17/02/2017 || Terra-deformation: Obieg no 6 promotion (artist talks, discussion, dj set)



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Start: 17:30
Dj Set: 20:30
Free admission. Sala Edukacyjna, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art

On Saturday evening, Ujazdwski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art cordially invites you to a meeting with artists from Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Congo/Norway. The program features a talk with the artists, a discussion, and a sound performance. The event marks the launch of the sixth issue of Obieg, which is devoted to terra-deformation, ecocriticism, and artistic links between South America and Poland.

The main theme of the issue terra-deformation is both a metaphor and a term that conveys the fact that rapid changes are currently underway in the natural environment. This process has resulted from the insatiable global hunger for resources also known as geophagia, driven by deregulated neoliberalism as well as by new illiberal variations of capitalism. From a lack of water to poor air quality, to natural disasters and mass migrations the effects of terra-deformation are both felt by developed countries and raise social costs in developing countries.

The situation seems irreversible although systemic anti-terra-deformation procedures have emerged on a small scale such as granting nature legal personality in the Ecuadorian constitution. One of the main topics of our meeting concerns the role that contemporary art may play in transforming the collective imagination in relation to terra-deformation.

November 2015 saw the greatest environmental disaster in recent years in South America when the Bento Rodriguez dam broke leading to a sludge spill. The disaster took place in the vicinity of Belo Horizonte in the mining state of Minas Gerais. More than 60 million cubic meters of toxic substances spilled into Rio Doce a river the size of the Vistula covering the whole area with brown mudflows, thus killing human and animal life as well as the life of the river for decades.

The history and current situation of terra-deformation in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais and the Chilean region of Antofagasta provide the case studies with which to reflect on the ways contemporary art may bear testimony to rapid natural transformations as well as engage in a discussion with dominant narratives and PR activities pursued by giant mining companies. Both regions continue to function as centers of mining industry with the entire beauty of mining culture and the imprint of the superpower of terra-deforming corporations. From the perspective of Belo Horizonte and Antofagasta, Mabe Bethônico and Dagmara Wyskiel will talk about their artistic, research and curatorial practices shaped by the specific character of the environment and interactions with it, presenting activities that may provide an alternative source of knowledge and contribute to changing the approach to terra-deformation.

Presentations by Mabe Bethônico and Dagmara Wyskiel will be followed by a discussion that combines a talk with the artists with a debate on the themes of the sixth issue of Obieg as well as questions from the audience. Moderated by Inés Ruiz Artola and Krzysztof Gutfrański.

The evening culminates with two live sets by the Peruvian composer and editor of the experimental magazine Cyclops, Constanza Nuñez Melgar Molinari alias CAO and the Congolese-Norwegian producer and multimedia artist Sandra Mujingi alias 9Djinn.

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Mabe Bethônico (Belo Horizonte/Brazil) is an artist, researcher, and professor at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, who lives between Brazil and Switzerland. She works within institutional structures to problematize issues related to memory, from documentaries to fictionalized narratives, using publications and speeches/narration, based on archives and field images as a means of transmitting her ideas. Since 2013, she initiated the Museum of Public Concerns, staged from collections, writings, meetings, and exhibitions. As her main topic of interest, she attempts to bring to public debate the social and environmental implications of the mineral industry in Minas Gerais, Brazil. She has shown in the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo, has participated in the São Paulo Biennials of 2006 & 2008, exhibited at the Kunstverein Munchen, and is a member of the international group or artists and theoreticians, World of Matter (www.worldofmatter.net).

Dagmara Wyskiel is a visual artist, the author of site-specific interventions and curator and part of the artistic scene in Chile. She holds a PhD in Art from the University of Fine Arts in Krakow. She is the co-founder of Collective SE VENDE Mobile Platform of Contemporary Art and the artistic director of the SACO Week of Contemporary Art in Antofagasta. She was the regional editor of the Chilean Triennial in 2009. She has conducted site-specific interventions in places such as the Valle de los Meteoritos in the Atacama Desert, the ALMA astronomical observatory, Lake Amargo in the Magallanes region and many others. She has conducted several unique activities on salt pans in the Argentinean Andes, in public spaces in Manizales, Medellín, and Bogota in Colombia, London, and Castro in Chile. She presented her works at exhibitions in the United States, China, Mexico, Uruguay, Indonesia, and Argentina. In 2016, she received the Grand Prix at the 17th Asian Biennale in Bangladesh.

Inés Ruiz Artola holds a PhD in art history and is an expert in music studies. She is a lecturer at the University of Warsaw. She is the author of the book A contrapelo, textos de arte no-oficial en Polonia (1960-1989) (Metales Pesados, Chile, 2017) and Formiści, la sintesis de la modernidad (Libargo, Granada, 2015). In addition she has also curated the exhibitions: 6,7GB/ <10000km/18days (CCA Toruń 2018), Ceci nest pas un bâtiment (Łódź 2017), Sounds. Eduardo Chillida (Wrocław 2016), Between Systems (Malaga, 2016), Views. Polish Contemporary Art (Basque Country, 2015), among other projects.
Artola has collaborated as a translator on several exhibition catalogs: Wojtek Ulrich. New Deal (BWA Wrocław 2018), Tadeusz Peiper. The Pope of the Avant-Garde (National Museum in Warsaw/Real Academia de Bellas Artes, Madrid, 2015), Andrzej Wróblewski, recto/verso (Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2016). As a critic she has collaborated with a*DESK (Barcelona), Ritmo (Madrid), Exit (Madrid), Magenta MAG (Poznań) and Szum (Warsaw). Between 2015 and 2017, Artola created monthly publications for the artesvisuales.pl department of the Polish Cultural Institute in Madrid. As a journalist, she has interviewed such artists as Alfredo Jaar (Magenta MAG, Poznań, 2014), Joan Foncuberta (Magenta MAG, Poznań, 2014), and Nicolas Grospierre (Exit, Madrid, 2016). She has lived and worked in Warsaw since 2004.

DJ Sets

Constanza Nuñez Melgar Molinari a.k.a. CAO is a Peruvian electronic music composer, sound artist, DJ and philosopher, currently based in Amsterdam. She is the director and editor-in-chief of Cyclops, a journal of contemporary theory, theory of religion, and experimental theory (www.cyclopsjournal.net). Her music works have been released by Opal Tapes (UK) and she has played extensively in Europe in venues such Berghain (Berlin), the Rewire Festival (Netherlands), the Tate Modern (London), among others. She was a participant of Red Bull Music Academy in 2016 in Montreal and used to be a resident on NTS Radio (London) where she conducted the show Subterranean Odyssey for over 2 years.

9Djinn is one of the musical aliases of the interdisciplinary artist Sandra Mujinga (NO/DRC). 9Djinn is a producer and DJ who mixes her own electronic productions with pop music from the African continent, such as coupe decale and afro-trap, and a general inhibition-less approach to genre. Sandra Mujinga has a biweekly show on Berlin Community Radio. Her mixes and edits can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/sayesorsayno