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#permalink posted by Artist Organized Art: 9/29/03 09:13:00 PM


#permalink posted by Maciej Toporowicz: 9/27/03 10:13:00 PM

Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 02:29:17 +0200
Subject: EN ROUTE
From: “Paco Simon”
To: “Paco Simon”

Esto es una invitacion para la  inauguracion del proyecto EN ROUTE. Organizado por Arte en Orbita y dirigido por Paco Simon y Ginevra Godin.

Se celebrara el sabado dia 27 a las 12.00 horas en la carretera que une Muel con Fuendetodos (Km 1,5 saliendo de Muel) en donde iniciaremos un recorrido por todas las instalaciones para terminar en Fuendetodos donde se servira un vino espanol.

Como amantes de la cultura que sois, o  como turistas del recion estrenado otono; os esperamos.


EN ROUTE es una serie de exposiciones que presenta insulitas obras de arte que pueden ser observadas desde el coche por sus viajeros en carreteras Europeas.

Es un proyecto de intercambio entre organizaciones Europeas de Arte que representan arte conceptual en lugares y situaciones especificas La asociacion “Kunstpflug e.V.” de Baitz en Brandenburgo, Alemania en colaboracion con “Arte en Orbita” en Zaragoza, Espana y “Galeria Wschodnia/ Artists’ Museum, Lodz, en Polonia realizan el proyecto EN ROUTE en estos tres paises. Cada organizacion propone cinco artistas que construiran sus obras en cada uno de los tres eventos consecutivos durante el ano 2003. En septiembre la primera parte en la carretera que une Muel con Fuendetodos en la provincia de Zaragoza. Despues en octubre en Baitz,cerca de Berlin en Alemania y para teminar en noviembre en Lodz, Polonia.

Los artistas instalaran sus obras en el paisaje, cerca de la carretera a la vista de los pasajeros que viajan de un lado a otro en sus coches y camiones. La recepcion de las obras es fugaz ya que se realiza en movimiento, pasando. Esta percepcion nos da otro enfoque de la perspectiva habitual, el momento creativo reluciendo de una manera refrescante y regeneradora fuera de la rutina diaria.

Punto de partida para la confrontacion artistica es el anglisis de la situacion “carretera”. La secuencia de elementos concretos que constituyen el paisaje y sus diferentes perspectivas. El efecto de sorpresa, la mirada rapida, la corta construccion de una ilusion y su efecto posterior en nuestra imaginacion tambien son temas en la publicidad. Como influyen los habitos de mirar de los viajeros el entorno inmediato de una obra de arte y su efecto? Va a ser percibido como obra de arte? Cuanta informacion nacional se necesita? Hay una “normativa Europea para mirar” y como se refiere al lenguaje por signos del pays? Como reaccionan artistas de paises distintos a estos temas? Como reacciona el publico?. Estas son las preguntas que plantea el proyecto EN ROUTE.

El tratamiento consciente del concepto “Drive Through” como forma de exposicion artistica contemporanea ilumina el estado social en el cual nos encontramos de una manera creativa, critica e ironica.

En general EN ROUTE promueve el intercambio cultural, la comprension y la creacion de un concepto de arte Europeo en espacios publicos de regiones rurales culturalmente poco desarrollabas en Europa. Para el ano 2004 mas Asociaciones de arte europeas estan invitadas a participar en el proyecto y colaborar asi a ampliar este movimiento que ha surgido.

EN ROUTE se inaugura el dia 27 de septiembre a las 12:00 horas. Las obras permaneceron expuestas hasta el 19 de octubre.


#permalink posted by Artist Organized Art: 9/24/03 09:01:00 PM

Veil Of Gravity
Earth Become Heaven
Heaven Become Earth
Place Reversed
Into Non Place
Floor Become Wall
Wall Become Floor
Touch My Face
Face my Touch
Never Is Always
Always is Never

To Explain
Is To Be Sorry
Struggle & Prevail
Tectonic Shift
Imminent Failure
Excess & Exaggeration
Confidence Is A Key
The Hand I Feel Is Not A Hand
But The Idea Of The Hand
Planted In My Head


Never Age & Never Die
Everywhere & Nowhere
Purity & Wisdom
In Excess
One Two Three
Violet Fence
Crucify Me
Once & 4 All
Sleep In Peace
Abstractly Absent
Observer and User
Space & Time
Surface & Volume


#permalink posted by Maciej Toporowicz: 9/22/03 09:52:00 PM

when I arrived in Nice on the very blue Mediterannean sea most of the other Fluxus performers had arrived and taken over the cafe’s and concert halls, three different halls all of them with different performances planned. We each got to choose a few event works from the past as well as put up some new objects in the museum and galleries. It was clear to all of us that Ben Vautier had the town at this feet! I remember looking longingly at the rolling ocean and wondering if there would be time for one little dip. Indeed there was just one dip taken with Sara Seagull with Larry Miller as chaperone to pull us out. The undertow was so strong and the rocks very difficult to navigate. beautiful clear cool water.

