Warren Neidich: The Search Drive screening and conversation with Oriol Fontdevila
Tuesday, May 3th, 07:00 pm, Angels Barcelona Espai2*
The Search Drive is a video work by Warren Neidich in which some of the same software programs utilized by the NSA to spy on Americans and foreign nationals, residing in America and abroad, are used by an autonomous agent to search through the web for personal and classified information about the artist itself. Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, Instagram are hacked and ransacked. As such it traces over time an autobiographical sketch of his comings and goings, activities and friendships, revealing what Neidich call a Hack-ography. In the course of that analysis a number of things are revealed, that can be read to create a radical profile. A fiction based on unconfirmed facts is thus built and now substitutes for any actual portrait he might actually has or had.
A conversation between Warren Neidich and curator Oriol Fontdevila will follow the screening of the video.
Oriol Fontdevila is a curator, writer, researcher, focusing on art practices and education based in Barcelona. Currently he is researching from a performative approach on the interweave between art and mediation granted by MNCARS, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia. Also in 2015 he has been awarded ex aequo by the Cultural Innovation International Prize of CCCB, Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona for the project Becoming Public. He is artistic co-director of Sala d’Art Jove de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government Youth Art Space). Currently he is curating the exhibition program Zande’s Net in Santa Mònica Arts Center and is co-curating Performing the Museum, an artistic research platform lead by Antoni Tàpies Foundation (Barcelona), Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Koroska Galery of Fine Arts (Slovenj Gradec) and Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina (Novi Sad). Formerly he has curated several projects at Joan Miró Foundation, Antoni Tàpies Foundation, A*DESK Platform, Idensitat, amongst other art institutions and independent spaces in Barcelona. He is a guest lecturer in several universities and study programs and writes regularly in art magazines and exhibition catalogues.
* c/ Angels, 16, 08001, Barcelona
Residents talk: Valentina Desideri, Warren Neidich and Florencia Portocarrero
Wednesday, April 6th, 07.30pm, Fabra i Coats*
In the context of BAR project curatorial program, which explores during 2016 the politics of control of human behavior, artists Valentina Desideri (IT/NL) and Warren Neidich (US/D), and curator Florencia Portocarrero (PE), in residence until the end of May, will be presenting their work and introducing the projects they are developing in Barcelona. These projects and researches will be partially shown at “The Right to be Unhappy” event, taking place at French Institut and Antoni Tàpies Foundation respectively on 6th and 7th of May.
Valentina Desideri is an Amsterdam-based artist. She trained in contemporary dance at the Laban Centre in London (2003–2006) and later on did her MA in Fine Arts at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (2011–13). She does Fake Therapy and Political Therapy, she co-organises Performing Arts Forum in France, she speculates in writing with Prof. Stefano Harney, she writes biographies by reading people’s hands, she engages in Poetical Readings with Prof. Denise Ferreira da Silva.
Warren Neidich is an artist, writer and organizer who is founding director of the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art. For the past twenty years he has been utilizing a variety of media from photography, video, painting, sculpture, performance and installation to investigate the emancipatory capacity of artistic expression both in the world and the brain. Recently his interests have turned to what he refers to as a neuroethics: the right of every individual on the planet earth to fully activate his or her neuroplastic potential. Neidich is currently working on two major artworks at this time. In Los Angeles he is the middle of The Hollywood Blacklist Project 2013-2018. A number of preliminary projects including Book Exchange, 2014 and Double Jeopardy, 2015 are intended to set the ground work for a major public work in 2017 called Re-imagining the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Florencia Portocarrero is a researcher, writer and independent curator. She obtained her BA in clinical psychology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, where she also received her MA in Psychoanalytical Theory. During the 2012/2013 Portocarrero participated in de ‘Appel Curatorial Programme’ in Amsterdam and recently she completed a MA in Contemporary Art Theory at ‘Goldsmiths University’ in London, where she graduated with honors. Portocarrero regularly collaborates with the international contemporary art magazine Artishock and has contributed with her writings on art and culture in numerous catalogues and publications. In Lima Portocarrero is co-founder and co-director of the independent art space ‘Bisagra’ and works as public program curator at ‘Proyecto AMIL’.
*Carrer de Sant Adrià, 20, 08030 Barcelona
[Bio] Warren Neidich
is an artist, writer and organizer who is founding director of the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art. For the past twenty years he has been utilizing a variety of media from photography, video, painting, sculpture, performance and installation to investigate the emancipatory capacity of artistic expression both in the world and the brain. Recently his interests have turned to what he refers to as a neuroethics: the right of every individual on the planet earth to fully activate his or her neuroplastic potential. That every individual no matter their color, creed or sexual orientation should be able to actualize the full capacity of his or her brain. This research will form the foundation of the next Saas-fee Summer Institute of Art entitled Art and the Politics of Individuation. Neidich is currently working on two major artworks at this time. In Los Angeles he is the middle of The Hollywood Blacklist Project 2013-2018. A number of preliminary projects including Book Exchange, 2014 and Double Jeopardy, 2015 are intended to set the ground work for a major public work in 2017 called Re-imagining the Hollywood Walk of Fame in which the names of the Hollywood Ten, the first blacklisted Hollywood directors, actors and writers, will receive dedicated stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This work will be exhibited in collaboration with Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in Los Angeles. His project in Berlin emanates from a five year research project in which artistic practices, as opposed to institutional and sovereign ones, deterritorialize the sensorial perceptual environment to mutate it and create differences that can be repeated. His latest project hybridizes phantom limb boxes used in the treatment of painful phantom limbs, with boxes that appear to mimic those created by Donald Judd in order expose alternative body images that can be drawn. This project is a follow up to a recent monograph entitled The Noologist Handook and other Art Experiments, Archive Books, 2014. In 2016 the third volume of the Pychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism will launch.