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), Rachel Button Rymont & Melissa McCutcheon (Mercer Island, Washington), 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.

Rachel Button Rymont & Melissa McCutcheon (Washington & Maryland)

Rachel Button Rymont 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. Rachel 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 Fundacion Casa Tres Patios in Medellin, Colombia.

Nathalie Rey

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.


II Festival de la Raíz al Noise (From Roots to Noise) ·  May 18th 2019

This Festival is an encounter of musicians with very diverse styles, ages and backgrounds: De la Raíz al Noise (From Roots to Noise) is the first experimental music and collective creation festival of the Ricote Valley, organised for the second time in 2019.

This festival will be included in All Day Art, Museums Day, were different proposals will run along the whole day taking place in centro Negra as well as in other locations of Blanca.

Looking forward to meeting you in this new edition of De La Raíz Al Noise. Soundscapes and experimental music will echo in the heart of Ricote Valley. This time, Koichi Shimizu arrives at Blanca thanks to Naves Matadero – Centro Internacional de Artes Vivas and AADK Spain collaboration.
Come join us for some cañas and tapas.

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12 hs // Active listening classroom (Blanca)
Sound Performance by children 6-7 – EDOM (Ortega y Gasset N5)

18 hs // Nilo Gallego (León), Anouk Devillé (Bélgica) & Blanca collaborators
Radio Infusion, project of radiophonic intervention – Plaza del Teatro Victoria

19 hs // Carlos Suárez (Vigo)
Percussion – Centro Negra

19.30 hs // Peña Huertana La Capaza (Blanca) & Nacho Muñoz (Galicia) Exploratory Orchestra – Centro Negra

20 hs // Úrsula Bravo (Blanca)

20.45 hs // Las Presencias del Vacío (Aldarrax)

21.30 hs // Raúl Cantizano (Sevilla) – Guitar Surprise: Myth and Geology of Canti

22.30 hs // Atractores Extraños (Cosmos) – Soundscape / Analog Noise

23.00 hs // Koichi Shimizu (Bangkok) – Electronic

INSTALACIONES: Florian Braakman (Rotterdam) & Sarah Rose Guitian (Madrid-Rotterdam) // Juan Conesa (Cartagena) // Abraham Hurtado (La Algaida)

—-> Open Canteen from 12.00h to 00h <—-


At the open studio on the 27th of April, at 8.30 p.m. we will also see the works of Iryna Vorona (Kyiv) and Pavlo Baltaziuk , Sarah Rose Guitian (Madrid / Rotterdam) and Florian Braakman (Velp / Rotterdam), Jo Lorente (Mazarrón / Laeken, Brussels) and Joong Yong Kim (Seoul / Berlin) and Mijin Hyun (Seoul / Berlin).

 

 

Iryna Vorona (Kyiv)
Based in Ukraine, Iryna Vorona is a contemporary artist working in an individual style of visual art. Born in 1987 in Kyiv, Ukraine, she has a Master degree in Fine Arts from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kyiv, including an internship at Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts.

In 2019 she received the Ukraine presidential grant for her project “Qr truth”.
In 2018 she was granted with the Kyiv head of administration art prize for special record of achievements in development of the capital of Ukraine – Kyiv. During the last two years she have been working on projects in Finland (Kulttuurikauppila International Artist Residency), Croatia (Erasmus+ program) and Norway (KHMessen International Artist Residency).

Her art investigation of the last three years has been based on researching how art and technology combine. Synthesis of art and science is a collaboration where new ground can emerge. She has come to the point when the combination of traditional media is not enough to express what she really wants and wishes people to feel through her work. With light technologies she feels on the right way. Her latest project “Insight” deals with traditional form of art, creating something untraditional, a direct vision of supernatural reality and a connection of art and science.

The project is implemented under the Culture Bridges Programme. Culture Bridges is funded by the EU and managed by the British Council in partnership with the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) network in Ukraine.

 

 

Jo Lorente (Mazarrón / Laeken, Brussels)
Art explorer, Jo Lorente is a multidisciplinary artist. As a plastic artist, she associates painting to other artistic disciplines: singing, dancing, lute, performing arts, puppet theatre, clay modelling, animated film and video. Combining different modes of expression, she travels in an eclectic and rich universe.

The artist has also been since 2001 a pedagogue, sociocultural animator and was laureate in 2012 of the Prix Courbet, which rewarded the social dimension of her work.

