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Cover Story, January 2022: “Rasmus’ Doubts”

Installation view of Rasmus Nilausen's "Theatre of Doubts" (2021) in the exhibition “Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls”, MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (22 October 2021–27 February 2022). Photo: Roberto Ruiz.

The January 2022 monthly Cover Story “Rasmus’ Doubts” is now up on our homepage: www.lttds.org

Hermetic philosopher Giulio Camillo built his Theatre of Memory in Venice in around 1530. Inverting the perspective of ancient theatre, a single spectator could stand on a central “stage” to look out at a wooden auditorium of seven rows of seven pictures. 

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Cover Stories are published on a monthly basis on Latitudes' homepage (www.lttds.org) featuring projects, research, writing, artworks, exhibitions, films, objects, and field trips related to past, ongoing or forthcoming endeavours.


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Cover Story, December 2021: Between Meier and Meller: Toni and Pau at the Teatre Arnau

  

December 2021 cover story on www.lttds.org


The December 2021 monthly Cover Story “Between Meier and Meller: Toni and Pau at the Teatre Arnau” is now up on our homepage: www.lttds.org

Antoni Hervàs’ La Meiers / La Mellers (2021) is a two-part artwork created for the exhibition Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls (Notes for an Eye Fire) (at MACBA, Barcelona, until 27 February 2022) and inspired by Barcelona’s Teatre Arnau.

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Cover Stories' are published on a monthly basis on Latitudes' homepage featuring past, present or forthcoming projects, research, texts, artworks, exhibitions, films, objects or field trips related to our curatorial projects and activities.


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  • Archive of Monthly Cover Stories
  • Cover Story, November 2021: Notes for an Eye Fire, 2 Nov 2021
  • Cover Story, October 2021: Fear and Loathing in Lebanon, 1 Oct 2021
  • Cover Story, September 2021: Erratic behaviour—Latitudes in conversation with Jorge Satorre, 31 August 2021
  • Cover Story–July-August 2021: Panorama: a wide view from a fixed point, 2 July 2021
  • Cover Story–June 2021: ‘Fitness food: Salim Bayri’s Amsterdam’, 1 June 2021
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  • Cover Story—March 2021: Eulàlia Rovira's ‘A Knot Which is Not’ (2020–21), 1 mar 2021 
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Premios de la 5a edición del Dart Festival de cine documental sobre arte contemporáneo 2021


La programación de la 5a edición del Festival de Cine Documental sobre Arte Contemporáneo 2021 (25 de noviembre al 3 de diciembre) se muestra por segunda vez en la plataforma online Filmin (accesible para todo el territorio español entre el 25 de noviembre al 12 de diciembre), manteniendo una sesión presencial el 25 de noviembre con el estreno europeo en los cinemes Girona en Barcelona del documental Sergio Larraín, el instante eternoel primer fotógrafo latinoamericano en unirse a la agencia Magnum.


(Arriba y abajo) Dart Festival 2019 en Cinemes Girona.


Proyección en la Sala Phenomena del estreno en España del remaster en 4K de “A Bigger Splash” (1973).


Dart Festival es el primer festival de cine documental dedicado al arte contemporáneo cuyo principal objetivo es entrelazar la cultura y el conocimiento con el gran público, y lo hace a través de documentales sobre fotografía, comisariado de arte, pintura, performance, arquitectura, movimientos artísticos y, en general, sobre arte contemporáneo, prestando especial atención a los artistas, sus procesos de creación y las historias que hay detrás de sus trabajos. 

Una edición más, Latitudes ha tenido el placer de formar parte del jurado del festival junto al crítico de cine Quim Casas y el periodista cultural Ianko López.

El jurado ha decidido que los documentales premiados dentro de la sección competitiva de la 5a edición del festival sean “Esther Ferrer: Hilos de tiempo” (2020, ES, 69') del director Josu Rekalde como mejor producción nacional y “Beijing Spring” (2021, EEUU/Suiza,100') dirigida por Andy Cohen y Gaylen Ross como mejor producción internacional.

Esther Ferrer: Hilos de tiempo” (2020, ES, 69') del director Josu Rekalde.


