Archive for June, 2011

Readings of the Apparently Invisible. An essay on Spectroscopies: Memory and History at the MUAC Mexico City

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Video Still from Untitled, Juan Pablo Macías. Courtesy of the artist.

Spectroscopies was conceived as a critical response to the commemorative furor that pervaded the cultural production and consumption in Mexico (because it was imposed) during the years 2009 and 2010. Whether it was because they were included in the corresponding exhibitions of the official celebrations for the start of the struggle for Independence of Mexico (1810) and the beginning of the revolutionary struggle for the establishment of a representative democratic government (1910), participating in the institutional activities associated with it, or because their labor was required for the realization of mass entertainment, very few members of the diverse artistic communities of the country were indifferent to the “centennial fever.”[...]

Book Review: Adaptive Actions

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Adaptive Actions is a collaborative project initiated in London in 2007 by Montreal based artist Jean-François Prost, gathering a series of micro-actions developed by artists and citizens around the world within an urban city context. The project is based on an open-call available to everyone online. When submitting, each collaborator becomes an ‘actor’ in a series of world-wide micro scenarios and interventions that document and reveal the different ways people adapt to the urban environment, be it improvised or completely planned.[...]

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