: Performance reenactment of "IL LINGUAGGIO DEL CORPO. Pròleg" (2015-16) by Joan Morey 26 November 2018
  • November 15, 2018, 7 pm: Performance reenactment of "BAREBACK. Fenomenología de la comunión" (2010) by Joan Morey 12 November 2018
  • October 25, 7pm: Performance reenactment of "GRITOS Y SUSURROS" (2009) by Joan Morey 22 October 2018
  • October 11, 2018, 7pm: Performance reenactment of ‘LLETANIA APÒRIMA’ [APORIC LITANY] (2009) by Joan Morey 8 October 2018
  • Performance programme in the context of Joan Morey's exhibition ‘COLLAPSE. Desiring Machine, Working Machine’ 24 September 2018
  • Maria Palau, "Contra l'abús de poder", El Punt Avui, p. 32, 23 Setembre 2018 (Catalan)
  • NOTA DE PRENSA: ‘Joan Morey. COLAPSO’, diversos espacios, Barcelona, 20 septiembre 2018–13 enero 2019, 19 September 2018



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Vistas de la exposición ‘COLAPSO. Máquina célibe’ de Joan Morey en el Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca


La exposición individual ‘COLAPSO. Máquina célibe’ de Joan Morey que puede verse en el Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, hasta el 3 de mayo 2020. Fotos: Latitudes.
Panel introductorio de la exposición y créditos, abajo panel y cartelas del programa de audio.


COLAPSO. Máquina célibe’ es la primera retrospectiva de Joan Morey (Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, 1972) en su Mallorca natal. Consiste en una revisión de seis grandes proyectos, cuya documentación y otros objetos se expone junto con ocho piezas sonoras. Las doce majestuosas salas dieciochescas de la planta noble y el patio columnado del Casal Solleric acogen este conjunto de materiales, voces y cuerpos que, con su colapso, ofrecen una panorámica de los últimos diez años de la carrera artística de Morey. 

La exposición es una adaptación de ‘COLAPSO’, un proyecto en tres partes que tuvo lugar simultáneamente en el Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona - Fabra i Coats, el Centro de Arte Tecla Sala de L’Hospitalet de Llobregat y la antigua cárcel Modelo de Barcelona entre 2018 y 2019.

 Entrada a la exposición en la planta noble. Acceso a la exposición en orden cronológico.

Entrada al proyecto COS SOCIAL en la planta noble. Acceso a la exposición por orden cronológico inverso.

Poster del proyecto ‘COS SOCIAL. Lección de anatomía’ (2017).

Performance para pantalla ‘COS SOCIAL. Lección de anatomía’ (2017). 

(Arriba y abajo) Sección dedicada a ‘COS SOCIAL. Lección de anatomía’ (2017). Al fondo sala dedicada a ‘TOUR DE FORCE’ (2017).

Sección dedicada a ‘COS SOCIAL. Lección de anatomía’ (2017).

En la sala vermella (sala roja) se exhibe la mesa de disección utilizada en la película ‘COS SOCIAL. Lección de anatomía’ (2017) y la vestimenta de la única actriz.


La muestra de este nuevo capítulo, ‘COLAPSO. Máquina célibe’, se organiza en torno a vitrinas y pantallas de vídeo dispuestas a modo de sarcófagos o relicarios. Ocupa un lugar destacado la performance para la pantalla ‘CUERPO SOCIAL. Lección de anatomía’ (2017), así como una selección de cinco proyectos anteriores, producidos entre 2007 y 2017 y desarrollados mediante el lenguaje artístico de la performance. Además, el patio del Casal Solleric alberga un programa continuado de obras de audio: grabaciones de lecturas realizadas en vivo en el marco de performances o bien utilizadas como bandas sonoras de exposiciones previas.


Inicio cronológico de la muestra: sala dedicada al proyecto ‘POSTMORTEM. Projet en sept tableaux’ (2006–7).

Sala dedicada al proyecto ‘POSTMORTEM. Projet en sept tableaux’ (2006–7) y conexión a la derecha con la sala dedicada a ‘OBEY. Humillados y ofendidos’ (2007–9).
Sala dedicada a ‘OBEY. Humillados y ofendidos’ (2007–9).
 
Detalle de los contenidos presentados en la vitrina del proyecto ‘OBEY. Humillados y ofendidos’ (2007–9).

Sala dedicada a ‘GRITOS Y SUSURROS. Converses amb els radicals’ (2009) y al fondo proyección del mismo proyecto (abajo).

Video proyeccion del proyecto ‘OBEY. Humillados y ofendidos’ (2007–9). 

Sala dedicada al proyecto ‘IL LINGUAGGIO DEL CORPO’ (2015).
Detalle de la vitrina del proyecto ‘IL LINGUAGGIO DEL CORPO’ (2015).

Sala dedicada al proyecto ‘TOUR DE FORCE’ (2017). 

Sala dedicada al proyecto ‘TOUR DE FORCE’ (2017).

Sala dedicada al proyecto ‘TOUR DE FORCE’ (2017). 