Esther Ferrer: Hilos de tiempo de Josu Rekalde (2020, España)

Es un retrato íntimo, sin ser apologético, que hace un completo ejercicio histórico para situar a una de las figuras más relevantes del panorama artístico nacional. Es una película que destaca por su voluntad coral, en búsqueda de un diálogo constante con el espectador. El uso de material de archivo y el intento de representar la performance como parte integrante del documental permiten apreciar el recorrido histórico de Esther Ferrer y cómo éste se integra en el contexto más amplio del arte performativo y feminista internacional.

Beijing Spring” de Andy Cohen y Gaylen Ross (2021, EE.UU)

La película arroja luz sobre un período poco conocido del arte chino de los años 70, contextualizando una acción artística realmente extraordinaria. Gracias a material inédito, vemos un documental dentro un documental que da forma a la importancia de narrar las luchas por la libertad de expresión desde el contexto del arte y los movimientos de vanguardia que surgieron a raíz (o detrás) de la Revolución Cultural. Aún siendo un trabajo sobre un momento histórico específico, lanza reflexiones sobre los derechos y el poder del arte que nos llevan a la contemporaneidad.

Fotograma de “Beijing Spring” (2021, EEUU/Suiza,100') dirigida por Andy Cohen y Gaylen Ross.


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Programa público de “Apuntes para un incendio de los ojos”, MACBA, hasta el 27 febrero 2022

Vistas de la exposición. Fotos: Miquel Coll.


El programa público de la exposición “Apuntes para un incendio de los ojos” (
MACBA, 22 octubre 2021–27 febrero 2022) incluye visitas comentadas, recorridos performativos, visitas cantadas, ensayos abiertos y encuentros. 

Actividades gratuitas. Con inscripción previa. Plazas limitadas.

Cada domingo, 12 h: Visitas comentadas de la exposición a cargo de pli-é collective.

18 noviembre 2021, 18:30 h: Hablemos de... Apuntes para Apuntes con los curadores de la exposición.

20 noviembre 2021, 18:30 h: Ensayo abierto de Ocells perduts (2021) de Laia Estruch
, artista de la exposición.

2 diciembre 2021, 18:30 h: Hablemos de... Cabaret con Antoni Hervàs, artista de la exposición. El itinerario continuará fuera del museo y finalizará en el Teatre Arnau.

9 diciembre 2021, 18:30 h: Hablemos de... Anecdotes to be forgotten (2021). Un recorrido performativo a cargo de Arash Fayez
, artista de la exposición.

20 diciembre 2021, 18:30 h: 
Ensayo abierto de Ocells perduts (2021) de Laia Estruch, artista de la exposición.

13 enero 2022, 18:30 h: Hablemos de... Passió i cartografia per a un incendi dels ulls
, una visita cantada a cargo de Gabriel Ventura y Pere Martínez.

29 enero 2022, 10 h: Sistematurgia de A quatre potes
. Encuentro en la sala del museo con nyamnyam y Pedro Pineda, Lídia Guitart, Curro Claret, Ingrid Guardiola, el equipo curatorial y grupo de participantes de los talleres.

29 enero 2022, 18:30 h: 
Ensayo abierto de Ocells perduts (2021) de Laia Estruch, artista de la exposición.

26 febrero 2022, 18:30 h: 
Ensayo abierto de Ocells perduts (2021) de Laia Estruch, artista de la exposición.

Ensayo de Ocells Perduts (2021) de Laia Estruch. Foto: Eva Font/Latitudes.

Ocupando la segunda planta del MACBAApuntes para un incendio de los ojos reúne obras obras encargadas para la ocasión y producciones recientes realizadas por 17 artistas afincados en Barcelona y alreadedores. La exposición presenta pintura, la escultura, obra en papel, la videoinstalación, la performance, la fotografía y el textil, y se podrá visitar hasta el 27 de febrero 2022.

Apuntes para un incendio de los ojos evoca una potente metáfora que nos lleva a cuestionar el predominio de lo visual y nos alienta a explorar una definición expandida del ver que implique al resto de nuestros sentidos mediante nuevos modos de navegar el mundo, de recordar y de producir conocimiento. La forma ocular adquiere vida propia en la imaginación de esta muestra evocando los panoramas del siglo xviii, y representa los lazos que el museo establece a su alrededor y viceversa, en una época en que quizá reconsideremos qué lugar deberíamos ocupar en el mundo.

