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[03] Direct Action & Art Clinic

Description:

This work group will create a collective artwork from the aesthetic perspective of the Fluxus movement (sound as urban intervention) in the sociopolitical context of Mexico City and with an anti-neocolonial stance. The common problems that Latin America suffers today respond to  a new version of colonialism and to a systematic violation of human rights. Our urban intervention will convene bodies to meet, dialogue, and collectively claim public space.

General objective: To collectively create an urban intervention as an occupation strategy and a political-aesthetic vindication, based on themes that will emerge from the group.

Specific objectives:

  • Discuss specific problems that affect us
  • Design an intervention based on collective consensus
  • Study the site where the intervention will take place
  • Perform and or execute the action/intervention

Format and structure:

As a theoretical foundation for our urban intervention, we will research the work of the Fluxus movement and its poetics, as well as other authors like Judith Butler. The group will work during the Encuentro for four hours a day, exploring a series of models and creation devices that range from silence to sound, while the participants share their individual aesthetic, political, and activism experiences.

With these affective and sensorial experiences anchoring our process, and taking into account the social, political, and cultural contexts of Mexico City, we will collectively create the intervention to be (dis)located in urban space—a space of political-aesthetic occupation.

List of what applications to the work group should include:

A description (max. 500 words) of the project that you would like to share with the group (collective or individual creations, research work in the field of art, direct action, performance, or fluxus). Such description should show evidence of relevant experience in the artistic field, or in the participation of collectives, assemblies, and social-political  activism.

Ideal number of participants:

12

Languages spoken/understood by the conveners:

Spanish and English

Conveners:

Jorge Hernández Esguep is a visual artist and professor of Visual Arts at the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación in Chile. He holds a PhD in Humanities from the Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, and a Masters in Visual Arts from the Universidad de Chile. His research focuses on the field of performance, fluxus, art / action and urban intervention. He received a scholarship from the Chilean Ministry of Education to study the "Development in Art Education" at the University College St. Mark & ​​St. John, in Devon, England. Amongst individual and collective exhibitions in the field of visual arts are: "Perder la forma humana: Una imagen sísmica de los años ochenta en América Latina”, Museo Nacional Reina Sofía (2013); "Hibridaciones", Museum of Contemporary Art of Valdivia, Universidad Austral de Chile (2013); and "China-Town", Galeria Metropolitana (2011).

Iñaki Ceberio de León is a professor and member of Asamblea el Retamo de Nonogasta, a citizens’ assembly fighting a socio-environmental problem linked to the contamination of a tannery. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Universidad del País Vasco (Spain) and was a postdoctoral scholar at the Centro de Estudios Ambientales at Universidad Austral de Chile, under the direction of Dr. Manfred Max-Neef. He worked at the Universidad Austral de Chile’s School of Visual Arts, where he collaborated in the accreditation of the visual arts program, and participated in artistic projects with visual artist Jorge Hernández Esguep. He is currently a professor at the Universidad Nacional de Chilecito (Argentina), where he teaches philosophy and engages in research and other projects related to the environment.

Doris Difarnecio is the director of ARTEACCIÓN: a digital platform for art as public action and resistance against femicide, sexual violence, homophobia, and racism. Between 1999 and 2016, she was the theatrical director of Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya (FOMMA) in San Cristobal de las Casas (Chiapas, Mexico), a group of Mayan women who use theater as a tool for education, the preservation of indigenous communities, and women’s rights. She served as director of Centro Hemisférico, a satellite of the Hemispheric Institute in Chiapas between 2008 and 2013. Her MA’s in cultural studies and sociology are from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and the Centro de Estudios Superiores de México y Centroamérica (CESMECA, at Universidad de Ciencias y Artes in Chiapas), respectively. Difarnecio currently lives in New Mexico, where she collaborates with the Rights and Equality Center, which works to give voice to low-income immigrant workers under attack by Trump's anti-immigrant public policies.

Javier Serna is professor of Literature and Analysis of Cultural Processes at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico. Publications include: 150 Años de Teatro en Nuevo León (2009), Narcocorridos (2003) and Oratura (2014). Serna holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University, and an MA in Drama and Anthropology from the Drama Center, London.