She has taken part in many plastic art exhibitions, namely in the “Milice room” of the Brussels’ City Hall (Grand-Place) with an individual exhibition on occasion of the event “Parcours d’Artistes” (the “Artists’ route”).

Right now, she dedicates her art to International Contemporary Art Fairs and other major cultural events. She exhibits in Paris, Cannes, Monaco and Madrid, in collaboration with the Galeria Gaudi in Madrid, Multi Art Events and the Club des Ateliers d’Artistes. A permanent exhibition of her work can be seen at the “Céramuze Studio” in Brussels.

For the pleasure of the senses, Jo Lorente has developed an original pictorial technique based on natural wax used on different types of supports.
In her pictorial research, the themes treated are the expression of pure imagination. The graphic designs reveal her oneiric world on the canvas. She calls this period: Graphic Codex of the unconscious.”

Born in the Murcia region of Spain, she now lives in Laeken, Belgium.

 

 

Sarah Rose Guitian (Madrid / Rotterdam)
Sarah’s  work originates from scenes of everyday life, where everyone unconsciously interacts with each other. Within it she captures the ‘marginal’ aspects of our society. For example: how people present themselves in the public space and the traces they leave behind. In this she finds fragility and symbolism of how human behavior is influenced by time and routine.

She was born in 1993 in Madrid (Spain), as a child of a Spanish father and a Dutch mother. In 2012 she moved to Rotterdam for her study at the WDKA, where she graduated in 2016 with her project ‘ Looking Without Seeing’ , a video and sound installation in which she explored her relationship with contemporary imagery.

Her two different cultural backgrounds have always fascinated her and fueled her work. Since her departure to the Netherlands she has given extra attention to recording her daily life both in the Netherlands and in Spain. She intuitively looks for cultural differences and similarities of these two countries. She currently lives and works in Rotterdam.

Travel costs supported by CBK in Rotterdam

 

 

Florian Braakman (Velp / Rotterdam)
Florian Braakman is an autonomous documentary photographer whose work consists of a series of photographic images. Through a personal relationship with his subject, focusing especially on the concept of ‘neighbourhood’, he is interested in addressing broader universal, social, and cultural themes. In Dutch the term ‘buurman’ (neighbour) is a slang used as a way of greeting people around you.

He uses photography as a way to make contact with people, to question the world, and to gain a grip on our fast-paced everyday ‘reality’. His photographs are mainly used in grouped series, letting separate images be in contact and conversation with one another in the form of publications and installations.

In 2013, he graduated  from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague with the project She Comes in Colors, which later took form as a book. Currently, he am working on the long-term project Delfshaven’s Finest, in the socially and culturally diverse neighbourhood in Rotterdam where he has lived since 2013. From this project emerged the work In Between Homes, in which he travels with his neighbours to their country of origin.

He grew up in a town called Velp, near Arnhem in the east of The Netherlands, and then at the age of twenty moved to The Hague for his studies in photography at the Royal Academy of Arts. During that time also he did an internship in Berlin, Germany for 6 months. After his graduation he moved to Rotterdam where he has been living since.

Residency at AADK funded by the Mondriaan Fund.

 

 

Joong Yong Kim (Seoul / Berlin)
Joong Yong Kim comes originally from South Korea, where he began a traditional art education in sculpture. Frustrated with the constraints of a technically based education, he wanted to think further about the art itself, so he left his Masters course and moved to Berlin looking to experience more artworks by a variety of people and a different art scene.

Since then, his approach to art continues to evolve. In the past he was interested in artistic expression and technical accomplishment, but now he is interested in the the process of how art is made and what makes art, trying  to maintain an observing and objective attitude and perspective. He investigates and pushes playfully at the boundaries of the context, institutions, scenes and social conventions in which art is made, distributed and consumed.

Mijin Hyun (Seoul / Berlin)
Mijin Hyun is interested in the situations around art, where the public comes into a space and interacts with a work. For this she uses various media such as sound, video or performance. She hopes to investigate the relationship between commodity and artwork, especially focussing on household items or interiors, such as doors, floors, furniture etc. She also connects the context of everyday objects and their use to the context of a museum or gallery. She also explores the architectural element, since spatiality  plays an important role in the perception of the audience.