Participantes: Ana Domínguez, El Palomar (Mariokissme & R. Marcos Mota), Laia Estruch, Arash Fayez, Antoni Hervàs, Rasmus Nilausen, nyamnyam (Ariadna Rodríguez & Iñaki Álvarez) con Pedro Pineda, Claudia Pagès, Aleix Plademunt, Marria Pratts, Stella Rahola Matutes, Eulàlia Rovira, Ruta de autor (Aymara Arreaza R. & Lorena Bou Linhares), Adrian Schindler, Rosa Tharrats, Gabriel Ventura y Marc Vives.

Apuntes para un incendio de los ojos” está curada por Hiuwai Chu y Latitudes, y coordinada por Berta Cervantes.

Archivo redes sociales

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Plaça dels Àngels 1
08001 Barcelona

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Cover Story, November 2021: Notes for an Eye Fire

 

November 2021 cover story on www.lttds.org


The November 2021 monthly Cover Story “Notes for an Eye Fire” is now up on our homepage: www.lttds.org

There are days when an event, by the logic of the unforeseen, makes a cut in history and a different world is born. The MACBA exhibition ‘Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls’ (Notes for an Eye Fire) welcomes us after the global reset with a new generation.

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Cover Story July–August 2021: a wide view from a fixed point

July–August 2021 cover story on www.lttds.org


The July–August 2021 monthly Cover Story “A wide view from a fixed point” is now up on our homepage: www.lttds.org

Panorama is a new series of exhibitions at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) dedicated to contemporary art practices in, around, and from Barcelona. Curated by Hiuwai Chu and Latitudes, the first edition will open its doors on 22 October 2021 under the title Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls (Notes for an Eye Fire) after the recent poetry collection by Gabriel Ventura.”

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Participants announced of MACBA's “Panorama 21. Notes for an Eye Fire”


Panorama 21: Notes for an Eye Fire
Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Exhibition: 22 October 2021–27 February 2022
Private view: 21 October 2021


With the participation of Ana Domínguez, El Palomar (Mariokissme & R. Marcos Mota), Laia Estruch, Arash Fayez, Antoni Hervàs, Rasmus Nilausen, nyamnyam (Ariadna Rodríguez & Iñaki Álvarez) with Pedro Pineda, Claudia Pagès, Aleix Plademunt, Marria Pratts, Stella Rahola Matutes, Eulàlia Rovira, Ruta de autor (Aymara Arreaza R. & Lorena Bou Linhares), Adrian Schindler, Rosa Tharrats, Gabriel Ventura, and Marc Vives.

MACBA is launching a new series of exhibitions entitled Panorama, with a focus on contemporary art practices in and around Barcelona. With an emphasis on collaborative practices and presenting diverse perspectives, each edition of Panorama will be led by a different curatorial team, composed of a member of the MACBA team together with an independent curator or collective.

Occupying the entire top floor of the Meier Building, the first edition of Panorama, will open with the group exhibition Notes for an Eye Fire, curated by Hiuwai Chu (MACBA) and LatitudesAs the “notes” of the title suggests, this exhibition attempts to jot down, to lay out and to connect without seeking to be in any way definitive.

The group show is not driven by one overarching subject, yet the works on display weave together diverse and interconnected themes that have emerged from the curators’ studio visits and conversations with the artistic community, whether addressing the self-image of the city, notions of reparation and belonging, gender dissidence, or our relationship with non-human life.

Notes for an Eye Fire brings together works that have been specially commissioned for the occasion, along with recent productions—all being shown in Barcelona for the first time. It comprises a wide range of disciplines, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, video installation, performance, photography, and textiles, and is driven by a desire to defend and verify the making of on-site exhibitions as experiences that envelop us as whole sensing bodies in space.

The title, borrowed from a 2020 book of poetry by Gabriel Ventura, conjures up a powerful metaphor that provokes a questioning of the dominance of vision, urging us to explore an expanded definition of seeing that engages our other senses and entails new ways of navigating the world, of remembering and of producing knowledge.

This broader consideration of the sensorial in the exhibition has developed in parallel to an exploration of the conceptual and historical underpinning of the panorama itself. The word panorama was coined in the 18th century to describe vast 360-degree paintings housed in purpose-built cylindrical buildings. Looking out from a raised platform, the public enjoyed a commanding view that was nevertheless a disorientating visual experience. Long before the invention of cinema and the proliferation of screens that now characterises contemporary life for many of us, the panorama was the virtual reality headset of its time and became mass entertainment in Europe at a time when travel had not been possible due to the Napoleonic wars. Barcelona hosted three such panoramas during the Universal Exposition of 1888.

