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Latitudes (Barcelona) and PUBLICS (Helsinki)

Laia Estruch performing MIX at the Festival TNT in Terrassa. Photo by Alessia Bombacci. 


We are delighted to announce that PUBLICS in Helsinki will be Parahosting curatorial office Latitudes for the next year by hosting a series of curatorial research and activities, beginning with a public presentation and a performance by artist Laia Estruch, on Thursday 17th of March 2022 (5–7pm) at PUBLICS’ space in Vallila.

As a first introduction to PUBLICS and to Helsinki audiences, Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna of Latitudes will present their curatorial practice and later be joined by Barcelona-based artist Laia Estruch to present “Mix” (2021–ongoing), a solo performance compilation that revisits the diverse voiced sounds, resonances, and articulations she has developed and learned throughout her projects to date. An exercise in sonic recall and muscle memory, “Mix” is a live non-chronological edit that extracts the most ephemeral aspect of her practice – the voice – while exploring it as a kind of organ of the body, and as a tool for sculpting air.

Entrance to PUBLICS in Vallila neighbourhood. Photo: Noora Lehtovuori.

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. 

Mercedes Azpilicueta performing “Yegua-Yeta-Yuta” (2015-ongoing) as part of the 2019 TODAY IS OUR TOMORROW festival at Kaiku, Helsinki. Curated by Latitudes. Photo Kush Badhwar.

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 exhibition “Panorama 21. Notes for an Eye Fire” at MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, October 2021–February 2022.


(Above and below) Laia Estruch, “Ocells Perduts” (2021) performed at MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona as part of the exhibition “Panorama 21. Notes for an Eye Fire”. Commissioned by MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona with the support of PUBLICS, Helsinki. Research supported with the grant Premis Barcelona 2020 of the Ajuntament de Barcelona. Photos: Miquel Coll.


About PUBLICS

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. 

https://www.publics.fi


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.

https://laiaestruch.com


About Latitudes 

Find out more on https://www.lttds.org/about/


Laia Estruch, “MIX” (2021-ongoing) at the Festival Domingo, La Casa Encendida. Photo: © Arturo Laso.

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              Nueva publicación: “Passió i cartografia per a un incendi dels ulls” (MACBA, 2022)

              Fotos: Gemma Planell.

              Título: “Passió i cartografia per a un incendi dels ulls
              Autor del poema: Gabriel Ventura
              Diseño: Ana Domínguez Studio (Lara Coromina y Ana Domínguez)
              EditorMACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
              Formato: 17 x 11.5 cm / 52 páginas / 42 ilustraciones
              Idioma: catalán
              Tirada: 300 copias
              Fecha de publicación: febrero 2022
              PVP: 15 Euros
              Disponible enLlibreria Laie
              ISBN 978-84-17593-22-3

              La publicación “Passió i cartografia per a un incendi dels ulls” se plantea como el poético colofón de la exposición “Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls” (MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 22 octubre 2021–27 febrero 2022), el primer proyecto de la serie Panorama – una nueva línea de proyectos trienales que inicia el MACBA enfocados en las prácticas artísticas contemporáneas de la escena catalana.







              El libro incluye un nuevo poema-deriva en tres movimientos de Gabriel Ventura que se descompone en una pluralidad de voces y puntos de vista dibujando una cartografía textual de la exposición

              Como parte de la programación de actividades de la exposiciónel pasado 13 de enero 2022, el cantaor flamenco Pere Martínez y Ventura recitaron y cantaron los versos durante una única visita performativa en que los visitantes eran invitados a deambular las distintas salas del museo, seducidos por la melodía y las palabras de los amfitriones.



              Fotos: Latitudes.

              Diseñado por Ana Domínguez Studio (Lara Coromina y Ana Dominguez), el libro también incluye documentación fotográfica de la exposición realizada por Roberto Ruiz, Eva Carasol, Miquel Coll, Ana Domínguez Studio y los comisarios, así como una evocación fantasmal de su identidad gráfica con páginas translúcidas que parecen velar las imágenes y las palabras con nubes de humo y destellos de energía.


