Newsletter #12, May 2009

Newsletter #12 is out!

If you would like to read it, please click here for English version or here for Spanish version.

In our forthcoming Newsletter #13 (June–July 09) we will inform you about a video programme to be screened daily at Capella MACBA (1–7 June); our participation in the festival of independent and non-profit art organisations in New York hosted by the X initiative (24–28 June) and the exhibition 'Sequelism. Episode 3: Possible, Probable, or Preferable Futures', to open at Arnolfini, Bristol on 17 July.

In the current issue of frieze (Issue 123, May 2009) you will find a review by Max Andrews on the 2nd Canary Islands Biennial of Architecture – read short report and images of the exhibition in our 8 March 2009 post.

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Exhibition 'Martí i la fàbrica de farina' (Martí and the flour factory), 24 April–31 May 2009, Can Palauet, Mataró (Barcelona)

'Martí i la fàbrica de farina' opens tomorrow 24 April at Can Palauet, Mataró [See installation photos at the end of this blog]. This solo exhibition by Martí Anson (Mataró, 1967) will present work related to his long-term project around the 'afectado' (meaning 'zoned') site of the flour factory Can Fàbregas i de Caralt in Mataró (recent image below), near Barcelona (campain to save the 1879 building here (in Catalan)).

Last year, Anson participated in Lucky #7, the SITE Santa Fe 7th International Biennial in New Mexico where he built a 1:25 scale copy of the factory (see first image). As is often characteristic of Anson's work, the important factor lies in the construction process, rather than in obtaining a pre-ordained final product. The mini building has in fact only two fully-rendered façades, as if a film set. He documented each day of the construction by setting up a video camera as well as through photo documentation, which was recently presented in ARCO'09 replicating the shape of the building (see image below).

Below an abstract of a text by curator Ferran Barenblit on Anson's work:
Martí Anson's work typically involves generating expectations in the viewer that are subsequently not fulfilled. (...) Time becomes an integral part of this process. For Anson, things do not change, but rather are constantly recomposed. Many of his works illustrate precisely this: a dislocation of time, of how events transpire – sometimes, to the point of ridicule. On other occasions, Anson demonstrates how, after patiently waiting and using that period of expectation for analysis, nothing happens. (...) A meticulous observer of reality, for him, the process is more important than the result, championing above all the value of work in art.

Installation photos of 'Martí i la fàbrica de farina' at Can Palauet and of the site where the flour factory stands (photos taken on the 24 April 2009):

'Martí and the flour factory' was commissioned by the SITE Santa Fe 7th International Biennial 'Lucky Number 7', more info here.

UPDATE: Below an article written by Oriol Fontdevila published in Culturas suplement of La Vanguardia from 23 May 2009 (in Catalan):

'Martí i la fàbrica de farina'
24 April–31 May 2009
Sales d'exposicions Can Palauet
c/ d'en Palau, 32 – Mataró (Barcelona)
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 6–9pm; Sat-Sun 11am–2pm and 6–9pm. Mondays closed.

[Images from top to bottom: Martí Anson, Installation view of 'Martí and the flour factory', 2008. Photo: BayAreaEventPhotography.com; Image of the Can Fàbregas i de Caralt factory in Mataró from the flickr album' Salvem Can Fàbregas' photostream, http://www.flickr.com/photos/salvem_can_fabregas; Photo installation at Galeria Toni Tàpies stand, ARCO 09, Photo: Latitudes]

Jornadas comisariado: 'PRODUCIR, EXPONER, INTERPRETAR Estrategias y conflictos en la práctica curatorial hoy' 22–24 Mayo (MUSAC) 25–27 Sept (MATADERO)

PRODUCIR, EXPONER, INTERPRETAR es un encuentro nacional de comisarios de arte contemporáneo, vinculados generacionalmente, cuyo objetivo es, por un lado incentivar la creación de redes sociales entre profesionales del sector; y por otro lado, poner de relieve una serie de cuestiones en torno a la redefinición de la práctica curatorial.
Latitudes participará en las jornadas en Matadero en Septiembre. Véase programa completo aquí.
Lugar: MUSAC de León (22, 23 y 24 de mayo) y Matadero Madrid (25, 26 y 27 de septiembre)
Dirigen: Tania Pardo (Comisaria MUSAC); Manuela Villa (Responsable de contenidos de Matadero Madrid y Coordinadora general de La noche en blanco)
Presentan las Jornadas: Agustín Pérez Rubio (Director en funciones, MUSAC); Pablo Berástegui (Coordinador General Matadero Madrid); Cristina Conde (Directora General de Proyectos Culturales del Ayuntamiento de Madrid)
Participan en el panel: David Arlandis / Javier Marroquí (Comisarios independientes, Valencia); David Armengol (Comisario independiente, Barcelona); María Bella (Comisaria de Intermediae, Madrid); Álex Brahim (Comisario independiente, Barcelona); Amanda Cuesta (Comisaria independiente, Barcelona); Beatriz Herráez (Comisaria, Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea, Vitoria); Latitudes (Comisarios independientes, Barcelona); Iván López Munuera (Comisario independiente, Madrid); Manuela Moscoso (Comisaria independiente, Madrid); RMS La Asociación (Comisarios independientes, Madrid); Manuel Segade (Departamento de exposiciones, CGAC, Santiago de Compostela); Virginia Torrente (Doméstico, comisaria independiente, Madrid); Leire Vergara (Comisaria-Jefe de Sala Rekalde, Bilbao).