The circular form of the eye takes on a life of its own in the exhibition’s imagination, whether through projects that address theatre or performance, the spatial relationship between stage and auditorium, or the loop as narrative. Such perspectives and scales also encircle how the museum establishes a connection with its neighbourhood, and vice versa, in a time in which we are perhaps all questioning and seeing again what our own place in the world might be. 


PUBLIC PROGRAMMES, WEB and PUBLICATION

The public programming around Notes for an Eye Fire will be a mix of in-person and online activities, from workshops, performances and events in the exhibition galleries to in-person and online conversations between participating artists.

The exhibition will also have an expanded presence on the museum’s website, which will feature a webpage dedicated to each artist with complementary material of varied formats related to their artistic practice and production. The website will be updated with new content throughout the exhibition period.

A publication, designed by Ana Domínguez, will be released in Spring 2022 and will include a conversation between the curators, a text by Gabriel Ventura, and texts about the participating artists, accompanied by reproductions of their work.

Panorama is an exhibition organised and produced by MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Its inaugural edition, “Notes for an Eye Fireis curated by Hiuwai Chu (Head of Exhibitions, MACBA) and Latitudes (Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna), and coordinated by Berta Cervantes.

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Cover Story–March 2021: Eulàlia Rovira's ‘A Knot Which is Not’ (2020–21)


Latitudes' homepage www.lttds.org

The March 2021 monthly Cover Story ‘Eulàlia Rovira. A Knot which is Not’ is now up on our homepage: www.lttds.org

“This video was developed during and departing from the exhibition Things Things Say, and was inspired by the history of the space which hosted it. It comprises a live reading in Catalan by Eulàlia Rovira that was filmed, without the presence of an audience, in the galleries of Fabra i Coats: Contemporary Art Centre of Barcelona immediately following the end of the exhibition and the de-installation of the works of art.

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Cover Stories' are published on a monthly basis on Latitudes' homepage featuring past, present or forthcoming projects, research, texts, artworks, exhibitions, films, objects or field trips related to our curatorial projects and activities.


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Estreno del vídeo “A knot which is not” [Un nus que no ho és] (2020–21) de Eulàlia Rovira

(📷 ↑↓) Eulàlia Rovira, “A knot which is not” [Un nudo que no lo es], 2020–21. Vídeo, 12:21min. Audio en catalán. Cortesía de la artista.

[CAT] 

Avui a les 18h (CET) s'estrena el nou vídeo d'Eulàlia Rovira “A knot which is not” [Un nus que no ho és] (2020-21), al canal Youtube de Fabra i Coats

El vídeo és fruit d’una recerca que l'artista va iniciar amb la inauguració de l’exposició “Coses que les coses diuen” (17 d’octubre de 2020 – 17 de gener de 2021), comissariada per Latitudes a Fabra i Coats: Contemporary Art Centre of Barcelona, i que es fa pública un cop s’ha clausurat i les sales del centre d'art són novament buides. El vídeo podrà veure's en qualsevol moment després de l'emissió en directe.

“Si bé la línia recta és còmplice de l’abaratiment i l’estandardització de molts productes, a on ens du la corba, o encara millor, el nus? Donant girs a les històries de la mateixa fàbrica tèxtil de la Fabra i Coats i als objectes que en sortien, la llengua que ens parla exercita paraules que les mans semblen haver deixat de reconèixer.” –  Eulàlia Rovira


[ES] 

Hoy a las 18h (CET) se estrena el nuevo vídeo de Eulàlia Rovira “A knot which is not” [Un nudo que no lo es] (2020-21), en el canal Youtube de Fabra i Coats.

El vídeo es fruto de una investigación que la artista inició con la inauguración de “Cosas que las cosas dicen” (17 de octubre de 2020–17 de enero de 2021), la exposición comisariada por Latitudes en Fabra i Coats: Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, y que se hace pública una vez ha finalizado y las salas expositivas están nuevamente vacías. El vídeo podrá verse en cualquier momento después de la emisión en directo. 

“Si bien la línea recta es cómplice del abaratamiento y la estandaritzación de muchos productos, ¿adónde nos lleva la curva, o aún mejor, el nudo? Dando giros a las historias de la propia fábrica textil de la Fabra i Coats y a los objetos que de ella salían, la lengua que nos habla ejercita palabras que las manos parecen haber dejado de reconocer.” – Eulàlia Rovira


[UK] 

Today at 6pm (CET) Eulàlia Rovira's new video “A Knot which is Not” [Un nudo que no lo es] (2020-21) is premiered on the YouTube channel of Fabra i Coats.