              CONTENIDOS RELACIONADOS:

              • Cobertura en los medios sobre la exposición ‘’Panorama 21. Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls” en el MACBA, 21 Feb 2022
              • Cover Story, March 2022: The passion of Gabriel Ventura, 1 March 2022
              • Cover Story, February 2022: Rosa Tharrats’ Textile Alchemy, 1 Feb 2022
              • Cover Story, January 2022: “Rasmus’ Doubts”, 2 Jan 2022
              • Cover Story, December 2021: Between Meier and Meller: Toni and Pau at the Teatre Arnau, 1 Dec 2021
              • Programa público de “Apuntes para un incendio de los ojos”, MACBA, hasta el 27 febrero 2022, 15 Nov 2021
              • Cover Story, November 2021: Notes for an Eye Fire, 2 Nov 2021
              • Opening of the exhibition "Notes for an Eye Fire" at MACBA, 21 Oct 2021
              • Latitudes’ "out of office" 2020-21 season, 2 August 2021
              • Cover Story–July 2021: a wide view from a fixed point, 2 Jul 2021
              • Press Release: Co-curators of the exhibition “Panorama 21: Notes For An Eye Fire”, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 22 October 2021–27 February 2022, 9 Feb 2021
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              Cover Story, March 2022: The passion of Gabriel Ventura

               

              March 2022 cover story on https://www.lttds.org


              The March 2022 monthly Cover Story “The passion of Gabriel Ventura” is now up on our homepage: www.lttds.org

              «La tàctica és acariciar el moment: convertir l’esquerda en discussió verbal, gestual, multicanal, enfonsar-hi les visions»

              «The tactic is to caress the moment: to convert the crack into a verbal, gestural, multi-channel discussion, to scuttle visions»

               Continue reading

              → After March 2022 this story will be archived here.

              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 projects and activities.


              → RELATED CONTENTS

              • Archive of Monthly Cover Stories
              • Cover Story, February 2022: Rosa Tharrats’ Textile Alchemy, 1 Feb 2022
              • Cover Story, January 2022: “Rasmus’ Doubts”, 2 Jan 2022
              • Cover Story, December 2021: Between Meier and Meller: Toni and Pau at the Teatre Arnau, 1 Dec 2021
              • Cover Story, November 2021: Notes for an Eye Fire, 2 Nov 2021
              • Cover Story, October 2021: Fear and Loathing in Lebanon, 1 Oct 2021
              • Cover Story, September 2021: Erratic behaviour—Latitudes in conversation with Jorge Satorre, 31 August 2021
              • Cover Story–July-August 2021: Panorama: a wide view from a fixed point, 2 July 2021
              • Cover Story–June 2021: ‘Fitness food: Salim Bayri’s Amsterdam’, 1 June 2021
              • Cover Story–May 2021: RAF goes viral, 2 May 2021
              • Cover Story—April 2021: Cover Story – April 2021: Lara Almarcegui at La Panera, 2 Apr 2021
              • Cover Story—March 2021: Eulàlia Rovira's ‘A Knot Which is Not’ (2020–21), 1 mar 2021 
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              New publication: “Things Things Say” (2021) now available

              Photos: Latitudes


              Texts by: Joana Hurtado Matheu, Latitudes and Eulàlia Rovira

              Edited and coordinated by: Latitudes and Fabra i Coats: Centre d'Art Contemporani

              Publisher: Ajuntament de Barcelona. Institut de Cultura de Barcelona / Fabra i Coats: Centre d'Art Contemporani

              Graphic design: Bendita Gloria

              Format: 16 x 11cm, hardcover, 180 pages

              Language: Catalan with Spanish & English translations

              ISBN: 978-84-9156-386-0 

              Date of Publication: December 2021

              Price: 10 Euros

              AvailabilityLlibreria LaieFabra i Coats: Centre d'Art ContemporaniSala Ciutat of the Ajuntament de Barcelona and Diputació de Barcelona bookstore.


              The publication of the exhibition ‘Things Things Say’ is finally out! The show was curated by Latitudes at Fabra i Coats: Centre d'Art Contemporani between October 2020 and January 2021.

