Open Studios February 2020

You are warmly invited to the February edition of Open Studios, to be carried out this Saturday 22nd at 12:30 am in Centro Negra. Come and share with us our amazing views of Blanca and our tasty tapas.

This month, you can follow-up the process of:
_Julieta Lasarte (Barcelona) presenting a video installation created with footage collected from her family archive.
_Tomo Sone (Kyoto) sharing a choreography inspired by the image of the Cloud

Also, we are also happy to introduce:
_Sandy Ceesay (Amsterdam)
_Collective MieuxVautTardQueJamais represented by Marie Leguedois, Inès Gradot and Hannah Summers (Glasgow),
_Carmen Estevez de Oliveira (São Paolo

Sandy Harry Ceesay (Sweden)

Visual artist, choreographer, dancer, poet and painter.

Sandy, born in Sweden (1995), lives in Amsterdam and practices making that expands borders and challenges the role of a contemporary artist. His oeuvre strongly relates to his belief in the sensorial body and his idiosyncratic artistic practice produces works across many creative disciplines. He is currently performing and exhibiting works that touch the subject of perception and narrative. Sandy has an affinity for sensorial imagery and the way that it is translated to the viewer. He taps into these sources in all his works, performance pieces and audio visual works alike. Most recently, he has exhibited work in gallery spaces around Amsterdam (4bid Gallery/Irina Baldini, Gerhard Hofland Gallery).

With his broad knowledge of choreography and composition, he sees video and sound as an extension of the body. He investigates the nature of human interface and relations through physical memories and emotions. By making the body the core of his artistic vision, he seeks to use narrative storytelling to generate and perpetuate research based on perception (of the viewer). His audio visual works carries a physical cadence that can be read through many different lenses, carrying a multitude of linguistic and semantic meanings.

Since 2016, Sandy has been taking a bachelor’s degree in Dance and Performance at Amsterdam’s University of the Arts. 

 

Collective MieuxVautTardQueJamais (Scotland)

Inès Gradot has studied Visual Communication at both La Cambre (Hons) and the Glasgow School of Art (Masters). She specialises in illustration and is part of the collective Riso Sur Mer, which explores the possibilities of colours through riso printing. Inès has a long term interest in protecting coastlines and underwater soil, stemming from her upbringing on Reunion Island. She is currently volunteering with Marine Conservation Scotland and is conducting research into coral reefs.

 

Marie Leguedois studied Textile Design in Paris and Lisbon before completing her Masters in Communication Design at the Glasgow School of Art. She is a member of A+E, a Glasgow based collective exploring the intersection between art and ecology. The group serves as an open network for communicating ideas for change, interdisciplinary crossover and untangling personal and collective ecological anxieties.

 

Hannah Summers is a writer and artist interested in exploring the formal and material dimensions of language. These explorations are informed by mediums such as haptic, video, and concrete poetry. She studied Sculpture and Environmental Art at the Glasgow School of Art and completed a Masters in Creative Writing in 2018. She is currently engaged with researching and developing collaborative, collaged maps that examine the connections between identity, politics, and place.

 

Sebastian Lingserius and Nefely Oikonomou (Sweden)

 

Sebastian Lingserius

Sebastian Lingserius is a choreographer and performer based in Stockholm. Educated first at the Royal Swedish ballet school, he then studied a Master in Choreography at DOCH lead by Mårten Spångberg. In 2011, Sebastian founded KASS production, through which he produces all of his work. Since 2011, Sebastian Lingserius has forged himself a reputation within the Swedish dance feld, as one of the upcoming experimental and interesting choreographic signatures. He is known for his ‘do-it-yourself’ methods when building soundscapes, stage set, lights and other elements on stage, where it is not unusual that the performers and himself integrate these parts into the performance itself, alongside an aim to redistribute corporeal hierarchies. Co-producing most of his works through collaborations with the theaters of MDT, WELD and Dansens hus in Stockholm. By having danced and choreographed the past 10 years, he considers dance to be an opportunity to redefine what the human subject could possibly be.

 

Nefely Oikonomou 

Nefeli Oikonomou (GR/SE) is Choreographer, performer, initiator, a performing artist from Greece based and working in Sweden. Besides working as a dancer, she has been creating her own choreographic work since 2006. Having been educated in Dance (MoC) and Design (UoA) she recently finished her Master in Choreography at DOCH and the interdisciplinary course Organizing Discourse in Konstfack University. She curated the Practising Transitions Festival at Wip Konsthall in Årstaberg and Rhymes mini-festival in Weld, which invited many artists with performances, open discussions, exhibitions, screenings and workshops. She is a partner in the duet DANCER by Sebastian Lingserius, who premiered at MDT, and presented her own work Rhymes of Pleasure with premiere in Weld. She was awarded the LLB Wild Card Residence, ICICCN Montpellier, Life Long Burning, with the project ‘Celebrate it’. Through different meetings with artists, she is searching for challenging ways to exchange, research, display and dive into unexpected affections. Her curiosity in dis-orienting norms and her interest in innovative approaches of co-moving navigate her choreographic inventory.