Contenidos de una de las dos vitrinas dedicadas a ‘TOUR DE FORCE’ (2017).


Video teaser del proyecto ‘TOUR DE FORCE’ (2017).

Sala dedicada al proyecto ‘COS SOCIAL’ (2017).

CONTENIDO RELACIONADO:
  • Documentación fotográfica de COLAPSO;
  • Archivo Wakelet redes sociales;
  • Joan Morey awarded the Botín Foundation's International Visual Arts Grant, 22 July 2019
  • Profile – ‘Joan Morey’, THE SEEN—Chicago’s International Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art, Issue #8, April 2019, pp 100–113. 
  • Exposición de Joan Morey ‘COLAPSO. Máquina célibe’ en el Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, 31 enero–3 mayo 2020, 15 January 2019 
  • Performance ‘COLLAPSE. Schizophrenic Machine’ at the former prison La Model, Barcelona 21 January 2019
  • Selección de reseñas, videos y entrevistas (31 Diciembre 2018)
  • December 13, 2018, 7pm: Performance reenactment of "TOUR DE FORCE. El cos utòpic" (2017) by Joan Morey 10 December 2018
  • Pía Cordero, "COL·LAPSE, o l’avenir il·limitat de l’obscenitat", www.nuvol.com, 6 Desembre 2018
  • November 29, 2018, 5–8pm: Performance reenactment of "IL LINGUAGGIO DEL CORPO. Pròleg" (2015-16) by Joan Morey 26 November 2018
  • November 15, 2018, 7 pm: Performance reenactment of "BAREBACK. Fenomenología de la comunión" (2010) by Joan Morey 12 November 2018
  • October 25, 7pm: Performance reenactment of "GRITOS Y SUSURROS" (2009) by Joan Morey 22 October 2018
  • October 11, 2018, 7pm: Performance reenactment of ‘LLETANIA APÒRIMA’ [APORIC LITANY] (2009) by Joan Morey 8 October 2018
  • Performance programme in the context of Joan Morey's exhibition ‘COLLAPSE. Desiring Machine, Working Machine’ 24 September 2018
  • Maria Palau, "Contra l'abús de poder", El Punt Avui, p. 32, 23 Setembre 2018 (Catalan)
  • NOTA DE PRENSA: ‘Joan Morey. COLAPSO’, diversos espacios, Barcelona, 20 septiembre 2018–13 enero 2019, 19 September 2018
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Exposición de Joan Morey ‘COLAPSO. Máquina célibe’ en el Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, 31 enero–3 mayo 2020

Joan Morey, ‘COS SOCIAL. Lliçó d'anatomia’ (2017), film, 50 minutos. Obra producida por la Red de Centros de Artes Visuales de Cataluña, Arts Santa Mònica, Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya y LOOP Barcelona, con la colaboración de la Real Academia de Medicina de Cataluña y Hangar Centro de Producción e Investigación de Artes Visuales (Barcelona). Cortesía del artista.

A partir del 31 de enero 2020, Casal Solleric en Palma de Mallorca acogerá la primera retrospectiva de Joan Morey (Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, 1972) en su Mallorca natal. La exposición ‘COLAPSO. Máquina célibe’ es una adaptación del proyecto que el artista presentó simutáneamente en tres sedes de la ciudad condal entre septiembre 2018 y enero 2019 [1] y se podrá visitar hasta el 3 de mayo 2020.

Las majestuosas salas dieciochescas de la planta noble y el patio columnado del Casal Solleric acogerán una selección de seis proyectos producidos entre 2007 y 2017 desarrollados mediante el lenguaje artístico de la performance, así como un programa continuado de ocho piezas de audio: grabaciones de lecturas dramatizadas realizadas en vivo en el marco de performances o bien utilizadas como bandas sonoras de exposiciones previas.  


Joan Morey, COS SOCIAL. Lliçó d'anatomia (2017), film, 50 minutos. Obra producida por la Red de Centros de Artes Visuales de Cataluña, Arts Santa Mònica, Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya y LOOP Barcelona, con la colaboración de la Real Academia de Medicina de Cataluña y Hangar Centro de Producción e Investigación de Artes Visuales (Barcelona). Cortesía del artista.

Joan Morey ha producido un extenso conjunto de performances, vídeos, instalaciones y obras sonoras y gráficas que, desde finales de los años noventa, explora la intersección entre teatro, cine, filosofía, sexualidad y subjetividad. 

Su práctica aúna tres géneros fundamentales del arte contemporáneo: la performance (a través de escenarios que se desarrollan en el tiempo, en los que habitualmente participan cuerpos humanos y el propio público), la apropiación (tomando y reformulando textos, formas y estilos ya existentes, ya sea de fuentes literarias, clásicas o de la subcultura) y la crítica institucional (con la que examina y aborda las ideologías y el poder de nuestras instituciones sociales, culturales y políticas).

Joan Morey, ‘POSTMORTEM. Pour en finir avec le jugement de Dieu’ (2006–2007). Reenactment de fragmento de performance, exposición ‘COLAPSO. Máquina deseante, máquina de trabajo’ (2018–19), Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona - Fabra i Coats, 27 septiembre 2018. Foto: Noemi Jariod. Cortesía del artista.

