The curatorial agency PUBLICS
” Latitudes by hosting its curatorial research and a series of activities in 2022 and 2023. PUBLICS
began its Parahosting
programme in 2018, and it has evolved into a flexible, expanding, and sometimes messy method of decentering curatorial authorship through partnership. PUBLICS
and Latitudes first worked together in September 2019 as partners
of the festival “Today is our Tomorrow
” presenting a performance
by the Buenos Aires-born, Amsterdam-based artist Mercedes Azpilicueta
. Since then, Latitudes has continued a conversation with PUBLICS
, despite the complications caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and has developed a proposal based around the notion of a partial, distributed, and fragmentary retrospective of the Barcelona-based artist Laia Estruch
In October 2021, PUBLICS
supported the production of Estruch
’s work “Ocells perduts
” (Stray Birds), an installation and performance rehearsals
commissioned for the exhibition “Panorama 21: Notes for an Eye Fire
” at the MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, curated by Hiuwai Chu and Latitudes.
In March 2022
, as the first event of its Parahosting
programme, Latitudes presented its curatorial practice
which was followed by Laia Estruch
’s “Mix” (2021–ongoing). This solo performance compilation revisited the diverse voiced sounds, resonances, and articulations that 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.
Between June and October 2022, Helsinki-based writer and curator Irina Mutt in collaboration with Laia Estruch, led a series of workshops with PUBLICS Youth
, an education initiative for Helsinki-based 18-21-year-olds. Based around the idea of “touring” Estruch’s “Ocells Perduts (Stray Birds)” from its original museum context
to the human bodies of PUBLICS Youth’s members, the sessions have broached performative practice, translation and transcription, and the non-verbal capacity of the voice.