In Barcelona it’s a time of change. Everything indicates that Josep Ramoneda, director of the CCCB, will soon have to abandon his post of the last seventeen years. Months of rumours, and the testing of waters, insinuating the fusion of MACBA and CCCB, two institutions that are physically side by side but worlds apart in how they function and their objectives. For the moment, there is no talk of a tender or anything being called. Virreina Centre de la Imatge remains without a director since Carles Guerra moved on to become Chief Curator at MACBA, leaving the centre with the programme scheduled until 2013. Moritz Küng is still director of the Canòdrom, a publicly owned art centre in Barcelona that has never existed even though an international competition was held for its director. Canòdrom, yes - Canòdrom, no. In the most pure Hamletian style, on the behalf of the public organisms that govern them, it now seems that Canòdrom, yes. For the time being. A few kilometres away, Rosa Pera directs Bòlit, another art centre without a physical location but which was defined as a “real” centre, with an architectural project and various floors to fill.
Spaces without direction and directors without spaces. The situation could be interesting if it had been sought after, if it served to propose new ideas about what an institution is. At least Bòlit programmes, Canòdrom had -supposedly- another space like La Capella within its organigram, but nobody knows what’s going to happen to this project. What if we turn everything on its head? What if we think that it is fantastic to live amidst so much institutional anomaly? What if we think of them as interesting experiments exploring the limits of the institutionalisation of art? Although, the truth is, everything indicates that these are not the intentions and that what rules directly is an involuntary chaos.
In this issue of A*Magazine we present three new critical texts. Xavier Acarín takes a look at the project for useful art by Tania Bruguera in Queens, Verónica Escobar Monsalve analyses an exhibition in the CCCB and Imma Prieto another in MACBA. Two in institutions, and one that distances itself from them.
The definition of the world of art based on individuals – habitually male – who generate works that become products of consumption has been called into question in the global crisis. The need for action and social response has lead Tania Bruguera to propose the beauty of the useful, to endeavour to overcome barriers, distances and comfortable positions, with the aim of posing questions that are difficult to answer.
An exhibition that looks at unhurried dialogues between film directors. An exhibition space, that wants to be the place, and the moment, to see an “other” kind of cinema. The quantifiable amplification of a proposal, and an idea, that has been presented previously. The CCCB continues to generate exhibitions that explore the limits of creative contexts, experimenting with formats while adhering to criteria defined by its own history and style of exhibiting.
Two films, two co-productions by MACBA and Artangel, along with other art centres and the commercial gallery Marian Goodman. With Maribel Verdú as the actress and two artists of the type who function whatever the context. A war situation and some visual and sonorous results.