Para asistir a las Jornadas de MUSAC inscribirse en: www.musac.es

Para asistir a las Jornadas de Matadero Madrid inscribirse en: [email protected]
Matadero Madrid
Paseo de la Chopera 14, 28045, Madrid
T: 915 177 309
[email protected]

MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León
Avda. Reyes Leoneses, 24, 24008 León
T.: 987 09 00 00
[email protected]

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We have introduced a new feature with Dipity on www.lttds.org: a timeline (viewable also as a flipbook or map) to browse our projects since 2005 – find it on our website here.

New blog design | Nuevo diseño del blog


As you might have noticed we have updated the look of the blog introducing a new commenting system (Disqus) and the possibility of logging in and commenting with your facebook identity. As always, there are three ways to keep up-to-date with our projects: keep an eye on this blog (see Site Feed link to the right) and website (www.lttds.org), sign up for our email newsletter (see form here) or via our facebook group.

We look forward to reading your comments!

Como habreis notado, hemos actualizado el diseño del blog introduciendo nuevos elementos como un nuevo sistema para realizar comentarios (Disqus) y la posibilidad de acceder y dejar tus comentarios a través de facebook. Las tres vías para mantenerse al día con nuestros proyectos siguen siendo: leyendo este blog (véase link al Site Feed a la derecha) y la web (www.lttds.org), subscribiéndote a nuestra newsletter (véase formulario aquí) o a través de nuestro
facebook group.

Esperamos vuestros comentarios!

ACCA premia el ciclo de exposiciones de arte contemporáneo del Nivell Zero-Fundació Suñol

Ayer noche tuvo lugar la 25a edición de los Premios ACCA de la Crítica de Arte otorgados por la Associació Catalana de Crítics d'Art (ACCA) a las exposiciones, iniciativas y publicaciones que marcaron la temporada artística 2008.

El Nivell Zero de la Fundació Suñol recibió el premio al ciclo de exposiciones de arte contemporáneo. Sergi Aguilar, el director de la fundación, recogió el premio y agradeció al Sr. Suñol la confianza depositada en él, así como a la Associació y al público por el apoyo ofrecido a una "iniciativa privada que trabaja con vocación de ofrecer una programación pública".

Durante la temporada 2008, el Nivell Zero acogió dos proyectos comisariados por Latitudes: la proyección del ciclo itinerante de video y film 'Una estaca en el lodo, un hoyo en la cinta. El campo expandido del Land Art, 1968-2008' (6 y 8 Julio) y la exposición y proyecto público 'Lawrence Weiner: La cresta de la ola' (Octubre–Noviembre) (véase foto abajo). ¡Contentos de aportar nuestro granito de arena!

Passeig de Gràcia, 98
08008 Barcelona

Latitudes' 4th anniversary

This April marks four years since we started working as Latitudes. Coinciding with next year 5th anniversary, we will produce a small booklet comprising a selection the projects we've been involved in.

We would like to thank our families and friends for their ongoing support and for offering a spare room whenever needed ;-)

Max & Mariana

Catalan Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale: "Venezia-Catalunya 2009. La Comunitat Inconfessable"

'Venezia, Catalunya 2009. La Comunitat Inconfessable'
Curated by
: Valentín Roma
Participating artists
: Sitesize (Joan Vila-Puig and Elvira Pujol), Technologies to the People (Daniel G. Andújar) and Archivo F.X. (Pedro G. Romero)
: Magazzini del Sale #3, Dorsoduro, Venice
: Institut Ramon Llull (overall production & coordination), MACBA (executive production) as well as the Kunstverein Stuttgart (production of Daniel G. Andújar's work), Ateneu Obrer Popular de Barcelona, ZEMOS98, Repensar Barcelona, DPC estudi and ACTAR who will co-publish and distribute the publication, amongst others.

As announced previously (see post 1 October 2008), Catalunya will have its first pavilion representation within the
Eventi Collaterali in the forthcoming edition of the Venice Biennale titled 'Fare Mondi/Making worlds' (7 June–22 November 2009). The first press conference (see slideshow above) took place yesterday evening at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Barcellona, with Josep Bargalló (director, Institut Ramon Llull); Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira (Vice-president of the Catalan Government and on the directing board of the Institut) and pavilion curator Valentín Roma.