Joan Morey, ‘LLETANIA APÒRIMA’ (2009). Reenactment de fragmento de performance, exposición ‘COLAPSO. Máquina deseante, máquina de trabajo’ (2018–19), Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona - Fabra i Coats, 11 octubre 2018. Foto: Noemi Jariod. Cortesía del artista.
 
Joan Morey, ‘GRITOS Y SUSURROS. Conflicte dramatic cinquè (ambos l’obra d’art)’, 2009. Inter by Carme Callol and Tatin Revenga. Reenactment de fragmento de performance, exposición ‘COLAPSO. Máquina deseante, máquina de trabajo’ (2018–19), Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona - Fabra i Coats, 25 octubre 2018. Foto: Noemi Jariod. Cortesía del artista.
 
Joan Morey, ‘BAREBACK. Fenomenología de la comunión’ Reenactment de performance, exposición ‘COLAPSO. Máquina deseante, máquina de trabajo’ (2018–19), Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona - Fabra i Coats, 15 noviembre 2018. Foto: Noemi Jariod. Cortesía del artista.
 
Joan Morey, ‘IL LINGUAGGIO DEL CORPO’, 2015. Reenactment de fragmento de performance, exposición ‘COLAPSO. Máquina deseante, máquina de trabajo’ (2018–19), Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona - Fabra i Coats, 29 noviembre 2018. Foto: Noemi Jariod. Cortesía del artista.
 
Joan Morey, ‘TOUR DE FORCE. El cos utòpic’ (2017). Reenactment de fragmento de performance, exposición ‘COLAPSO. Máquina deseante, máquina de trabajo’ (2018–19), Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona - Fabra i Coats, 13 diciembre 2018. Foto: Noemi Jariod. Cortesía del artista.
 

Joan Morey, ‘COLAPSO. Máquina esquizofrénica’ nueva performance site-specific, prisión la Modelo, Barcelona, 10 enero 2019. Foto: Noemí Jariod. Cortesía del artista.

El recorrido se inicia con uno de sus más recientes trabajos: la “performance para pantalla” ‘COS SOCIAL. Lliçó d'anatomia’ (2017), que actúa como eje conceptual de la exposición, y que obtuvo el Premio de Videocreación de la Xarxa de Centres d’Arts Visuals de Catalunya, Arts Santa Mònica, el Departamento de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya y LOOP Barcelona. Ésta y la performance ‘TOUR DE FORCE’ (2017), también incluída en la exposición, le valieron el Premi Ciutat de Barcelona d'Arts Visuals 2017.

La exposición ‘COLAPSO. Máquina célibe’ en Casal Solleric está comisariada por Latitudes y producida por la Dirección General de Artes Visuales de la Concejalía de Cultura y Bienestar Social del Ajuntament de Palma, con el apoyo del Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona - Fabra i Coats, la Xarxa de Centres d'Arts Visuals de Catalunya, Arts Santa Mònica, el Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya y LOOP Barcelona.


[1] ‘COLAPSO. Máquina deseante, máquina de trabajo’, Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona - Fabra i Coats (del 20 de septiembre de 2018 al 13 de enero de 2019); ‘COLAPSO. Cuerpo social’, Centro de Arte Tecla Sala (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, del 15 de noviembre de 2018 al 13 de enero de 2019), y ‘COLAPSO. Máquina esquizofrénica’, en la antigua cárcel Modelo (Barcelona, 10 de enero de 2019).

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Report: Latitudes' participation in the festival TODAY IS OUR TOMORROW initiated by PUBLICS in Helsinki

Poster announcing the festival in a street in central Helsinki. Photo: Latitudes.

As partner organisation in the transdisciplinary festival ‘Today Is Our Tomorrow’ initiated by PUBLICS, Latitudes' participation consisted in inviting Argentinian-born, Amsterdam-based artist Mercedes Azpilicueta, to perform at Club Kaiku on September 13, 2019.

Façade of Kaiku, Helsinki.

A day earlier, on September 12, 2019, Latitudes and Mercedes maintained an open conversation introducing her artistic practice and, in particular advancing details of both her ‘Yegua-Yeta-Yuta’ performance taking place a day after, as well as her forthcoming solo exhibition at CentroCentro, Madrid, opening October 3, 2019, and her solo presentation as part of Van Abbemuseum's Positions #5’, a series of exhibitions presenting the work of artists working in the Netherlands.

September 12, 2019, 5:30–6:30h: (Above and below) Mercedes, Mariana and Max (Latitudes) in conversation at Club Kaiku. Photo: Jonni Korhonen/PUBLICS.
Photo: Jonni Korhonen/PUBLICS.
Photo: Aman Askarizad/PUBLICS.

