WHEN ART DOES NOT NEED SPACE

The road to the virtual is a fact. The entry into the new millennium has meant a change in many of our habits, and much of the novelties come from technology. It is not necessary to remember that we develop our day to day with an open window to an infinite world, which we access through our phones and computers. It is the closest that exists to the gift of ubiquity.

“Psychological Morphology “ de Roberto Matta© Matta, VEGAP, Madrid, 2019

This reality has also had an impact on art. The proposals that bet to give more visibility to the artists and their work through virtual accessible projects are only at their beginnings. The possibilities are increasing and the richness of the initiatives too. Technological investment in the sector is on progress and the exploration of the connection with the digital sphere opens many doors to the future. Many galleries organise virtual tours of their exhibitions, the fairs strive to leave a record of the event so that people can relive the experience, and the artists themselves enter this area to accommodate new works.

“La Belle Société “ de René Magritte© René Magritte, VEGAP, Madrid, 2019

In this context, many people ask: is the experience of living art possible in the virtual world? What other sensations may arise? These questions are the starting point of the “Intangibles” project that the Telefónica Foundation opens this week simultaneously at its headquarters in Mexico City, Mar de Plata, Montevideo, Bogotá, Quito, Santiago, Chile, Lima and Madrid. The exhibition is presented as an initiative that wants to break physical barriers, overcome the limitations imposed by physical space and open a window to digital art and technology, with works from the foundation's own collection that can be enjoyed simultaneously in a shared experience.

“La fenêtre aux collines”, Juan Gris, 1923 ©ColecciónTelefónica

Among Joaquín Torres García, Roberto Matta, Juan Gris, René Magritte, Paul Delvaux, Eduardo Chillida, María Blanchard and Antoni Tàpies, the exhibition brings together a set of digital projects explicitly designed for each of the venues and using diverse techniques, from the VR, 3D design or photogrammetry, video mapping or digital painting. The objective is to investigate the potential of the digital art experience for the viewer, so it has not only innovated in the incorporation of these techniques, but also in the study of the sensations and perception of the visitor, with several tests oriented to improve the project.

With this proposal, it is intended to reflect on how the experience of approaching art is lived and what new possibilities technology offers for knowledge, visibility and dissemination of artistic creation, overcoming traditional barriers such as space and time.

 

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.