· MURCIA · CENTRO PÁRRAGA · MARCH 30th · 9pm

Centro Párraga invites AADK Spain to share the research of its artists with scenic pieces in process.
This is to enhance mutual learning between public and artists, making visible issues that go beyond the finished work – the scenic piece as a product – to instead share the vertices and tangents, and the trial / error of the creation processes.
On this occasion we present the proposals of Soeine Bac and Falsos Profetas (False Prophets)

Soeine Bac (Canada), Carlos Suarez (Galicia)

Soeine Bac presents an interpretation of Blanca’s soundscape.
It takes space as an expansion of its organs and uses it as an instrument that displays sound and movement with the body.

Soeine Bac (Seoul / Vancouver)
Soeine Bac studied Photography and Interactive art in Canada, and Visual Cultures in London, UK. She mainly focuses on the issue of intention in art; improvisation then became her method for merging visual art and movement, and she started incorporating site-specific installation and performance.

She organized dance jams in Seoul, Korea from 2014 to 2016. In 2015 and 2016, she performed at the Seoul International Improvisation Dance Festival. She has also done artist residencies in 2015 and 2016, pursuing ‘Nature Art’. In 2017 she was invited to conduct movement workshops for the annual Stazione di Topolò festival in Italy, and to perform on the theme of nature and humans for the Vines Art Festival in Vancouver, Canada. In 2016, she studied Zen Buddhist yoga for meditation in Korea to better understand the mind in the act of improvisation. Since then, she has become interested in the spiritual aspect of art and how it is revealed in life.

She is currently focusing on the relationships between the body and mapping. She is interested in identifying the sense of self in relation to how we perceive cultural and geographical aspects of our surroundings, organizing them in order to navigate through them.

Carlos Suárez
Galician-Venezuelan sound artist and educator, born in
Celanova in 1966. Master of the Conservatorio Superior de Música Simón Bolívar de
Caracas (specialising in the electroacoustic) / Ethnomusicologist of the Instituto
Universitario de Estudios Musicales de Caracas / Master in electroacoustic composition
from the UCV.

Falsos Profetas (Blanca)

Falsos Profetas is the new project of Abraham Hurtado, with the collaboration of the sound artist Selu Herraiz.
A risky and moving bet: Poetry taken to the universe of sound experimentation, in which each poem is approached with a different register, wrapped in sounds of synthesizers, electric guitar, voice games, breathing, and video projections.

A work in progress whose heartrending poems and a language of our time, both in its content and its structure, reveal the ability to travel between disciplines with great skill. A search for the spirituality of the territory using the voice as an exploratory tool.

 

Abraham Hurtado (Murcia, Spain)
Founder and Artistic Director AADK Spain.

Artist and independent curator.
As an artist, he explores the notions of body in crisis, space and presence.
His work has been exhibited in numerous spaces, among which stand out: the Biennial of the Image of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Fundaçao Vieira da Silva and Cultural Center of Belém, Lisbon, Portugal; Modern Museet of Stockholm, Vooruit Gent, Ericsson Hallen, among others. As curator, “Dissected” stands out in Mica Moca Project Berlin, three editions of the “Unexpected” Berlin Festival (2010/12), Fenomens Festival (2015/17) in Barcelona, IBAFF Film Festival 2016, experimental section, International Festival of Contemporary Dance 2018 Celebrations of Lisbon. Since 2005 he collaborates with the artist Meg Stuart as a performer, assistant director and curatorial consultant in several artistic projects of the company Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods.

Selu Herraiz (Murcia, España)
Director of AADK Sonora, School of experimentation

Artist, urban activist and educator
As an artist, he analyses the relationships between space and time, memory and identity. He merges the creative act into daily life to activate a social transformation and to stimulate a critical thinking.
He combines his artistic practice with the design of learning experiences.

· STOCKHOLM · AFFECTION OF PRACTICES · FROM 8th TO 18th APRIL

Artists Björn Säfsten and Abraham Hurtado, establish a two-week meeting to share their methodologies and practices from a choreographic perspective in an investigation about movement. Finding “another body” is the focus of research of the choreographer Björn Säfsten being Abraham Hurtado’s obsession “the new body”. In this exchange they will try to find the differences and similarities of their practices, whose starting points are similar while their aesthetics are very different universes.

