• Jugada a tres bandas. Proyecciones de videoarte de las colecciones del CA2M y el MACBA


    • Educational
    • Contemporary

    Dates and Opening hours

    APR 25, 2013

    Event Location

    Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA

    Plaça dels Àngels, 1 08001 Barcelona

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    Free admission. MACBA Auditorium. Limited places

    Jugada a tres bandas (Ja3b) [Three-sided Match] is a project designed to bring together art galleries, curators and artists. In its third consecutive edition, the aim is not only to become a regular date in the annual calendar of national contemporary art, but also to broaden the programme by taking place simultaneously in Madrid and Barcelona. Twenty-one art galleries from Madrid and seven from Barcelona will take part in Ja3b 2013 with exhibitions that will create links between both cities, together with others with a marked international approach.

    A curator from each city –Alberto Sánchez Balmisa (Madrid) and Direlia Lazo (Barcelona)– has been commissioned to select video works from the collections of the Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo and MACBA respectively. Their combined selections will be seen as part of a unique programme in both art centres.

    Selection by Alberto Sánchez Balmisa
    Esse est percipi
    Reflections of the self in MACBA's video collection

    Esse est percipi is a selection of video works from the collection of the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) that reflect on the artist's perception and representation of the self in contemporary culture.

    The title is taken from the famous phrase by the Anglo-Irish philosopher George Berkeley, 'Esse est percipi' (To be is to be perceived). With this proposition, Berkeley intended to deny the philosophical dualism running through Western thought, from Plato to Descartes, separating the mental world from the world of the objects. For Berkeley nothing exists beyond our mental perception that it exists. Equally, human beings do not exist unless perceived by others.

    Under these premises, Esse est percipi is constructed as a visual itinerary that, according to Berkeley's proposition, can only exist if perceived by an external being. And yet, contrary to what it may seem, it is not a mental construction designed by an author, the curator, with the intention of manipulating a series of iconographic elements (the works) in order to impose a particular reading (perception/interpretation) on the viewer. On the contrary, the programme is designed to confront viewers with a mirror reflecting each and every one of their doubts.

    Faced with this mirror, various artists will ask in the first or third person questions of identity and physicality –their limits, complexities and meanings– while also questioning the condition of video and the moving image. Negated or altered, their bodies will experience the need to be perceived. Or perhaps, who knows, they will realise that they cannot perceive anything, thus generating a perverse dialectic that tries to create a space without contingency where the paradox acts as detonator for the construction of meaning.

    Selection by Direlia Lazo (coming soon)
    Selected works

    Samuel Beckett, Film, 1965. 20'15"
    Leonora de Barros, Nao Quero Nem Ver: Toque do Olho; Ela Nao Quer Ver; Já Vi Tudo; Há Mulheres; 2005. 16'
    Vito Acconci, Three Relationship Studies, 1970. 12'30"
    Bruce Nauman, Pinchneck, 1968. 2'
    Dan Graham, Performer/Audience/Mirror, 1975. 22'52"
    Joan Jonas, Organic Honey Visual Telepathy, 1972. 17'
    Gary Hill, Commentary, 1980. 50"

    Total duration: 90 min. Approx.

    The programme will also be screened on 14 April, 18.30 h., at the Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo. Av de la Constitución 23, 28931 Móstoles, Madrid.

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