The Catalan Pavilion will open during the first week of June with 'La Comunitat Inconfessable' a project curated by Roma (read about the selection process here) and including Sitesize (Joan Vila-Puig and Elvira Pujol), Technologies to the People (Daniel G. Andújar) and Archivo FX (Pedro G. Romero)
. The project will be shown in the 600 square metre space of the Magazzini del Sale #3, which is normally assigned by the Venetian townhall to the nearby Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia.

'La Comunitat Incofessable' takes its title from
Maurice Blanchot's 1983 book 'La Communauté inavouable' (The Unavowable Community), and from Blanchot's inquiry into the nature and possibility of community and interpreting communism as 'that which creates community'. The thread between the three projects is the questioning of the single authorship, as the artists constantly appropriate preexistent materials (photographs, data...) and reconfigure new archives, new readings of these materials. The project is divided into three parts: the exhibition taking Blanchot's reference to the library as a space for knowledge; the catalogue (with reprinted texts by Blanchot, as well as Jean Luc Nancy, Giorgio Agamben, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, etc.) as well as essays and interviews related to the artists projects by Gerard Horta, Iris Dessler, Jacob Lillemose, Manuel Delgado amongst others) and a website which will host a vast archive around the notion of communality.

During yesterday's press presentation, Roma briefly presented the conceptual lines and academic aspirations of the exhibition. Curiously, considering that the project reflects on the use and reuse of
images, archives and libraries – whether concerning territory and landscape (Sitesize), geopolitical changes between the fall of the Berlin wall and 9-11 (Daniel G. Andújar) or information about iconoclasm in Spain (Pedro G. Romero) – there was no visual material shown during the presentation, and no photo documentation related to the artists in the press packs. We will have to wait for the artists' presentations in a month's time at MACBA, as announced yesterday (date TBC).

Roma also commented on the challenges in presenting ongoing research and extensive archival materials in an attractive exhibition format – those who saw Pedro G. Romero's 'F.X. Archive: The Empty City'
at the Fundació Tàpies in 2006 might remember a huge scaffolding structure filled with the buzz of printers, flashing TV monitors, wires and stacks of paper. Josep Bargalló (director of the Institut Ramon Llull) and Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira's speeches predictably praised the historical role of Catalunya as a center of debate, innovative cultural society and the pavilion's aim to make the take note of Catalan cultural production.

Why is it that in every such
press conference the first question from the floor always related to the budget? In this case the exhibition's coffers total €500,000, plus a exceedingly generous €200,000 for the publication (in Catalan, Italian, Spanish and English) plus c. €5,000 for a website. The agreement with the city of Venice is that they could use the Magazzini del Sale #3 for no rental fee but, according to Bargalló, they would contribute towards the restauration of the spaces to the tune of €40,000, adding up to €745,000. On top of that are curatorial and artists fees, press & marketing, flights, accommodation, opening events, invitations, etc. A hearty budget.

More info: www.veneziacatalunya2009.cat


Click here to read the full list of participating artists in 'Fare Mondi/Making Worlds';
Here to read the 53rd Venice Biennale Press Release (dated 23 March 2009);
Here to read the full list of Eventi CollateraliHere to read about the Catalan project

[Images: Press conference and (right) Pavilion curator Valentín Roma. Photos: Latitudes | www.lttds.org]

SAVE THE DATE: 14 and 28th May 2009, exhibitions in Naples and Madrid

In May 2009 Latitudes is curating two exhibitions: 'Provenances' (14 May–14 September) at Umberto di Marino in Naples and 'The Garden of Forking Paths' (28 May–18 July) at Maisterravalbuena in Madrid.

'The Garden of Forking Paths' will present the work of five artist-duos: Eric Bell & Kristoffer Frick (1985 St. Catharines, Canada. 1985 Nuertingen, Germany. Both live in Frankfurt, Germany); Haris Epaminonda & Daniel Gustav Cramer (1980 Nicosia, Cyprus; 1975 Düsseldorf, Germany. Both live in Berlin, Germany); huber.huber (1975 Münsterlingen, Switzerland. Both live in Zurich, Switzerland); Leslie Hewitt & Matt Keegan (1977 Saint Albans, New York, USA; 1976 Manhasset, New York, USA. Both live in New York, USA) and Nashashibi/Skaer (1973 Croydon, UK; 1975 Cambridge, UK. Both live in London, UK). 'The Garden of Forking Paths' considers duality, simultaneity and proliferation in a context where the exhibition will be hosted and curated by duos (Maisterravalbuena [Pedro Maisterra & Belén Valbuena] and Latitudes [Max Andrews & Mariana Cánepa Luna], respectively).

