· 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.


ACAB (All Cast Are Beautiful)

El Respiradero of GETXOARTE 6th and 7th October 2018
Saturday 6th of October 10h-22h
Sunday 7th of October 10h-14h/16.30h-22h
Plaza de la Estación Arenas
Getxo – Bilbao

Daniel Hernández, Alberto Alonso and Abraham Hurtado have been invited to present their scenic research ACAB at the Getxoarte Festival within the curatorial display El Respiradero

El Respiradero is a curatorial display, a structure of collective making, a mediation of friction and tact, a counterfestival, a framework that makes possible a space in which to share, observe and dialogue about the uses of the body. A tool proposed as a place that takes advantage of public space to activate it, overlap and name a set of pro-posals linked to the performing arts, and poetry.

 

 

Body in Crisis by Abraham Hurtado

Working group
From 17th to 22nd of November 2018
Centro Negra

After ten years of his own creation, Abraham Hurtado finds a way to define the line that traverses 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 fully understand these processes and the folds of his own body of work, A. Hurtado invites other artists to experiment with their methodology and to generate new artworks in response.

Guests of part II: Andrés Agudelo, Pia Achternkamp, Elena Azzedin, Alberto Alonso, Úrsula Bravo, Derek V. Bulcke, Daniel Hernández, Selu Herraiz, Pedro Lobo, Emilio Manzano and Josman P#.

 

 

Oh! Monstruo

“Hippogriff, liberating hippogriff, take me higher than the sky … To obey the divine elder, we will go, oh monster, beyond the gates of the horizon, I will ride on the cities, on the field where I suffered.”

Oh! Monstruo is a project of Eduardo Hurtado curated by Jesús Alcaide with the participation of Daniel Hernández, Aimar Pérez Galí and Javier Vaquero; and the collaboration of Oiha Indart, r-r-r, Ventura & Hostas and Pedro Lobo at the Center for Contemporary Culture of Carmen (Valencia).

Dates of Exhibition: From 24th of November until end of January.
Activation: 24th of November at 7:30pm by Daniel Hernández, Javier Vaquero and Eduardo Hurtado.
Curated by: Jesús Alcaide
Location: CCCC. C/ Museo, nº 2. (46003) Valencia.

More info: http://www.consorcimuseus.gva.es/centro-del-carmen


Madrid Gallery Weekend
In this cultural event organized by Arte Madrid, Blanca Soto Gallery presents the new work of Sergio Sotomayor “Spyhole”.
The exhibition is curated by Elena Azzedin (AADK), and for the opening, the artist Selu Herraiz (AADK) will create a soundscape inspired by the latest work of Sotomayor. Exhibition period from September 13th to October 31st.

 

“História Nº5” Pedro Lobo (Bloque Emergente)
Bloque Emergente is an annual fashion event consolidated as a platform in 2017 integrated by some of the emergent brands of Murcia Region: Pedro Lobo, Constanza Mas, Las Culpass, Anonimatto y Corbalán Studio.
Abraham Hurtado has been invited by Pedro Lobo for the presentation of his new collection “Historia Nº 5”. Hurtado creates a performance inspired in the universe generated by this fashion designer..
The presentation will be held on Saturday the 22nd of September, at Centro Párraga.
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Centro Párraga

Pedro Lobo

 

Primitive Dinners
AADK launches a series of gastronomic events with the intention of exploring the identity of the territory through the cuisine of the Ricote Valley. For this, in September, we will count on the wise hands of the Blanqueña sisters Piedad and Matilde (Las Primitivas) who will design the “Primitive menu” with typical recipes transformed and merged for the occasion.
“Primitive dinners” are born in the heart of the Peña Negra district offered at Casa Jazmín and El Patio next to the Centro Negra.

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Only with reservation / casajazmin@aadk.es
Casa Jazmín / The Patio
Calle del Castillo, 39-42
14th September / 21st September at 10.00 p.m.


Copper Lands

Elena Azzedin and Selu Herraiz (AADK Spain) in collaboration with Lina Sofia Lundin, explore and intervene in rural and peripheral artistic spaces of Sweden.

-August 16th. Art Lab Gnesta. Conversation with Carolina Malmstrom about Art in the peripheries.
-20 August. Exploration and sound experimentation at the Stora Hyttnäs Museum (Sundborn).
-23 August, on the occasion of “The Gathering – Rehearsal” Falun. Concert “All will be frozen” Selu Herraiz. Intervention “Wool-F” Elena Azzedin. “Teñido natural, cuerpo y sonido”, Lina Sofia Lundin
With the support of Konstfrämjandet

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The Reflecting Group Dakar derives from a tangible urgency to conceive of the global conditions of artistic production today. It applies a format of self-education, sharing and (un)learning, in order to grasp a complex condition that is intrinsically linked to our own ‘normative’ working contexts.

