This Wednesday 16th of July at 19h, at Centro Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona, Hamaca presents the videoprogram "This is the girl. Sobre decidir, si podemos decidir" that was assembled by Marti Manen and which includes "Welcome to Belfast" (2004).

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"Las obras remarcan la vida (política) del objeto como material valorable en la comunidad a través del trabajo acumulado para su realización. En un capitalismo feroz que nos arrastra a todos como en una riada, proyectos como este devienen asideros donde agarrarse, esperanzas desde los márgenes." - Una reseña de Avelino Sala sobre la exposición en Galería ADN, Barcelona. Publicado en A*DESK Highlights.
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Nire ama Roman hil da (My mother died in Rome) will be presented in the exhibition Manifesto. Art today, facing the doubts at Fabra i Coats - Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, curated by David Armengol & Marti Manen. It consists of handmade facsimiles of the "exceptional" graffiti discovered in Iruña-Veleia, an archaeological site in Basque Country, and a video in which the inscriptions are deciphered by different experts in favour of, or opposing, the theory that they are forgeries.

31st May–6th July 2014. Opening Friday May 30 at 20:00

With Chto Delat, Ferran Garcia Sevilla, Rubén Grilo, Núria Güell & Levi Orta, Saskia Holmkvist, Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum, Mariona Moncunill, Wilfredo Prieto + Esther Ferrer + Martha Rosler + Guerrilla Girls

Curated by David Armengol & Marti Manen

Fabra i Coats - Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
c/ Sant Adrià, 20. 08030 Barcelona

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We're happy to announce that our video Marea, or the ecological disaster as a cultural and political phenomenon will be shown in the group exhibition "Cómplices y Testigos” from 24 May to 31 July 2014, at ADN Galería in Barcelona.

Realized between 2002 and 2004, this work took as its subject the social mobilization triggered by the accident of the Prestige oil-tanker. Brought forth by one of the most intense social and political moments of the last decades in Spain, this mobilization could be said to have prefigured the rise of the 15M protests and the Occupy movement in 2011.

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Pablo Uribe, Iratxe Jaio y Klaas van Gorkum
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Montevideo, Uruguay

Del 10 al 18 de mayo, 2014  /  De 11 a 20 hs

Discursos encontrados confronta la obra Air discurso de Pablo Uribe y Últimas palabras de Iratxe Jaio y Klaas van Gorkum. Mientras que en Air discurso 5 actores de teatro interpretan sin palabras, sino mediante gestos y movimientos el discurso enunciado el 27 de noviembre de 1983 frente al Obelisco de los Constituyentes por Alberto Candeau -considerada como la proclama que dio inicio a la caída de la dictadura cívico-militar en Uruguay- , en Últimas palabras se toman fragmentos del alegato final de Astiz -condenado a cadena perpetua por crímenes de lesa humanidad por el Gobierno Argentino- los cuales son interpretados por un actor de teatro con las constantes correcciones de un instructor de oratoria.

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"The margins of the factory" is featured as a Critic's Pick in Artforum.
The practice of Rotterdam-based artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum explores social transformation in the West brought forth by late capitalism. In their latest exhibition, organized by the independent curatorial group Latitudes, they examine the “image” of labor that has emerged as economic systems based on Ford-inspired models of mass production have gradually been replaced by immaterial, service-based economies.
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David G. Torres habla sobre "Los Márgenes de la Fábrica" comisariado por Latitudes en ADN Platform.

"Con el título genérico de Los márgenes de la fábrica los artistas presentan dos proyectos complementarios en los que insisten en desarrollar unas propuestas que tienen mucho de estudio sociológico, búsqueda de los propios orígenes y arqueología del trabajo."
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Max Andrews from Latitudes interviews us for the Frieze Magazine, about recent projects such as "Work in progress" and "Producing time in between other things".
"We have a long-standing interest in the image of ‘work’, and in the relation between art and labour. So we took this scene as the starting point for a cinematic analysis of production processes, both in these semi-clandestine work­shops as well as in the main fac­tory itself. Our approach has been strictly dispassionate, free from any superficial attempt to give the workers a voice. Instead, we focused our camera on the disciplinary conditions and rationalization of these processes, reproducing them in the montage by breaking up complex scenes into smaller units and stitching them back together again."
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Introspection is a chronic pathological condition of the Occupy movement. Everyone is constantly preoccupied with how much of their past to give up in return for a future that hasn’t arrived yet. What if we fail? Or worse, what if we’re successful? What if we do manage to change the world? What will it look like? Will it still need us? We share the restless anxiety of the revolutionary who knows one must become obsolete in order for the revolution to succeed.

Open! has published Keeping the Peace, our text on our experiences in Occupy Amsterdam. Read the complete essay here. Open! is an Amsterdam-based publication platform that fosters and disseminates experimental knowledge on art, culture and the public domain. It works with theorists, artists and designers who contribute to the creation of an experimental and critical body of thought.

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Work in Progress (2013) immerses itself in the manufacturing industry of Markina-Xemein, the rural Basque village where Jaio comes from. A video documents the mass-production of rubber car parts, following the pieces from the assembly line in a worker-owned factory to subcontracted workshops where informal workers finish them by hand. Several of these workers are employed by the artists to cast hundreds of replicas of small modernist sculptures. These are displayed on mass-produced shelving to evoke the "Chalk Laboratory" of Basque sculptor Jorge Oteiza, a fierce critic of the commodification of art.

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