In "Últimas Palabras" (Laatste Woorden) repeteren een acteur en een speech trainer een tekst op basis van het slotpleidooi van Alfredo Astiz tijdens zijn proces. Deze ex-commandant van de marine tijdens de laatste militaire dictatuur in Argentinië zit momenteel een levenslange gevangenisstraf uit voor misdaden tegen de menselijkheid.

Astiz, ook wel bekend als de "Blonde Engel des Doods", was berucht om zijn vermogen om als een kameleon van karakter te wisselen. Zo deed hij zich voor als slachtoffer van de repressie, om als spion binnen mensenrechtenorganisaties te infiltreren.

De herlezing van zijn laatste woorden is een onderzoek naar het verband tussen de kunst van de redevoering en dat wat Hannah Arendt 'de banaliteit van het kwaad' heeft genoemd.
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Iratxe Jaio en Klaas van Gorkum zijn door het Mondriaan Fonds geselecteerd om deel te nemen aan een residency bij Lipac, Laboratory of Investigation into Contemporary Art Practice, in Buenos Aires, Argentinië.

Op zaterdag 18 mei 2013 zullen zij hun research project "Teken wat lijnen in het zand en noem het een instituut" introduceren, in Centro Cultural Rector Rojas. De kunstenaars zullen spreken over de verschillende stadia van institutionalisering in een zelf georganiseerd collectief, en de uitdagingen die daarbij komen kijken. Ook zullen zij spreken over de theatrale aspecten van rechtspraak. Hierbij zullen ze hun ervaringen in Occupy Amsterdam evalueren, waar zij "De Beursplein Hoorzittingen" initieerden, a formele struktuur binnen het kamp dat getuigenissen van haar leden verzamelden over de ethische dilemmas die ze tegenkwamen bij het behandelen van sociale problemen en bij het handhaven van de orde op het plein.

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A project curated by Martí Manen for Galería Liebre in Madrid.

From the 6th of April to the 4th of May 2013


Sebastian Beyro, Black Tulip, Bonus Extra, Kalle Brolin, Priscila Fernandes, Guillem Juan Sancho, Sandra Paula Fernández, Ana García Pineda, Luis Pérez Calvo, Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum, Laramascoto, Connie Mendoza, Carlos Motta, Carl Palm, Pepo Salazar, Yes.

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On the 8th of December, Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum will talk in L’occasione about their experiences in Occupy Amsterdam, where they initiated a kind of "Truth Commission" in the camp. Through a series of hearings, fellow Occupiers were questioned one by one about the ethical dilemmas they encountered while maintaining order on the square, in relation to the shared ideal of a radical, participatory democracy. Their experiences in the camp will serve, on the one hand, as a starting point for a critical reflection on the group dynamics that lead a community towards and astray from consensus and principles of equality. On the other, as a case study for the role that artists may play in these processes, using the methodology of the cross-examination and the trial as artistic instruments.

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Through the scenes in four films, Miren Jaio reflects on the family and the space it adopts as its own, the home and the role of the family institution in shaping the ever fragile and unstable boundaries between private space and public space. The text was written as an accompaniment to the drawings of "Of Mortgages and Marriages" by Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum, and published in "Meanwhile, in the Living Room...".
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This seminar, organised by eremuak, will focus on the legitimisation discourses that inform public policies, to explore questions such as: new institutional frameworks, self-instituting processes, collective practices, definitions of participation in art and society, financing methods and the laws of patronage and heritage policies.

The seminar will take place over two days and is structured around two committees in which a number of different professionals will take part: artists, curators, and art historians. In each session, the debates will be preceded by a talk on the proposed subject.

ARTIUM museum - Vitoria-Gasteiz - october 19 - 20

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11 October: We are participating in a colloquium between Basque artists, featuring Nestor Basterretxea and Josu Rekalde, and moderated by Fernando Golvano, in the 1st International Congress on Art, Memory and Democracy.

Conference venues
Bilbao and Gernika: 9,10,11th october 2012
Elai Alai aretoa Gernika and Auditorium of the University of the Basque Country (Bilbao)

Great works of art weave many senses and different aesthetic, ethical and political values into a single form. They set off genuine research into human existence and historical and social events, redefining what is thinkable, visible and experimentable. Picasso’s Guernica, painted in 1937, is a case in point of an artistic creation that brings together all these meanings in an open, critical, enigmatic dialogue. Painted at the time of the Spanish Civil War and commissioned by the government of the Republic for its pavilion at the World’s Fair in Paris, it continues to be ackowledged as a universal symbol denouncing the barbarity of the bombing of civilian populations.

2012 marks the 75th anniversary of its presentation, in the Year of Cultures for Peace and Freedom. This provides an ideal setting for a review of its current significance and ongoing commitment to democratic values. It is also a good time to reflect on the deep-rooted links between creativity, remembrance and the permanent institution of a democratic project in the Basque, European and global contexts in the present time. This congress sets out to discuss these issues from the viewpoints of historical and philosophical clarification and of artistic and literary investigation.

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Luttele weken na de verkiezingen van 12 september rest de vraag wat er met onze stem is gebeurd sinds die dag. Wat blijft er tijdens de vele formatieonderhandelingen over van de campagnebeloftes en standpunten van politieke partijen? Worden de burgers in dit proces echt vertegenwoordigd of is het tijd om onze stem terug te eisen? Kan de politiek in het huidige medialandschap enkel nog schipperen tussen pragmatisme, marketing politics en populisme, of is het tijd voor een radicale omslag? En last but not least: wat is hierin de rol van de kunsten?

5 Oktober - 4 November 2012. Opening: Vrijdag 5 Oktober, 5 - 8 p.m
de Appel
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THE BLACK WHALE is an exhibition project which departs from the crisis provoked by the accident of the Prestige oil-tanker back in 2002 — which was one of the most intense social and political moments of the last decades in Spain — to contextualize and interpret it on a wider spectre. Taking the oil industry and the multiple factors which surround it as one of the main visible or physical manifestations of contemporary societies, the project opens itself to subjects as diverse as nature exploitation, colonialism, the history of modernity, the myth of an endless progress, maritime commerce, globalization, or war.

Dates: 5 October 2012 - 31 March 2013
Location: MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Príncipe 54 | 36202 Vigo | Spain
Curator: Pedro de Llano
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research by walking is a curatorial project developed by Alba Colomo during her residency at Het Wilde Weten in Rotterdam. It centers on the role of artists in the social transformation of the South of Rotterdam - a zone with a large presence of 'creative professionals' - and on how this relates to the urban development policies of the local institutions. The high concentration of artists - and the acclaimed 'creative class' - that live and work in this part of the city, seems to be one of the strategies employed by the local authorities to regenerate the socio-economic environment of the area.

With: Kim Bouvy, Left Hand Rotation, and Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum.

9 October - 11 November 2012

Sala Rekalde

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