 

Carmen Estevez de Oliveira (Brazil)

Carmen Estevez is an actress and performer from Brazil with a degree in Audiovisuals (Film, Radio and TV) from the University of São Paulo and in Theater from the Célia Helena Center for Arts and Education.

Currently, she is a student of the Specialization in Klauss Vianna Technique by the Pontificia Catholic University of São Paulo, developing the project to be researched at AADK Spain.

Her artistic research focuses on the connection between dreams and reality using mainly photographic self-portrait and performance. Her interest starts from the conception that dreams are important for the construction and deconstruction of our identity, of what we think we are and how we show ourselves to others. Her self-portraits could be like distorted mirrors of herself. 

Carmen also works with the elaboration of memory of dreams and how this is modified at every moment. In her experiments, she has tried to highlight the conflict between reality and dream, and has reflected on the fragile line that separates conscious from unconscious life.

 

Julieta Lasarte Pigrau (Spain)

Julieta Lasarte was born in 1984 in Barcelona. She obtained a Degree in Art History from the University of Barcelona and in Audiovisual Communication from the Universitat Ramón Llull. After a decade dedicated professionally to the audiovisual sector as an Assistant Director for cinema and advertising, she decided to take a Master in Creative Documentary at the EICTV in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, to develop her first feature film with archival material. Her interest in the links between family memory and her footprints in the image led her to compile all the artistic archive material of her grandmother, actress and comedian Mary Santpere, as well as to recover and conserve her family home cinema material. She is currently working on various projects that elucidate around these images, moving between the digital and analog, between the cinema and the gallery space, between the historical narrative and memory. Always characterized by a continuous search and experimentation of the material in order to dive into different disciplines. 

 

Tomo Sone (Japan)

Tomo Sone was born in Kyoto, Japan. She studied ballet in Kyoto Ballet Academy and worked with several ballet companies. Since 2001, she has worked as a freelance dancer with renowned Japanese choreographers. In 2008, she moved to Tel Aviv, Israel. In 2010, she established the Japan-Israel International Dance Project with Israeli choreographers and dancers. The project has held several shows and dance workshops.

Nowadays, she is working as an independent choreographer and performer. Her works are often inspired by interdisciplinary activities and in the past few years, she has collaborated with animators, paper artists, film directors, visual artists, composers and musicians. She is exploring the sensitive combination of physical movement and abstract images which can contain emotions that resonate with the audience.

Her solo works “Las Meninas” (2014), “Folded, Cut and Crumpled” (2015) and “Mobius” (2015) premiered in Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv, Israel. She was also awarded “A New Artist for Art and Culture” by Kyoto Municipality in 2010. She continues to expand internationally.

 


Open Studios | January 25 | 12.30pm

Come and join us in our first Open Studios of the year, this Saturday 25th of January at Centro Negra.

As usual, tapas and drinks will be served at La Cantina, so make sure to come hungry!

In this edition we will present the final work of our four January residents as well as two collaborators:
Julieta Lasarte (Barcelona) presenting two video works, first one inspired by her family history and second one made in collaboration with Tomo Sone.
Denise Rijnen (Amsterdam) who combined her ceramics and geological interests to create a series of objects made of materials she collected during her outdoor explorations.
Tomo Sone (Kyoto) who will share a video of her latest choreographic work in which she deconstructs the classic dance movements to express the complexity and the hidden side of the human nature.
Xavier Soto (Guadalajara, MX) closing his 2-month stay, will present the final results of his project “Only time”, an unconventional series of paintings created by “cleaning” the streets of Blanca with pieces of canvas.
Úrsula Bravo (Murcia), sharing a video documenting her research about the landscape and the sound conducted on the Azores Islands.
Juan Conesa (Cartagena), presenting an installation of natural materials resembling a garden.


 

On the 23rd of November, at 9:00pm will take place the monthly event of Open Studios. For the next edition we are going to present the results of the research of Naomi Tarle from Santa Mónica, USA, Jéhan Òsanyin from Seattle, USA, Marcy Petit from Lille, France, Candice Okada from Vancouver, Canada and Colectivo Habitantes formed by Manuela Parra and Camila Villaseca from Santiago de Chile.

