asenseofwonder

Fabra i Coats – Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona

4.5 – 22.7.2018

 

A Sense of Wonder és una proposta expositiva que reuneix els projectes més recents de l’artista Carles Congost. Es tracta de treballs en vídeo que es poden interpretar individualment però que mantenen moltes connexions temàtiques habituals en la seva pràctica artística (la música, el món de l’art, la cultura pop…) o en la manera de formalitzar-la (l’acurada posada en escena i el sentit de l’humor). En relació amb la seva trajectòria, es constata una sensible evolució en l’articulació dels elements que utilitza i una major atenció al propi llenguatge cinematogràfic. Perviu, per damunt de tot, la capacitat d’utilitzar aspectes propers, quotidians i sovint associats a subgèneres, per fer-los servir de punt de partida i abordar –sense grandiloqüència ni subratllats– aspectes més centrals i genèrics de la condició humana. L’autor ens proposa fer ús d’una sèrie de referents que ens pertanyen per transcendir-los i veure fins a quin punt ens representen o ens expliquen millor del que ens imaginàvem.

 

A Sense of Wonder és un projecte generat a partir d’una coproducció entre el Bòlit, Centre d’Art Contemporani. Girona i el Centre d’Art la Panera de Lleida, que al Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona – Fabra i Coats es completa amb vídeos inèdits i una creació específica per a l’ocasió. Un total de vuit obres avalades per una bona acollida del públic i per distincions com la segona edició del Premi de Videocreació (impulsat per LOOP Barcelona, la Xarxa de Centres d’Arts Visuals de Catalunya i l’Arts Santa Mònica) o una beca de la Fundación Botín, a més de la presència en escenaris internacionals com la Manifesta 11 –celebrada a la ciutat de Zuric, l’any 2016– o la sala Komplot de Brussel·les.

 

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estacio-muntadas

La Galeria Joan Prats i l’estació us conviden a la presentació del núm. 8 de l’estació en el marc de l’exposició de MUNTADAS EDICIONS II

Divendres 27 d’abril del 2018, 19h
Presentació del núm. 8 de la revista l’estació que compta amb
les col·laboracions d’Antonio Gamoneda i Antoni Muntadas.

Esdeveniment amb la presència d’Antoni Muntadas, Manuel Guerrero, Frederic Amat i Aurelio Major.

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Opening June 21st, 7 pm        22/06/2018 – 14/09/2018

 

Galeria Joan Prats presents Footprints, the first exhibition of the architect Josep Lluís Mateo.

 

 

Through a selection of works and projects, the exhibition approaches, in a non-chronological way, the trajectory of Mateo, looking for ways to narrate architecture from within the topics inherent in its practice. Mateo’s architecture is characterized by the inheritance of modernity, which is interested in the pursuit of light, an intense dialogue with the context, and the connection between the idea and the material. His projects are reflective and strategic; they speak about space while taking care of the relation between the mineral and the vegetable.

 

Scale models, photographs, videos, collage and sketches make it possible to apprehend the complexity of his creative and constructive process. We find, for example, historical materials of emblematic projects such as the urbanization of the medieval town of Ullastret, mockups that reflect the development of a constructive concept, as is the case of the facade of the International Convention Centre of Barcelona, or photographs that show the interaction of the work with its surroundings.

 

“A journey, a path, is made up of a succession of points, of steps, of footprints, which, viewed as a whole, indicate a direction, reveal (or not) their meaning.

Here, without pretending to draw the line, we show a few points, some footprints, in our journey.

So others can draw it.

These moments are explained by the materials that produced them.

Although architecture is a complex phenomenon in its result (it deals with matter, space, use, economy…), in its production there is an initial moment of synthesis that generates the energy needed to develop it.

There is also a final moment that synthesises, in a second, like a flash, all the effort that has been made.

To show these initial materials, which condense the idea, and some final documents that shed light on the reality, is the purpose of this exhibition.”

Josep Lluís Mateo

 

 

The exhibition highlights the work of photographers who accompany the vision of Josep Lluís Mateo as Aldo Amoretti, Gabriele Basilico, Jordi Bernadó, Jan Bitter, Luc Boegly, Ferran Freixa, Adrià Goula, Albert Masias and Xavier Ribas.

 

 

Josep Lluís Mateo is an architect from the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura of Barcelona (ETSAB) and doctor “cum laude” from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Since 2002, he is Professor of Architecture and Design at the ETH-Eidgenössische Technische Hochscule Zürich. He has given conferences and courses in the main academic and professional institutions of the world, among others: visiting academician in the J.P. Getty Center in Los Angeles, visiting professor at Harvard University-GSD and at AHO Oslo.

