Through the scenes in four films, Miren Jaio reflects on the family and the space it adopts as its own, the home and the role of the family institution in shaping the ever fragile and unstable boundaries between private space and public space. The text was written as an accompaniment to the drawings of "Of Mortgages and Marriages" by Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum, and published in "Meanwhile, in the Living Room...".
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This seminar, organised by eremuak, will focus on the legitimisation discourses that inform public policies, to explore questions such as: new institutional frameworks, self-instituting processes, collective practices, definitions of participation in art and society, financing methods and the laws of patronage and heritage policies.

The seminar will take place over two days and is structured around two committees in which a number of different professionals will take part: artists, curators, and art historians. In each session, the debates will be preceded by a talk on the proposed subject.

Venue:
ARTIUM museum - Vitoria-Gasteiz - october 19 - 20

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11 October: We are participating in a colloquium between Basque artists, featuring Nestor Basterretxea and Josu Rekalde, and moderated by Fernando Golvano, in the 1st International Congress on Art, Memory and Democracy.

Conference venues
Bilbao and Gernika: 9,10,11th october 2012
Elai Alai aretoa Gernika and Auditorium of the University of the Basque Country (Bilbao)

Presentation
Great works of art weave many senses and different aesthetic, ethical and political values into a single form. They set off genuine research into human existence and historical and social events, redefining what is thinkable, visible and experimentable. Picasso’s Guernica, painted in 1937, is a case in point of an artistic creation that brings together all these meanings in an open, critical, enigmatic dialogue. Painted at the time of the Spanish Civil War and commissioned by the government of the Republic for its pavilion at the World’s Fair in Paris, it continues to be ackowledged as a universal symbol denouncing the barbarity of the bombing of civilian populations.

2012 marks the 75th anniversary of its presentation, in the Year of Cultures for Peace and Freedom. This provides an ideal setting for a review of its current significance and ongoing commitment to democratic values. It is also a good time to reflect on the deep-rooted links between creativity, remembrance and the permanent institution of a democratic project in the Basque, European and global contexts in the present time. This congress sets out to discuss these issues from the viewpoints of historical and philosophical clarification and of artistic and literary investigation.

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Just a few weeks after the elections on 12 September, this exhibition and festival examines what remains of the campaign promises, after the many negotiations to form a government. Are citizens really represented in this process? Or is it time for them to reclaim their vote? Can politics do more than move between pragmatism, marketing politics and populism – you ask, we respond – or is it time for a radical turn? And last but not least: what is the role of the arts in this?

5 Oct - 4 Nov 2012. Opening: Fri 5 October, 5 - 8 p.m
de Appel arts centre & Frascati
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THE BLACK WHALE is an exhibition project which departs from the crisis provoked by the accident of the Prestige oil-tanker back in 2002 — which was one of the most intense social and political moments of the last decades in Spain — to contextualize and interpret it on a wider spectre. Taking the oil industry and the multiple factors which surround it as one of the main visible or physical manifestations of contemporary societies, the project opens itself to subjects as diverse as nature exploitation, colonialism, the history of modernity, the myth of an endless progress, maritime commerce, globalization, or war.

Dates: 5 October 2012 - 31 March 2013
Location: MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Príncipe 54 | 36202 Vigo | Spain
Curator: Pedro de Llano
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research by walking is a curatorial project developed by Alba Colomo during her residency at Het Wilde Weten in Rotterdam. It centers on the role of artists in the social transformation of the South of Rotterdam - a zone with a large presence of 'creative professionals' - and on how this relates to the urban development policies of the local institutions. The high concentration of artists - and the acclaimed 'creative class' - that live and work in this part of the city, seems to be one of the strategies employed by the local authorities to regenerate the socio-economic environment of the area.

With: Kim Bouvy, Left Hand Rotation, and Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum.

9 October - 11 November 2012

Sala Rekalde

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Leire Vergara talks to Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum about artistic practice, notions of participation and democratic institutions. An excerpt from the publication Complicidades = Konplizitateak = Complicities
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A text by Iñaki Martínez de Albéniz and Gabriel Villota Toyos, from Complicidades = Konplizitateak = Complicities
The idea that we will be defending here is that certain contemporary artistic practices, indebted to the conceptual, post-conceptual and/or relational practices of recent times, are loaded with a series of tensions that point towards an interesting and fertile terrain of crossbreeding between what we could describe for now, in a generic and somewhat imprecise way, as “social”, on one side, and purely “aesthetic”, on the other.

Some of these practices, such as those we shall be commenting on in this text, work as a clear example of the potency and tensions arising from these types of performative operation when they are surrounded by an excess of intention. And, in this sense, they are a further example of a process that is becoming a symptom of contemporary art: the urgency of recovering the certainties of interpretation (of hermeneutics) in response to the unbearable ambivalence that is constitutive of every performance, with this recovery running the risk of neutralising what there is of discovery in performance.
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The Basque Government has recently published a monography of our work, with an overview of projects realised between 2001 and 2011. It contains a text by Iñaki Martínez de Albéniz in collaboration with Gabriel Villota, and an interview by Leire Vergara with the artists. It was edited by Miren Jaio and designed by Gorka Eizagirre. Contact us if you desire a copy.

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