 

Naomi Tarle (Santa Mónica, USA)

Naomi Tarle has an MFA in creative writing from Boise State University, as well as an MFA in visual art from California State University Northridge. In August 2016 the artist attended the London Intensive residency led by Camden Arts Centre & the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.
The last years she engaged in questioning how objects with domestic and family history may reflect global current events. Further questions arose from this initial idea. Does globalization speed the recession of events into history, or make them longer? How do the borders of land, religion, and identity coincide with everyday handheld objects? How does an individual history, strewn with objects of necessity and indulgence, engage with the past? Does history exist beyond place and artifact? Do communities exist beyond their own histories? Do individuals exist beyond their own memories?

www.naomitarle.net

 

Marcy Petit (Lille, France)

Marcy Petit gained an MA in Management of Contemporary Art at Leeds and Paris 8 universities after completed a BA and a MA in Visual Arts at Rennes university. As a young mixed-media artist, she pursues a multidisciplinary plastic work. Videos, photographs, performances, sound recordings, installations … compose a multidisciplinary practice.

She made an important research about relational art, e.g. main topic of my final thesis. Today, she continues to explore this notion within the conception of several new artworks. The devices she uses seek to give voice to the “normal” or “seemingly ordinary” people. Her work has also undoubtedly been inspired by her upspring since she was raised up by my grandparents. From that time, she developed a fascination for the old people, old time stories, and old stuffs…

Thanks to one of her teacher, Bertrand Clavez, she also first developed a practice oriented to the “performing action”. This artistic medium represents an important part of her artistic work by using her own body as a medium in her work and in performances.  This medium has therefore generated a series of works making a stance that is feminine but also ironic.

www.marcypetit.com

Jéhan Òsanyìn (Seattle, USA)

Jéhan Òsanyìn is a Seattle, Washington-based Artist-Activist, Coppersmith, Ceramicist, Arts Administrator, & Performer. yankee pickney where Jéhan was the playwright, co-director, & solo performer premiered in March of 2017 & was subsequently nominated for a 2017 Gregory Award.  Playwriting: HWHITE SILENCE, Obeahmxn, Prisoner, Checkmate, & The Theatre of Race: In 2017, Jéhan was awarded GAP funding from the Artist Trust in order prepare yankee pickney for its 2020-2021 tour. Jéhan was also awarded a Creativity Connects Performing Artist Fellowship. During the 2-week Artist Residency that comes with that award, Jéhan developed a theatrical work that facilitated conversations about Grief between community members of all ages over a meal. Recently Jéhan played Siobhan in Village Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. In 2004, they lived on a boat for 3.5 months & studied theatre in 12 countries. Current interests include using storytelling to understand the stories we carry in our bodies with & without our consent. Jéhan is also the Founder of Earthseed where they use theatre in Wild spaces to decolonize those spaces and the bodies that pass through them.

www.jehanosanyin.com

Candice Okada (Vancouver, Canada)

Is a Vancouver-based artist working primarily in photography, fibres, needlework and installation.  In 2008 she received a BA in Sociology from the University of British Columbia and in 2016 she received a BFA from the University of the Fraser Valley, focusing on both art history and contemporary artistic practices. She recently completed her MFA in Visual Art at UBC. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and the US and she has participated in artist residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Toronto’s Artscape Gibraltar Point. She was the recipient of the Roloff Beny Scholarship for Photography, a BC Arts Council Scholarship and a Canada Graduate Scholarship. Candice approaches art as a trans-disciplinary research and critical practice significantly informed by her previous studies within Sociology and Political Science. By employing artistic mediums she seeks to explore the deep and often hidden structures of power and control that dominate the contemporary moment and frame our cultural imagination. While adopting a feminist perspective, much of the work created is conceptually rooted in the relationships between contemporary social phenomenon, the structures that support them.  Most recently her work engages questions surrounding the discourse and control of global movement (both physical and theoretical), labour, and the political sphere that supports them.

Colectivo Habitantes (Santiago, Chile)

Manuela Parra, bailarina y coreógrafa chilena. Fue expositora en el I° Congreso Nacional de las Artes con su investigación de tesis. Forma parte de Colectivo Habitantes, es profesora ayudante en la Escuela de Teatro de la UAHC, asistente de dirección del destacado coreógrafo chileno Joel Inzunza en un montaje en desarrollo y también es asistente de dirección del Proyecto “Leche cortá”, investigación interdisciplinar realizada con fondos de investigación y creación de la UAHC. 

Colectivo Habitantes, composed by Manuela Parra and Camila Villaseca, who both gained the degree of Bachelor of Dance at the University Academy of Christian Humanism, seeks to work and address dance creation through the fusion of their research evidence. In this way, the concepts of “inhabiting”and rhythm” are addressed.