From its very outset, the DAK’ART Biennale has put a special emphasis on territorial, pan-african and international networks and exchange. But also in Europe, debates on the African Diaspora and the postcolonial condition have reached a new critical peak, ever since the “Humboldt Forum” came into being in the heart of Berlin. It’s “The Red hour. The hour of reason”, claims the title of this year’s biennial. With our trip to Dakar, we want to respond to this call, eager to challenge our critical tools in this field and to grow our sensitivity towards a world in which the “global” and “international” are just about to gain their full meaning and complexity.

Our main goal is to gain hands-on experience with the cultural working context in Senegal and the African context at large. In line with the mission of the “Reflecting Group”, this will take shape through a series of meetings/workshops with artists and cultural experts, as well as through exploring various sites of productions (studios, institutions, off-spaces, etc.). It also involves a (collective) documentation process on site that leads to a swift sharing of the project with the network.

Our shared interest is the relationship between the arts/culture and the society that surrounds it. In the context of Dakar, this leads to a number of specific questions, e.g. the dynamics between official institutions, state and private fundings, self-organisation, activism and underground culture. It also propels questions about sustainability, long-term thinking and the urge to develop alternate structures of arts and education.

In this context Elena Azzedin will mediate the work “Exploring The Sonic Cosmologies of Halim El-Dabh” curated by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (CM/DE), Kamila Metwaly (EG/PL), and Marie Hélène Pereira (SN), an exhibition project that aims to serve as a platform for deliberations and experimentations as – to what is and where is sound art in contemporary African art.

http://savvy-contemporary.com/

 


Cartographies: Creation and practices around the body Tenerife 2018

This month we will present a new Cartographie. Invited by the Teatro Leal.lav in La Laguna, Tenerife, we will carry out two creation laboratories and two performances:

Laboratories

Transformation by Repetition (Björn Säfsten)

Within this workshop we will experiment with a praxis Säfsten built and used for various works since 2016.The practice is built on a tactile scanning of movement, sound and breath, where the tactile analysis and consciousness drives the transformation of the material at hand. To direct one’s consciousness is to transform what one looks at. Inserting awareness makes things change and choreographing the mind shows what is at stake. The method can both be used to de-create our movement heritage as well as produce choreographic material. It is a physical experiment of becoming through repetition where the dancer needs to juxta-point their wish to produce and control in contrast to realizing the subconscious transformation that is always moving within the body.

The body in crisis (Abraham Hurtado)

Abraham Hurtado’s laboratories are focused on the idea of the body as a container of emotions arising from personal and social occurrences; to reflect the desolation or collateral damage that lives in the body after re-connect with these situations.
Hurtado explores the role of fiction in the era of cynicism and disillusionment, as well as the relationship between the artist and his environment to give rise to new models and the construction of discourses. For ten years he has been working on the concept of “body in crisis” and its overflows in relation to Space and Territory.
The body has its own language and it cans, from the image that generates its presence, talk about the emotions that inhabit us-frustration, brutality, explosion, euphoria, anger, emptiness, desire.-

 

 

Performances

A.C.A.B. (All Cats Are Beautiful) Spin Off Danza
“The imposed silence, the silence as a void to accommodate all what is muted, the silence as the only possible answer in a society with an increasingly sophisticated repression” – Elena Azzedín.

The economic crisis has caused the dehumanization of society as a side effect. Capitalism takes advantage of this and because it sees in criticism and opinion a problem, it generates an individualistic philosophy and places us in a constant competition. There is a crisis of humanity and an imprint of fear. A vicious circle of imposition and manipulation, a permissiveness that reaches unsuspected limits.

Credits:
·Idea and concept: Alberto Alonso, Daniel Hernández y Abraham Hurtado.
·Direction: Abraham Hurtado
·Movers and Makers: Alberto Alonso and Daniel Hernández
·Curatorial text: Elena Azzedín
·Sound: Selu Herraiz
·Production and Coordination: Spin Off Danza
·Co-production: AADK Spain
·Photographies: Eva Viera

Residencies: Research in AADK Spain at Centro Negra -Blanca, Murcia- and in Centro de Danza Canal -Madrid- (2017)

 

Prologue (Björn Säfsten)
The work is a re-creation of a piece for two performers from 2012, moulded into a work for a single performer.