Björn Säfsten (Stockholm)

In the work and practice of choreographer Björn Säfsten the body and the mind and its connected actions are scrutinized, dissected and exposed. The focus is on creating ‘another body’, another notion of human physicality, bringing images to life that visually problematize our notion of the human nature. The physical practice expose images that occur from a certain physical action, in a chance method. The work thus takes visual turns and bends, often moulding itself whilst being performed, establishing itself a-new each time for each audience encounter.
We aim to expose physical dilemmas, deliberately creating situations where the thoughts of the performer are exposed, opened up to the viewer. The work fools around with the notion of language – striving to confuse and divert the viewer from the regularity of bodily reading. The body is seen as a multiplex of wills, desires och directions, moving away from a notion of a bodily and mental entity. Changing the notion of the body and and the embodiment of the object and the relation between the two entities are central in research and presentation.

Abraham Hurtado
Abraham Hurtado’s works are focus on the idea of the body as the container of emotions, both personal and social; they seek to expose the desolation and collateral damages that the body keeps in itself after going through traumatic events or intense life experiences.
Body has its own language and can, though the image that its presence creates, talk to us about emotions such as frustration, brutality, collapse, euphoria, anger, emptiness, desire, etc.
Abraham explores the role of fiction In the current times when cynicism and disillusion are constantly shadowing. His work penetrates in the relation between the artist and its context, making its way to new models and statements in the contemporary art practice.
During the last ten years, Hurtado has been developing the concept of a “body in crisis” and its re-flections on the relationship with the territory and space.
Abraham has developed his practice in different media such as performance, installation, audiovisual installation, photography, editorial, apps and sonoric art.


Open Studios March 2019

On March the 23rd, at 8:30pm, we will carry out our monthly Open Studios night. We invite you to join us at Centro Negra to experience the artworks of Sarah Rose Guitian (Madrid / Rotterdam) and Florian Braakman (Velp / Rotterdam), Ping Zheng (Zhejiang Province / New York), Soeine Bac (Seoul / Vancouver) and Joong Yong Kim (Seoul / Berlin) and Mijin Hyun (Seoul / Berlin), the artists in residence of the month of March.

 

Sarah Rose Guitian (Madrid / Rotterdam)
Sarah’s  work originates from scenes of everyday life, where everyone unconsciously interacts with each other. Within it she captures the ‘marginal’ aspects of our society. For example: how people present themselves in the public space and the traces they leave behind. In this she finds fragility and symbolism of how human behavior is influenced by time and routine.

She was born in 1993 in Madrid (Spain), as a child of a Spanish father and a Dutch mother. In 2012 she moved to Rotterdam for her study at the WDKA, where she graduated in 2016 with her project ‘ Looking Without Seeing’ , a video and sound installation in which she explored her relationship with contemporary imagery.

Her two different cultural backgrounds have always fascinated her and fueled her work. Since her departure to the Netherlands she has given extra attention to recording her daily life both in the Netherlands and in Spain. She intuitively looks for cultural differences and similarities of these two countries. She currently lives and works in Rotterdam.

Travel costs supported by CBK in Rotterdam

 

 

Florian Braakman (Velp / Rotterdam)
Florian Braakman is an autonomous documentary photographer whose work consists of a series of photographic images. Through a personal relationship with his subject, focusing especially on the concept of ‘neighbourhood’, he is interested in addressing broader universal, social, and cultural themes. In Dutch the term ‘buurman’ (neighbour) is a slang used as a way of greeting people around you.

He uses photography as a way to make contact with people, to question the world, and to gain a grip on our fast-paced everyday ‘reality’. His photographs are mainly used in grouped series, letting separate images be in contact and conversation with one another in the form of publications and installations.

In 2013, he graduated  from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague with the project She Comes in Colors, which later took form as a book. Currently, he am working on the long-term project Delfshaven’s Finest, in the socially and culturally diverse neighbourhood in Rotterdam where he has lived since 2013. From this project emerged the work In Between Homes, in which he travels with his neighbours to their country of origin.

He grew up in a town called Velp, near Arnhem in the east of The Netherlands, and then at the age of twenty moved to The Hague for his studies in photography at the Royal Academy of Arts. During that time also he did an internship in Berlin, Germany for 6 months. After his graduation he moved to Rotterdam where he has been living since.

Residency at AADK funded by the Mondriaan Fund.

 

 

Ping Zheng (Zhejiang Province / New York)
Born in Zhejiang Provence, China, Ping grew up in a traditional patriarchal family under the restriction of the government’s one-child policy. She describes nature as her refuge in her childhood as she lived in many different geographic regions, surrounded by starkly contrasting natural environments. As an artist, her inspiration is grounded in natural landscapes, where she feels free and peaceful as a human in the outdoors, away from family pressures.