Camila Villaseca, Chilean dancer highlighted by her thesis “Dance from the human essence of living”, exhibited at the 1st National Congress of Arts Research of the UAHC.

Since 2010 she has been an interpreter for the Talagante Contemporary Dance Company. She is currently part of the Colectivo Habitantes and interpreter in Spiral Company, founded by the outstanding Chilean dancer and choreographer Patricio Bunster. She is also an assistant professor at the UAHC School of Dance.

Manuela Parra, Chilean dancer and choreographer. She was exhibited at the 1st National Congress of the Arts with her thesis research. She is part of Colectivo Habitantes, is an assistant professor at the Theater School of the UAHC, assistant director of the outstanding Chilean choreographer Joel Inzunza in a work in progress and is also assistant director of the Project “Leche cortá”, interdisciplinary research conducted with funds of research and creation of the UAHC.

Instagram: @colectivo.habitantes


Abraham Hurtado will present the AADK Spain project at the II International Congress of Arts and Diversity

Saturday 09th November 5.45pm – Pabellón 2 – Murcia

An event that will bring together in Murcia up to 40 professionals from countries such as Portugal, Morocco, Canada and Argentina.

This new edition will continue to deepen such important challenges in today’s society as the management of diversity, this time being the identity constructs in the network, border limits, equal treatment and violence, the thematic axes in which these activities are framed.

Conference at the II International Congress of Arts and Diversity

During 2006, Abraham Hurtado along with a group of artists residing in Berlin meet to conceive various projects from multiple disciplines.

This work originates the  AADK platform (Current Architecture of Culture) The expansion of its nucleus today makes it an international platform for curatorial projects by artists, both members and guests.

 AADK Spain sets later at Centro Negra (Blanca, Murcia), shaping a contemporary research and creation space to develop artistic projects in rural areas. The theme “from the local to the global” is presented in the different artistic interventions created in residence.

ABRAHAM HURTADO is founder and artistic director of AADK, artist and independent curator. In his own work he explores the notions of space and body, and how the affectation and affection of both concepts can be articulated in response to today’s society. His work has stood out in performance and installation festivals. As curator, it is worth mentioning the Cumplicidades Lisboa 2018 Festival, Fenomens 2016/2017 IBAFF Festival-experimental section-2016. As a curatorial advisor has collaborated with projects like Tanzkongress 2019(Germany), Roberto Cimetta Foundation (France), Goethe Institut, among others. After ten years of his own creation, Abraham Hurtado redraws the line that has crossed all his research: as “body in crisis.” His interest in generating experiences in which to display the traces that personal experiences leave in the body has led to develop his own methodology and to make visible how the individual absorbs historical events and social contexts. In December 2019, he will premier his first feature film “After the wound” based on the initiation of the body with the territory.

+info event: http://cepaim.org/event/ii-congreso-internacional-de-artes-y-diversidad-identidad-virtual-territorio-fronteras-y-violencias/

 

 


open studios

Friday 25th October 9pm

On the 25th of October, at 9:00pm will take place the monthly event of Open Studios. For said edition we are going to present the results of work of Naomi Tarle from Santa Mónica, USA, Dorothy Cheung from Hong-Kong and Beatriz Gijón from Granada, Spain, Jéhan Òsanyin from Seattle, USA, Marcy Petit from Lille, France, and Candice Okada from Vancouver, Canada.

Dorothy Cheung

Dorothy Cheung (b.1987) was born and raised in Hong Kong. Currently based in Rotterdam, she has recently graduated from Piet Zwart Institute with a short film on archives and memories. Growing up in the colonial time, she is deeply interested in identities, memories, and displacement. 

She works with poetry, moving image and photography to investigate the relationship between images and text in order to expose the psychological conditions of individuals. Her previous moving image works have been selected for various film festivals including 20th Seoul Women’s Film Festival and 18th South Taiwan Film Festival.

www.dorothycheung.com

 

Beatriz Gijón Gijón

Trained as a classical pianist with a master’s degree in global music from the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Beatriz Gijón Gijón is a pianist/vocalist/improviser mostly interested in contemporary composition and interdisciplinary art. These interests had led her to collaborate with theater companies like Vladimir Tzekov, Chekov Machine or Improperios, and other dancers, visual artists and actors. With experience in other fields like jazz, celtic music, funk and free improvisation, she has performed in Spain, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Germany and Mali. 

Her current interest as an artist and composer is to develop interdisciplinary performances merging free improvisation with music and movement, poetry and art. She is the co-creator of the Interdisciplinary arts network (IAN) and part of the improvisation collective Kalas, in Aarhus.