Doctor Fourquet 1

28012 Madrid, SPAIN

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11-14;16-20.30; Sat 11-14pm



 Simon Fujiwara's Museum of Incest.

'Provenances' will consist of three interlinked solo presentations with works by Erick Beltrán (1974 Mexico City, Mexico. Lives in Barcelona, Spain), Jordi Mitjà (1970 Figueres, Spain. Lives in Lladó, Spain) and Simon Fujiwara (1982, London, UK. Lives in Berlin, Germany/London, UK), and act as a reflection on the present and the past, the heritage industry and the museum-ification of culture.

Via Alabardieri 1, Piazza dei Martiri
80121 Napoli, ITALY

Opening hours: Tue-Sat 10.30-13.30;16-20h; Monday: 4-8pm


Report from the 2nd Canary Islands Biennial of Architecture, Art and Landscape

'Silencio' (7 March–3 May 2009), the recently-inaugurated 'exhibition phase' of the 2nd Biennial of the Canary Islands, unfolds in various venues in both capitals of the archipelago: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (with the sub-theme 'Inmersions. Landscape of Networks: Systems, Meshes and Structures') and in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (with 'Scenes and Scenarios. Paradoxes of the wellbeing: The Consumption of the imaginary and the imaginery of consumption'). The exhibitions follow the 'documentary phase' that took place between the December 08 and February 09.

Directed by Canarian architect Juan Manuel Palerm Salazar, the exhibition takes as its starting point 'silence' "as the profound instant in which we can discover and analyse the noises of contemporary society". Dispersed through the many venues in Las Palmas (SEE SLIDESHOW ABOVE: INFECAR, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), CAAM San Antonio Abad, Casa de Colón, Gabinete Literario, Sala de Arte Regenta) and Santa Cruz de Tenerife (SEE SLIDESHOW BELOW: Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (TEA), Espacio Cultural El Tanque, Sala de Arte Contemporáneo del Gobierno de Canarias, Museo de Bellas Artes, Sala Mac, Círculo de Bellas Artes de Tenerife and COAC Canarias), the biennial mostly spoke in architecture terms to the visitor, by means of maquettes; lightboxes filled with renderings of landscaping projects in sites including Porto, Salerno, Benidorm or Venice; slideshows in fancy flatscreens; A1-sized boards with drawings, photographs, data, etc. Each of the venues welcomed the visitor with a white board containing a seemingly complex diagram with interlinked key words (
landscape, perception, island, system, use/abuse...) that mapped out the core concepts intended to be developed throughout the sixteen venues – see image #5 of slideshow above.

The Biennial also hosts three linked exhibitions organised by external curators: "Periferia" by Rosa Olivares at CAAM (including slick photographic works from the 1990s and early 2000 by Olivares' favourites such as Montserrat Soto, Sergio Belinchón, Francesco Jodice, Gabriele Basilico...), "Coexistencias" by Orlando Britto at La Regenta (with Grego Matos, Moataz Nasr, Javier Caballero, Eberhard Bosslet and a clumsy piece by Antonio Díaz Grande including 45 portraits of people doing the slitty-eyed gesture accompanied by 100 chinese lucky cats waving their arms) and "Plain Air. Paisajes Extra-Ordinarios" by Christian Vivero-Fauné (with works by Ivan Navarro, Patrick Hamilton, Jota Castro, Graham Dolphin...).

The strength of this year's Biennial lies in nine specially commissioned works, which include the 5-screen video 'Sin Límite' (2009) by Julian Rosefeldt (though poorly installed at TEA) and the 2-screen video 'Maspalomas' (2008-9) by Dias & Riedweg (though only one screen worked at the opening), as well as a 3-screen video 'Atlántida' (2008) by Olga Mink + Scanner (images here).

The exhibition opening is followed by an impressive calendar of public programme with one or two-day seminars (15 in total), keynote presentations (9 in total, including Kengo Kuma, Peter Greenaway, James Turrell, Paolo Burgi, Mark Gisbourne), workshops, theatre performances, open-submission competitions and round tables, mostly aimed at involving the architecture practitioners and students.


Read of the Second Biennial here (Elena Vozmediano, 'Contradicciones y confusiones de la bienal de Canarias, El Cultural, 20.03.09); here (Fietta Jarque, 'Cacofonía del Paisaje', suplemento Babelia, 21.03.09) and here (Fredy Massad, 'Buscar su lugar', ABCD, 22.03.09).

Click here to watch a 30' documentary broadcasted on the Spanish TVE 2's programme
Metrópolis on 30.03.09

Founded in 2005 by Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna, Latitudes is a curatorial office based in Barcelona, Spain, that works internationally across contemporary art practices.

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