Thoes quiet men…

Those quiet men who always stand on piers asked where we were going and when we said, “To the Gulf of California”, their eyes melted with longing, they wanted to go so badly es una lectura performática del guión que Julieta Aguinaco y Sarah Demoen escribieron durante una visita reciente al Mar de Cortés. Esta visita fue una reiteración del viaje que hicieron el escritor John Steinbeck y el biólogo marino Ed Ricketts en 1940, dos amigos que recorrieron los litorales de la península de Baja California para recolectar invertebrados marinos y escribir la novela The Log From the Sea of Cortez. Lejos de los métodos organizados y específicos que le atribuimos a la ciencia, Ricketts recolectaba vida marina al azar mientras que Steinbeck presenta el viaje como una aventura. Sarah y Julieta reconocen una urgencia similar en esta accidental y azarosa aproximación en cuanto a los métodos de hacer y pensar arte. Además, al igual que Steinbeck y Ricketts, ellas también son visitantes que llegan a este entorno sin una invitación, a investigar un paisaje que nunca las llamó. ¿Qué hay de los visitados?, ¿con qué se quedan? is the lecture-performance of a script written by Julieta Aguinaco & Sarah Demoen during their visit to the Sea of Cortez. This visit was a reiteration of a trip writer John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts did in 1940, covering the whole peninsula of Baja California to collect sea specimens — documented in the novel The Log From the Sea of Cortez. Ricketts collected sea life almost randomly, while Steinbeck’s novel presents the trip as an adventure, far from the organized and specific methods we attribute to science. In this haphazard approach Sarah and Julieta recognize a similar urge when thinking about art. Furthermore, like Steinbeck and Ricketts, they too are uninvited visitors researching a landscape that never asked for them. What is in it for the visited?

Sábado 20 de Agosto. Ciudad de México.

150401 Under the Ciltlatepetl


Under the Ciltlatepetl

April 2015
Summerhall Exhibitions, Edinburgh, UK

‘In the current industrialised way of existing, many Homo sapiens live a life no longer as intimately synced to the circadian clock of Earth. The technologies we have inherited from our Homo habilis ancestors have slowly but steadily developed. Today ‘artificial’ production of light, heat, food, etc. has brought, among other things, an accelerated existence. The urban and indoor routine of city humans may seem detached; as a parallel reality happening at another speed or dimension. But we are fully attached, furthermore enclosed in, bigger clocks and stronger things that we will probably never master. Like planetary rotation. Like volcanoes.’

‘Under the Ciltlatepetl’ was a series of exhibitions co-curated by the Science Festival, Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science. ‘Under the Ciltlatepetl’ brings together a selection of works by international artists intrigued by light in all its forms. Celebrating the UN International Year of Light and the Science Festival’s Brainwaves strand, the exhibitions explore the beauty, form and function of light and its role as a metaphor for knowledge and enlightenment.

141004 A Thing Called Time issue #1


A Thing Called Time issue #1

October 4, 2014
Book Launch at CasCo – Office for Art Design and Theory
Utrecht, NL

A Thing Called Time is a serial publication project in which different understandings of the concept of time are explored. Using a specific area of knowledge as a starting point. For issue #1: Biological Time, the team invited Dr. Marina Escalera, a molecular biologist who’s main research involves searching for new viruses in the anal swamps of vampire bats. The next publication, Issue #3: Mathematical Time is currently being worked on in collaboration with Felipe Garcia Ramos, a mathematician who is focused on the study order and chaos.



Land Art Mongolia

THE GEOLOGIC DEPTH OF NOW walk (color pigments)
August 3 – 29, 2014
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The Geologic Depth of Now is a scaled walk through the history of the Earth. In other words: a walkable timeline of 1150 metres that takes the walkers through the Earth’s history. Starting at the formation of the planet 4.6 billion years ago, stopping at decisive moments in animal history and ending in present times, when the human species becomes a predator over all other species. “Unlike the first five extinctions, the sixth extinction is neither abrupt nor spectacular. No smashing asteroids or giant volcano eruptions. Only the slow, cumulative effecs of greenhouse gases, rain forest depletion, and a brand of imperialism that extols the virtues of high mass consumption.” (Genese Marie Sodokoff, The Anthropology of Extinction) During the walk, Western concepts of measurements and categorizations are slowly deconstructed. (Vera Tolman)