 

In his career, awarded with the A+2011 Prize for the best professional career, some works standout such as the urbanization of the medieval town of Ullastret, Girona (Santander Biennial Award 1991); the plan for the organization of the sports area of the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona (special mention FAD Awards for Architecture and Interior Design 1993); the housing complex on the Borneo pier in Amsterdam (CEOE Award 2001); the single-family house in Mallorca (Prize for the Best Work in the section of single-family housing 1997-2001 granted by the Official College of Architects of the Balearic Islands); the CCIB – International Convention Centre of Barcelona (Top International Purpose Award 2009 – C&ITE Magazine and Gold for the Best Convention Centre Abroad 2010 – M&IT Industry Awards); the Headquarters of the Deutsche Bundesbank in Chemnitz (2004, Germany); the Sant Jordi Residence Hall in Barcelona (Archizinc Trophy 2008); the WTC Almeda Park building in Cornellà, Barcelona (A+ Award for architecture for the work 2010); La Factory, office building in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris (NAN Architecture and Construction Award 2010); the Headquarters of the company PGGM in Zeist, Holland (NAN Architecture and Construction Award 2011); the Filmoteca de Catalunya (2012, Barcelona); the Centro de Cultura Contemporânea, as a culminating piece of the renovation of the historical centre of Castelo Branco (2013, Portugal); and Bayonne. Entrée de ville, urban redevelopment of the urban front of the Adour river, including building project (2016, France). His work has been widely published and exhibited in the MoMA (New York, 2006), in the Pavillon de l’Arsenal (Paris, 2009), the Venice Biennial (2012) and in the Galerie d’Architecture (Paris, 2013), among other places.

 

 

To provide you with more information and images, please contact galeria@galeriajoanprats.com

suenodelaocoonte

La Tallera, Cuernavaca, México

 

Inauguración 14.4.2018 – 12h, conferencia 12.30h

Exposición 14.4 – 15.7.2018

 

En su trayectoria, Erick Beltrán ha desarrollado un lenguaje en el entrecruce de las construcciones del discurso cultural, político y económico. Sus cartografías de los sistemas de pensamiento parten de la recopilación de información de la Filosofía y de la Historia del Arte Universal, pero también de los medios de comunicación y las imágenes políticas actuales, creando así su propio archivo iconológico, a través del cual, el artista descubre una repetición de patrones a lo largo de la Historia.

 

La exposición que presenta en La Tallera, establece el diálogo entre el mito del Laocoonte y el presente, a través de diversas figuras míticas del Ciclo Troyano. Propone una instalación hecha a partir del collage, el fotomontaje y diagramas conceptuales creando principalmente telones monumentales que por su tamaño evocan a los murales de Siqueiros. En estas piezas crea un atlas icónico sobre la figura del oráculo, el testigo y otras fábulas afines, con los que genera cuestionamientos tales como: ¿Quiénes son los oráculos olvidados condenados a ser devorados por serpientes en el mundo contemporáneo? ¿Cómo utilizar el flujo de imágenes para retratar el territorio? ¿Cómo leer el presente en la corriente eterna de información?

 

 

tba21academy

Expedition #1: To Find The Vegan Lion: March 9–24, Participants: Julieta Aranda; Claudia Comte; Francesca von Habsburg; Eduardo Navarro; Ingo Niermann; Markus Reymann; Albert Serra; Teresa Solar. Cameraman: Roman Bayarri

North Islands, New Zealand

Convening #1: To Find The Vegan Lion: September 28–29

Venice, Italy

 

Curated by Chus Martínez

I decided to name this three-year cycle on artistic intelligence, philosophy, science and nature the Spheric Ocean. The Ocean is spherical because it is not beside the earth nor below it, but all around it. Its form is not what our eyes see, or not only. Its reality cannot be separated nor told apart from anything else on the lived earth, and therefore it poses a demand on us: the need for a philosophy to help us exercise the Ocean. It is difficult to describe what we are aiming for. I would say we are aiming for a philosophy more than anything else. It would be wrong to think that when one says “Ocean,” one is naming a “subject.” One could be as radical as stating that to say “Ocean” is, today, to say “art.” Art without the burden of institutional life, without the ideological twists of cultural politics, art as a practice that belongs and should belong to the artists, art facing the urgency of socializing with all those that care about life. Or, in other words, to say “Ocean” is to replace the historical notion of the avant-garde with a code that is not determined by form and the invention of new gestures, but by an investigation of the substance of life, identifying this as the mission of art.

At first sight there are “things” that can only be described in positive terms, like the Ocean. It is beautiful how some experiences of nature—of the Ocean—remind us that to live means first and foremost to feel the world around us. But sensibility is not just a faculty, sensibility is much more than that: it is an organ that both senses ourselves and others, and our life is through and through a sensible life. So, being at sea, I cannot but think of the many ways we need to—we must—rehabilitate sensible existence from its marginalization at the hands of modern philosophy, art, and politics and that the only way to do so is to create the conditions for philosophy, art, and politics by defining the ontological status of experience, of organic and inorganic intelligence.

