OneShot, Oficial Hotel for Art Madrid\'15

The contemporary art fair Art Madrid'15 renews its partnership with ONE SHOT HOTELS, so that they are the official hotels of gallery owners, artists, organizers and collectors fair. Also, on this occasion, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Art Madrid, the hotel ONE SHOT Recoletos04 will host one of the exhibitions of the Parallel Program of the fair, a photography exhibition with the work of some of the most personal and prominent voices in contemporary photography and a special curator.

"Believe you can and you're halfway there" with this maxim of Theodore Roosevelt and a credit of 100,000 euros starts the history of the hotel chain ONE SHOT, spontaneous hotels, unique and unrepeatable, as defined by its creators and with a vocation focused in contemporary art as the backbone of the project. ONE SHOT HOTELS are linked especially with photography. "One shot" is an exclusive release, a single master shot and a limited edition, in photographic slang, and so are the hotels of this young project: all different, each is a "one shot".

 

Javier Ayuso. Untitled Project.

 

A HOTEL IN MOTION WITH ITS OWN ART PROJECT
 
To support and promote private initiatives contemporary art, ONE SHOT HOTELS have created a cultural sponsorship project: ONE SHOT PROJECTS. For what purpose? To achieve that art, culture, beauty and creation becoming a part of everyday life of each of its hotels, as part of their identity and business philosophy and, by extension, as part of the identity of their customers.
ONE SHOT PROJECTS aims to be not only a draft presentation of the latest creative processes, but an initiative that shares reflections through talks and meetings with artists, educational activities and participation in the artistic program of the city where we are . In ONE SHOT PROJECTS have already exposed the work of Jorge Fuembuena, Marta Soul, Javier Ayuso and Alfonso Batallla.
 
Diego Pedra. Vagabundeando.
ONE SHOT RECOLETOS 04 AN ALTERNATIVE SPACE FOR ART MADRID'15
 
The art fair Art Madrid repeats in its 10th anniversary edition, the collaboration with ONE SHOT HOTELS in February 2015. It will not only be the Official Hotel of the fair, with special prices and facilities to gallery owners, customers and collectors, but one of the alternative spaces of Art Madrid'15 within its parallel activities program.
 
During February, the hall and corridors of the hotel Recoletos 04 ONE SHOT will host a magnificent photo exhibition curated by sociologist and independent art critic Nicola Mariani with the work of David Catá , Irene Cruz, Karina Beltrán and Victoria Diehl, four of the most prominent and most promising names in contemporary photography.
 
The exhibition reflects the common thread that unites the work of four photographers, who from different concerns, aesthetic premises and formal solutions, reflected a poetic dimension of existence, in which the prevailing uncertainty and the suspension between reality and fiction; description and evocation; inner and outer; natural and artificial; history and memory. In short, between life and death, between experience and desire.
 
Art Madrid'15 celebrates its 10 years with the best in the best possible space.

 

One of the purposes of the “Art Madrid-Proyector’20” program was to offer the opportunity to get to know the work of some invited creators, and, through an interactive talk, allow the public to open a direct dialogue with them. For this reason, from February 12th to 14th, were organised three masterclasses at Medialab Prado with Patxi Araújo, Olga Diego and Lois Patiño, all authors who work with the moving image, but who approach their projects from a diametrically opposite perspective. With this agenda, we were able to discuss three essential lines of current video-creation: the fusion with technology and artificial intelligence, the shaping of performances for documentary purposes and video art with film overtones. We already had the opportunity to remember the session with Patxi Araújo and his site-specific work "Sherezade" created for the Medialab Prado façade. Today we will talk about the meeting we had with Olga Diego and Lois Patiño.

Olga diego, photo by Javier Adiego

Olga Diego’s masterclass has as title: “The flight as a creative matter”. Olga is a multidisciplinary artist who in recent years has focused her work on sculpture and performance or action art, which she later documents with photography and video. This last aspect is one of the most interesting for her when she reflects on how the transformation of the piece from an experiential format to a recorded one takes place, and how individuals have become used to consuming this class of less invasive final products, from a space of comfort that our private devices offer.

One of Olga's main lines of research is related to autonomous flight systems and the creation of artefacts capable of rising with little energy. Can one create a material lighter than air itself? This idea has led her to experiment with numerous scientific forms and concepts, as well as taking a historical journey through the beginnings of flight and the progress of humanity to invent devices capable of flying. It is not just about recovering the history of aviation, something that has a much more technological and commercial side, but to investigate the ideas, experiments and tests that analysed the behaviour of air, the dynamics of flows and the design of individual aerodynamic structures, a concern that the human being showed since the Renaissance, with Leonardo Da Vinci.

Olga Diego, photo by Mario Gutiérrez Cru

Olga recovers many of these concepts and applies them to her recent projects. In her latest proposals, she has also worked with inflatable figures, as an alternative to conducted flight, using plastic materials for its construction. Her last exhibition “The automatic garden”, which could be enjoyed at the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art and the Lonja del Pescado Exhibition Hall, also in Alicante, is a gigantic installation made up of almost a hundred inflatable-electronic sculptures inspired by the beautiful, extravagant and suggestive characters from the Garden of Earthly Delights, by El Bosco. This cloud of humanoid and zoomorphic figures, which move and beat thanks to the electronic mechanisms that keep them permanently inflated, also portrays the excesses of man, his lack of concern for the invasion of the environment, the overexposure to plastic and the exploitation of natural resources. A composition that focuses on "sin", as an indirect message that was also conveyed in the work of El Bosco.

Masterclass of Lois Patiño. Photo by Marta Suárez-Mansilla

For his part, Lois Patiño's career is intimately connected to film work. “Time and image” was the title of his masterclass. His video pieces, whether brief or feature-long films contain a concern closely linked to film language, but on a path that leaves conventional narratives aside. Among the main motifs that occupy his work, Lois opts for more contemplative aesthetics, where the expressive power of the image itself is prioritised, without seeking too many added effects in conventional cinema through sound effects, dialogues or other devices.





This is why Lois's work is so poetic and lyrical. His proposals incorporate technological innovations to cause very concrete effects in his works, but all of this helps to delve into the issues that concern this creator and that, since his beginnings, have been present in his work.

Lois Patiño, foto de Mario Gutiérrez Cru

Lois Patiño has always been interested in the relationship of the individual with the landscape and how it can modulate our way of behaving in society and determine our idiosyncrasy. To what extent are we dependent on our environment? How is culture defined by its connection to the landscape? These and other questions plague the author's work in which many contemplative images abound.

In addition, Lois presented us in scoop the trailer for his latest feature-long film "Lúa vermella" that a few days after the masterclass was officially presented at the Berlinale - International Film Festival in Berlin 2020.