              Designed by Bendita Gloria, the volume includes a preface by art centre director Joana Hurtado Matheu, new texts by exhibition curators, a text-based intervention by participating artist Eulàlia Rovira, and texts on each exhibited work.

              Latitudes text “And Another Thing...” comprises a series of responses to the 33 questions that confronted visitors and took the place of the conventional introductory wall text. The responses variously take the form of quotations, historical references, anecdotes, and theoretical snippets that often do not provide direct answers but instead further expand on the research and imaginary of the exhibition. 

              (Above and two below) Stills from A Knot Which is Not’ (2020–21) by Eulàlia Rovira. Video, 12'21''. Courtesy of the artist.


              Eulàlia Rovira's contribution to the exhibition was threefold: it began before the exhibition opened by means of her voice reciting the wall texts and captions written by the curators about each work included in the show. This audio became the audioguide available from the exhibition in Catalan, Spanish and English, and has remained as an online companion. 

              Rovira was also invited to produce new work in response to the exhibition. Resulting in the performance for the camera “A Knot Which is Not” (2020–21), the work summarises her research around the narratives and stories emerging from the industrial complex where the show took place, once dedicated to the manufacturing of cotton thread. “A Knot Which is Not” premiered online once the exhibition concluded and the exhibition galleries were empty. And finally, she contributed a text to the publication based on her research leading to the making of the film weaving its spoken words into the printed lines of the physical page.

              (Above and below) View of the exhibition “Things Things Say” at Fabra i Coats: Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, October 2020–January 2021. Photos: Eva Carasol.


              “Coses que les coses diuen” [Things Things Say] accompanies the homonymous exhibition curated by Latitudes that took place at Fabra i Coats: Centre d'Art Contemporani between October 2020 and January 2021, presenting works by Adrià Julià, Annette Kelm, James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Sarah Ortmeyer, Eulàlia Rovira, Francesc Serra i Dimas, Stuart Whipps, Haegue Yang, as well as meaningful things from the Friends of Fabra i Coats archive.


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              • ‘Things Things Say’ in social networks;
              • Premiere del vídeo “A knot which is not” [Un nus que no ho és] (2020–21) de Eulàlia Rovira, 15 febrero 2021
              • Reseñas: Exposición ‘Cosas que las cosas dicen’ en Fabra i Coats: Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 11 January 2021 
              • Trailer and photo documentation of the exhibition ‘Things Things Say’, 4 Nov 2020
              • 6 de noviembre, 17:45h: Proyección ‘Popcorn’ [Palomita] (90', 2012) de Adrià Julià en el Zumzeig Cinema, 29 Oct 2020
              • e-flux – Fall 2020 exhibitions and programs at Fabra i Coats: Contemporary Art Centre of Barcelona, 17 October 2020
              • Exhibition ‘Things Things Say’, Fabra i Coats: Contemporary Art Center of Barcelona, 17 October 2020–17 January 2021, 9 Oct 2020

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              Cobertura en los medios sobre la exposición ‘’Panorama 21. Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls” en el MACBA

              Rueda de prensa 20 octubre 2021 — “Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls” (43'24'', català + castellano)

              Hiuwai Chu parla sobre “Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls” (català).

              Ruta de Autor habla su proyecto presentado en la exposición “Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls” (castellano).

              Rosa Tharrats habla sobre su proyecto presentado en la exposición “Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls” (catalán).
              Josep Playà Maset, "El Macba evoca el nuevo panorama artístico a través de 17 propuestas emergentes", La Vanguardia, 20 octubre 2021 (castellano).

              José Ángel Montañés, "El Macba toma el pulso al arte de Barcelona", El País, 20 octubre 2021 (castellano).
              Maria Palau, "El Macba rep l’energia de l’escena local", El Punt avui, 21 octubre 2021 (català).

              Montse Frisach, "Radiografia artística en 360º", Catorze.cat, 21 octubre 2021 (català).

