After the kick-off in Amsterdam the project travels to institutions abroad, and only comes to a close when 18 stories have been told. The stories will be collected in a publication that offers host to all the voices, interpretations, facts and fictions that are told during the tour of 18 pictures and 18 stories.
The start of the research project by Bulegoa z/b and Isidoro Valcárcel Medina for Performance in Residence took place in hetveem theater in February 2011. Click herefor information and pictures of the evening.
Isidoro Valcárcel Medina (Murcia, 1937) is an important representative of conceptual art in Spain, hardly known outside of Spanish speaking countries. His body of work includes performances, sound pieces, architectural projects, installations and books. From his early practice up to the present day, he has asserted a critical attitude towards both art institutions and the art market, developing instead situations and scenarios that allow him to engage in a more directly affective relation with his audience.
Bulegoa z/b is a collaborative initiative based in Bilbao, Spain. Its members, Beatriz Cavia, Miren Jaio, Isabel de Naverán and Leire Vergara come from backgrounds in both visual arts and social theory. Their initiative, an ‘office for art and knowledge’ is created around a common interest in processes of historization, cultural translation, performativity, the body, postcolonialism, social theory, archival strategies and education. Their varied professional backgrounds allow for a myriad of methodologies within their many projects. Bulegoa z/b has conceptualized the curatorial format for 18 pictures and 18 stories.
Moosje Goosen is an independent writer based in Rotterdam. She studied Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam and contributes regularly to Metropolis M and Frieze, amongst others. She has written for, or in collaboration with a number of artists, and is a research/writing member of the Uqbar Foundation, initiated by artists Irene Kopelman and Mariana Castillo Deball. For Uqbar, she is currently developing a book series, titled A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia, the first two volumes of which (on phantom limbs and dinosaur fictions, respectively) will appear next year.
Esteban Pujals is a poet and teaches British and American literature at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. His publications include La lengua radical (an anthology of “Language” poetry of the 1980s and 1990s, Gramma, 1993), the study and translation of works by T.S. Eliot, Cuatro cuartetos (Cátedra, 1990); Gertrude Stein, Botones blandos (Abada 2011); John Ashbery, Galeones de abril (Visor, 1994), and Lyn Hejinian, Mi vida (Acto, 2011), as well as articles and essays on poets whose writing ocurrs on the borderline between poetry and the visual arts, such as Ian Hamilton Finlay, Tom Philips, Rogelio López Cuenca or Isidoro Valcárcel Medina. He has also written on Stéphane Mallarmé and Velimir Khlebnikov, as well as on the general problems surrounding the formal description and the historical articulation of the writing practicies generated by modernity.
Emilio Moreno is a Spanish artist who studied English Literature at the University of Salamanca and completed his MFA-Photography at EFTI (Madrid) in 2006. In 2011 he graduated from the Dutch Art Institute MFA/ArtEZ. His work investigates the different notions of value and objecthood. His project Other Issues was part of the recent group show The Grand Domestic Revolution (Casco, Office for Art, Theory and Design, 2012. Utrecht, NL), and he has contributed his research to the second publication of the Autonomy Project (Van Abbemuseum/Onomatopee, NL). Emilio currently teaches at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam, NL).