When artists address Generation Z (The Future in the City, Arco)
Ultra-instantaneous, chaotic, disruptive the future is the image of our lives, welcome in uchrony!
How is the concept of the future defined in the city as defended by Chus Martinez, co-commissioner of dOCUMENTA (13) before going through major institutions in Barcelona (Macba), Bilbao, Frankfurt…? Like a mirror and deeper than on the fair.
A detailed review of 4 extremely successful projects.
Adverbs of Time (CentroCentro Cibeles)
Cristina Anglada, the curator and founder of “This is Jackalope”, invites 15 international artists to discuss possible scenarios of the future based on a plural narrative that blends nostalgia and anxiety about a possible loss of meaning. We find the formidable Shana Moulton who seduced us at the Palais de Tokyo with her mystic-new age quest for well-being based on her drollic “alter ego”, a hypocondriac victim, Camille Henrot (Grosse Fatigue, once again) or Laure Prouvost (recent installation at the Nathalie Obadia gallery) around the misunderstandings generated by the language, Cécile B. Evans, adept of the revolt of machines on our bodies and the weight of our emotions, Marian Garrido and his new episode of the series “Cosmotropy” pointing out the drifts of stalkers (cyber stalkers), Melody Mousset and the heroine of the manga One Piece TV carried in our digital body envelopes, Serafin Alvarez (one of the winners of the “Generation 2018” competition at Casa Encendida) and his 3D trip to a disturbing wilderness or Mia Goyette and her dystopic narratives on the liquid structures of objects and devices.
List of artists : Serafín Álvarez, Cécile B. Evans, Nora Barón, Nina Canell, Marian Garrido, Mia Goyette, Rubén Grilo, Camille Henrot, Hanne Lippard, Regina de Miguel, Jacopo Miliani, Shana Moulton, Mélodie Mousset, Julian Chàrriere and Laure Prouvost.
6 Mai 2018Centro
de Cibeles, 1, 28014 Madrid
The New York collective DIS and guests at Casa Encendida
DIS had changed the rules of the game with the two-part exhibition, Co-Workers (Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris and Bétonsalon) in 2015 which explored the Internet of Things and the notion of extimity (outdated intimacy) in a large vertiginous flow.
With “Thumbs that type & swipe” (translatable by the thumbs that hit and swipe the screen, underlying our daily actions) the collective invites artists, writers, thinkers to draw contours of a continuous television channel.
Do we still need a brain when our thumbs do all the information gathering work?
What are the keys to understanding this generation Z, the true digital natives whose brain circuit is a vast field of research? Narcissistic and unstable, they advocate the consumerist deal in an “eternal present”. This relationship to entertainment (edutainment) coupled with an educational mission is the purpose of the online platform DIS.art, which brings together all the videos presented.
Special mention to the duo Will Benedict and Steffen Jorgensen and their vast fable The Restaurant, with this cooking tutorial based on the Siri speech recognition tool or the video “What is an Egg ?”by Darren Bader who challenges passers-by on this almost philosophical debate.
Globalisation, aesthetic and cultural value, individualism, image formatting, network dictatorship, are all issues raised by this fluctuating panorama.
Also to be discovered “Generacion 2018”: the 10 winning projects of the Montemadrid Foundation’s competition for young Spanish and diaspora artists. Among them Lola Lasurt brings to the fore the book of the Belgian poet Emile Verhaeren “La España negra” written in 1899 after his trip to the Basque Country and this dark and nostalgic imagination from an installation that functions as a chronotype.
Thumbs that Type & Swipe: The
DIS Edutainment NetworkLa
Valencia, 228012 Madrid
“Violet” by John Akomfrah: when contemporary art arrives at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
A first for Arco!
Violet is the color that the sea snail gives off when it feels threatened. British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah (born 1957, Lisson Gallery) chose this colour as a symbol of man’s power over the environment, giving the title to this immersive multimedia installation, shown for the first time in Spain. Having founded the Black Audio Film Collective exhibited at the Reina Sofia Museum in 2014, the language that results from their post-colonial analysis is an important factor to be taken into account. We are witnessing an epic tale of a great power where the liquidity of images becomes a metaphor for the liquidity of a world, destined to be lost in this mad rush to over-consumption.
Distributed in chapters as in a Greek tragedy, the story alternates natural disasters with archival images of workers’ struggles. A great saga of the history of dark and vibrant humanity.
Exhibition organized by Le Centre Barbican, London, with Bildmuseet Umeå, Sweden, TBA21-Academy, The Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.
March 25, 2018Museo
del Prado, 8, 28014 Madrid
Teresa Solar Abboud takes over Matadero
It is from the experience of the Madrid artist at the Galerie d’Anatomie comparée de Paris (Museum) which fascinated her with these thousands of specimens witnessing the past, that she weaves with the fragmented architectural principles of the architect Piranèse, a vast project around 3 notions: the museum, the warehouse and the amusement park. This setting, in which the spectator can enter, refers as much to ancient Egypt as to the theatre in visual and linguistic rebounds induced by the title “Cabalga, Cabalga, Cabalga, Cabalga”. Just like our mistakes on the Internet where one form calls out another.
In situ project in response to the specificities of the Abierto x Obras programme.Practical information:
Cabalga, cabalga, cabalga, cabalga
(Space: Abierto x Obras)
until 29 June 2018
Plaza de Legazpi, 8. 28045 Madrid
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