              Juan Pedro Chuet-Missé, "El arte contemporáneo del MACBA enciende los ojos", Tendencias hoy, 21 octubre 2021 (castellano).

              Carolina Rosich, Telenotícies vespre, TV3, 21 octubre 2021 (2'08'', català) 

              Gisela Chillida Espinosa, "Panorama 21: incendiar-se per renéixer"El Temps de les Arts, 22 octubre 2021 (català).

              Mery Cuesta, El Ojo Crítico, 27 octubre 2021, entre min. 30'19''–21'57'' (castellano).


              Marc Hernández, Avui sortim, rtve.es, ràdio 4, 24'56'', 29 octubre 2021 (català).

              Josep Paris, Àrtic, betevé.cat, 29 novembre 2021. Clips aquíaquí i aquí (català)

              Ángela Molina, “Els ulls que no veuen”, Quadern, El País, 9 desembre 2021 (català).



              Maite Garbayo Maeztu, “Deseos y derrumbes”, Tea-tron.com, 13 enero 2022 (castellano).

               “Toni Hervàs conquista el CCCB i el MACBA”, 4:46min, àrtic, betevé.cat, 21 gener 2022 (català).


              Bernat Dedéu, "Un incendio que no arde", The New Barcelona Post, 15 enero 2022 (castellano). 

              Entrevista a Laia Estruch, programa “Quan arribin els marcians”, TV3, entre min. 10:20–13:03, 8 febrer 2022 (català)

              Analía Iglesias, “Las hazañas del hombre blanco, a debate”, El País, Blogs/Planeta Futuro, 24 Febrero 2022.


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              Cover Story, February 2022: Rosa Tharrats’ Textile Alchemy

              February 2022 cover story on www.lttds.org


              The February 2022 monthly Cover Story “” is now up on our homepage: www.lttds.org

              Protruding from three of MACBA’s columns like sails lashed to the masts of a ship, Rosa TharratsAkaal / Selene \ Uluru (2021) is composed of layers of woven and printed cloth that have been stitched and fused together in combination with composites of homemade bioplastics—polymers made from biological sources such as seaweed and starch that have the potential to alleviate the growing problem of marine pollution.

               Continue reading

              → After February 2022 this story will be archived here.

              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 projects and activities.


              → RELATED CONTENTS

              • Archive of Monthly Cover Stories
              • Cover Story, January 2022: “Rasmus’ Doubts”, 2 Jan 2022
              • Cover Story, December 2021: Between Meier and Meller: Toni and Pau at the Teatre Arnau, 1 Dec 2021
              • Cover Story, November 2021: Notes for an Eye Fire, 2 Nov 2021
              • Cover Story, October 2021: Fear and Loathing in Lebanon, 1 Oct 2021
              • Cover Story, September 2021: Erratic behaviour—Latitudes in conversation with Jorge Satorre, 31 August 2021
              • Cover Story–July-August 2021: Panorama: a wide view from a fixed point, 2 July 2021
              • Cover Story–June 2021: ‘Fitness food: Salim Bayri’s Amsterdam’, 1 June 2021
              • Cover Story–May 2021: RAF goes viral, 2 May 2021
              • Cover Story—April 2021: Cover Story – April 2021: Lara Almarcegui at La Panera, 2 Apr 2021
              • Cover Story—March 2021: Eulàlia Rovira's ‘A Knot Which is Not’ (2020–21), 1 mar 2021 
              • Cover Story—February 2021: ‘Straits Time: narrative smuggling in Singapore’, 1 Feb 2021
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              Cover Story, January 2022: “Rasmus’ Doubts”

              Installation view of Rasmus Nilausen's "Theatre of Doubts" (2021) in the exhibition “Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls”, MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (22 October 2021–27 February 2022). Photo: Roberto Ruiz.

              The January 2022 monthly Cover Story “Rasmus’ Doubts” is now up on our homepage: www.lttds.org

              Hermetic philosopher Giulio Camillo built his Theatre of Memory in Venice in around 1530. Inverting the perspective of ancient theatre, a single spectator could stand on a central “stage” to look out at a wooden auditorium of seven rows of seven pictures. 

