Fanzine // Bla´s smuggler route – 2013
ANDORRA AND THE SMUGGLING on the XXIth century // SUBJECTIVE MAPS – DISAPPEARANCES.
In 2012, contraband increased 40 % in the andorran-spanish border line
In this project, the BLAH’S GUERRILERO, BLAH’CTIVIST WALKS ALONG THE ANDORRAN-SPANISH BORDER LINE, MAKING BLAH BLAH CONTRABLAHND .
The concept of Blah ( BLA) is the thread of my artistic research. About blah blah blah … BLAH (BLA) TREATS THE QUESTION OF TRUTH. Bla refers to the (in)-communication and the (im)-possibilities of dialogue between beings of our species. The (im)-chances for dialogue between human beings are the centre of my research and my work. I see the impossibility of communication and frustration of a society gangrened by the system and a way to define where the material status, ideology and thought reside. As an artist, I raise a mockery of the Modern Oratory, not only political but also popular, and denounce at the same time hypocrisy and the weakness of a system that prefers the appearance of certain discourses as opposed to sincerity based on ethics.
The 27th Reykjavík Arts Festival
Daniel Arellano Mesina
Sigurður Atli Sigurðsson
Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson
Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro
Jòhan Martin Christiansen
Oppy De Bernardo
Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir
Simon Le Ruez
Lorella Mussoni & Pier Giorgio Albani
Pauliina Turakka Purhonen
Curated by Halldór Björn Runólfsson, Alessandro Castiglioni, Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro
catalogue edited by Mousse Publishing
Oppy De Bernardo
The new exhibition project of the network Little Constellation – Contemporary Art in micro-geo-cultural areas and the small states of Europe, to be held at the National Gallery of Iceland in Reykjavik, May 17, 2013, starts with the idea of building an open and plural device capable of recounting the different identities that characterize the real patrimony of artistic and cultural contributions in the Little Constellation network.
The artists invited to participate in the exhibition are therefore invited to create a Bookwork, Fanzine as a means of storytelling, visual and narrative, of their personal identity, but also in relation to the socio-cultural context in which they operate.
An invitation to artists from Little Constellation, in order to develop an immediate and highly visible work, which will express the different cultures of origin of the individual artists, but also the individual subjectivity of each.
In this sense, in the workshops developed in preparation for the exhibition, the issue of disappearance has been given particular relevance.
This particular dynamic is very much present in the legends and mythology of Iceland: It has always been the archetype of a need to be able to imagine and tell stories. Visible and invisible beings are hidden and freed from the unconscious but at the same time they belong to the depths of human experience. These evocations and feelings are now even more aspects of a need to preserve forms of the imaginary which in the real belong to us and enable us to redevelop the forms of the present.”
The idea of disappearance, as well as having a metaphorical connotation, is also interesting with respect to a socio-political and economic condition. Today, can a community, embedded in a context of international institutions, fear its own cancellation? For an individual inserted in a social system, what does it mean to disappear?
The idea of “disappearance” transmitted and conceptualized by Halldor Bjorn Runolfsson, in the laboratory with Little Constellation held at the National Gallery of Iceland in November 2011, was conceived for the next exhibition of the network Little Constellation – Contemporary Art in the geo- cultural micro-areas and small states of Europe, which will open at the National Gallery of Iceland in Reykjavik in May 2013.
This particular dynamic, very much present in Icelandic legends and mythology, as Pier Paolo Coro writes, “has always been the archetype of the need to be able to imagineand tell stories. Visible and invisible beings are concealed and liberated from the unconscious but at the same time belong to the depths of human experience. These impressions and sensations are today even more aspects of a need to preserve forms of the imagination that in reality belong to us and enable us to revise the forms of the present.”
The workshop, held on February 5, 2012, at the Museum of Villa Croce in Genoa, focused on some of the principal axes from which to develop this research devoted to “disappearance”.
The first of these ideas is associated with a metaphorical connotation and related to a socio-political and economic condition of the idea of extinction. Today can a community, embedded in a context of international institutions, fear elimination? For an individual inserted in a social system, what does disappearing mean? Together with this account, and starting from the suggestion of Vladimir Propp’s text “The Historical Roots of the Wonder Tale”, other fields of discussion were developed including:
- disappearance and the need for narrative, written or oral transmission, experience and history;
- the relationship between humanity and nature, through the allegory, for example, of the magical forest and the transfigured value of common objects;
- disappearance as movement and thus travel as a source of knowledge and the ship as an image of this route;
- the ties between disappearance and the affirmation of the existence of another metaphysical world;
- disappearance and nostalgia;
- disappearance and desire.
These traces are the starting points for the opening of a phase of discussion and debate with all the artists involved in the project, which will lead to the production of a series of new works specially conceived for this exhibition.
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Program Reykjavik Arts Festival 2013