She now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Studying abroad in London and the United States triggered an awareness of gender equality as the very heart of the human rights issues that shape her world. She became aware of the many contributions of women in the West and began to express feminism in her artistic practice.

She is interested in the Subconscious Mind,with a particular focus on spatiality, approaching art as a means of personal development. Her artwork, straddling the line between figurative and abstract, functions as metaphor for the energy and limitless possibilities erupting from artistic freedom and her passionate belief in equality. It is as wide as the desire to expand her horizons.Through it’s awe-inspiring effect nature has always evoked her childhood memories of natural landscapes and given her a renewed sense of self-discovery.

 

 

Soeine Bac (Seoul / Vancouver)
Soeine Bac studied Photography and Interactive art in Canada, and Visual Cultures in London, UK. She mainly focuses on the issue of intention in art; improvisation then became her method for merging visual art and movement, and she started incorporating site-specific installation and performance.

She organized dance jams in Seoul, Korea from 2014 to 2016. In 2015 and 2016, she performed at the Seoul International Improvisation Dance Festival. She has also done artist residencies in 2015 and 2016, pursuing ‘Nature Art’. In 2017 she was invited to conduct movement workshops for the annual Stazione di Topolò festival in Italy, and to perform on the theme of nature and humans for the Vines Art Festival in Vancouver, Canada. In 2016, she studied Zen Buddhist yoga for meditation in Korea to better understand the mind in the act of improvisation. Since then, she has become interested in the spiritual aspect of art and how it is revealed in life.

She is currently focusing on the relationships between the body and mapping. She is interested in identifying the sense of self in relation to how we perceive cultural and geographical aspects of our surroundings, organizing them in order to navigate through them.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

 

 

Joong Yong Kim (Seoul / Berlin)
Joong Yong Kim comes originally from South Korea, where he began a traditional art education in sculpture. Frustrated with the constraints of a technically based education, he wanted to think further about the art itself, so he left his Masters course and moved to Berlin looking to experience more artworks by a variety of people and a different art scene.

Since then, his approach to art continues to evolve. In the past he was interested in artistic expression and technical accomplishment, but now he is interested in the the process of how art is made and what makes art, trying  to maintain an observing and objective attitude and perspective. He investigates and pushes playfully at the boundaries of the context, institutions, scenes and social conventions in which art is made, distributed and consumed.

Mijin Hyun (Seoul / Berlin)
Mijin Hyun is interested in the situations around art, where the public comes into a space and interacts with a work. For this she uses various media such as sound, video or performance. She hopes to investigate the relationship between commodity and artwork, especially focussing on household items or interiors, such as doors, floors, furniture etc. She also connects the context of everyday objects and their use to the context of a museum or gallery. She also explores the architectural element, since spatiality  plays an important role in the perception of the audience.


Martial arts for artists. Contemporary art vs. martial arts

Martial arts for artists
Contemporary art vs. martial arts
a workshop by Kris Limbach

Social movements, art movements and martial arts are connected in manifold ways: From the pure need of self defence for members of any kind of underground or avant garde movement to the artists that are also true masters of martial arts like Yves Klein there is a variety of connections and dynamics between these two forces.

Little is known and investigated about this connection: Art academies are often not interested in the martial arts side (as well as in the political stance ) of an artist. At the same time practitioners of martial arts and their organisations usually just care about their specific practice.

Members of the surrealists, situationists, feminists were often practicing martial arts. Musicians are drawn to martial arts as well as film actors feel the need to practice to improve their “ screen presence”. This workshop will give an brief overview and will include practicing classes with an introduction into some basic self defense techniques and some martial art styles, specifically traditional Karate and Modern Arnis.

Where: At Centro Negra, Blanca, Murcia. Calle del Castillo, 30

Structure:
Saturday 16th March: 10.00h-14.00h // 17.00h-20.00h
Sunday 17th March: 10.00h-14.00h // 16.00h-19.00h

The workshop is process oriented and will meet the skill levels of every participants.

The workshop is divided into hours of practice and hours of theory.

No need to have previous knowledge in martial arts.