               Continue reading

              → After January 2022 this story will be archived here.

              Cover Stories are published on a monthly basis on Latitudes' homepage (www.lttds.org) featuring projects, research, writing, artworks, exhibitions, films, objects, and field trips related to past, ongoing or forthcoming endeavours.


              → RELATED CONTENTS
              • Archive of Monthly Cover Stories
              • Cover Story, December 2021: Between Meier and Meller: Toni and Pau at the Teatre Arnau, 1 Dec 2021
              • Cover Story, November 2021: Notes for an Eye Fire, 2 Nov 2021
              • Cover Story, October 2021: Fear and Loathing in Lebanon, 1 Oct 2021
              • Cover Story, September 2021: Erratic behaviour—Latitudes in conversation with Jorge Satorre, 31 August 2021
              • Cover Story–July-August 2021: Panorama: a wide view from a fixed point, 2 July 2021
              • Cover Story–June 2021: ‘Fitness food: Salim Bayri’s Amsterdam’, 1 June 2021
              • Cover Story–May 2021: RAF goes viral, 2 May 2021
              • Cover Story—April 2021: Cover Story – April 2021: Lara Almarcegui at La Panera, 2 Apr 2021
              • Cover Story—March 2021: Eulàlia Rovira's ‘A Knot Which is Not’ (2020–21), 1 mar 2021 
              • Cover Story—February 2021: ‘Straits Time: narrative smuggling in Singapore’, 1 Feb 2021
              • Cover Story–January 2021: ‘Things Things Say’: VIP's Union’, 1 Jan 2021
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              2021 in eleven monthly cover stories

              Since Spring 2015, Latitudes has published a monthly cover story on its homepage www.lttds.org featuring past, present or forthcoming projects, as well as ongoing research, texts, artworks, exhibitions, films, objects, or travel related to our curatorial practice. Here's how 2021 looked like on our homepage.

              Cover Story–January 2021: ‘Things Things Say’: ‘VIP's Union’, 1 Jan 2021


              Cover Story—February 2021: ‘Straits Time: narrative smuggling in Singapore’, 1 Feb 2021


              Cover Story—March 2021: Eulàlia Rovira's ‘A Knot Which is Not’ (2020–21), 1 mar 2021 
              Cover Story – April 2021: Lara Almarcegui at La Panera, 2 Apr 2021
              Cover Story–May 2021: RAF goes viral, 2 May 2021

              Cover Story–June 2021: Fitness food: Salim Bayri's Amsterdam, 31 May 2021.

              Cover Story, July–August 2021: A wide view from a fixed point, 1 July 2021.

              Cover Story–September 2021Cover Story, September 2021: Erratic behaviour—Latitudes in conversation with Jorge Satorre

              Cover Story–October 2021: Fear and Loathing in Lebanon, 1 Oct 2021

              Cover Story–November 2021: Notes for an Eye Fire, 2 Nov 2021 

               Cover Story, December 2021: Between Meier and Meller: Toni and Pau at the Teatre Arnau, 1 Dec 2021


              → RELATED CONTENT

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              Episode #17 of “Incidents (of Travel)” from Riga, Latvia


              A new episode of ‘Incidents (of Travel)’ from Riga, is now live!

              In the 17th dispatch, curator Inga Lāce and artist Linda Boļšakova forage for environmental histories in Riga. The day that takes them from manicured park lawns to a thicket of sea buckthorn bushes near a “post-apocalyptic” sauna, and from a housing project allotment to the laboratories of the National Botanic Garden of Latvia. 

              This is the latest dispatch of the series produced by KADIST and edited by Latitudes since 2016, exploring the chartered itinerary as a format of an artistic encounter between curators and artists. Incidents (of Travel) is presented in one continuous immersive read interwoven with images and short videos in a mobile-friendly format. 

