Closer Encounters of The Third Kind Inside the White Cube at Five Years Gallery March 2011
CEOTKITWC , started as an artist curatorial piece , experimenting with the bare white cubical space of the gallery site as a place where "encounters" would happen during the length of its duration between "different" people or better called "alien" people belonging to various practices and nations, cities and sexual genders .
At the core of the "encounters" where the issues of Alienhood , as to populate the English land of London, not only physically but also "aurally" as artist , curators , cultural agents , writers, teachers and so on. Taking as a departure point, the example of my own subjective experience and intuitive theories about the dynamics of my profesional life in London as an Alien and how, not only criticise and analise the foreigns expectations about me , but also to expose that I , can decide what kind of Spanish , Latino etc I want to "perform" for them "the other" too.. implying in my choice a whole range of politics, from Pimping ( as in Suely Rolnik) to Subversion etc .
I had invited the subjects to be part of the transiting elements of the white bare space ("a la par" the empty/ uncolored /virtual space of the internet and a Blog ) to collide, to cross over, to negotiate , transfer and maybe fagocitate ..
The Theme "Been an Alien" , unfolded on the polyhedric faces of related issues as Marx Theory of Alienation, notions of Anglosphere ,The United Kingdom and the 'continental' experience: political and cultural history, Eurocentrism versus From Empire and Metropolitan Cultures by John M. Mackenzie, Cultural Supremacy of the White /The Culture of White Supremacy by Sharon Martinas and the Challenging White Supremacy Workshop KKK in DC in 1928, Abstracts on Englishness by Anna Gruetzner Robins, Rachid Areen's Third Text,The State of Spain: Nationalism, Critical Regionalism, and Biennialization by Peio Aguirre,The Great British Art Debate at Tate Britain curated by Cedar Lewisohn and a series of interventions of the gallery space by Michael Curran ( Scotland) Richard Crow (UK) , Joan Morey ( Mallorca Spain) next to "presence on the virtual" from Alberto Gracia ( Galicia Spain) Ivan Ordoñez ( Bogota Colombia) Peio Aguirre ( Vasc Country) Alejandro Vidal ( Mallorca Spain ) and guest to talks on the subject : Kiki Mazzuchelli ( Brasil), Maria Berrios ( Chile) Alex Carvalho ( Brasil ) Cedar Lewisohn ( UK ) Carmen Julia ( Madrid, Spain ) Tariq Alvi ( UK) Pablo Leon de la Barra ( Mexico/ Uk )
The three week ends of the no-show , where structured in a one a day intervention and the blog was updating constantly and still on line and on going
ME ALIEN YOU EXTRATERRESTRIAL
The term 'folklore' is nothing but a hypocrisy of the 'civilised' who won't take part in the game, and who want to hide their refusal to make contact under the mantle of respect for the picturesque...?Man is irrevocably a stranger to dawn. It needed our colonial way of thinking to believe that man could have remained faithful to his beginnings and that there was any place in the world where he could encounter the essence of the 'primitive'. (trans. Clare O'Farrell)
Michel Foucault, (1994) . 'Veilleur de la nuit des hommes'. In Dits et Ecrits vol. I. Paris: Gallimard, p. 232.
CLOSE ENCOUNTER YOU ARE AN ALIEN AN ME???
Closer Encounters of the Third Kind ////////// Aliens on the surface on London
THE PERFORMANCE/THE LECTURE/ THE TALK/ THE DEBATE PERFORMED BY ESTHER PLANAS
The idea is that the tactics of Imperialism have been transferred trougth out the distribution
of culture and the making of the actors of the art and cultural scene been always superior and
influencing down towards the rest of the globe from the anglosphere // north europe centrisme from the top.