Naomi Tarle

Naomi Tarle has an MFA in creative writing from Boise State University, as well as an MFA in visual art from California State University Northridge. In August 2016 the artist attended the London Intensive residency led by Camden Arts Centre & the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.
The last years she engaged in questioning how objects with domestic and family history may reflect global current events. Further questions arose from this initial idea. Does globalization speed the recession of events into history, or make them longer? How do the borders of land, religion, and identity coincide with everyday handheld objects? How does an individual history, strewn with objects of necessity and indulgence, engage with the past? Does history exist beyond place and artifact? Do communities exist beyond their own histories? Do individuals exist beyond their own memories?

www.naomitarle.net

 

Marcy Petit

Marcy Petit gained an MA in Management of Contemporary Art at Leeds and Paris 8 universities after completed a BA and a MA in Visual Arts at Rennes university. As a young mixed-media artist, she pursues a multidisciplinary plastic work. Videos, photographs, performances, sound recordings, installations … compose a multidisciplinary practice.

She made an important research about relational art, e.g. main topic of my final thesis. Today, she continues to explore this notion within the conception of several new artworks. The devices she uses seek to give voice to the “normal” or “seemingly ordinary” people. Her work has also undoubtedly been inspired by her upspring since she was raised up by my grandparents. From that time, she developed a fascination for the old people, old time stories, and old stuffs…

Thanks to one of her teacher, Bertrand Clavez, she also first developed a practice oriented to the “performing action”. This artistic medium represents an important part of her artistic work by using her own body as a medium in her work and in performances.  This medium has therefore generated a series of works making a stance that is feminine but also ironic.

www.marcypetit.com

Jéhan Òsanyìn

Jéhan Òsanyìn is a Seattle, Washington-based Artist-Activist, Coppersmith, Ceramicist, Arts Administrator, & Performer. yankee pickney where Jéhan was the playwright, co-director, & solo performer premiered in March of 2017 & was subsequently nominated for a 2017 Gregory Award.  Playwriting: HWHITE SILENCE, Obeahmxn, Prisoner, Checkmate, & The Theatre of Race: In 2017, Jéhan was awarded GAP funding from the Artist Trust in order prepare yankee pickney for its 2020-2021 tour. Jéhan was also awarded a Creativity Connects Performing Artist Fellowship. During the 2-week Artist Residency that comes with that award, Jéhan developed a theatrical work that facilitated conversations about Grief between community members of all ages over a meal. Recently Jéhan played Siobhan in Village Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. In 2004, they lived on a boat for 3.5 months & studied theatre in 12 countries. Current interests include using storytelling to understand the stories we carry in our bodies with & without our consent. Jéhan is also the Founder of Earthseed where they use theatre in Wild spaces to decolonize those spaces and the bodies that pass through them.

www.jehanosanyin.com

Candice Okada

Is a Vancouver-based artist working primarily in photography, fibres, needlework and installation.  In 2008 she received a BA in Sociology from the University of British Columbia and in 2016 she received a BFA from the University of the Fraser Valley, focusing on both art history and contemporary artistic practices. She recently completed her MFA in Visual Art at UBC. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and the US and she has participated in artist residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Toronto’s Artscape Gibraltar Point. She was the recipient of the Roloff Beny Scholarship for Photography, a BC Arts Council Scholarship and a Canada Graduate Scholarship. Candice approaches art as a trans-disciplinary research and critical practice significantly informed by her previous studies within Sociology and Political Science. By employing artistic mediums she seeks to explore the deep and often hidden structures of power and control that dominate the contemporary moment and frame our cultural imagination. While adopting a feminist perspective, much of the work created is conceptually rooted in the relationships between contemporary social phenomenon, the structures that support them.  Most recently her work engages questions surrounding the discourse and control of global movement (both physical and theoretical), labour, and the political sphere that supports them.

 


CONCERT AND VISUALS AT TEATRO VICTORIA

On 12th of October, in the Victoria Theater, Blanca at 8 p.m., will take place the concert organized by the current Centro Negra resident, Beatriz Gijón Gijón. The event is being prepared in collaboration with several artists and will include visuals. Performing: Beatriz Gijón (piano), Mariana Carvalho (piano), Yumi Célia (taiko), Roisner (live set), Nicolas Dardano (visuals). Admission to the event is free.

+INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/516018415863128/


BROKEN TOY

Thursday and Friday October 10-11 at 5pm

This autumn AADK SONORA is starting a new experimental sound curatorship in Murcia, in collaboration with Espacio Incógnita.

Broken Toy is a cycle of experimental music, without genre, which proposes to the public deep listening and direct connection with the other side, with the night that inhabits us.

