MUNTADAS, WORDS, WORKS, PROJECTS-PROPOSAL AND DERIVE VENEZIANE -
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WORDS, WORDS, PROJECTS/PROSALS & DERIVE VENEZIANE
SEPTEMBER 16 TO OCTOBER 7, 2017
Antoni Muntadas (b. 1942 Barcelona) has been the subject of over 200 one person exhibitions throughout North and South America, Europe, Russia, and most recently South Korea, Japan and next year in China. Deeply concerned about the individual’s relationship in the social sphere, the term “media landscape” is frequently attributed to Muntadas, and his legacy as a major video artist since 1971 has been well documented with his catalogue archived by Electronic Arts Intermix, New York, with MACBA in Barcelona, and with his recent retrospective organized by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. He has been exhibiting in the gallery since 1987.
PROJECTS/PROPOSALS includes heliographs from the 1970s that where remastered into archival screenprints. These 18 works entitled Projects/Proposals (1971-1980) mapped Muntadas’ intentions for installations, videos and performance works. Since these early years, Muntadas has continued to develop an extended series of installations investigating means of context and interpretation.
Two recent projects will highlight the interpetative quality of meaning through language WORDS, WORDS (Palabras, Palabras), 2016, address the redefinition of public space through politics and the media. As presented here, are presented as worn down, denigrated or disappearing altogether due to the use and abuse of power and mass media.
The film project entitled Dérive Veneziane that was presented at the 72nd Venice Festival of Cinéma in 2015, reflecting on his 10 year association with the Universita di Venezia Institute.
Cities are sometimes represented by strong stereotypes or clichés. Dérive Veneziane tries to show another side of the city, the hidden, the unknown, the mysterious.
Through a journey based on the Situationists’ derive, by night and from a boat…
Removing all predictable daytime paths, the wandering mise-en-scène gives rise to a new awareness.
Venice by night is stimulating, along the lines of what Honoré de Balzac described as flânerie or “the gastronomy of the eye”
Drifting through Venice on water by night.
Encountering the unanticipated and unexpected.
A series of resultant tableaux precipitating a
new awareness of this urban environment
as it is transformed by darkness. Removing all
of the predictable paths of daytime, there
becomes a new awareness through this
Exploring the “psychogeography” first defined
By Guy Debord, this journey will seek to modulate
Reality creating an undertow of disorientation
And keen awareness of terroir.
Venice at night stimulates as Honore de Balzac described
It, flanerie or “gastronomy of the eye”.
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