Azpilicueta performed ‘Yegua-yeta-yuta’ (2015-ongoing), an evolving solo performance that is part scripted, part improvised. Composed from a litany of hundreds of pejorative, abusive, and vulgar insults directed at women in Argentina, it transforms the everyday language of misogyny and harassment into a kind of tragicomic exorcism. Many of the words derive from the street slang of Buenos Aires, especially Lunfardo, a colloquial and cryptic dialect that first arose among working-class Italian-immigrant and tango communities in Argentina and Uruguay during the late 1800s. For example, yegua literally means a mare – a female horse, a slur for a “difficult” woman. A yeta is a person who brings bad luck, while a yuta is someone corrupt or unscrupulous, and slang for the police. Accompanied by a percussive beat, Azpilicueta reclaims the power to offend, distorting and distending the epithets into something powerful and playful rather than weak and degrading. Azpilicueta performed to the beat of a new soundtrack produced for the occasion in collaboration with Chilean choreographer Rodrigo Sobarzo de Larraechea

See documentation on our photo gallery.

Photo: Aman Askarizad/PUBLICS.

Mercedes Azpilicueta during her performance ‘Yegua-Yeta-Yuta’ (2015-ongoing) for TODAY IS OUR TOMORROW festival, organised by PUBLICS, Helsinki. Photo: Latitudes.
Photo: Jonni Korhonen/PUBLICS.

Photo: Aman Askarizad/PUBLICS.


Photo: Kush Badhwar/PUBLICS.


Photo: Kush Badhwar/PUBLICS.
Photo: Kush Badhwar/PUBLICS.

Photo: Kush Badhwar/PUBLICS.

Photo: Latitudes.


Mercedes Azpilicueta is an Argentinian visual and performance artist based in Amsterdam. Her practice has spanned theatrical mises-en-scènes and video installations, textile sculptures and drawing, sound works and 3D animation. With a particular interest in notions of the vulnerable or collective body, and the primal or dissident voice, her works have drawn inspiration from sources as diverse as Baroque painting, text messaging, medieval tapestries, street slang, and literary fiction, as well as singular figures including the Italian art critic and feminist activist Carla Lonzi (1931–1982), the Argentine-French performance artist Lea Lublin (1929–1999), the French futurist Valentine de Saint-Point (1875–1953), and the Costa Rican-born Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas (1919–2012). A major survey of Azpilicueta’s work to date, ‘Cuerpos Pájaros’ (Body-birds) was recently staged by the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art (November 2018–April 2019 — see Latitudes' Buenos Aires report). On October 3, 2019, she presents ‘Bestiario de Lengüitas’ (Bestiaire of Tonguelets), curated by Virginie Bobin, at CentroCentro, Madrid, an exhibition which will then tour to Museion, Bozen, and CAC Brétigny in 2020. Later in 2019, she will have a solo presentation as part of ‘Positions #5’ at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.


(Above) Mercedes during her performance ‘Oh, Eduarda!’ on April 14, 2019, presented at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires. Photo: Latitudes.

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Partner organisation in ‘Today Is Our Tomorrow’, participation with Mercedes Azpilicueta, PUBLICS – club Kaiku, Helsinki, 12–14 September 2019

Graphic identity of the art festival. Design: julia.studio.


Today Is Our Tomorrow’ is a collaborative, collective, and transdisciplinary festival initiated by Helsinki-based curatorial agency PUBLICS, produced in partnership with local and international organisations, initiatives and institutions. The programme will include a co-commissioned and collaboratively curated programme of temporary public art commissions, live performance, music, dance, theatre, literature and symposia, and will pilot in Club Kaiku complex in Kallio, an underground music venue renowned for hosting an innovative lineup of DJs, and the neighbouring spaces Kieku and Stidilä.

The 2019 edition of ‘Today Is Our Tomorrow’ is curated, commissioned, organised in collaboration with the Finnish partners: Academy of Fine Arts, Baltic Circle, Globe Art Point, IHME Helsinki, Kohta Gallery, Live Art and Performance Studies (LAPS), and Museum of Impossible Forms, and the international partners Index Foundation from Stockholm, osloBIENNALEN from Oslo, the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art from Riga, and Latitudes from Barcelona.

The programme looks at ‘other’ versions of the present already being lived in Finland and globally: from Alternative futures to Indigenous-futures, to Afro-futures, to Asian-futures, to Eco-futures, to Bio-futures, to Queer and Feminist futures, and to non-hegemonic futures.

Graphic identity of the art festival.


At the invitation of PUBLICS to participate in the festival, Latitudes has invited Buenos Aires-born, Amsterdam-based artist Mercedes Azpilicueta to present her performance ‘Yegua-yeta-yuta’ at Kieku (ground loor, next to Stidilä) on Friday 13 September, 11–11:30pm. A day earlier, on Thursday 12 September, Latitudes will be in conversation with the artist at 5:30h also at Kieku.

