Mulafest fifth edition in Madrid

 

 

MULAFEST has positioned itself as the festival that starts the summer in the city with a program of activities covering art, music and urban culture with a strong international vocation and proposals that reinvent themselves for this edition: garage, circus, performing arts, urban sports, streetfood and the only beach in Madrid.

 

 

 

 

This year, among the concerts, with DJs and live shows to dance, see, hear and feel, will be the Odesza live, the mixtures keyboard, synthesizers and electronic drums of SBTRKT DJ set, the black electronics of Gramatik, the ambient-house of The Orbital, Troyboi, Sleaford Mods or the renovator of electronic-pop Matthew Herbert DJ.

 

 

 

In the section of art, Misterpiro, Antonyo Marest, Fernando Maselli, Kaufman, Federico Ruiz (CRO), Pepo Rossel (XTR), Valtoron or Nomade Cycles participate this year in the area "Garage Mulafest" linking art and engine and where their works share space with more than 60 motorcycles converted thus in authentic pieces of art. And in this field, the exhibition "10 × 10.Art and Fashion " will be a creative challenge in which ten illustrators has been set in front of a fashion design to customize it. Creative couples are: Ricardo Cavolo and Maya Hansen, Maria Herreros and Ion Fiz, Yes and Juana Martín, Carmen Garcia Huerta and Ulises Merida, Coté Escrivá and Teresa Helbig, Coco Davez and Alianto, Sanz i Vila and Juan Vidal, Rubenimichi and John Duyos, Antonyo Marest and Mané Mané to end Bnomio and Xavi Reyes.

 

 

 

 

On Sunday June 26, the festival puts the finishing touch with a real Holi Rang Party & Jam brought directly from India. The most colorful festival of the Asian country will break in Madrid to the tune of DJ music and DJ Sumit Sethi Clement, who transported those present in a direct trip to Asia. Dance and colorful and exotic musical numbers, internationally known thanks to the spread achieved by Bollywood cinema will also be present at this year's festival.

 

 

 

For the lovers of boards, MULAFEST retrieves the Plaza de Colón, traditional meeting point of the skaters of the city and the venue for the CLN Legends (Legends Columbus) with an exhibition in the purest "old-school skaters".

Among the specialised professional profiles that we find in the cultural sector, and more specifically, in the field of visual arts, one of the most recent occupations is that of the curator. The ‘80s put attention on the role of the artist, with its innovative character and the enhancement of its figure as an essential articulator of creative proposals, while the end of the century moved the interest towards the exhibition centres themselves and their work as custodians of current production and as spaces to accommodate all proposals. The change of millennium strongly introduced in this panorama the role of the curator. Perhaps together with a social identity crisis, perhaps with the complexity that contemporary projects are currently acquiring, the need for building, articulating and delving into artistic discourses became evident.

Although the functions entrusted to this profession are not entirely new, since previously they belonged to conservatives, critics or experts according to the themes, the role has gained solidity because it combines all these purposes while allowing the specialisation of other professionals in their fields of competence. Now, as some curators themselves point out, the genuine spirit of this figure, who was born to facilitate the understanding of the discourse, create narratives within a sometimes chaotic and scattered context, mediate between the works and the spectator and create bridges between contemporary art and society.

The art of our day raises a multitude of unknowns for the visitor who must face proposals many times away from the aesthetic standards, which gives way to uncertainty and confusion; but, in turn, these works employ a closer language, materials and even compositions detached from the sophistication and the technical display of yesteryear, something that, far from favouring proximity to the message, generates some distancing. What we have just described is part of the very essence of current art. The questioning of the formalist guidelines and the recourse to tangible elements that are more utilitarian than embellishing are the new criteria of creation, where, above all, the message to be conveyed stands out.

Likewise, another inherent characteristic of the work of our time is the artists' concern for more immediate themes, for social, political and economic issues that seek to create a narrative and conceptual revulsion, leaving behind the aesthetic priority or, rather, making of the message its own aesthetic. In this context, strange as it may seem, contemporary creation encounters a linguistic barrier hindering the viewer's understanding. And to this circumstance, the abundant current production is added, covering a wide range of themes that are nothing more than a transcript of our diverse and globalised society.

The curator helps to facilitate this understanding by articulating a coherent discourse that allows the grouping of related ideas to set up the message. This requires to have an in-depth knowledge of the current state of the art, the lines of work of the creators, the most recent aesthetic proposals and the real demands of society to bridge the dialogue and allow the approach to art. If art deals with the same issues that concern us all, how can we not share its postulates? Cultural mediation requires the work of the curators to open a small window for reflection and to enable a space for exchange and idea generation. We share the thought that José Guirao expressed in a recent interview: "The curator is someone who reveals something new, and it would be a mistake for curators to become managers."

Understood this way curator’s role, many institutions have joined the trend of creating specific calls for new professionals to give light to their proposals. Let us remember, as an example, the call "Unpublished" of La Casa Encendida, or "Curator wanted", of the Community of Madrid or the call of Curating of La Caixa.