Frieze At Fair, London, October 2009: T293 stand by artists Pennacchio/Argentato, about who you'll hear more from us soon...
On 18th October 2009 and as part of Frieze Projects, Max Andrews of Latitudes participated in Fia Backström's project 'Studies in Leadership - The Review' at invitation of Filipa Oliveira and Miguel Amado. Four art critics and writers – Amado, Michele Robecchi, J. J. Charlesworth (not in this image) and Andrews – worked with a professional voice coach to publicly read one of their recent exhibition reviews, and together consider the implications of performance and the author's 'voice'. Seminar on Art & Ecology, The Wanås Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden, 21 October 2009: Coffee break + socialising in the Swedish sunshine
Seminar on Art & Ecology, The Wanås Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden, 21 October 2009: Going around the Wanås state and recognising some (perhaps edible?) fungi with artist Tue Greenfort Opening of Lawrence Weiner's Under the Sun at Espai d'Art Contemporani Castelló, 23 October 2009 'Portscapes' series, Port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, throughout 2009: Lara Almarcegui being interviewed for the 'Behind the scenes' video produced for Portscapes. The interview took place after touring 4 wasteland sites included in Almarcegui's guide 'Wastelands of the Port of Rotterdam', 9 November 2009
ARCO, Madrid, 17 February 2010: With artist Fermín Jiménez Landa (left) and curator David Armengol (right) ARCO, Madrid, 17 February 2010: Artists Marc Vives & David Bestué posing with their piece shown at the stand of Estrany de la Mota, Barcelona. 2010 curatorial award Premi GAC: A colleague took a picture on the TV monitor while Latitudes received the award, 25 February 2010. Easter visit to the old-time classic Barcelona's Wax Museum: grateful smiles by gallerists, curators and artists posing next to writer and philosopher Ramon Llull, whose Institut Ramon Llull has partly supported some of our projects.
Devouring 'The Exhibitionist' journal while drinking a cold German beer on the Berlin-Basel train, 13 June 2010 Browsing through pictures on Art Basel's website we found us portrayed while visiting Simon Fujiwara's space, Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt am Main, Art Statements – Art Basel 2010. Photo: Art BaselChecking the designs for the forthcoming 'Mataró Chauffeur Service' publication with Martí Anson at the ferranElOtro Studio, July 2010. Photo: Latitudes
Several admirable artist-run initiatives have recently made refreshing incursions into the Barcelona cultural landscape. Self-organisation and sustained micro-activity outside the major institutions have been uncommon in recent years. Yet as the city awaits the opening of the future 'Kunstverein' of Barcelona, the Canòdrom Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (the planned Spring 2011 opening now suffering delays and budget cuts), and with a continuing lack of flexible grants and affordable rents, innovative projects have sprung up through necessity. These have often been as sporadic and ephemeral, such as the weekend group exhibition of about 30 artists 'Entes' at the flat of artist Luz Broto's last November (video here, photo documentation here) or 'Domestica 2' an open-submission group show organized by artists Antoni Hervàs, Ariadna Parreu and Consol Llupià, whose second edition took place in early July in a former bicycle repair shop. ('Entes' will take shape again as the summer show at gallery Àngels Barcelona (22 July–18 September 2010), an interesting transition.)
The opening of 'Short Time', December 2009. Courtesy: Halfhouse Espacio
Halfhouse Espacio, which operates as an association in order to be able to apply for grants, is an exhibition space of about 10m2 in the private apartment of artists Alberto Peral and Sinéad Spelman. It opened on December 2009 with 'Short Time', a screening programme of 15 videos under 1 minute by artists David Bestué, Luis Bisbe, Jesús Palomino, Gabriel Pericàs, Jorge Satorre and Daniel Steegmann, amongst others, as well as a site-specific work by Renata Lucas.
Site-specific work 'camouflaged' in the house by Renata Lucas. Courtesy: Halfhouse Espacio
'5 Platonic Solids' followed in April 2010, with a 'chain invitation' by artists and curators that led to the presentation of works by Daniel Jacoby, Paloma Polo, Christian Friedrich, Johannes Wald and Florian Kohler and last June they presented 'Puede que nadie vuelva a tener el mismo conocimiento' a project by Maria Castelló Solbes and Regina de Miguel.
