jueves, diciembre 02, 2010

Viernes 3 de Diciembre/ Lisa Stewart muestra en RC

En la Ciudad de los Círculos
Concebida como una residencia artística de dos meses en “la Ciudad de las Diagonales”, En la Ciudad de los Círculos presenta una serie de instalaciones que reaccionan a la vida en La Plata desde la perspectiva de alguien que viene de afuera. El proyecto extrae varias experiencias de lo cotidiano y las reconfigura por dentro de las paredes de la ficticia Ciudad de los Círculos. El proyecto, que cubre lugares cercanos, lejanos e incluso más allá, funde los opuestos: lo familiar con lo extraño, lo concreto con lo abstracto y lo micro con lo macro. Se combina performance, sonido, video, bebidas, escultura, aromas naturales y artificiales dentro de las instalaciones.

Parte I: El Bar, es la primera parada. Una representación en un típico bar, este bar ficcional transforma lo que sería un refugio en un sitio de interacciones confusas. Dinero de utilería se intercambian por bebidas reales de contenido misterioso, pero nada es tan simple. Los participantes tienen que lidiar con un vendedor errático que solamente se comunica a través de figuras. Entre falta de cambio y productos, podrías recibir mucho menos o mucho más de lo que esperas. Sin embargo, los perseverantes serán recompensados con una entrada a un lugar especial.

(*Además, Parte I incluye una pequeña maqueta arquitectónica! (en imitación de la diagramación de calles de La Plata, esta maqueta convierte la escasa variedad de comida en coloridas opciones).


Parte II: El Campo, provee una escapada merecida del tumulto del bar. Escondida dentro de un enorme recipiente, esta segunda instalación ofrece un contacto sensorial con la naturaleza. Encapsulada entre cañas y pastos, los visitantes se relajan con vientos artificiales que traen aromas y sonidos frescos. Inspirada en varios lugares - las cercanías del Río de La Plata- El Campo trabaja con yuyos y otros materiales de desecho.

*Admisión libre.

* Las personas susceptibles a la fiebre de heno o alergias asumen el riesgo de acercarse a la instalación. Los clientes con calzado abierto deberán cuidarse de no lastimar sus pies con objetos potencialmente filosos.

Parte III: El Jardín Circular, es el destino final. Un jardín sintético lleno de maravillas que esconden los secretos de la ciudad. Los visitantes privilegiados por estar en este lugar pueden ver el estanque mágico donde se puede apreciar la urdimbre interna de la ciudad.
*Admisión libre, pero restringida a aquellos que pueden completar la tarea entregada en el Bar. Los clientes deben mantenerse en silencio y respetar ciertos códigos de vestimenta. El jardín no debe ser perturbado.
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 In the City of Cirles

Conceived during a 2-month residency in 'The City of Diagonals' (La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina), In the City of Circles presents a series of interactive installations that respond to life within La Plata from an outsider perspective. The project extracts various experiences from the everyday and reconfigures them within the walls of the fictitious City of Circles. Covering locations near, far and beyond, the project melds opposites together: the familiar with the unfamiliar; the concrete beside the abstract; and micro next to macro. The work combines live performance, sound, video, drinks, sculpture, natural and artificial smells within installations.

Part I: The Bar, is the first port of call. A play on the standard gallery bar, this pretend shop turns a normal place of refuge into a place of confusion and awkward interactions. Fake pesos are exchanged for real beverages of mysterious content, but nothing is made simple. Participants must deal with an erratic vendor who communicates only through pictures. Between shortages of spare change and product, luck could leave you with much less or much more than you bargained for. However, those who are determined will be rewarded with a ticket to a special place.

*In Addition, Part I also features a miniature architecture display! (In mimicry of La Plata street patterns, this display turns limited food variety into colourful possibilities)

Part II: The Field, provides a well-earned escape from the hustle bustle of the bar. Hidden within a giant street crate, this second installation offers a sensorial brush with nature. Encapsulated within reeds and long-grasses, visitors are soothed as artificial winds bring fresh smells and sounds. Inspired by various locations around the La Plata River, The Field works with weeds and other undesirable materials.

*Admittance free

*Persons susceptible to hay fever and allergies enter at their own risk. Patrons with open footwear must be mindful of their feet to avoid potentially sharp objects.


Part III: The Circular Garden, is the final destination. A synthetic garden filled with marvels that hold the secrets of the city. Privileged visitors of this place are able to view the magic pond where all the inner-workings of the city can be observed.

*Admittance free, but restricted to those who can complete the ticket task issued at the Bar. Patrons must practice silence and adhere to appropriate dress codes. The garden must not be disturbed.

Julie Mauskop-RC-Noviembre 2010








lunes, octubre 04, 2010

Erin La Bonte-Natasha Johl/ Este Aire No Está a la Venta/ Septiembre en RC



















THIS AIR is NOT for SALE


I have spent my time in Argentina considering the weight of things, the weight of myself in time and space through new materials. Away from my routine way of life, and my routine way of working, I have aimed at creating a sentiment through objects and photography.
Disconnection has become a strong element in my work. This idea of ideas and the physicality of ideas, that art has become for me a connection in itself.
Erin----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------




My time at Residencia Corazón in La Plata represents the first stage of a much bigger trip and a wider personal experience for me. I have come to South America for one year to experience different cultures and to encounter new creative challenges, far away from my home.
With this is mind, this is the first step of a very long physical and psychological journey and this automatically fills me with the sense of being woven into a very small piece of a much larger and ever changing tapestry. In turn, this fills me with new emotions, seductions and ideas.
I arrived in Argentina with various ideas for my residential Project most of which revolved around nature and relationships with nature. This was partially due to my time in Bolivia seven years ago which encouraged a strong interest in the thought of ‘Pacha Mama’ (Mother Earth) and beliefs surrounding the concept of Pacha Mama. Similar belief systems are also held in certain parts of the UK as well, particularly in the Western rural parts of the UK, such as Cornwall. I continually find myself drawn to these places in order to feel content. Therefore I felt strongly about including a natural dimension to my work here.
Another influence on my work was ‘Chronicle of a death foretold’, the last book I read before leaving the UK. From this book I took a quote:
‘A poor woman devoted to the cult of her defects’
This quote became my mental springboard for looking at the relationship between womankind and nature. Asking myself the question ‘As women, have we become far removed from Mother Earth and perhaps our natural instincts?’ As a rule, we associate natural destruction and disaffection with masculinity, however, when looking at the female obsession with materialism and fashion, I also wonder ‘Do these obsessions now feed into our abstraction and removal from nature, potentially removing part of the female ‘Raison d’être’?
From these questions I developed a series of photographs revolving around modern female motivation and abstraction of natural forms.
THIS AIR is not for sale, but unfortunately today THIS EARTH is.
Natasha