An open space offers a view of an individual, eyes covered, a woman looking out into nothing. She is tracing a world of signifiers, searching for a language to hold onto. She arms herself, and leads herself to becoming something new through transforming inputs and cliches that otherwise would have led her to another identity. It is all a game, a game of perception, a game of agency and of who is in charge. She is being recreated becoming a new, together with the audience, the spectator. She unfolds the possibilities of what the situation itself wants her to become.

In Prologue Björn Säfsten and Sophie Augot explores the violence of language. The body and the mind and its connected actions are here laid bare. The focus is on creating identified representations and then engaging them in a role-play, juggling both their construction and their possible meaning. It’s a game with both the syntax and the semantics of the body and it´s gestures, to bring images to life that visually problematize our notion of interpretation.

·Idea and concept: Björn Säfsten, Anja Arnquist and Sophie Augot
·Performer: Sophie Augot
·Light and Scenography: SUTODA
·Costume: Sophie Augot
·Sound editing: Jon Skoog
·Music: Four Tops, George Michael, Four tet and Chairlift
·Production: Säfsten Produktion and Nordberg movements

Prologue is a co-production between Säfsten Produktion and Nordberg Movements.
Created in support by The Swedish Arts Council, City of Stockholm and The Swedish Research Council.


Internacional Project of Cumplicidades Festival

AADK Spain host in the residency program at Centro Negra the creation of the International Project of Cumplicidades Festival 2018. This proposal is based on the idea of generating a greater dialogue among the artists of the Mediterranean area, of creating a space where to confront their authors and individual universes giving place a collaborative process between artists who meet for the first time. The selected artists are:

Gizem Aksu (Turkey)

Myrto Charalampous (Greece)

Matías Daporta (Spain)

Oriana Haddad (Egypt/Italy)

Shira Eviatar (Israel)

During this stay in Blanca they will create, together with the team of AADK Spain, a piece called “Território dos corpos”. They will premiere in 7 different spaces 7 consecutive days in Lisbon.

Have a look to the festival program here.

 



Cartographies September 2017

 

This September, AADK Spain, extends its cartographies by exhibiting the work of its artists in new events and contexts.

IV International Encounter of Dance Film and Performance.
Elena Azzedin presents and discusses about the selected piece by Daniel Gwirtzman, developed during AADK Spain Residency Program: “Terrain”
Date/time: Thursday 21st Sep. at 3:30 p.m.
Place: Sala Matilde Salvador – LA NAU Centre Cultural de la Universitat de València. Valencia
Link: www.videodance.blogs.upv.es

Mobile Festival Stockholm by Björn Säfsten
Presentation of work produced by Abraham Hurtado, “we can’t cross the line, we must go forward”
Sound by: Josman P# | Costumes: Pedro Lobo
with the participation of Samuel Draper, Aleksandar Georgiev and Hanna Strandberg.
Co-produced by: Säfsten Produktion
Date/time: 22nd Sep. at 7:00 p.m.
Place: Ericsonhallen, Estocolmo
Link: www.ericsonchoralcentre.se

Congress to Imagine the Mediterranean (22-23 Sep.) IVAM. Institut Valencià d’Art Modern.
Communication of the selected paper “Mirage and Dystopia: artistic projects on the socio-political context of the Mediterranean. Artists-in-residence of AADK Spain” by Elena Azzedín
Date/time: Friday 22nd Sep. at 12:30 p.m.
Place: IVAM (Institut Valenciá d’Art Modern), Valencia
Link: www.ivam.es

 


Festival Mucho Más Mayo 2017

AADK Spain is an international artistic platform that aims to develop spaces for research and contemporary creation.
It’s residency program reflects on how rural environments can raise in the current over-urbanized times, approaching this topic from different perspectives (socio-economic, environmental, poetic)
AADK believes in the importance of process and experimentation over final results. Furthermore, it reflects on the accelerated lifestyle of our societies, on connecting urban and rural environments, and the idea of moving from locality to globality.
As a result of their work developed in Centro Negra, Blanca, Murcia, AADK has been invited to participate in Cartagena’s festival Mucho Mas Mayo. Over the festival, two performances would be presented: “Silenciados”, by Daniel Hernández and Alberto Alonso – Abraham Hurtado art director, Selu Herraiz sound designer – and “Habitar la ausencia” performed by Giuliana Grippo.
To see the complete program visit www.muchomasmayo.com





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