Yegua-yeta-yuta’ (2015-ongoing) is an evolving solo performance by Azpilicueta that is part scripted, part improvised. Composed from a litany of hundreds of pejorative, abusive, and vulgar insults directed at women in Argentina, it transforms the everyday language of misogyny and harassment into a kind of tragicomic exorcism. Many of the words derive from the street slang of Buenos Aires, especially Lunfardo, a colloquial and cryptic dialect that first arose among working-class Italian-immigrant and tango communities in Argentina and Uruguay during the late 1800s. For example, yegua literally means a mare – a female horse, a slur for a “difficult” woman. A yeta is a person who brings bad luck, while a yuta is someone corrupt or unscrupulous, and slang for the police. Accompanied by a percussive beat, Azpilicueta reclaims the power to offend, distorting and distending the epithets into something powerful and playful rather than weak and degrading. Azpilicueta will perform to the beat of a new soundtrack produced for the occasion in collaboration with Chilean choreographer Rodrigo Sobarzo de Larraechea


Mercedes Azpilicueta performing ‘Yegua-yeta-yuta’ during the 2017 CA2M Picnic Sessions, Móstoles (Madrid). Photo: Arantxa Boyero.


Mercedes Azpilicueta is an Argentine visual and performance artist based in Amsterdam. Her practice has spanned theatrical mises-en-scènes and video installations, textile sculptures and drawing, sound works and 3D animation. With a particular interest in notions of the vulnerable or collective body, and the primal or dissident voice, her works have drawn inspiration from sources as diverse as Baroque painting, text messaging, medieval tapestries, street slang, and literary fiction, as well as singular figures including the Italian art critic and feminist activist Carla Lonzi (1931–1982), the Argentine-French performance artist Lea Lublin (1929–1999), the French futurist Valentine de Saint-Point (1875–1953), and the Costa Rican-born Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas (1919–2012). A major survey of Azpilicueta’s work to date, ‘Cuerpos Pájaros’ (Body-birds) was recently staged by the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art (November 2018–April 2019). In October 2019 she will present ‘Bestiario de Lengüitas’ (Bestiaire of Tonguelets), curated by Virginie Bobin, at CentroCentro, Madrid, an exhibition which will then tour to Museion, Bozen, and CAC Brétigny in 2020. Later in 2019, she will have a solo presentation as part of ‘Positions #5’ at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.



(Above) ‘Bestiario de lengüitas’ (2017-ongoing) pieces included in Mercedes Azpilicueta's solo show ‘Cuerpo pájaros’ recently programmed at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires. Photo: Latitudes.

Running parallel during the same week (9–14 September), Latitudes will attend the ‘Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities’, a six-day event organised by Frame Contemporary Art Finland in which artists, curators, researchers, and audiences in the field of contemporary art ‘are invited to rehearse and debate hospitality towards diverse ways of knowing and challenging of dominant knowledges’. Alongside the public programme, Frame will arrange studio visits, one-on-one meetings and networking situations.

(Two Above) Moments from the performance ‘Oh, Eduarda!’ on April 14, 2019, also presented at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires. Photos: Latitudes.


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Joan Morey awarded the Botín Foundation's International Visual Arts Grant

Joan during the installation of the exhibition 'COLAPSO' in Fabra i Coats. Centre d'Art Contemporani, September 2018. A three-part project curated by Latitudes. Photo: Max Andrews.

Latitudes congratulate Joan Morey, one of the eight beneficiaries of the 27th edition of the Botín Foundation's International Visual Arts Grants. His project ‘LA INFLUYENTE’ will be exhibited at the Botín Centre in 2021.
‘LA INFLUYENTE’ is a research and artistic creation project around the mechanisms of conversion of the body into symbolic capital, a speculative element and product of veneration, which takes the relics of Saint Teresa of Ávila as its starting point.


Performance by Joan Morey, "POSTMORTEM. Pour en finir avec le jugement de dieu" (2006-2007). Reenactment by Sònia Gómez programmed within the framework of the exhibition "COLLAPSE. Desiring machine, working machine", Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona - Fabra i Coats, 27 September 2018. Curated by Latitudes. Photo: Noemi Jariod. Courtesy the artist.

Last year, Latitudes curated Morey's three-venue project ‘COLLAPSE’ presented at the Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona - Fabra i Coats (20 September 2018–13 January 2019), the Centre d'art Tecla Sala in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat (15 November 2018–13 January 2019), and a new site-specific performance presented at the former prison La Model (10 January 2019) in Barcelona's Eixample district.


(Above and below) View of the exhibition by Joan Morey, ‘COLLAPSE. Social Body’ at the Centre d'art Tecla Sala, Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona), 15 November 2018–13 January 2019. Photos © ArtWorkPhoto.eu Courtesy of the artist.



Joan Morey, ‘Schizophrenic Machine’ site-specific performance at the former Panopticon-inspired prison La Model, Barcelona, 10 January 2019. Copyright: Photo by Noemí Jariod. Courtesy of the artist.


A year earlier, the artists Antoni Hervàs and Anna Moreno were also beneficiaries of the Botín Foundation visual arts grant. Both Moreno and Hervàs were awarded Barcelona Producció Visual Arts grants in 2017 and 2016, respectively, projects that were tutored by Latitudes.


View of Antoni Hervàs solo exhibition ‘El misterio de Caviria’, La Capella, Barcelona Producció 2016. Photo: Pep Herrero / La Capella.