Max of participants: approx 10 // Level: beginner, all levels

What to bring:
Comfy clothes (e.g. t-shirt, jogging pants, sport shoes) Optional: bring tools for your specific art practice (instruments, brushes, etc.. )

About the teacher:
Kris Limbach is a film maker and audiovisual artist. He ́s a long time practitioner of traditional Karate-Do and the philipine stick-fighting martial arts Modern Arnis and he is cross-trains boxing and self defence for 15 years. Cross referencing and conceptualizing different aspects of martial arts is one of the hidden variables of his artwork.

https://krislimbach.com

 

 

Price: 30.00€

Accommodation: 20.00€ per night in the artist house, 5 minutes walk from the Centro Negra

Subscriptions: lab@aadk.es


From 24th of February until 3rd of March the Body in Crisis working group of researchers is going to meet again.

After ten years of his own creation, Abraham Hurtado manages to define the line that has gone through all his work: the “body in crisis”.

His interest in generating experiences in which to display the traces left in the body by personal experiences, has led him to develop a methodology, and to make visible how the individual absorbs historical events and social contexts.

To finish understanding these processes and the folds of his own body of work, A. Hurtado invites other artists to experiment with their methodology and generate work in response to it.

Participants: Andrés Agudelo, Pia Achternkamp, Elena Azzedin, Alberto Alonso, Úrsula Bravo, Derek V. Bulcke, Daniel Hernández, Selu Herraiz, Pedro Lobo, Anabel Labrador, Rubén Martínez, Aurora Rodríguez, Diego Lobenal and Josman P#


Open Studios February ’19

The Open Studio on the 23rd of February, at 8:30pm we will also see the works of Edward Johansson (Mariehamn/Lemland, Åland Islands), Minna Öberg (Mariehamn, Åland Islands) and Anneloes Gerdien (Utrecht), Raquel Meyers (Cartagena), Glory Nkembo Moswala (Kinshasa), Ash (Ashley) Witham (Los Angeles/Berlin) and Myriam Gras (Tilburg) at Centro Negra.

 

Edward Johansson (Mariehamn/Lemland, Åland Islands) and Minna Öberg (Mariehamn, Åland Islands)

-Edward Johansson
Since 2014 Edward runs his own printmaking studio -Ahvaland- working both with personal and commissioned work. The studio is set up for letterpress printing on Heidelbergs, Vandercook printing press, and an intaglio section for copperplate printing.

He enjoys to challenge his skills and experience with new ideas and collaborations, but most comfortable working with text based projects and manual processes. His work tends to exist in the boundaries between art, crafts and design, finding fundamental that both- concept and technique- are properly considered and well executed.

2009 BA Graphic Design, Central Saint Martins, London. 2012 MRes Design, Goldsmiths, London.

-Minna Öberg
Minna’s studies consist of a BA in Fine Art at Novia University of Applied Sciences and a MA in Art and Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
A relevant experience for her has been taking part of a Baltic network called B7, including the seven largest islands in the Baltic. Making site-specific art at all the islands, visiting a new one each year, abandoned hotels, old power plants and all sorts of interesting places to interact with.
Minna enjoys working with used and recycled materials. Often she lets the time and the space decide the working method. Street art and innovative ways of using public space inspire her.

Residency supported with travelling grant by Alands Kulturdelegation

 

Anneloes Gerdien (Utrecht)
“As a girl I used to live on the Dutch countryside. Growing up in a rural environment close to nature, where living outside, simple life, silence, building and reuse are the main factors of daily life. This simplified lifestyle is one of the things that are still core values that I take with me in my artistic process and research.”

Organic structures – ·Deconstructing elements – Contrasts and taboos -· Surrounding and surfaces

Anneloes Gerdien van der Vinne (1993) is a interdisciplinary artist working in the fields of painting, drawing and fine metalworking and combining visual journalism within the
creating processes.
In her visual journals, drawings, panels and her jewellery she expresses her fascination with natural evolution and emotions that occur in her daily life and diverse environments. She reflects this thinking throughout her whole body of work, inspired by the organic structures that surround us. She considers the potential for growth for each object and uses her intuition to share the value of each one.
Coming from fields of Fashion, Visual culture and Theory she strives to come up with tangible end products where growth and experiment is visual. Within her artistic work new environments are a starting point, which adds to her urge to go out and appear in unpredictable situations and surroundings. Closely observing from a philosophical and anthropological perspective and absorbing the natural behaviours of her surroundings is what she wants to reveal and capture within her art pieces. This allows her to get new incentives, unpredictable processes and in depth outcomes witch give meaning to her end products.
Anneloes Gerdien is mainly based in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

 

Raquel Meyers (Cartagena)
Raquel Meyers is a Spanish artist who defines her practice as KYBDslöjd (drawing / crafting by typing) with technology from the past. Woven with Commodore 64 characters sets, flickering in teletext, or fed to fax machines, her world of mythical creatures and dreamlike pilgrimages is one of patience and resolve. Frame-by-frame and glyph-by-glyph, we descend into a jagged wonderland where time stands still and chaos reigns.