Halfhouse's programme not only includes exhibitions. In their manifesto, they announce the intention of offering 'discursive support, tortilla and wine' as well as opening up to other formats such as residencies (the first of which takes place this summer as a flat swap), performances and talks. Their most recent show, 'Lo de siempre raras veces ocurre', opened on a very humid 16 July with a strong selection of works displayed in the 'exhibition' space, as well as in the private space of the flat, by 4 students from the Fine Arts Department at the Universitat de Barcelona: Serafín Álvarez, Mercedes Mangrané, Gerard Ortín, and Rafel Marcos Mota. The later lay underneath a gold emergency blanket for the most part of the opening as a test of resistance to the event as well as the high temperature. Álvarez presented two works: '±2.5 g (I Believed I Could Fly)' consisting of two silver balloons tethered to 10g weights at a height of 160cm – susceptible to human and atmospheric changes; as well as the performative piece 'Sube a velocidad constante, fría y pequeña, aunque en el torrente sanguíneo te mate', for which he poured cava into an empty glass with a microphone amplifying the bubbles. Gerard Ortín's video 'El Truco' showed his cat snoozing in a garden. During the opening, the artist honked an old-fashioned horn coinciding with a moment when the animal was startled from its sleep as if claiming its attention in a delayed interaction between owner and pet. Mercedes Magrané's two short videos (one on a TV monitor, another projected) showed views of the apartment-space, one is an objective view of the flat (a sort of promotional agency video of the property) and the other being a more intimate portrait of inhabited space (afternoon light, the artist touching a plant…).
Librería La Central del Raval | c/ Elisabets, 6 | 08001 Barcelona | Metro: Liceu (L3), Pl. Catalunya (L3, L1, FGC) | MAPA Tickets: 4 Euros (se adquieren en la cripta, el lugar del evento)
Direlia Lazo hablará sobre la exposición'I'm not here. An exhibition without Francis Alÿs' (17 Abril—6 Junio 2010, de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam)y presentará su catálogo. 'I'm not here. An exhibition without Francis Alÿs' está inspirada en la película 'I'm not there' (2007) dirigida por Todd Haynes, donde seis actores encarnan diferentes facetas de la vida de Bob Dylan sin la presencia física del músico. De modo similar, Francis Alÿs es el protagonista 'ausente' de 'I'm not here…', aunque la obra de los 14 artistas participantesexposición pretende cuestionar el formato de la exposición individual al tiempo que aborda los conceptos de presencia y ausencia. evoca la atmósfera de la práctica artística del artista belga afincado en México. Cambiando el punto de atención que recae sobre artistas establecidos como Alÿs a un grupo de prácticas artísticas relacionadas, la exposición pretende cuestionar el formato de la exposición individual al tiempo que aborda los conceptos de presencia y ausencia.
Ariel Schlesinger "Minor Urban Disasters" (2007-ongoing). Secuencia de diapositivas. Cortesía del artista.
David Sherry "Just Popped Out Back in Two Hours", 2008-10. Performance. Cortesía del artista y Mother's Tankstation, Dublin.
Direlia Lazo (La Habana, 1984, vive en Barcelona) acaba de concluir estudios de comisariado en de Appel Arts Centre en Amsterdam, Holanda (2009–10). Lazo es Licenciada en Historia del Arte por la Universidad de La Habana en el 2007 y en el 2008 trabajó como comisaria en el Centro Wifredo Lam, La Habana. Ha colaborado con diversos proyectos de artistas entre ellos la Cátedra de Arte de Conducta, fundada y dirigida por Tania Bruguera (2007, 2008) y comisariado exposiciones como 'Grasa, jabón y plátano' de Wilfredo Prieto (9a Bienal de La Habana, 2006); 'Cero' (Convento San Francisco de Asís, La Habana, 2007). Ha colaborado con textos para catálogos como 'Estados de intercambio', Iniva, Londres (2008); 'Mute', Mc Master Museum, Hamilton, Canadá; 'Ilusión Optica', Galería Servando Cabrera, La Habana. Obtuvo el premio a jóvenes comisarios 'Inéditos 2009' para el cual organizó 'A la vuelta de la esquina' (La Casa Encendida, Madrid, 2009).