The Ocean is making me aware of its philosophical status. Being at sea is being in an atmosphere, and being in an atmosphere is a very powerful image of thought, one that immediately calls for a challenge of the distribution of disciplines in the human sciences and humanities. I imagine a philosophy of the Ocean, a philosophy of plants, a philosophy of animals, as part of a philosophy of life that will, then, be entangled with all the developments in the philosophy of consciousness. I know that many think action is first, but how can we act differently if we are unable to deeply think/sense differently? Logically speaking, no real difference can emerge from a doing that only perpetuates or corrects and reforms past doing. Also, how can doing be separated from Modernity’s stubborn pretension to see the human spirit as achieved only through the material production of objects and their exchange, that is, material culture? So, doing cannot survive without an Ocean of conditions for biological existence… I see all this water and feel a monstrous urge to reunite all thinkers and artists to meet here and start this new school of sensing intelligence.

And the next question arises: is the Ocean an art space? Or a future space within the arts? We will be addressing this paradoxical question at The Current Convening and Summer School we are organizing in Venice, in the last week of September.

–Chus Martínez

 

TBA21–Academy, founded by Francesca von Habsburg in 2011, and drawing on her experience as a producer of cross-disciplinary art installations and socially engaged cultural programming, leads artists, scientists, and thought-leaders on expeditions of collaborative discovery. TBA21A–Academy under the directorship of Markus Reymann is guided by its mission to foster a deeper understanding of the ocean through the lens of art and a belief in the power of exchange between disciplines to engender solutions for the ocean’s most pressing issues. Chus Martinez will envision three expeditions of The Current ’s second cycle. The Current is TBA21–Academy’s three-year field study programme for artists, cultural agents and scientists. Its aim is to value the crucial role artistic intelligence plays in understanding the radical reality of our climate, as well as to help us engage emotionally and cognitively with the ocean and all who inhabit it.

 

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walkabout

Fondazione La Fabbrica del Cioccolato, Torre-Dangio in Valle di Blenio, Svizzera

7.4 – 20.5.2018

 

Questa avventura nasce dall’incontro di due progetti, Walkabout e Foreignness con un luogo, la Fabbrica del Cioccolato e la Valle di Blenio, due progetti autonomi ma accomunati dall’interesse per la traduzione e il territorio.

 

Artisti invitati:

Simona Barbera, Sergio Breviario, Umberto Cavenago, Gianluca Codeghini, Ermanno Cristini, Carlo Dell’Acqua, Hannes Egger, Elena El Asmar, Ronny Faber Dahl, Gabriela Hess, Michele Lombardelli, M+M, Angelo Mosca, Giancarlo Norese, Luca Pancrazzi, Javier Peñafiel, Luca Scarabelli, Ivana Spinelli, Giovanni Termini, Enzo Umbaca, Alejandro Vidal.

 

Oggi il destino dell’opera d’arte è caratterizzato da un inevitabile “rotolamento” attraverso i media e i formati, dando luogo a un processo di continua codifica e transcodifica, o meglio di traduzione. Anche il territorio con la sua storia è soggetto a percorsi di trasformazione culturale, oltre che funzionale-economica, i quali mutandone progressivamente l’identità innescano una successione di atti di traduzione.

 

Ma ogni traduzione è un’interpretazione, e lo è nel momento in cui fallisce come semplice atto di transcodifica nutrendosi del “malinteso”, in quanto condizione di elezione della traduzione a testimonianza.

 

Agire le testimonianze è il timone del nostro avventurarsi in questo luogo, la Fabbrica del Cioccolato e la sua valle, un luogo che induce all’incanto. Ad esercitare il rapimento sono il suo sovradimensionamento, la sua storia di transizione lungo usi diversi — da centrale idroelettrica a fabbrica di birra a fabbrica del cioccolato a centro per l’arte contemporanea — e il suo essere in mezzo alle montagne, come un corpo che appare in forma di improvvisa deviazione, imponendosi allo stupore dello sguardo.

 

Le opere, attraverso l’intreccio dei linguaggi, vogliono richiamarsi per suggestione, pungere e condizionare il sentimento, ovvero mettere in errore, l’errore che decentra in profondità alterando le certezze consolatorie dell’abitudine.

 

Si tratta di un rapporto con lo spazio e con il territorio, oltre che tra i linguaggi e gli artisti; il suo fine è aprirsi alla vertigine del limite e delle trasformazioni; una vertigine pronta per essere accolta dagli occhi di un testimone a fondare la tappa successiva.

 

Parole chiave per l’imbarco:

 

TESTIMONIANZA / TRADUZIONE / TERRITORIO / FRONTIERA / DIVERSITÀ / INTEGRAZIONE / ESTRANEITÀ / CONTRASTI / TRANSIZIONE / PASSAGGIO / SCARTO / ESASPERAZIONE / INCANTAMENTO

 

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