Since 2004 she has performed at festivals like Transmediale, Piksel, Mapping, La Casa encendida and Cimatics, at 8bit events like Tokyo Blip Festival, Square Sounds Melbourne and the Playlist exhibition, as well at Liste Art Fair Basel, Ars Electronica Center, Alingsås Konsthall, Bonniers Konsthall, Xpo Gallery, Click New Media Arts Festival, Alt_Cph, HeK, BEK- Bergen Center for Electronic Arts, LABoral and iMAL.

 

Nkembo Moswala (Kinshasa)

Nkembo Moswala was born in 1989 in Kinshasa, DR Congo, where he today lives and works (Born in Kinshasa, he was raised in the municipality of Barumbu in 3 different neighborhoods renowned for being eventful, for gangsters who impose their laws and for the omnipresence of pubs along the roads where people feast until morning. For 2 years he is living and working in another municipality and district of Kinshasa, inhabiting it yet almost disconnected from the reality of the city that he frequents almost every day). Nkembo he earned a Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts in Académie des Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa, in 2011. Nkembo’s work was presented at the Yango Biennale in 2014 in Kinshasa. A beneficiary of the coaching of N’Goné Fall in September 2016, his project proposal was one of the best entries in an issue of a workshop organized by the Goethe institute.

His work is currently articulated around the notion of renaissance and renewal. Throughout his artistic journey, and in his creations, he has stressed the harmful nature of the global society we are living in. Our unbridled economy and consumption drive have caused lots of damage and suffering. Nkembo’s work on tarp, through the act of incision and branding, or Nzoloko , denotes the wounds that we, as citizens of this world, are enduring. Chaos cannot be an end. Looking at his direct environment, he sees signs and traces of cultural consumption. He sees waste, artefacts, despair, and hope. Art allows him to explore the transformative potential of today’s cultural consumption. From an initial will to denounce, he moves to visual and contemporary reinterpretations, exploring new mediums and compositions.

 

Ash Witham (Los Angeles/Berlin)Raised in a small town on the east coast of the United States, Ash now primarily works out of Los Angeles, California and Berlin, Germany. While at the University of California Los Angeles, Ash studied painting and drawing abroad in the French Riviera and Paris. In 2014, she graduated with honors from UCLA with a BA in Art and a minor in Art Education. During her studies she produced work across a range of mediums, favoring abstract painting, mixed-media assemblage, movement photography, and multimedia installations and performances. Her shared process approaches throughout these mediums are the utilization of found materials, the element of chance, and the temporality of movement.

Ash has performed and exhibited installations, photography, and sculptures in Los Angeles. Inspired from attending various movement intensives over the years in the US, Europe, India, and Mexico, Ash’s work has taken on a more bodily approach. Continuing to educate herself in topics like world cultures, interpersonal communication, positive psychology, and dance, she is dedicated to research and work that embodies themes such as vulnerability, empathy, healing, identity, human connection, and authentic expression. Currently, Ash is devoting time to dive deeper into her work and aims to broaden her outreach.

 

Myriam Gras (Tilburg)
“ My work explores the overlap between reality and storytelling, trying to portray the contrasts between the seemingly beloved adaptations of the increasingly digitized society and the related individual disturbance. By continuously experimenting with different kind mediums, I connect mostly synthetic materials and technological elements together- thematically or physically. By playing with the alienated and the known, I tend to shine a mild critical light on the nowadays.”
Absurdity and loneliness caused by the influence of modern ways of communication are a repetitive theme in the work. This goes back and forth from developments to implantation, illustrating the way in which humanity is at the same time unified by a desire for progress and individualized by phenomenological experiences. By implementing interactive elements one is forced to make contact, whether it is with the material or with other human beings. As a result the body becomes part of the composition and comments upon the fact that humanity is defined by its potential to create.

 


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