Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea
Donostia - San Sebastián, Spain
June 25 - September 26, 2015

Opening Thursday 25th of June at 19:30

"Lo que ha de venir ya ha llegado" (what is to come has already arrived) is an exhibition about the times we are living in. A radical malaise runs through society after years of what has been described as the first major crisis of globalisation. A profound change is necessary, and it's the citizens who must be the active agents of that change. But its realisation and development depends on a rearmament of ideas which allow us to imagine solutions. With this as a point of departure, the exhibition brings together a number of artists and collectives whose work and activities reflect upon or indicate possible ways out of the predicament.

Participating artists:
Cecilia Barriga, Sarah Browne, Carolina Caycedo, Peter Coffin,  David Diao,  Druot Lacaton & Vassal, Ecosistema urbano,  Yona Friedman, Dionisio González,  Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Regina de Miguel, Anna Moreno,  Claire Pentecost, Mathias Poledna,  Mika Taanila,  Alain Tanner,  The Temple Crew, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, ZEMOS98, 15M Files.

Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes, Alicia Murría, Mariano Navarro

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We have the pleasure to announce that we made it into the final selection of THE MATERIALITY OF THE INVISIBLE, a fellowship at the Jan van Eyck Academy instigated within the framework of NEARCH, a prestigious European project-based network of archaeological institutes and university departments.

The following artists and art collectives have been selected out of some 300 applicants: Leyla Cardenas, Joey Bryniarska and Martin Westwood, Klaas van Gorkum and Iratxe Jaio, Matthew Wilson and Rossella Biscotti.

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There were many obstacles that had to be overcome, but it seems as if our work finally made it to the Mardin Biennial that is opening in Turkey on the 15th of May 2015. This is not in the least because of curator Claudia Segura's ceaseless efforts behind the scenes to have it shown, despite objections by local politicians, Dutch embassy travel bans, and other problems.

Our contribution consists of a collection of Turkish newspapers, bought on the 18th of December 2004. Headline news that day was that the European Union had finally agreed to start accession negotiations with Turkey. On video, two members of the communist party flip through the newspapers, providing a personal, if not Marxist, commentary on the state of the press in Turkey.

More than ten years later this work of art will be now exhibited for the first time, in the beautiful medieval town of Mardin.

We hope that the crumbling walls of the exhibition venue and the biennial's overarching Mythologies theme provide an ideal setting for the work's dormant function to come into operation: to historicise, and to derive its significance from everything that has, or rather hasn't, happened since.

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The exhibition LIFE’S FINEST VALUES presents video works by 21 artists, filmmakers, and architects. The exhibition investigates the interrelations between the realms of housing, art, and capital in different urban contexts around the world: from Berlin to Caracas, from Havana to Hong Kong, from Brussels to Tbilisi. The title of the exhibition was a slogan used by a real estate company in Berlin to market luxury apartments. The values that this slogan bespeaks have been reappropriated by the participants in their works. The video works share a focus on text, dialogue, and interview formats as a means of political analysis and knowledge production. Many projects deconstruct neoliberal language and ideology, which often consciously extract loaded words like “freedom”, “values”, and “life” from their historical contexts and equate them with the “freedom of the market” and “monetary value”, thus promoting a concept of “life” solely as a “market-oriented project”.

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The travelling exhibition Gaur(sic) has reached Centre d'Art Le Lait in Albi, France, where it will be exhibited from 21 March to 21 June 2015. It offers an overview of recent works of video art from Basque Country, which includes our video from Work in Progress.

With: Sra. Polaroiska (Alaitz Arenzana and María Ibarretxe), Colombina’s (Larraitz Torres and Sandra Cuesta), Aitor Lajarin, Zuhar Iruretagoiena, Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum, Saioa Olmo, Juan Aizpitarte and Ixone Sadaba. Curated by Nekane Aramburu.

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Wednesday 28th of January - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Conversas is a series of weekly informal meetings to know and discuss projects and interests. During the event two/three Conversadores (those who talk at Conversas) bring something to share with the gathered group, for thirty minutes each. As the title suggests itself, Conversas (Conversations in Portuguese) aim at an equal set up from which both the Conversadores and the group, should be able to profit.

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The travelling exhibition GAUR(sic), which includes our video Work in Progress, has arrived to the last stop: it will be inaugurated today in Santiago de Chile, where it will be displayed until February 15. This is the eighth stop for the exhibition that has also visited London, Managua, Montevideo, Tegucigalpa, San José, Mexiko DF, Córdoba and Santiago de Chile.

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Nacida en Markina-Xemein (Bizkaia) una y en Delft (Países Bajos) el otro, Iratxe Jaio y Klaas van Gorkum son una pareja de artistas visuales que llevan más de diez años trabajando juntos en Rotterdam. Como compañeros procedentes de tan diferente entorno geográfico y social, comparten entre ellos un sentido de dislocación y un especial interés en aquello que dibuja una identidad cultural. Entre sus exposiciones individuales, destacan “Los márgenes de la fábrica” (2014), en ADN Platform, de Barcelona; o “Réinventer le monde (autour de l’usine)” (2013), en el FRAC (Le Fonds régional d'art contemporain) de Aquitaine.

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The lawyer often compared the justice system to theatre. He understood that there was a performative logic to the nature of law, which was the result of the fundamental indeterminacy of legal discourses. It allowed him to transform a political trial from a mere instrument of power into a cultural artefact that was capable of provoking a public reflection on hegemonic norms and transforming the law itself. “A trial is a place of metamorphosis,” he was known to say, “Joan of Arc wouldn’t have been a saint without her trial.”

Open! has just published our text on the historical and didactic nature of the political trial. Read an excerpt below.

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24-10-14 to 18-01-15, San Telmo Museum, Donostia - San Sebastián

Our installation "Work in Progress" will be shown in "Suturak, Cerca de lo próximo", an extensive exhibition on contemporary Basque art at the San Telmo Museum. The show, realized in collaboration with Artium, Basque Museum-Center for Contemporary Art, aims to contextualise the strategies with which art and artists relate to their environment, emphasizing their capacity to translate and shape the construction of identity and community.

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