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programme, publish, produce
These seminars are established as a space for reflection on important questions associated with artistic practice such as "publish", "produce" and "programme". In turn, the seminars will set out to draw attention to a number of projects and initiatives that have been put forward in the last two eremuak programmes. These artistic initiatives and proposals have emerged within a programme that attempts to establish bridges and networks between different producers within the Basque artistic environment. The seminars to be held in Bilbaoarte establish nodes of reflection in the three theme areas to be discussed:
Over recent years and simultaneous with the successive institutional models that have appeared one after the other in the Basque art scene, a number of different projects have been generated, promoted by artists, and stable programmes have been developed in the context, as spaces for meeting and exchange. These programmes contribute to depicting scenarios that are, on occasions, linked to institutions, and on others, are "hosted" discontinuously in different spaces or even located on "private" sites. This section seeks to tackle the possibilities of a parallel or non-institutional programme through a number of examples managed by artists and located in a number of different cities, Barcelona, Bilbao and Porto.
One of the lines of action of eremuak has been to encourage a range of different publications such as books of artists, compilations of writings, the minutes of seminars, or specific publishing projects relating to the criticism and theory of art. The publication of art books and especially self-publication has secured an extraordinary presence in the publishing context and also in contemporary art. Book fairs such as Arts Libris in Barcelona, Libros Mutantes in Madrid and exhibitions such as “Auto-edit. New forms and models in self publishing and independent publication” at the Huarte Art Centre and an infinite number of small publishing initiatives are eloquent proof of this. Within this framework, the aim is to make this situation known to the public and bring about a debate on the different formats of production and distribution of printed or online material.
In the realm of art, the simple mention of the concept of "production" is a motive for a range of different interpretations and views. Artists, museums and institutions, biennials and galleries "produce" art. On the other hand, this "product" needs to be shown and brought face-to-face to the public in order to comply with the commitment required in the production process. We might ask ourselves who produces and what is produced. In this section, the consequences for artistic practices of the redefinition of the concept of "production" suffered both by institutions and artistic agents will be discussed.
- Halfhouse (Barcelona) is a combination of home and art space for exchange and artistic communications. One of the aims is to prioritise working directly with artists, supporting their productions and the critical development of their programming. Halfhouse is an initiative of the artists Sinéad Spelman and Alberto Peral.
- Gio Bat is a project of the artist Manu Uranga that analyses physical production by means of body and gesture, in the material relationship with the place through technological supports and their dynamics. From the beginning of this year and in collaboration with Pablo Marte, Gio Bat has developed a number of exhibitions of different artists in Bilbao.
- Uma Certa Falta de Coerência is an exhibition space in Porto directed by the artists André Sousa and Mauro Cerqueira. They took its name from the title of a book by the artist Jimmie Durham (A Certain Lack of Coherence), in which one can read a text entitled: “Artists must begin helping themselves”.
- Juan Pablo Huércanos is deputy director of the Museo Oteiza and curator of cultural projects. In 2014, he was curator of AutoEdit, nuevas formas y modelos en la autoedición y la publicación independiente at the Centro Huarte. He is preparing a new edition of this exhibition for 2016 at the aforementioned centre.
- Gonzalo Golpe is a highly experienced graphic arts professional, a sector in which he has worked as production manager, exhibition production designer, coordinator and publisher. Since 2010, he has directed Siete de un Golpe, a workshop specialised in editing, coordination and graphic production for publications and exhibitions. He lives in Madrid.
- Elisabeth Klement is a graphic designer based in Amsterdam where together with Pieter Verbeke she runs the art and design bookshop San Serriffe. She currently works at the graphic design department of the Rietveld Academie. Together with Laura Pappa she initiated and organises the annual Asterisk Summer School in Tallinn.
- Moritz Kung is a Barcelona-based exhibition curator and publisher. He specialises in books of artists. In 2015, he has curated a number of different publishing activities within Arts Libris (Barcelona) one of the most relevant meetings of contemporary publishing at an international level.
- Mela Dávila Freire holds a B.A. in English and German Philology from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. She was publications coordinator at CGAC (Santiago de Compostela), assistant to the director of MECAD/Media Centre d'Art i Disseny (Sabadell, Barcelona), and head of publications at MACBA (Barcelona). She currently lives in Hamburg.
- Leire Vergara is an exhibition curator and researcher. She has curated exhibitions at D.A.E. Donostiako Arte Ekinbideak (2002-2005), and the Sala Rekalde (2006-2009). She currently forms part of the Bulegoa z/b team (Bilbao).
- Heidi Vogels is an artist based in Amsterdam. In her work she uses photography, film and other forms of research by seeking to redefine our outlook on our day-to-day reality and environment. Currently, she is working on a film about gardens reminiscent of Fez (Morocco) and the world they contain.
- Sergio Prego lives and works in Bilbao. His work has revolved around sculpture in expanded media such as video or installation, incorporating a performative perspective. From 1996-2002 He worked within Acconci Studio in New York. He took part in the conception and development of PRIMER PROFORMA 2010 in MUSAC. Currently he is involved in the art education project Kalostra in San Sebastian.
- Carlos Díez is a fashion designer. His designs were first shown at the Cibeles fashion show in 2004. His capacity for creation and imagination has led him to develop other facets within design and art, such as fashion design in film and fashion magazines.