UNREST no9: Israel Martínez, Ekaterina Sharova, Brandon LaBelle


Martinezphoto by Israel Martínez

Monday 9.11.2015 at 19:00 at LANDMARK, Bergen Kunsthal




ISRAEL MARTINÈZ: SONORO RUGIR (RESOUNDING ROAR). Audiovisual work by Israel Martínez, presenting a mix of pieces by the artist and collaborators plus some excerpts of texts around Mexico’s sociopolitical present. With collaborations by Adela Goldbard, Antena Collective, Chantal Peñalosa, Diego Martínez, Elmer Mendoza, Erick Ruiz Arellano, Félix Blume, Gerardo Montes de Oca, Leonardo Da Jandra, Sandra Sánchez, Sergio González Rodríguez, Tito Rivas and Verónica Gerber Bicecci.

When becoming space, the power over a territory spreads like a map. Having maps is knowing about the organization of space: a joint focus on realities and possibilities of domain. To observe above things, through them, inside them and beyond them, concerns the strategic thinking. Sergio González Rodríguez

The work of Israel Martínez (Guadalajara, Mexico 1979) reflects upon several social topics through sound, music and their relation to images. He has produced video installations, site-specific projects, actions, interventions and graphic works. He has also made multi-channel sound installations and composed a music between electroacoustic and spatiality. In 2007 he received a Distinction Award of Prix Ars Electronica. In 2012 he was resident at the DAAD’s Artists-in-Berlin Program, and at Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier in 2014. Some of his works have been acquired by two of the most important collections in Latin America: Jumex and MUAC/UNAM. His aural work is published and distributed worldwide by labels such as Sub Rosa, Aagoo, Musica Moderna and Abolipop. Since 2008 he teaches seminars and workshops focused on sound in a contemporary context. He’s also co-founder of the multimedia platform Suplex and the music label Abolipop Records. www.israelm.com

EKATERINA SHAROVA: SOCIALLY ENGAGED ART WITHOUT SOCIETY. Have the recent explosive artistic strategies really made a change in Russia? What were the mechanisms of including the Russian actionist performances into the contemporary art museum in the West, and then, in Russia? Pierre Bourdieu in his essay “On Television” (1996) argues, “Television, which claims to record reality, creates it instead. We are getting closer and closer to the point where the social world is primarily described – and in the sense prescribed – by television”. Do we really know enough about the social world beyond the screen? How critical can one be to the manipulation mechanisms of the media? What place do the unheard voices take here? These are some of the questions to be discussed at the meeting.

Ekaterina Sharova is an art historian and curator based in Arkhangelsk (Russia) and Oslo (Norway). Ekaterina received her MA in Art History from University of Oslo, after her literature, philosophy and pedagogy studies in Russia, Norway and Italy. She invited some of the key figures in contemporary Russian art and music scene to Norway, such as Pussy Riot (with the First Supper Symposium, 2013 and 2014), Petr Pavlensky (Forrådt, 2013), did screening of the first film about P183 (with Ø-ZONE group, 2014), booked musician Noize MC (Barents Spektakel, 2015). Most of them were outside of Russia for the first or second time. She is interested in questions of media and representation, art in public space, power and popular culture. Grassroot groups, culture of discussion, decentralization, communication between the center(s) and periphery in Russia are important for her current research. She established art groups Ø-ZONE (Oslo) and Arctic Art Institute (Arkhangelsk-Murmansk-Saint Petersburg). Ekaterina has been writing for Klassekampen, Billedkunst, colta.ru, etc.

BRANDON LABELLE: THIS WEAKNESS THAT I AM .The figure of despair, the figure of illegality, the figure whose body is withdrawn, the figure toward which I must turn, the figure of vacancy and of urgency, the figure without papers, the figure that has nowhere else to go, the figure from afar, and who suddenly comes close, the fragile figure, and the one from which these ideas follow, to disappear, to reappear, the figure of a future resistance, of hope and of misery, the figure that forces another citizenry.

Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist working with sound culture, voice, and questions of agency. He develops and presents artistic projects and performances within a range of international contexts, often working collaboratively and in public. Recent projects include “Sixth Housing Estate”, South London Gallery, London (2015), “Civic Center”, La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2014), and “Hobo College”, Marrakech Biennial parallel project (2014). He is the author of Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary (2014), Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (2012), Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (2010), and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (2006).




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