On Saturday October the 14th, at 12:00, the artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum are organising a round-table discussion at the Conde Duque Cultural Center in Madrid, with archaeologists, anthropologists, historians and journalists, about the problems caused by the lack of a common historical narrative on the Spanish Civil War and Franco's dictatorship.

The discussion will revolve around a specific case study: the procedures that are applied to the remains of 13 anonymous soldiers from the Spanish Civil War, encountered during archaeological excavations in Guadalajara between 2012 and 2013.

Should they be buried in individual and distinct graves? What epitaph should be applied to the unidentified remains? What kind of ceremony would be appropriate, today? By sharing these questions with the public, the artists hope to trigger a necessary debate on the place of this part of history in a democratic and contemporary society.

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On the ostraca of Iruña-Veleia, and the path that leads from archaeology to contemporary art.

400m is the distance between the museum of archaeology and the museum of contemporary art in Vitoria-Gasteiz, in Basque Country. It is also the title of our new book on the controversy surrounding the archaeological discovery of the "ostraca" from Iruña-Veleia: Roman potsherds with engravings of images, texts in Latin and what appeared to be the earliest written manifestation of the Basque language, which were deemed a forgery by a select commission of academic experts.

The book will be presented for the first time at the exhibition "The Materiality of the Invisible" in the Van Eyck Academy, and will be for sale during the annual convention of the European Association of Archaeologists taking place in Maastricht from 30 August to 3 September.

With texts by Iñaki Martínez de Albéniz, Harkaitz Cano, Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum.

Printed with a mimeograph at the Charles Nypels Lab in the Van Eyck Multiform institute for fine art, design and reflection.

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In september we will be participating in the Entre Nous Basiskamp, an investigative project related to the welfare state. A military style camp will be the setting for a number of activities, debates and presentations tackling subjects such as democracy, labour, education, poverty and (health) care. Several artists have been selected from each province, to live and work for one month in and from the camp.

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The Materiality of the Invisible opens on the 29th of August in Maastricht, at the Van Eyck, Marres and Bureau Europa. The exhibition approaches contemporary art as a form of archaeology. New and strange worlds are uncovered, exposing current and social political realities. The artists' discoveries, narratives, and installations propose speculative pasts and futures. The combined exhibitions offer insights into our existence and make visible what inhabits the imagination.

We will be showing new work, The Stick and the Stone, as well as Nire ama Roman hil da, of which the video is now subtitled into English. Accompanying this installation is a new publication, 400m, which has been printed at the Charles Nypels Lab at the Van Eyck.

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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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October 15, 2016, 9:30 – 19:00
Artium, Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain

Proklama 8 is part of a program of workshops and events organized by Artium and Azala Espazioa

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

These so-called ostraca, inscribed with what was alleged to be the earliest recorded writing in the Basque language, have never been exhibited in public as a result of the enormous controversy that ensued when they were declared false by a committee of experts from the University of Basque Country. They are currently under custody of Bibat, the archaeological museum of Alava, pending legal verdict on the question whether fraud has been committed.

The artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum have formally submitted a loan application for these objects to the Basque Government in order to have them displayed in Artium, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Vitoria-Gasteiz. This would require a physical displacement of only 300 meters, yet produce a radical change in discursive context. In anticipation of the final decision by the authorities, the artists have invited several guests to reflect on the hypothetical collaboration between the two museums. The symposium has been devised as an encounter between artistic, scientific and political sensibilities. Each contributor will present 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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