Press kit Traslaciones. An artistic exchange in the context of the Atlantic Arch

Organised and produced by Fundación Municipal de Cultura, Educación y Universidad Popular del Ayuntamiento de Gijón y LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, the show will be opened until 29 September

Published: Jul 31, 2013
Press kit Traslaciones. An artistic exchange in the context of the Atlantic Arch

From lef to right, Bevis Martin, Neal Begg, Charlie Youle, Regina Dejiménez and Fran Meana. Photo: LABoral/S. Redruello

1. The act or process of translating, especially from one language into another.
2. A translated version of a text.
3. Motion of a body in which every point of the body moves parallel to and the same distance as every other point of the body; non-rotational displacement.
4. Transference; removal or conveyance from one person, place, or condition to another.
5. Transference of an act from the usual date to another.

The goal of this project is to open a two-way channel of communication between Nantes and Gijón. This hitherto unexplored path has given rise to an exhibition in two venues -Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto and LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial- which is showcasing four works of art created during a production residency.

Traslaciones touches on two kinds of translations. Firstly, a type of movement: the physical projection of a body which, despite changing position, remains identical in space and in time; and secondly to a transformation on a symbolic level: when the need to translate from one language to another becomes a desert which cannot be mapped.

The works on view take different approaches to exploring space and time. They are different ways of trying to understand the world and, at once, of trespassing the boundaries of representation. They go beyond any mere physical measurement and foreclose any fixed essences: what we know and our way of perceiving it is questioned through images, objects and sounds. Instead of drawing guidelines, they are more like vortexes and circular flows. So, in this way, the destination of every journey becomes an encounter, a re-distribution of positions.

Dates:
31.07.2013- 15.09.2013. Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto
31.07.2013- 29.09.2013. LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial

LAS OBRAS

Sala de Columnas. LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial
Red River Valley, 2013. Installation
Neal Beggs (Belfast, 1959) examines sound’s capacity to organize itself through objects with sculptural qualities while at once proposing an analogy between the geophysical and historical context of Gijón.
This set of pieces uncovers a sentient idea of the rugged Atlantic coastline. The crossing by boat between Nantes and Gijón is thus transformed into an evocative form suffused with a phantasmagorical presence. The idea of translation is incarnated in the middle of this real displacement between two points, a western fiction as a way of revisiting its myths and its present. A bridge orchestrated with a song called Red River Valley which Woody Guthrie versioned to speak about the International Brigades.

Reinos en traslación: el cobre, 2013. Installation
Regina Dejiménez (Madrid, 1984).
The installation Reinos en traslación: el cobre [Realms in translation: copper] is based on a search for the different uses of copper, an element whose origins are shrouded in mythology, as well as mankind’s alternative futures in this and other planets throughout the course of history. By means of documentation extracted from various historical, poetical and scientific registers in the form of texts, sculptural pieces and copper etching plates, the artist creates a narration which at once hides different stories: a borderland that intertwines different traditions and knowledge, in search of meeting points, ideas, facts and representations.

Sala 1. Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto
El límite del tiempo (The Edge of Time), 2013. Installation
Fran Meana (Avilés, 1982) presents an installation comprising a text transformed into an image, the hanging jacket of an absent body and four soundtracks, each relayed through a different speaker, which recreate the space of a conversation. The narration takes it starting point from the classic science-fiction novel A Woman in the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy, continuing the dialogue between its two main characters: a woman from the present and another from the not-so-distant future. Two bodies, which are absent yet have a voice, take part in a reflection on the translation from our time to the future and from image to sound, from physical presence to absence.

Ways of Seeing, 2013. Installation
Bevis Martin (London, 1975) & Charlie Youle (Sheffield, 1977). This artist duo mines the resources of fabLAB Asturias at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, provoking a confrontation between new technologies and conventional formats of representation, yet not without a certain ironic backwards gaze on the history of art, in an exploration into forms and models using pieces from various museums in Gijón.

Taking the geometric definition of translation literally, their work becomes a confusion of perspectives, a way of understanding the sculptural potential with which the two artists create and maintain an artifice, defending uncertainty in the different dimensions of space.

Curated by: Alfredo Aracil & Frédéric Emprou

Participating artists:
Neal Beggs, Regina Dejiménez at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial
Bevis Martin & Charlie Youle, Fran Meana at Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto

Organised and Produced by: LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial and Fundación Municipal de Cultura, Educación y Universidad Popular del Ayuntamiento del Ayuntamiento de Gijón


In the context of: Festival Arcu Atánticu
In collaboration with: Institut Français
Official carrier: DFDS Seaways
Media partner: El Comercio

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