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Discreet Neighbourhoods

Discreet Neighbourhoods

Discreet Neighbourhoods

Discreet Neighbourhoods

Discreet Neighbourhoods

Discreet Neighbourhoods

Discreet Neighbourhoods

Discreet Neighbourhoods

Discreet Neighbourhoods

Discreet Neighbourhoods

Discreet Neighbourhoods

Discreet Neighbourhoods

fromApril 16 toJune 27, 2010 - EACC

Discreet Neighbourhoods

At the current moment in time, both the economy and cultural practices have succumbed to the effects of dislocation. Large art events function under an illusion of diversity predicated on a constant displacement to “exotic” countries and the organisation of events cutting across different borders. The cultural practices owe their existence to the conflation of time and space in order to ensure the required mediatisation, in turn permitting the necessary connection to defend the goal of “being everywhere at once”.

These events are no more than an illusion of displacement. They are, in point of fact, really virtual versions of one single centre, an epicentre focused on the interests of a market sustained on over-exposure. These conflations, essential for the general demand for speed, only allow the diffusion of an anesthetised cut-and-paste culture that forecloses any attempt at reflection, backward movement or distance that would favour a proper analysis.

Against this backdrop, the exhibition space, its programs and invited artists, etc. are brought into question in order to appropriate peripheral spaces and to create long-term practices.

Re-locating would be the condition of a possible re-appropriation of this space where it is possible for the appearance of experiences conducive to the “…creation of discreet neighbourhoods, to the dispersion of particles […] to the proposition of frontiers in the extensive, to the complication of concentrations, to the reception of explosions, to the gathering of crowd…” (Peter Sloterdijk).

This reconsideration of the local does not however advocate a negation of the global nor does it defend a protectionist outlook, rather it proposes a space of a partition, of a necessary time for exchange in order to impose a logic of participation, of the possible revelation of a genius loci.

These are also the practices we ought to question if we are not to make the exhibition into a mere container of works of art simply located in the same space and time, as a product manufactured for cultural consumption with a non-participatory offer which the public can only accept or reject. Once “products” have been rejected, it is necessary to propose new experiences to initiate the realisation of works that will be not just be the end result of a process, that phase prior to distribution in the marketplace. It is paramount to agree on new rules of coexistence among the various players involved.

From this perspective, the Espai d'art contemporani de Castelló has invited four artists and a writer to imagine together, and in relation with the context of the city and its specificities, an exhibition that will not simply be a sum of different practices but instead a single whole, constructed and shared together throughout its duration.

The artists Bernard Bazile, Denicolai & Provoost, Antonio Ortega and Cesare Pietroiusti  have proposed the coordinates for a scenario whose realisation -covering the whole duration of the event- will experiment with the terms and conditions of appearance and reception of their respective projects.

Given the place of the exhibition —addresses as a laboratory in the public space of the city— and given the practices of the everyday in its artistic transformation, given the circulation and the deployment of images and of meaning in the real, given the invitation to the public to take part in these expressions and to become actors in them, this exhibition is, above all else, predicated on a sum of “activities” that encourage the expression of a shared interest in exchange.

Throughout the exhibition a weekly publication, part logbook and part additional support for other types of initiatives, will give voice to the various projects and their state of development. The set of all these publications will form an edition numbered and certified by the artists.
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