Habitar la institución

“Inhabit the institution”

Installation and performance

Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo Cerrillos (Santiago de Chile)

2017

Habitar la institución es un proyecto a medio camino entre un programa público de intervenciones en la sala de exposiciones y una instalación artística. El programa de activaciones consistió en una sucesión de acciones performativas diarias, realizadas por los “habitantes del museo”, es decir, todos aquellos, visitantes, trabajadores y agentes que conviven dentro de la institución expositiva y bajo la pregunta: ¿Qué es lo que el museo podría aprender de sus habitantes?

Para llevar a cabo este proyecto, se construyeron una serie de estructuras en diferentes formas y tamaños que funcionan como elementos de una instalación artística y a la vez como plataformas o escenarios desde donde realizar las diferentes acciones diarias y con ello, habitar el espacio expositivo.

El calendario de este programa público fue coordinado por el departamento de educación/programas públicos y contaba con una convocatoria pública y la complicidad de la red de museos de Chile. Durante los 45 días que duró la propuesta, se realizaron alrededor de 30 activaciones con diferentes colectivos que iban desde a personal del museo (trabajadores del departamento de exposiciones, educación, limpieza, seguridad, etc…) a diferentes visitantes (grupos escolares, universitarios, visitantes, trabajadores de otros museos, etc…).

El objetivo del proyecto era (a través de una propuesta artística), parasitar el espacio expositivo y reclamarlo como un espacio donde puedan suceder propuestas formuladas desde el exterior del museo. Una espacio de posiblidad que pese a generar cierta tensión con las dinámicas habituales de la institución, genera un dispositivo de entendimiento entre el museo y sus usuarios.

A body of my own

“Un cuerpo de mi propiedad”

Happening

Whitechapel gallery (London)

2017

A body of my own was a collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery’s youth forum “Duchamp & Sons” to create an event on the Whitechapel neighborhood through the use of body, participation and public space.

 

 

Quan el museu tanca les seves portes

“When the museum closes its doors”

Installation/performance

MAC (Mataró) 2016

This project is a site-specific intervention exploring the relationship between art and magic, from prehistory to the avant-garde. The walls of the exhibition space in Can Palauet were covered with a series of phrases, collected from a variety of sources, talking about how art has been considered a method of communicating with the invisible.

The only way to read the invisible phrases is by taking part in a performance which begins at 8 PM, when the museum closes its doors, turns off the lights, and the exhibition display is deactivated. This performance functions as a “guided anti-visit” or “non-guided visit”, in which the public activates the phrases with the aid of black-light flashlights. The experience is mediated only by decisions made by the public; the interventions of different performers; and the use of music, gesture and voice.

Museo legítimo

Legitimate museum

Intervention in lockers

MACBA

2017

An intervention at the museum’s ticket offices and a collaboration with the artist Martín La Roche. Part of his collection of his “Legitimate museum” is exhibited as a small exhibition inside the different lockers and the keys are distributed through the different rooms of the museum for the public discover it freely.

Never Have I Ever…

Participative Performance

At Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw

2012

 

Using the museum’s “public-address system”, a femenine voice reads in Polish every 3 hours a questionnaire of 15th questions to the exhibition’s public.

The questions are related to their role as spectators and their relation with the museum and Contemporany Art. For answer those questions, the public have to realise different actions crossing the line of a passive spectator and the allowed behaviour in the museum.

Pantomime ballet

Extra city (Antwerp)

Performance

2013

The pantomime ballet is a performance where a group of people is led by a dancer (Katrien Oosterlinck) in silence through an exhibition, using music, movement, gesture and dance.

The project revolves around the idea of “collective dance” as Barbara Ehrenreich coins the term “collective joy” to describe a group of activities which involves music events, synchronized movement, costumes, and a feeling of loss of self, erasing social boundaries, encourages participation as a near-religious experience.

Skipping verbal communication and only by the use of music and gesture, the dancer starts with instructing the participants with simple movements, finishing with collective actions and different ideas of collective dance such a Sardana (Catalonia), Hasapiko (Greece), Maypole (Germany), etc …