Overlooking the situation Larry and I decided to leave the indoor spaces for the older works and do something brave and new in the Garabaldi park. We chose the midday and selected a large abundantly spreading oak tree opposite the open air bus stop where the people waiting could form an unprogrammed random audience for my wrap up. This is how we did it: first Ben Vautier announced it to the audience who had gathered around the open air bus station, about fifty people and we stode out to the tree. Larry wore a white tux for his event and I carried my saran wrap and razor only weariing workers togs. We imported the sunlight with mirrors hand held by helpers that glanced the sun off his suit and the saranwrap magically/blindingly!

Attaching him to the tree was not easy as the bark of the tree would not hold onto the wrap so I had to do it tightly and connect the plastic to Larry himself. He looked like a shrink wrapped daikon with his poor nose held tight against his face. He looked very beautiful really and bravely endured the pose until I cut him free with the razor.

Then he did a piece called figure/ground rolling on the grass all over the Garabaldi Park getting green streaks and looking more and more like an impressionist painting which was his intent. I maintained the saran wrap for awhile on my arm and he wore the suit all day, through the supermarket and out to dinner.

Particularly in the supermarket his appearance was much oggled. The white satin tie and white silk shirt stained a streaky grass green. He had actually been dragged by two men across the park to be sure he got the desired green and brown color. I was reminded of Vuillard

Another piece that worked well was the finale of the church concert. the priest was also a vintage wine merchant and we had been savoring his Loire white since mid morning on Sunday. He joined us. The finale of this church event was forming a conga line and shuffling out to the seaside the whole audience lined up with us. We stopped the traffic to get across the street and lined up all of us to view the sea at dusk! this was quite thrilling.

All of these events took place outdoors, wrap up, figure/ground and shuffle. It seems to me that the time is pertinent for this sort of performance. Galleries and museums can always be energized and the surely need it now, by taking to the streets and working with strangers as well as the chance situations that the outdoor presents. Let’s consider an artistorganized art. org performance event all outdoors. Perhaps in Paris or Berlin.

My friend Taketo Shimada is taking to the subways. In the next year he will change the sound of the turnstiles so each has one tone, different from the others making a random sound environment.He is working to do this in a station with five or six stiles to work with. He just got the grant to do this and I’ll let you know the site.I go now to teach for a few weeks in Illinois, then I’ll be making a huge salad in a museum garden on October 12. Do come the the Baltimore Museum of ARt if you are in town around six in the evening. It is a public event celebrating a show opening called Work Ethic. There will be music played in the garden, perhaps Haydn so they see that making a salad is as much music as visual art.


#permalink posted by Alison Knowles: 9/20/03 03:12:00 PM

The Artist As Decorator Today some independent curators broker philanthropy to the public hiring the artist as an official decorator Those independent curators might be employed by artists organizing their own events Philanthropists unwittingly rely on curators as their middlemen who re-appropriate public resources returning to the grantors honorable decorations in the form of art products at great cost to the art community Repurposing curators could mean channeling philanthropic spaces, funds and materials into the hands of artist organizers Artist Organized Art is seeking curators who approach this theme by putting resources to work for artists organizing art


#permalink posted by Artist Organized Art: 9/14/03 12:49:00 PM

In addition to the giant slime escargot I propose the following: The biggest space in the Gug Mus Bilb is size of football field and is occupied by a large piece by Serra. It doesn’t fit there. I suggest to haul the rusting mastodon where it belongs – to the junkyard. Instead I suggest to build a large surfing swimming pool with a wave machine capable of spiting 8 ft tubes every 15 seconds. The idea of water wave in a wavy, titanium covered building makes sense to me. This way the Gug Mus Bilb could become a Mecca for surfers and a place for a nonstop live performance.


#permalink posted by Maciej Toporowicz: 9/13/03 08:20:00 AM

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