              Selection of screengrabs from the 17th dispatch of Incidents (of Travel) from Riga. 
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              Incidents (of Travel) was conceived in 2012 when Latitudes commissioned 5 day-long artist-led tours around Mexico City in the framework of their short residency at Casa del Lago. The project had sequels in 2013 in Hong Kong with live dispatches of videos, photographs and soundscapes published through social media, and continued in 2015 in San Francisco with daily posts as part of Kadist's Instagram take over initiative “Artist Not In The Studio Curator Not At The Office”.

              In 2016 KADIST and Latitudes partnered in a new ‘distributed’ phase of Incidents (of Travel) extending the invitation to curators and artists working around the world and publishing their dispatches as part of KADIST's Online Projects

              Since 2016, seventeen extended conversations between curators and artists have taken place in Riga (Latvia), Beirut (Lebanon), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Singapore (Singapore), Cabo Rojo (Puerto Rico), Tbilisi (Georgia), Panama City (Panama), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Reykjavík (Iceland), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Hobart (Tasmania), Yerevan (Armenia), Terengganu (Malaysia), Lisbon (Portugal), Suzhou (China), Jinja (Uganda) and Chicago (US). 


              The first dispatch launched in April 2016 with an itinerary by curator Yesomi Umolu and artist Harold Mendez from Chicago – a day photographed by Nabiha Khan


              The second dispatch came from Jinja in Uganda, where curator Moses Serubiri invited photographer Mohsen Taha to explore Jinja's Indian architectural legacy and Idi Amin's notorious expulsion of Uganda's Asian minority in 1972.


              The third episode took place while curator Yu Ji and poet Xiao Kaiyu hiked on Dong Shan (East Mountain), 130 km west of Shanghai, on a peninsula stretching into Tai Hu lake near the city of Suzhou, China.


              The fourth dispatch came from Lisbon, where Galician curator Pedro de Llano visited key locations that marked the life and work of Luisa Cunha.


              The fifth episode took place in April 2016, when curator Simon Soon and artist chi too visited the Malaysian North Eastern state of Terengganu, where chi spent some time in 2013, surrounded by “men and women who work(ed) multiple jobs as fishermen, housebuilders, boat builders, farmers, coconut pickers, food producers, and everything else that matters.”


              The sixth episode narrates a walking itinerary conducted by curator Marianna Hovhannisyan with Vardan Kilichyan, Gohar Hosyan, and Anaida Verdyan in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, documenting the transformed, disappeared, or permanently-closed art institutions in the city centre.


              The seventh episode comes from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. It is narrated by curator Camila Marambio, following an itinerary devised by artist Lucy Bleach. They spent the day "encircling the outer limits of human understanding by visiting the histories, both past, and present, of attempts to reach beyond our sensory capacities through governance, technology, and reverie", and ended the day cooking at Lucy's home-sharing their mutual love for quinces.


              In the eighth 'Incidents (of Travel)' dispatch Móvil co-founder and curator Alejandra Aguado followed the itinerary devised by the artist Diego Bianchi around Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

              Their exploration took them from the self-regulated community Velatropa to the buzzing commercial area of Once, identifying human and non-human flows and interactions. This became an entry point for discussing Bianchi's interests in how, as consumers, we define a particular zeitgeist and appropriate trends that enable us to affirm our identities.


              In the ninth dispatch, Canadian curator Becky Forsythe and Icelandic artist Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir navigate Reykjavík's surroundings considering Þorgerður's “current interest in Icelandic Spar (a form of transparent calcite), its double refraction and light-polarizing properties. In a race with daylight, they travel between sites collecting moments and considering the ways in which geologic time surfaces in the context of human time.”

              Desktop view of → http://incidents.kadist.org/rio

              The tenth dispatch begins with an itinerary proposed by Barcelona-born, Rio de Janeiro-based artist Daniel Steegmann Mangrané and is followed by images and videos recording a day roaming Rio's natural and artistic landscapes with Bogotá-born, Mexico City-based curator Catalina Lozano, who narrates their day spent together. 