Anna Moreno's publication project ‘The Drowned Giant’ awarded in Barcelona Producció 2017. Photo: Anna Moreno.


→ RELATED CONTENTS:
  • Profile – ‘Joan Morey’, THE SEEN—Chicago’s International Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art, Issue #8, April 2019, pp 100–113.
  • ‘COLLAPSE. Schizophrenic Machine’ at the former prison La Model, Barcelona 21 January 2019
  • Full performance programme
  • Antoni Hervàs's exhibition "El Misterio de Caviria" awarded the Visual Arts prize of the Premis Ciutat de Barcelona 2016 1 February 2017
  • Actividades programadas durante la exposición "El Misterio de Caviria" de Antoni Hervàs en La Capella 7 noviembre 2016
  • Documentación de la exposición "El Misterio de Caviria" de Antoni Hervàs en La Capella 23 September 2016
  • Exposición “El misterio de Caviria” de Antoni Hervàs en La Capella, 16 septiembre–13 noviembre 2016 16 September 2016
  • dOCUMENTA (13) artists and Latitudes 24 August 2012
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Cover Story–February 2019: Schizophrenic Machine

Latitudes' home page www.lttds.org

The February 2019 Monthly Cover Story “Schizophrenic machine” is now up on Latitudes' homepage: www.lttds.org


Schizophrenic machine, the concluding performance of the Latitudes-curated Joan Morey project COLLAPSE, took place on the freezing evening of 10 January. One hundred and thirteen pre-vetted audience members, each complying with a rigid all-black dress code, were driven by coach to the previously undisclosed location: the former La Model prison in Barcelona’s Eixample neighbourhood. More strictures were barked by a balaclava-clad doorman upon arrival: silence! single file! No mobile phones, no bathrooms, no chance to leave. The reverberation of a door slamming. More than two hours in the darkness and cold.

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


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  • Archive of Monthly Cover Stories
  • Photo documentation of COLLAPSE.
  • Cover Story—January 2019: “Seesaw” (7 January 2019)
  • Cover Story—December 2018: "Treasures! exhibitionism! showmanship!" 1 December 2018
  • Cover Story—November 2018: "Joan Morey—postmortem judgement reenactment" 1 November 2018
  • Cover Story–October 2018: "I can’t take my eyes off you: Eulàlia Rovira and Adrian Schindler" 1 October 2018
  • Cover Story–September 2018: Harald Szeemann’s travel sculpture, 10 September 2018
  • Cover Story–August 2018: Askeaton Joyride, 2 August 2018
  • Cover Story–July 2018: No Burgers for Sale 2 July 2018
  • Save the date: 13 September, 6–9pm. Latitudes-curated exhibition ‘Cream cheese and pretty ribbons!’, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, 21 June 2018
  • Cover Story—June 2018: Near-Future Artworlds Curatorial Disruption Foresight Group, 4 June 2018
  • Cover Story – May 2018: Shadowing Roman Ondák, 7 May 2018
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‘COLLAPSE. Schizophrenic Machine’ site-specific performance by Joan Morey at the former prison La Model, Barcelona, 10 January 2019

‘Schizophrenic Machine’ site-specific performance by Joan Morey at the former Panopticon-inspired prison La Model, Barcelona, 10 January 2019. © All photographs by Noemí Jariod. Courtesy of the artist.


Schizophrenic Machine’ was the closure of the three-part project ‘COLLAPSE’ by Joan Morey. This new site-specific performance took place on January 10, 2019, in the former prison La Modelo, a location that was kept in secret up until the 113 guests were driven in coaches from either Centre d'art Contemporani - Fabra i Coats, or the Centre d'art Tecla Sala

The audience previously registered to attend the closed-door performance and agreed to comply with the strict dress code. The performance script integrated the 1904 chilling architecture of the prison through voice and technological devices such as drones, surveillance cameras, strobe lighting, and an architecture scanning laser. Each one activated and deactivated the building's memories making ‘Schizophrenic Machine’ be Morey's first performance with no human actors as protagonists. ‘Schizophrenic Machine’ continued Morey's long-standing exploration of power structures and control of the body.



Schizophrenic Machine’ took the physical and discursive past of La Model as a scenario for performance where bodies were not acting and the protagonist was the architecture itself. The Panopticon-inspired prison was inaugurated on June 9, 1904, and was conceived as a model for the Spanish penitentiary system: an example of the reintegration of criminals into society through discipline, isolation and religious morality. La Model was one of the main sites of political repression and social control in the city. Followers of all political persuasion passed through its cells, aside from common criminals, yet during the long totalitarian dictatorship of General Franco (1939–1975), it was especially notorious as a site for the repression of political dissidents. La Model closed on June 8, 2017, 113 years after its inauguration


‘Schizophrenic Machine’ took over the unoccupied building and created a phantasmagoric presence that activated and deactivated its own memory. Conceived as an all-encompassing experience the event took on a singular awareness of the building and the site. The sequential dramatisation of its radial spaces articulated a dystopian representational device. A cast of technological interpreters —voices, sound, lights, cameras, drones and other devices— took the place of performing bodies. Moreover, the panopticon architecture itself seemed to address spectators through a female voice that spoke on the principles of control, power and the paradigm of a surveillance society. La Model became a schizophrenic machine, an imperious disciplinary mechanism for the 21st century. 