AADK proposes artists who dialogue with the territory of the Ricote Valley and move to the urban context to present their work in Espacio Incógnita responding to the crazy performative and interactive proposals proposed by the managers of this space.

On the 10th and 11th of October you are invited to attend the electronic music workshop and the concert conducted by Mateo Mena y Mariana Carvalho.

+info:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2460752493974555/?active_tab=about

 


From 28th of July to the 4th of August, Body in Crisis working and researching group will meet again.

After ten years of working on his own creations, Abraham Hurtado enhances the main guideline crossing all of his artworks: the “body in crisis”.

Hurtado’s interest in facilitating practices in which to unveil the traces left in our bodies by our life experiences has led him to develop a personal methodology that seeks to make visible how the individual absorbs historical events and social contexts.

 

To understand these processes and the folds of his own body of work better, Abraham invites a group of artists to experiment with his methodology and develop artworks in response to his.

 

Participants on this edition: Andrés Agudelo, Pia Achternkamp, Elena Azzedin, Alberto Alonso, Derek V. Bulcke, François Benner, Francesca Carbone, Nico Dardano, Giuliana Grippo, Selu Herraiz, Pedro Lobo, Anabel Labrador, Rubén Martínez, Aurora Rodríguez, Diego Lobenal y Josman P# , Guests: Nicola Mascia, Josefina Ganem, Piedad Molina y Josh Freund. 


Regards: “The Place Landscape Art”

 

For the past year, artists Lina Sofía Lundin, Ebba Matz and landscape architect Mikael Johansson have been researching the historical context of Stora Hyttnäs, an ancient house-museum located in the city of Falun, Sweden, built in the 17th century. Delimiting the building, its imposing garden and the surrounding farm as work spaces, these three artists have summoned multiple art professionals, linked to rural contexts, to explore and investigate the site through various materials and fields.

For two weeks, a team of 14 artists gathered and worked together to shape the exhibition “The Place Landscape Art” where different proposals for site-specific interactions were exhibited. Throughout the exhibition sketches, works in process or finished pieces could be seen. Elena Azzedín (Residency Program Director & AADK Spain’s Curator) and Selu Herraiz (Director of Sonora, School of Experimental Sound) were part of this collective experience.

From the beautiful landscape of Falun, the project of Lundin, Matz and Johansson reflected on the intersection of the countryside and the city, the threats and opportunities that our nature face nowadays, and the possibility of interacting with the historical environment that art might have.

 


On August the 24, at 9:00pm, August’s Open Studios will take place. For said edition, Julia Catherine Ruzyczka de Rosenwerth (Cape Town), Elizabeth Neira (Valparaíso), R. Button  & Melissa McCutcheon (USA), will share the progress of their research, together with Rebecca Gill (Glasgow) who will present her final project. 

Rebecca Gill (Glasgow)

Rebecca’s practice spans the fields of moving image, sound, generative electronics, writing, coding, installations and bio-fabrication, but always grows from a concern with the philosophical, political, scientific facets of interdisciplinary research and thought. Earlier this year, she wrote an essay for Art Review Glasgow, and was an invited guest speaker at the first two Art + Ecology Collective’s ‘Biosystems’ reading groups at The Glasgow Zine Library. She has worked collaboratively with scientists, including for Pint of Science 2018 and 2019, and a micro-residency with Edinburgh University’s Not Just Energy Futures Research Group at Dovecot Studios. Recently her long standing collaborative work has taken her to Nottingham to exhibit at 4/4 Collective’s space in Primary for UK Young Artist’s City Takeover, and the same collaborative work was exhibited last year at Tramway in Glasgow. She graduated from GSA in June 2019.

Rebecca’s practice unfolds from a will to synthesise creative sensibilities with scientific research enquiries and procedures in order to understand the role that agencies of the body play in collective experiences of contemporary precarity. This manifests in generative bodies of work that respond to conceptual sites, or research frameworks such as the peripheral methods of interacting with disembodied space, systems thinking, ecology, biology amongst other scientific arenas, and the location of agency within institutions.

Julia Rosenworth (Cape Town)

Julia de Rosenwerth is a South African performing artist and web designer. She studied contemporary dance at the University of Cape Town and majored in choreography and philosophy. After graduating in 2015 she began working as an independent artist. Julia is a flamenco dancer and is part of flamenco dance company ‘Tierra Flamenca’, run by Che Adams. Julia has grown passionate about music and dance collaboration, connection and conversation, and it is the main subject of her artistic investigations. In more recent years Julia has ventured into the world of improvised music and dance performance and sees it as a potent tool for exploring immediacy, transformation and presence. In recent years Julia has co-founded the arts organisation ANY BODY ZINE supporting independent artists; created and produced improvised performances with fellow dancer Adriana Jamisse (Mozambique) and Kerim Becker (Germany), and curated a music and dance festival in Cape Town inviting artists working with folk dance traditions to present performances and workshops and have discussions. Julia has also been part of an ongoing performance project titled ‘Music Dance 021’ where she regularly attends workshops and participates in public performances that focus on sound and movement collaboration.