              In the 11th episode, Swiss curator Sandino Scheidegger (Random Institute) visits Panama City in preparation for a solo exhibition by Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker at Casa Santa Ana in 2021. Conlon and Harker collaboration since 2006 (while also pursuing their own individual art practices) has resulted in seventeen video works to date. The places Sandino, Donna and Jonathan visited together pointed to the origin of some of their video works, the ideas behind them, or simply served as stages in their pieces, turning into “an exercise in sneaking through fences to reach former recycling plants, imagining how things looked before the skyscrapers took over, and navigating the complex social fabric of Panama City — all while getting a taste of local food between every stop.” 


              The 12th episode from Tbilisi, Georgia, set a different tone in the online series as it was programmed to take place in late May 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic. The itinerary set by Tbilisi-based artist Nino Kvrivishvili to lead Melbourne-based Associate Professor Tara McDowell became a WhatsApp video tour/conversation around Nino's artistic practice and the Georgian silk industry — a production that began in Tbilisi in the 5th century and continued until the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s. 

               

              Desktop view of → Incidents (of Travel) from Cabo Rojo

              In the 13th dispatch, and on week 23 of lockdown, Sofía Gallisá and Marina Reyes begin their day together driving to the Cabo Rojo Salt Flats where Sofía researched her 2018 film ‘Assimilate & Destroy I’. They later end up in Poblado de Boquerón, the queer capital of Puerto Rico's south where a large public beach and a usually busy street still show traces of 2017’s devastating Hurricane Maria.


              Desktop view of → Incidents (of Travel) from Singapore.

              In the 14th dispatch, Singapore-based curator Kathleen Ditzig joins artists Fyerool Darma and Nurul Huda Rashid nearby ‘Safe Entry‘ (2020), a mural presented at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) by the artist Heman Chong that repeats a single, enlarged QR code, “the new digital skin of the city”, as Nurul points out. From there, they head towards the boardwalk connecting Harbourfront with Sentosa Island, the pleasure island home to many tourist attractions. Fyerool and Nurul weave in stories of past pirates and deities against the backdrop of the glass-green waters that stage the “blue aesthetics against the imported sands [from Indonesia] of reclaimed lands.”

              In the 15th dispatch curator Àngels Miralda (current participant of de Appel's Curatorial Programme 2020-21) and artist Salim Bayri (current resident at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten 2019–21) follow a tour created during the winter 2021 Covid-19 restrictions in the Netherlands. Their day together features public sport locations as social meeting spaces, as well as urban architecture, a visit to a supermarket chain, and a food takeaway. 


              In the 16th dispatch, curator Marie-Nour Hechaime navigates Beirut with artist-filmmaker Panos Aprahamian a year after the August 2020 explosion, when hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate stored for six years without safekeeping in the port of the Lebanese capital were set on fire and exploded. The blast killed more than 200 deaths, 6,500 wounded, 300,000 displaced and great destruction in the city [1]. “I say that I am living with ghosts—of people, places, memories, stories”, she reflects. “He answers that Beirut is disintegrating in front of our very eyes.”


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              Episode #16 of ‘Incidents (of Travel)’ – Dispatch by Marie-Nour Hechaime and Panos Aprahamian from Beirut, 3 October 2021

              Episode #15 of ‘Incidents (of Travel)’ – Dispatch by Àngels Miralda and Salim Bayri from Amsterdam, 13 May 2021

              Episode #14 of ‘Incidents (of Travel)’ – Dispatch by Kathleen Ditzig and artists Fyerool Darma and Nurul Huda Rashid from Singapore, 21 December 2020

              Episode #13 of ‘Incidents (of Travel)’ – Dispatch by Marina Reyes and Sofía Gallisá from Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, 27 Sep 2020

              Episode #12 of ‘Incidents (of Travel)’ – Dispatch by Nino Kvrivishvili and Tara McDowell from Tbilisi, 25 Jun 2020 
              https://www.lttds.org/longitudes/index.php?id=7159211982397983135/episode-12-of-incidents-of-travel

              Episode #11 of ‘Incidents (of Travel)’ – Dispatch by Sandino Scheidegger and Donna Conlon & Jonathan Harker from Panama City, 9 April 2020
              https://www.lttds.org/longitudes/index.php?id=4425215029591365006/11-episode-of-incidents-of-travel

