AccionMAD 15 XII Action Art Festival

 

 

 

In 2003 they decided to fill the void that was in the Madrid scene on issues as performance and action art, and since then, AcciónMAD! It is the annual meeting of reference for amateurs and professionals of this hybrid, independent and autonomous genre of visual arts.

 

 

Since its origins, AcciónMAD! has always covered a wide geographic spectrum and this year especially, has gone from being a focused in November to be a live programming throughout the year in different places and countries, based on collaborations and projects of diverse nature but always showing special attention to the work of young artists and visibility of women artists whose contribution to action art and performance has always been outstanding. 

 

 

 

 

This November, from 3 to 28, the main meeting of AcciónMAD! is held in multiple locations such as the Reina Sofia Museum, the School of Arts and Spectacles TAI, or the Complutense University - all in Madrid - and the Museum Vostell Malpartida de Caceres.

 

 

Directed by Nieves Correa (we had the opportunity to see her fantastic performance in the last edition of Art Madrid 2015), coordinated by Yolanda Perez and with the collaboration, among others, of Abel Loureda, Action!MAD organizes throughout the year courses, workshops, round tables, conferences, artist residencies and exhibitions for the public space. In addition, since 2008 they have a section dedicated to the younger experiences: "Space Fragile", organized in collaboration with Faculties of Fine Arts in Spain and Europe. 

 

 

 

 

 

AcciónMAD! seeks to highlight the versatility and expressive depth of the performance art, hybrid genre that includes many very different forms and practices but with some constants: the artist is the protagonist of the play and usually implies a strong relationship with his body as a tool for action, the relationship with the audience does not follow the standard roles player/viewer and aims to involve the public, play and interaction use to replace the actual narration and often use public space or spaces unrelated with art for their actions... Performance also has an special concept of time, completely flexible because every action responds to a very exceptional nature and its duration varies as much as the message you want to convey.

 

 

 

 

By AcciónMAD! They have passed artists like Isidoro Valcarcel Medina (National Prize of Plastic Arts of Spain in 2007, Velázquez 2015 Award), Nacho Criado (Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts in 2008 and the National Prize of Plastic Arts of Spain in 2009) Esther Ferrer (National Prize of Plastic Arts of Spain in 2008) and Concha Jerez (Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts in 2011).

 

 

Take a glance to the complete agenda: Programa Completo de AcciónMAD!15.

 

 

The cultural agenda gradually recovers after the health-crisis halt and art lovers are eager to enjoy the rich cultural offer that the different spaces and museums throughout our geography have to offer. In addition, one must remember that these centres have made an enormous effort to adapt to the demands that the new situation imposes and have created abundant online-accessible content to overcome confinement. We bring you a selection of content that can be visited both in person and through the web. There is no excuse for not enjoying contemporary art again.

Olafur Eliasson, “En la vida real (In real life)”, 2019

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao continues with its exhibition dedicated to Olafur Eliasson and offers numerous resources to understand not only the exhibition but also the work of the centre in the assembly and installation process. The website allows us to expand content with interviews with the artist, the download of the audio guide and the vision of the curator Lucía Aguirre, who offers us different video-pills on the pieces in the exhibition.

"Olafur Eliasson: in real life" brings together a part of this artist's work since 1990 through sculptures, photographs, paintings and installations that play with reflections and colours. Likewise, the integration of elements such as moss, water, ice, fog... put the visitor in a situation that confuses the senses and tries to challenge the way we perceive our environment and move in it.

Regina de Miguel, “Isla Decepción”, 2017

The Botín Centre in Santander hosts the exhibition "Collecting processes: 25 years of Itineraries" which brings together the work of 25 of the 210 scholarship recipients who, to date, have enjoyed the Botín Foundation Plastic Arts Scholarship, started in 1993. With the works Lara Almárcegui, Basma Alsharif, Leonor Antunes, Javier Arce, Erick Beltrán, David Bestué, Bleda and Rosa, Nuno Cera, Patricia Dauder, Patricia Esquivias, Karlos Gil, Carlos Irijalba, Adrià Julià, Juan López, Rogelio López Cuenca, Renata Lucas, Mateo Maté, Jorge Méndez Blake, Regina de Miguel, Leticia Ramos, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Teresa Solar Abboud, Leonor Serrano Rivas, Jorge Yeregui, David Zink-Yi, the exhibition is a good example of up-to-date and young contemporary art contributed by artists with very diverse profiles.

Clemente Bernad. Series “Ante el umbral”, Madrid, 2020

The Reina Sofía Museum wanted to create a visual chronicle of what the confinement and the tragic numbers of infected and deceased have meant for the lives of many of us: a tale of pain, nostalgia and uncertainty made by the photographer Clemente Bernad. This exhibition, curated by Jorge Moreno Andrés, is entitled “Before the threshold”, a title that expresses the strange sensation that occurs when faced with something new and unknown, something that we cannot control or avoid, and that we all must go through. The alteration imposed on our lives unexpectedly is reflected in the streets, transformed into places of solitude and abandonment where life has been paralysed.

Mario Merz / No title, Triplo Igloo, 1984 MAXXI Collection

At the IVAM, the exhibition "What is our home?" brings together works from the IVAM collection and the MAXXI centre in Rome to propose a reflection on the space we inhabit seen from a personal and social perspective. It is about investigating the value that these spaces have as a home or refuge, as well as part of a city or community.

The exhibition, curated by José Miguel G. Cortés, also wants to delve into the feeling of those who feel like foreigners anywhere, because they do not identify with the habits or customs of the society, they do not fit into these social patterns, and home becomes the only shelter space that can adapt to their identity needs.

Martha Rosler, frame from “Backyard Economy I-II”, 1974 © Courtesy of Martha Rosler, 2020

Es Baluard Museu is committed to video creation and performance and hosts the monographic exhibition “Martha Rosler. How do we get there from here?” dedicated to this New York artist who pioneered the use of video as a mechanism for social and political analysis. This exhibition includes various works, from video to photography and several publications, which synthesise her main lines of discourse. Her concern for public policies and the social equality of women has led her to actively participate in numerous social movements in La Havana, New York, Mexico DC or Barcelona, and these experiences are present in one way or another in her work.

With the curatorship of Inma Prieto, a selection has been made within the abundant production of this artist, which presents one of the most coherent careers in towards-the-new-Millenium contemporary art.

Image from file, via meiac.es/turbulence/archive/acceso.html

The MEIAC - Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, host the works of the prestigious international digital art archive "Turbulence", a platform dedicated to network and hybrid art. In view of the inevitable closure of this institution, the MEIAC has offered to host all this valuable content collected since 1996. The uploading of the file also served as an opportunity to restore numerous pieces and convert formats so that files that had become obsolete remain readable by new systems. A huge job of conservation and updating that can be enjoyed online today. The archive is made up of hundreds of digital works from around the world that can now be visited remotely.