Elizabeth Neira (Santiago de Chile)

Elizabeth Neira holds a degree in Social Communication. She is a writer, performance artist and producer. Since 2000 he has developed a transdisciplinary work where he fuses poetry, action art, activism, music, video and the production of independent art. With this proposal she has participated in poetry and performance festivals in Chile, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Canada, Spain, Finland and Sweden.

His literature has been published in numerous Spanish-language journals and anthologies. Among others, she has published the books “Abyecta” (2003), “El soliloquio de la Reyna” (2004), “La Flor” (2014), “I make love with myself” selected poetry (2017) and the book of essays “Hocicona” (2017).

Neira has conducted poetry and action art workshops in several Latin American countries. She has also organized several poetry and performance meetings as an independent art producer and since 2016 coordinates the CasAcción project in Valparaiso Chile. Currently, her work is oriented towards practices of decolonial feminism with a strong emphasis on transdisciplines as a research area.

R. Button & Melissa McCutcheon (USA)

R. Button and Melissa McCutcheon are a collaborative team primarily interested in conveying absurdity and displacement within the human experience. Rachel obtained her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Melissa obtained her MFA from the Washington University in St. Louis. R. Button has performed in the Charm City Fringe Festival, and she recently apprenticed at the Lugar a Dudas residency in Cali, Colombia. Melissa is a professor of fine arts, and she has been awarded numerous residencies both nationally and internationally, including the Millay Colony in Austerlitz, New York and Fundación Casa Tres Patios in Medellin, Colombia.

Nathalie Rey (France)

Nathalie Rey is a French artist based in Barcelona since 2006. She had a long academic career in the field of Humanities, with an architectural degree, a degree in Literature and a higher degree in Plastic Arts, before devoting herself to artistic creation. Currently, she works with galleries in Barcelona, Madrid and London. Her work, eclectic at the technical level, follows a kind of narrative thread for years, which oscillates between episodes of more or less contemporary history and events in the life of the artist herself. This creates a disturbing parallel between the dramas of Humanity and individual wounds.
At the same time, it adopts an anti-mercantile stance, since it recounts and expresses, through an ironic pop aesthetic, somewhat Kitsch as elegant, characterized by the artistic reuse of waste and materials of industrial origin, the attraction / repulsion that they generate the human and ecological tragedies inherent in our society

On July the 27, at 9:00pm, we will carry out our monthly Open Studios night. We invite you to join us at Centro Negra to experience the artworks of Rebecca Gill (Glasgow), Paula Sanchez (San Juan), Javier Garló (Mallorca), Deni Javas (Savannah, Georgia), Leonie Mhari (Edinburgh/Glasgow), and Nora Chuff (New York/Boston), our current artists in residence.

Taking over multiple disciplines and media, their researches reflect upon the ideas of body, territory and spaciality in the rural context of Blanca. 

Paula Sanchez (Basel)

Paula Sanchez was born in San Juan, Argentina, where she studied cello and classical music. Very early in her career she began to be interested in the crossover between different artistic media such as photography, video, painting and sound. For many years she developed her artistic and research work with the Ob Caenum artists collective, involved in experimental theater. She has been involved in many artistic projects such as theater pieces and performances. Her work explores the relations between sound, body and spatiality. She is currently living in Switzerland, where she is a masters candidate in free improvisation, experimenting on the performativity of sound. 

Rebecca Gill (Glasgow)

Rebecca’s practice spans the fields of moving image, sound, generative electronics, writing, coding, installations and bio-fabrication, but always grows from a concern with the philosophical, political, scientific facets of interdisciplinary research and thought. Earlier this year, she wrote an essay for Art Review Glasgow, and was an invited guest speaker at the first two Art + Ecology Collective’s ‘Biosystems’ reading groups at The Glasgow Zine Library. She has worked collaboratively with scientists, including for Pint of Science 2018 and 2019, and a micro-residency with Edinburgh University’s Not Just Energy Futures Research Group at Dovecot Studios. Recently her long standing collaborative work has taken her to Nottingham to exhibit at 4/4 Collective’s space in Primary for UK Young Artist’s City Takeover, and the same collaborative work was exhibited last year at Tramway in Glasgow. She graduated from GSA in June 2019.

