The Value of Nothing

September 4 – November 16 2014, TENT Rotterdam
Opening 4 September 17:00

The Value of Nothing explores the effects and consequences of the logic of the market as the main value system in our society. The market and money are indicators for determining value, but what exactly is measured, and what is overlooked? What are other forms of economic exchange, and what does that mean for the conditions and experience of value manifested herein? Also, how is the value of art determined?

Residency at Azala Kreazio Espazioa

This summer, we'll be spending some time at Azala, a residency in the mountains of Álava, Basque Country. Apart from gazing at the wonderful view from our cabin, we'll resume our work on the trial as the stage and choreography of conflict, investigating the intersections between art and law. The residency is in three parts, which will allow us to continue working on this throughout 2015.

This is the girl at Santa Mònica

This Wednesday 16th of July at 19h, at Centro Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona, Hamaca presents the videoprogram "This is the girl. Sobre decidir, si podemos decidir" that was assembled by Marti Manen and which includes "Welcome to Belfast" (2004).

The Text: First Notions and Findings - Chapter III: Manifesto. Art today, facing the doubts

Nire ama Roman hil da (My mother died in Rome) will be presented in the exhibition Manifesto. Art today, facing the doubts at Fabra i Coats - Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, curated by David Armengol & Marti Manen. It consists of handmade facsimiles of the "exceptional" graffiti discovered in Iruña-Veleia, an archaeological site in Basque Country, and a video in which the inscriptions are deciphered by different experts in favour of, or opposing, the theory that they are forgeries.

31st May–6th July 2014. Opening Friday May 30 at 20:00

With Chto Delat, Ferran Garcia Sevilla, Rubén Grilo, Núria Güell & Levi Orta, Saskia Holmkvist, Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum, Mariona Moncunill, Wilfredo Prieto + Esther Ferrer + Martha Rosler + Guerrilla Girls

Curated by David Armengol & Marti Manen


Fabra i Coats - Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
c/ Sant Adrià, 20. 08030 Barcelona

Accomplices and Witnesses at ADN Galería

We're happy to announce that our video Marea, or the ecological disaster as a cultural and political phenomenon will be shown in the group exhibition "Cómplices y Testigos” from 24 May to 31 July 2014, at ADN Galería in Barcelona.

Realized between 2002 and 2004, this work took as its subject the social mobilization triggered by the accident of the Prestige oil-tanker. Brought forth by one of the most intense social and political moments of the last decades in Spain, this mobilization could be said to have prefigured the rise of the 15M protests and the Occupy movement in 2011.

Artforum Critic's Pick by Miguel Amado

"The margins of the factory" is featured as a Critic's Pick in Artforum.
The practice of Rotterdam-based artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum explores social transformation in the West brought forth by late capitalism. In their latest exhibition, organized by the independent curatorial group Latitudes, they examine the “image” of labor that has emerged as economic systems based on Ford-inspired models of mass production have gradually been replaced by immaterial, service-based economies.
Date published: 
Thu, 04/03/2014

Frieze Focus Interview: The image of work and the relation between art and labour

Max Andrews from Latitudes interviews us for the Frieze Magazine, about recent projects such as "Work in progress" and "Producing time in between other things".
"We have a long-standing interest in the image of ‘work’, and in the relation between art and labour. So we took this scene as the starting point for a cinematic analysis of production processes, both in these semi-clandestine work­shops as well as in the main fac­tory itself. Our approach has been strictly dispassionate, free from any superficial attempt to give the workers a voice. Instead, we focused our camera on the disciplinary conditions and rationalization of these processes, reproducing them in the montage by breaking up complex scenes into smaller units and stitching them back together again."
Date published: 
Sat, 09/07/2013

Open! publishes Keeping the Peace

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Introspection is a chronic pathological condition of the Occupy movement. Everyone is constantly preoccupied with how much of their past to give up in return for a future that hasn’t arrived yet. What if we fail? Or worse, what if we’re successful? What if we do manage to change the world? What will it look like? Will it still need us? We share the restless anxiety of the revolutionary who knows one must become obsolete in order for the revolution to succeed.

Open! has published Keeping the Peace, our text on our experiences in Occupy Amsterdam. Read the complete essay here. Open! is an Amsterdam-based publication platform that fosters and disseminates experimental knowledge on art, culture and the public domain. It works with theorists, artists and designers who contribute to the creation of an experimental and critical body of thought.

Work in progress

Work in Progress (2013) immerses itself in the manufacturing industry of Markina-Xemein, the rural Basque village where Jaio comes from. A video documents the mass-production of rubber car parts, following the pieces from the assembly line in a worker-owned factory to subcontracted workshops where informal workers finish them by hand. Several of these workers are employed by the artists to cast hundreds of replicas of small modernist sculptures. These are displayed on mass-produced shelving to evoke the "Chalk Laboratory" of Basque sculptor Jorge Oteiza, a fierce critic of the commodification of art.

The Margins of the Factory at ADN Platform in Barcelona

Solo exhibition, curated by Latitudes, at ADN Platform, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain, 25 January–30 April 2014

The Margins of the Factory presents two recent projects by the Rotterdam-based duo Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum that are motivated by their interest in art's relationship with labour. Each explores sculptural form and manufacturing processes from the perspective of artists who have not usually made objects. Jaio & van Gorkum undertake what are in part sociological investigations by documenting the local, marginal effects of the displacement of manufacturing industries over the last two generations with the emergence of the global market. Emerging from the artists' personal history and implicating the direct effects of their own vocation as well as work they ask of others, the projects are moreover complicit in asking what kind of industriousness brings value and what political life objects might have.

The exhibition opening features a performance by British “avant-folk” musician Nathaniel Robin Mann, developed in collaboration with Jaio & van Gorkum around the raw footage of Work in Progress and the tradition of work song.

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