              Tenth episode of ‘Incidents (of Travel)’ – Dispatch by Catalina Lozano and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané from Rio de Janeiro, 
              29 January 2020
              https://www.lttds.org/longitudes/index.php?id=144735152408473327/tenth-episode-of-incidents-of-travel

              The ninth episode of ‘Incidents (of Travel)’ – Dispatch by Becky Forsythe and Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir, 8 February 2019
              https://www.lttds.org/longitudes/index.php?id=6371927610418460689

              The eighth episode of ‘Incidents (of Travel)’ – Dispatch by Alejandra Aguado and Diego Bianchi, 6 September 2019
              https://www.lttds.org/longitudes/index.php?id=8721104601538735691

              Seventh episode of ‘Incidents (of Travel)’ – Dispatch by Camila Marambio and Lucy Bleach from Hobart, Tasmania, 28 June 2018
              https://www.lttds.org/longitudes/index.php?id=1055853895543348027

              The sixth episode of ‘Incidents (of Travel)’ – Dispatch by Marianna Hovhannisyan and students from the National Center of Aesthetics from Yerevan, Armenia, 1 March 2018
              http://www.lttds.org/blog/blog.php?id=5887133486742947361

              The fifth episode of 'Incidents (of Travel)' – Dispatch by Simon Soon and chi too from Terengganu, Malaysia, 26 April 2017 
              http://www.lttds.org/blog/blog.php?id=4083951540089486920

              The fourth episode of 'Incidents (of Travel)' – Dispatch by Pedro de Llano and Luisa Cunha from Lisbon, Portugal, 2 March 2017 
              http://www.lttds.org/blog/blog.php?id=4185860148466062617

              The third episode of 'Incidents (of Travel)' – Dispatch by Yu JI and Xiao Kaiyu reporting from Suzhou, China, 6 September 2016 
              http://www.lttds.org/blog/blog.php?id=1437935620149738144

              Second 'Incidents (of Travel)' dispatch by Moses Serubiri and Mohsen Taha reporting from Jinja, Uganda, 30 June 2016 
              https://www.lttds.org/longitudes/index.php?id=2504250800654900933

              Kadist and Latitudes present 'Incidents (Of Travel)' online, 31 May 2016
              http://www.lttds.org/blog/blog.php?id=1076947282278624159


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              Cover Story, December 2021: Between Meier and Meller: Toni and Pau at the Teatre Arnau

                

              December 2021 cover story on www.lttds.org


              The December 2021 monthly Cover Story “Between Meier and Meller: Toni and Pau at the Teatre Arnau” is now up on our homepage: www.lttds.org

              Antoni Hervàs’ La Meiers / La Mellers (2021) is a two-part artwork created for the exhibition Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls (Notes for an Eye Fire) (at MACBA, Barcelona, until 27 February 2022) and inspired by Barcelona’s Teatre Arnau.

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              → After December 2021 this story will be archived here.

              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 projects and activities.


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              • Archive of Monthly Cover Stories
              • Cover Story, November 2021: Notes for an Eye Fire, 2 Nov 2021
              • Cover Story, October 2021: Fear and Loathing in Lebanon, 1 Oct 2021
              • Cover Story, September 2021: Erratic behaviour—Latitudes in conversation with Jorge Satorre, 31 August 2021
              • Cover Story–July-August 2021: Panorama: a wide view from a fixed point, 2 July 2021
              • Cover Story–June 2021: ‘Fitness food: Salim Bayri’s Amsterdam’, 1 June 2021
              • Cover Story–May 2021: RAF goes viral, 2 May 2021
              • Cover Story—April 2021: Cover Story – April 2021: Lara Almarcegui at La Panera, 2 Apr 2021
              • Cover Story—March 2021: Eulàlia Rovira's ‘A Knot Which is Not’ (2020–21), 1 mar 2021 
              • Cover Story—February 2021: ‘Straits Time: narrative smuggling in Singapore’, 1 Feb 2021
              • Cover Story–January 2021: ‘Things Things Say’: VIP's Union’, 1 Jan 2021
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