Rebecca’s practice unfolds from a will to synthesise creative sensibilities with scientific research enquiries and procedures in order to understand the role that agencies of the body play in collective experiences of contemporary precarity. This manifests in generative bodies of work that respond to conceptual sites, or research frameworks such as the peripheral methods of interacting with disembodied space, systems thinking, ecology, biology amongst other scientific arenas, and the location of agency within institutions.

Javier Garló (Palma de Mallorca)

Javier Garló is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in illustration from the Escola d’Arts i Superior de Disseny of the Balearic Islands. He began his career in the nineties, taking part in the graffiti scene. 

His work is mainly based on the human figure and the objects that talk about it, about its history and timeless stories. The aesthetics of Garló is full of the discrete symbolism of objects and the distinctive dispositions of certain characters, through which he expresses his sentiments towards the 21st century.

In his own words, Garló tries to “step away from a discourse of right and wrong” and, on the contrary, replaces it with a certain rawness that he considers closer to reality.

Currently, Javier researches and experiments with natural materials, tools and techniques of times past, that have defined the work and life of people in rural areas. His pieces refer us to ancestral rituals in an attempt to reconnect with the past and revalue the status of the inhabitants of these lands.

Deni Javas (Savannah, Georgia) 

Deni Javas holds a BA from The University of the Arts Philadelphia, Pa. and an MA from the School of Visual Arts NY. She spent twenty years as an illustrator and designer in New York and later in Santa Fe, New Mexico, creating unique lines of packaging and advertising. After four years teaching in Hong Kong, Deni moved back to the US where she teaches at Savannah College of Art and Design. She draws on non-native plants as an exploration of migration and adaptability, as they directly relate to her experience in integrating into new locations. Her intention is to engage with the landscape to explore her work in a setting similar to her New Mexico home. Plants have a sense of being at rest, or of seeming self-contained, yet so much happens underneath the surface. This hidden component references pathways or connections that lead from one place to another much like New Mexico to Spain. With the frequent moving around she has experienced throughout her life, her work beckons to connect to the locations she has lived in, to the person she is, and to the land she lives on. Her present focus is to connect the threads together.

Leonie Mhari (Edinburgh/Glasgow)

Leonie achieved a PhD (2016), in which she investigated the toponymy of Berwickshire,

developing a particular interest in littoral landscapes; since then she has pursued her creative interests in landscape. From her background in language studies, she has expanded her interests in the perception of topographic features to focus on performativity and narratives of landscape. She completed a Master in Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art (2018), during which she developed experimental fieldwork practices and expanded her analytical approach to investigate the performative relations between human and more-than-human actants. A ‘making with’ approach underpins her methodology. At the 1:1 scale, as well as at the micro and macro scales, she engages with how inter-scalar actants perform in intertwined and successional dynamics. In order to disrupt and distort linear narratives, she draws on feminist and queer theory to imagine sites with feminist, queer, and post-masculinist futures. She is currently working on the performativity of water in landscapes, exploring hydrofeminism and weathering as posited by Neimanis and Hamilton (2018) to continue developing her practice. She is interested in how water influences narratives of place, the relationships of actants, and creates assemblages at a range of scales.

Nora Chuff (New York/Boston)

Nora Chuff is an artist and Master of Landscape Architecture candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Having studied art and art history at New York University, she has worked at Ogilvy Consulting, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Richard Avedon Foundation. Nora grew up in New York City and has also spent a significant amount of time in rural Pennsylvania.  The exposure to both lifestyles has inspired her interest in urban landscapes. She is interested in intersections between fine art and architecture, built and natural environments, and between design and neglect. Nora values materials and small-scale details, even on large-scale projects. She endeavors to design with sensitivity to historical and political context, as well as considering both official and unofficial uses.


29th June // 9pm // Residency Program

AADK Spain invites you to a new edition of our Open Studios.
Come join us to catch on with this month’s artists in residence. After visiting their studios, you can meet us at our terrace to share a concert from Roisner (France). Make sure to come hungry as La Cantina will be serving some delicious tapas and beverages.

In this edition:
Judith Modrak (NY) presents ‘Fluid Pathways’, a site-specific installation that reflects the earth’s internal composition and how it mirrors our neural and cellular constitution / Javier Garló (Palma de Mallorca) shares his research about ancient craft techniques and traditional materials from the area by presenting an installation in some of the old poultry yards in town / Nora Chuff (NY) shows an installation with multiple media that displays her research about landscape / Ji Kwon (Nowon-Seul) presents a performance that reflects upon the rituals held in our daily life habits / Max Wallmeier & Hampus Bergenheim (Stockholm) collaborate in a performance that invites the audience to modify the field of action / Leoni Mhari shares a one-to-one performance that paraphrases a familiar act into an experience of unfamiliar reciprocity.


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