ARCOmadrid with Gallery Joey Ramone
Opening Section
22 - 26 February 2017

With pleasure we would like to invite you to visit the booth of Gallery Joey Ramone at the artfair ARCO, where we will be showing our installation WORK IN PROGRESS.

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Antes del encuentro "La solicitud de prestamo - Proklama 8" organizado en colaboración con Azala Espazio Kreazioa y Artium, Centro Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, se han publicado varios artículos en la prensa. (Correo, Berria y Noticias de Álava)

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Group Exhibition, 21 October 2016 - 5 February 2017
Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture, Donostia - San Sebastián

The Agency of Living Organisms exhibition seeks to address the interrelations between contemporary urban social structures and nature, from the artistic and collective perspective, by means of organising transient "living” structures, micro-political actions and interventions. Compared to humans, plants and other living organisms have a set of sensorial characteristics that are often surprisingly sophisticated with which they interact and exist in their environment, in the same way that happens in art.

Curated by Pauline Doutreluingne. With Lara Almarcegui, Iain Ball, El Conde de Torrefiel, New Mineral Collective, Tue Greenfort, Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Esther Kokmeijer, Nader Koochaki, Maider López, Gerard Ortín, Tere Recarens, Koenraad Van den Driessche.

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An installation with objects of porcelain, cast from molds that were recuperated from an abandoned factory near Donostia-San Sebastián. This project is the third case study in our artistic investigation of the factory as a paradigmatic site of the twentieth century. Just like in our previous projects, “Producing time in between other things” and “Work in progress”, we approach the factory with a research method that is analogous to experimental archaeology. That is to say, we aren’t merely interested in studying historical remains and forgotten artefacts for their own sake, but aim to activate them and reconstruct the ephemeral processes they were once a part of.

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A public symposium coordinated by the artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum, on the implications of exhibiting the original artefacts from a contested archaeological discovery in a Museum of Contemporary Art.

In 2016 the artists submitted a formal loan application to the Basque Government, in order to mount an exhibition of ancient Roman potshards with inscriptions at Artium, the museum of contemporary art in Vitoria-Gasteiz. These artefacts, discovered at the archaeological site Iruña-Veleia, were the subject of an ongoing controversy, as they were suspected to be the product of an elaborate forgery. Inscribed with what is alleged to be the earliest recorded writing in the Basque language, they have never been exhibited in public and are currently under custody of Bibat, the archaeological museum of Alava, pending legal verdict on the question whether fraud has been committed.

To exhibit the pieces in the museum of contemporary art would require a physical displacement of only 400 meters, yet produce a radical change in discursive context. The authorities denied the request, as anticipated, so the artists invited several guests to reflect on the case and on the absence of the artefacts in the museum. The symposium has been devised as an encounter between artistic, scientific and political sensibilities. Each contributor presented a perspective on the archaeological evidence that moves beyond the false-authentic binary, and invites us to reflect on the implication of the public in the institutional processes that determine the fate of their own material culture.

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The "Libro de los Plagios" (Book of Plagiarism) is a booklet that has been printed for distribution during an exhibition of a series of large charcoal drawings, and which mimics the style and content of a book originally published by the Basque sculptor Jorge Oteiza in 1991, which has gone out of print.

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A series of charcoal drawings, based on the images from the "Libro de los Plagios" (The Book of Plagiarism). This book was published in 1991 by the Basque sculptor Oteiza, as an indictment of what he perceived to be a flagrant plagiarism of his work.

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May 2016. Interinstitutional working group in Azala Espazioa and Artium, Basque Museum-Center for Contemporary Art

On the 5th and 6th of May, a working group will be convened to study and discuss the legal, ethical and social ramifications of exhibiting the polemical archaeological discovery from the Iruña-Veleia site in Basque Country in Artium, Basque Museum for Contemporary Art.

When these artefacts were denounced as a forgery, they became entangled in a legal process that has been ongoing since 2008. As a result, they have never been exhibited to the public, and are currently under custody of Bibat, the archaeological museum of Vitoria-Gasteiz. To display them in the museum for contemporary art requires a displacement of only 300 meters, but involves a radical change in discursive context.

Taking the hypothetical collaboration between the two museums as a starting point, the working group will discuss how the confrontation between artistic, scientific and political sensibilities may be oriented towards a narrative that overcomes the false-authentic binary, and how to involve the public in the institutional processes that determine the evolution of their own material culture.

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A seminar at the San Telmo Museum in Donostia San Sebastián, in the context of the exhibition 1966 | GAUR KONSTELAZIOAK | 2016.

We will present an essay on the relationship between history and writing, invoking "The Writing Lesson" by the anthropologist Lévi-Strauss to revaluate the purpose of avant-garde manifestos such as that of the Basque Gaur Group.

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We have been invited to present our work in the "BIdeOtik Program. Responding to other audiovisual narratives.", organised by Azkuna Zentroa and Itxaso Díaz in Bilbao. The screenings will be preceded by a workshop at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Basque Country in the morning.

26 April 2016, 9:00 - 13:00 Workshop at the Fine Art Department of the Basque University

Recent works as well as fragments from films such as "Les Maîtres fous" by Jean Rouch will be taken as a point of departure to discuss the subversive potential of strategies of mimicry, falsification and reproduction.

26 April 2016, 19:00 Azkuna Zentroa, Alhóndiga Bilbao

Screening and discussion of two videos: "Work in Progress", in which the labourers from the rubber industry in Markina-Xemein are hired to reproduce hundreds of little modernist sculptures from Oteiza's "Chalk Laboratory"; and Últimas Palabras", in which an actor rehearses the final statement made by an ex-commander from the military junta in Argentina who has been condemned to a life sentence for crimes against humanity.

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