Produced by the Contemporary Art Center of Barcelona - Fabra i Coats as the third and final part of the ‘COLLAPSE’ project.





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  • Wakelet archive of social media content
  • Selección de reseñas, videos y entrevistas (31 Diciembre 2018)
  • Inscripción para asistir a la performance ‘Máquina esquizofrénica’ de Joan Morey (11 Diciembre 2018)
  • December 13, 2018, 7pm: Performance reenactment of "TOUR DE FORCE. El cos utòpic" (2017) by Joan Morey 10 December 2018
  • December 13, 2018, 7 pm: Performance reenactment of "TOUR DE FORCE. El cos utòpic" (2017) by Joan Morey (10 December 2018)
  • "Joan Morey presenta "Col·lapse. Cos social", programa Taquilla Inversa, L'Hdigital Mitjans de Comunicació de L'Hospitalet, 29 Novembre 2018
  • Pía Cordero, "COL·LAPSE, o l’avenir il·limitat de l’obscenitat", www.nuvol.com, 6 Desembre 2018
  • November 29, 2018, 5–8pm: Performance reenactment of "IL LINGUAGGIO DEL CORPO. Pròleg" (2015-16) by Joan Morey 26 November 2018
  • November 15, 2018, 7 pm: Performance reenactment of "BAREBACK. Fenomenología de la comunión" (2010) by Joan Morey 12 November 2018
  • October 25, 7pm: Performance reenactment of "GRITOS Y SUSURROS" (2009) by Joan Morey 22 October 2018
  • October 11, 2018, 7pm: Performance reenactment of ‘LLETANIA APÒRIMA’ [APORIC LITANY] (2009) by Joan Morey 8 October 2018
  • Performance programme in the context of Joan Morey's exhibition ‘COLLAPSE. Desiring Machine, Working Machine’ 24 September 2018
  • Maria Palau, "Contra l'abús de poder", El Punt Avui, p. 32, 23 Setembre 2018 (Catalan)
  • Full performance programme
  • NOTA DE PRENSA: ‘Joan Morey. COLAPSO’, diversos espacios, Barcelona, 20 septiembre 2018–13 enero 2019, 19 September 2018
  • Save the date: 19 September at 7pm, opening of the solo show by Joan Morey ‘COLLAPSE. Desiring machine, working machine’, Centre d'Art Contemporani Barcelona - Fabra i Coats, 3 September 2018
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Selección de reseñas, videos y entrevistas sobre el proyecto COLAPSO de Joan Morey


Natàlia Farré, ‘Sumisión y frío en la Modelo’, El Periódico, 15 de enero 2019.

Maria Palau, ‘Angoixats a la Model’, El Punt Avui, 13 de enero 2019, pág 23.

Conxita Oliver, ‘El món performatiu de Joan Morey, a revisió’, eltemps.cat, 13 desembre 2018 (Catalán).


Pía Cordero, "COL·LAPSE, o l’avenir il·limitat de l’obscenitat", núvol.com, 6 desembre 2018 (Catalán).


María Muñoz, ‘Sobre el poder, la performance y el deseo’, Metal magazine, 4 diciembre 2018 (Castellano).




"Joan Morey presenta "Col·lapse. Cos social", programa Taquilla Inversa, L'H digital Mitjans de Comunicació de L'Hospitalet, 29 novembre 2018 (4'57'', Catalán).




Entrevista ‘Joan Morey, artista i performer mallorquí’ con Tania Adam, programa ‘Terrícoles’, canal betevé, 13 novembre 2018 (27', Catalán).
Vanessa Graell, ‘Anatomía de la ‘performance’’, El Mundo, 27 septiembre 2018 (Castellano).
Maria Palau, ‘Contra l'abús de poder’, El Punt Avui, 23 setiembre 2018 (Catalán).
Núria Juanico, ‘L’entrada a l’univers sinistre de Joan Morey’, Ara.cat, 25 setiembre 2018 (Catalán).



CONTENIDO RELACIONADO:
  • Proceso de inscripción para asistir a la performance ‘Máquina esquizofrénica’ de Joan Morey 11 Diciembre 2018
  • December 13, 2018, 7 pm: Performance reenactment of "TOUR DE FORCE. El cos utòpic" (2017) by Joan Morey 10 December 2018
  • November 29, 2018, 5–8pm: Performance reenactment of "IL LINGUAGGIO DEL CORPO. Pròleg" (2015-16) by Joan Morey 26 November 2018
  • November 15, 2018, 7 pm: Performance reenactment of "BAREBACK. Fenomenología de la comunión" (2010) by Joan Morey 12 November 2018
  • October 25, 7pm: Performance reenactment of "GRITOS Y SUSURROS" (2009) by Joan Morey 22 October 2018
  • October 11, 2018, 7pm: Performance reenactment of ‘LLETANIA APÒRIMA’ [APORIC LITANY] (2009) by Joan Morey 8 October 2018
  • Wakelet archive of social media content
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December 13, 2018, 7pm: Performance reenactment of "TOUR DE FORCE. El cos utòpic" (2017) by Joan Morey




Event: Reenactment of "TOUR DE FORCE. El cos utòpic" (2017) by Joan Morey
Date and time: December 13, 2018, 7pm
Interpreter: Eduard Escoffet
Location: Third floor, Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona - Fabra i Coats.