“A Knot which is Not” is the result of Rovira's research that began with the opening of “Things Things Say” (17 October 2020–17 January 2021), curated by Latitudes at Fabra i Coats: Contemporary Art Centre of Barcelona, and made public once the exhibition finished and the art centre galleries are empty once again. The video will be available for viewing at any time after the live broadcast. 

“Whilst the straight line is complicit in the price decrease and standardisation of many products, where does the curve, or better still, the knot, lead us? Putting a new spin on the stories of the Fabra i Coats textile factory and the objects found there, the language they speak to us uses words that our hands seem to have stopped recognising.” – Eulàlia Rovira

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Press Release: Co-curators of the exhibition “Panorama 21: Notes For An Eye Fire”, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 22 October 2021–27 February 2022

↑ Robert Mitchell, “Plans, and Views in Perspective, with Descriptions of Buildings Erected in England and Scotland; and ... an Essay to Elucidate the Grecian, Roman and Gothic Architecture. (Plans, Descriptions Et Vues En Perspective, Etc.)”, 1801, London. Held at the British Library


PRESS RELEASE

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Plaça dels Àngels 1
08001 Barcelona
www.macba.cat

“Panorama 21: Notes For An Eye Fire”
22 October 2021–27 February 2022
Opening: 21 October 2021

Panorama 21: Notes For An Eye Fire” is a project that aims to reaffirm the commitment of the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) to the vitality of local production, by supporting site-specific creation and reconsidering what it can offer – and how it can be best used – through a new generation of artists and audiences. Conceived as a long-term commitment by the museum to support local practices, this is an initiative that aspires to make an enduring contribution to the resilience of Barcelona’s cultural ecosystem.

Panorama 21: Notes For An Eye Fire”, which takes its title from the third book of poems by Gabriel Ventura (“Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls”, Documents Documenta, 2020), will be co-curated by Hiuwai Chu (Curator, MACBA) together with Latitudes, the curatorial duo formed in 2005 by Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna. This type of collaborative work aims to widen institutional practices and bring independent perspectives, through a scheme that it is hoped will be maintained in the future. 

Occupying the entire second floor of MACBA’s Meier Building, it will consist of a group exhibition featuring a number of newly realised projects alongside recently produced works. Moreover, Hiuwai Chu and Latitudes conceive this inaugural edition as a curatorial, editorial and communication channel where in-venue displays encompass a wider spectrum of online programming, publishing, streaming and engagement with MACBA’s users beyond the Museum walls. 

Borrowing from the practices of an increasingly socially engaged generation of artists, “Panorama 21: Notes For An Eye Fire” is not guided by a top-down thematic focus. Instead, it is growing in a cumulative and responsive way from a ground-up perspective on Barcelona, the region and its imaginary. It aspires to amplify the voices of artists and cultural producers that are working in unprecedentedly challenging times.

The project will draw from the panoramic notion of a wide view seen from a fixed point, as well as the innovation that was the origin of the word itself – a neologism coined by the Irish artist Robert Barker from the Greek pan (all), and horama (view) to describe his paintings of Edinburgh, Scotland, at the end of the eighteenth century. Long before the invention of cinema and the proliferation of screens that now characterise contemporary life for many of us, panoramas offered one of the most surprising and popular visual spectacles. 

A panorama was an immersive combination of painting, theatre and architecture. A vast 360° depiction of a city, landscape or battle scene that was presented in a purpose-built circular building. Viewers entered through a tunnel and emerged onto a platform at the centre of the structure and into a startling wrap-around experience. Panoramas could offer a vicarious form of travel. The first such presentation opened to the public in London in 1791, yet the invention really took off in Europe during the following two decades when international travel was severely restricted due to the Napoleonic Wars. Barcelona’s 1888 Universal Exposition presented no less than three panoramas in the city, representing views of the fabled peaks of Montserrat, the Siege of Plevna and the Battle of Waterloo. 

Resonating with the trans-disciplinarity of these display devices, and their desire to inform and captivate, “Panorama 21: Notes For An Eye Fire” nevertheless turns the page on their seamless vista of past conflicts and decisive victories, to imagine instead a structure for supporting a fertile and diverse landscape of many complex artistic positions of the present. 

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