WHAT: ‘Reactions and Interactions’ Spanish new media exhibition
WHO: Curated by Txema Agiriano
Work by Pilar Baizán, Jai Du, Mauro Entrialgo, uh513 and Daniel Romero.
WHEN: Opening Wednesday April 23, 6pm. April 24-May 9. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, City Road, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, University of Sydney
CONTACT: Greg Shapley on 9563-6218 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Reactions and Interactions
Verge gallery is pleased to present this captivating exhibition of edgy new media art direct from Spain.
“…between banks and slavery, between women who aim to be Merkel and primitive men with suits and ties, between the empty rooms of full hotels, among communist train stations of high-speed trains…” – artist, Jai Du
‘Reactions and Interactions’ is an exploration of the process of dislocation. The focus of the exhibition is on the creation of ‘the foreigner’ – a being forged by unfamiliar surrounds and situations. It concerns reactions against the unfamiliar and interactions with perceived commonalities. It is inevitably voyeuristic, but is as much about being watched (scrutinised, suspected, pigeonholed) as watching. This exhibition, curated by Txema Agiriano, presents work by Pilar Baizán, Jai Du, Mauro Entrialgo, uh513 and Daniel Romero.
Pilar Baizán’s video, “Descubriendo el Barrio” (Discovering the neighbourhood) is a sociological and artistic investigation of the inhabitants of her neighbourhood of San Francisco in Bilbao (Basque Country – Spain). This historically depressed area –home to prostitutes, drug dealers and African and South American immigrants– is slowly being gentrified as artists, designers and members of the gay community move in. We also show her soundart work, “San Francisco, my neighbourhood” made with field recordings, recorded in that area.
Pilar Baizán is artist and musician. From 2004 to 2010 she was known as Baseline, her artistic name as an experimental musician. With this project she has published three records and has played in well known festivals and venues in Europe and USA.
Nowadays her main project is “Arte entre fogones” (Art in the kitchen) a documentary series, where artists show their works and also cook for the show.
In order to contexualize the work of Baizán, in the exhibition we also present a fanzine made in the same neighbourhood “Sanfranzine”.
Also a book “El barrio de San Francisco en Bilbao. Un polo artístico” (The district of San Francisco in Bilbao. An artistic kernel) will also be available to the visitors.
Jai Du started her artistic career as a poet (“Extractos d’Afrique” 2009, “Extractos d’Allemagne” 2011/12 and “Extractos d’UE” 2013/2014) writing about her own experiences in the different countries where she has been living and working. In many cases she has been the voice of people who could not express themselves freely due to the fear of being fired from their jobs.
In 2012, due to the difficulty in the diffusion of poetry books, she started creating video performances inspired by some of her poems and, thanks to these means, she has already been presented and projected in known festivals, galleries and art centres (BilbaoArte – Bilbao, Laboral – Gijón, Centre d’Art Santa Mònica – Barcelona, Artpotheek gallery – Brussels, MEM festival – Bilbao, Bideodromo festival, etc).
As a performer, Jai Du performs in almost all her videos using her body and the pain as her main means of expression. She has had the opportunity to collaborate with the known performers Tania Bruguera and Rocio Boliver participating in international festival such as “Acción!MAD” 2014, “Perfocilinne” 2013 and “El Arte es Acción” 2009.
Nowadays her work is focused on the creation of video performances that directly address political and social issues, such as the European crisis, the migration and questions of cultural integration, gender roles in different work sectors, the current concept of “artist” etc.
Mauro Entrialgo was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country – Spain) in 1965 and is one of the most prestigious cartoonists in Spain. A frequent contributor to many newspapers and magazines since the early 80s, he has published over 50 graphic novels and has written for theater, film and TV. He is the lead guitarist of the rock band “Esteban Light”. In his comic books and strips he explores relationships, friends and life. He has also made a series of videos called “Trocitos de mi vida” (Little moments of my life). We show one of the works in this series, “Desde mis ventanas” (From my windows), which reveals some of the hidden moments in his neighbourhood.
Visitors have also the opportunity to view two of his books:
“Tyrex”: An offbeat tale with wonderful character-driven humor.
“The Pee Family’s Cementery”: The illustrator Mauro Entrialgo always has a sketchbook with him where every idea big or little ends up. As one can imagine he has plenty of them, and they are often are the starting point for his comics and other projects. For the first time one of these sketchbooks has been printed. Its title “The Pee Family’s Cemetery” is a reference to a cemetery that Entrialgo visited in the north of Spain.
Uh513 is María Castellanos (Gijón, Spain 1985) and Alberto Valverde (Madrid, Spain 1967). Both are artists and investigators at the University of Vigo.
“Clorofila 3.0” (Chlorophyll 3.0) investigates electrical impulses issued by plants as they respond to changes in their external environment. A program created specifically for the project captures voltage changes that reflect the state of the plant – its mood – translating them into sound in real time.
Daniel Romero (Avilés, Spain 1978) is an artist and musician. Using his artistic name “.tape.” (dot tape dot) he has edited records in Spain, Japan, USA, France and Germany. He has exhibited his sound installations and audiovisual performances all around the world (México, Austria, UK, Denmark, Germany, France, Japan…).
“Generative Music” is a multimedia installation by Daniel Romero that generates music (ever-different and changing) by analyzing the position in real time of the urban buses of Gijon, Spain. When two of them “meet” at one point, the music changes, and so on.