The reenactment is part of the live programme of six performances reactivated within Joan Morey's exhibition survey ‘COLLAPSE. Desiring Machine, Working Machine’ at the Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona - Fabra i Coats (on view until January 13, 2019).

Each of the performances of the programme is extracted from their original context as studies or scenes from earlier projects and given an independent life. These live-action fragments encompass ritualistic exercises following the artist’s rules, tableaux vivants, and dramatic orations based on texts by the artist or by playwrights such as Samuel Beckett. Whenever possible the performances maintain their original interpreters, yet inevitably they are reinforced or degraded through their repetition, adding another layer to the artist’s exploration of control.

Access to all performances is unrestricted.


Joan Morey. ‘POSTMORTEM. Pour en finir avec le jugement de dieu’ (2006-2007). Performance, reenactment, 27 September 2018. Photo by Noemi Jariod. Courtesy of the artist.


Joan Morey. ‘LLETANIA APÒRIMA’ (2009). Performance, reenactment, 11 October 2018. Photo by Noemi Jariod. Courtesy of the artist.


Joan Morey. ‘GRITOS Y SUSURROS. Conflicte dramatic cinquè (ambos l’obra d’art)’ (2009). Performance, reenactment, 25 October 2018. Photo by Noemi Jariod. Courtesy of the artist.


Joan Morey. ‘‘BAREBACK. Fenomenología de la comunión’ [BAREBACK. Phenomenology of Communion]’ (2010). Performance, reenactment, 15 November 2018. Photo by Noemi Jariod. Courtesy of the artist.


A dramatic extract from the fifth act of TOUR DE FORCE (2017), which has only previously been witnessed by an audience of six people in the setting of a white limousine driving on a route through Barcelona. The project as a whole puts together a conceptual history of the HIV/AIDS pandemic—from the fear and stigma surrounding diagnosis and infection in the 1980s and 1990s to the possibility today of its management and control via pharmaceutical compliance.

This performance corresponds to the latter historical context, addressing the complexities of understanding the disease in an epidemiological sense and as a symbolic phenomenon enmeshed with global governance, human rights, and civil liberties. A performer dressed in black leather garments makes a ritualistic reading from a mobile device, listing the dates on which new antiretroviral drugs have been approved for use in the US, beginning from 1987. The brand names of each of the medications join the litany of dates, and the pill trademarks are repeated as though they were figures worthy of veneration: Saint Genvoya, Saint Stribild, Saint Odefsey, etc.

The subtitle refers to a 1966 radio broadcast by the philosopher Michel Foucault, known for his histories of healthcare and sexuality, who in 1983 became the first public figure in France to die from an AIDS-related illness.

COLLAPSE. Desiring Machine, Working Machine’ is the first chapter of a three-part project curated by Latitudes. The second part of COLLAPSE will take place at the Centre d’Art Tecla Sala, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat from November 23, 2018 (on view until January 13, 2019). Titled ‘Schizophrenic Machine’, the third comprises a major new performance event which will take place on January 10, 2019, at an especially resonant – yet, for the moment, deliberately undisclosed – location in Barcelona.

RELATED CONTENT
  • November 29, 2018, 5–8pm: Performance reenactment of "IL LINGUAGGIO DEL CORPO. Pròleg" (2015-16) by Joan Morey 26 November 2018
  • November 15, 2018, 7 pm: Performance reenactment of "BAREBACK. Fenomenología de la comunión" (2010) by Joan Morey 12 November 2018
  • October 25, 7pm: Performance reenactment of "GRITOS Y SUSURROS" (2009) by Joan Morey 22 October 2018
  • October 11, 2018, 7pm: Performance reenactment of ‘LLETANIA APÒRIMA’ [APORIC LITANY] (2009) by Joan Morey 8 October 2018
  • Performance programme in the context of Joan Morey's exhibition ‘COLLAPSE. Desiring Machine, Working Machine’ 24 September 2018
  • Maria Palau, "Contra l'abús de poder", El Punt Avui, p. 32, 23 Setembre 2018 (Catalan) 
  • Full performance programme 
  • Wakelet archive of social media content
  • NOTA DE PRENSA: ‘Joan Morey. COLAPSO’, diversos espacios, Barcelona, 20 septiembre 2018–13 enero 2019, 19 September 2018
  • Save the date: 19 September at 7pm, opening of the solo show by Joan Morey ‘COLLAPSE. Desiring machine, working machine’, Centre d'Art Contemporani Barcelona - Fabra i Coats, 3 September 2018

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