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Esther Planas

Latest works, text, performances

2019_">ESPACIOS LIMINARES #2 L'espai d'aprenentage com a camp d'estudi

2018_">Performing Otherness: a Postcolonial Approach to Francoist Spain
26 October 2018 9 am - 5 pm Hunter Building, Hunter Lecture Theatre (017)
74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh/ EH3 9DFSchool of History of Art, University of Edinburgh,26 October 2018 /
Queer +_ Noise # a psycho-social experiment # Curated by Laura Netz at The Others Wed-5-September -2018">Spectres of Modernism at Raven Row, London, 2 February 2018

05 October – 10 December,  Spectres of Modernism: Artists Against Overdevelopment
Bowater House, Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y 0RJ. View from Fann Street, EC1.
Curated by Clare Carolin, Artists: Mark Aerial Waller, Fiona Banner, Deborah Curtis, Adam Dant, Jeremy Deller, Arnaud Desjardin, Margarita Gluzberg, Patrick Goddard, Pippa Henslowe, Stewart Home, Siu Lan Ko, Tom McCarthy, Fraser Muggeridge, Katrina Palmer, Cornelia Parker, Esther Planas, Elizabeth Price, Anjalika Sagar – The Otolith Group, Iain Sinclair, Gavin Turk, Eleanor Vonne Brown.

16 June,  The Rome Process Art. Class. War - A performance Party, curated by Mike Watson

28 April-May, RED MAY SEATTLE at INCA plus This Might Not Work Red May
Esther Planas Balduz, Felix Gmelin, Talena Lachelle Queen, Clark Wiegman, RabRab, and Kathleen Skeels INCA: 2 West Roy St. Seattle, WA, 98110
Curated by the Red May Collective

24 March, Publication: “Manifestaciones Públicas de Afecto”, presentación de Florencia Portocarrero (Proyecto AMIL, Lima)
Manifestaciones Públicas de Afecto/ Public Display of Affection es una publicación digital que reúne textos e intervenciones de artistas, curadores e investigadores que entienden el afecto como una categoría de análisis crítico y/o político, planteando reflexiones en torno a sus relaciones con el conocimiento y el poder, pero también sobre sus posibilidades emancipatorias. Participan: BAR project, Valentina Desideri, Andrea Francke, Valeria Graziano, Gelen Jeleton, Mathew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Esther Planas y Florencia Portocarrero.

14 February, Paessagio edition and published text by Eric Baudelaire, David Bernstein, William Kentridge, Adrian Paci, Esther Planas, Olivia Plender, Lina Selander, Haim Steinbach, Mariam Suhail, APICHATPONG Weerasethakul.


Contingence and praxis/ Becoming Haima: Guest Editor Eme3/ Escuela de Calor at Eme3 Architectural Festival/ COAC Colegio de Arquitectos de Barcelona/ Barcelona


A participant with Escuela de Calor at Eme3 Architectural Festival, Barcelona, School of Calidity: October's Back to De-schooling, Solo project plus various guests. Symposia on the Threptikon about the soul of Plants and us/ Selected for the ART LICKS FESTIVAL


School of Calidity with Nicola Woodham and guest, Summer Camp, Five Years, London
Fragments (Arts Council of England Grant) at Five Years/ The Showroom London


Escuela de Calor beyond the Northern division line, in Bruxelles
info:, Sometimes We appear (With Tuesday 029, at Donlon Books, secret garden),  Escuela de Calor, Eme3 Architectural Festival, Barcelona info:, Museo MACRO Rome, Joan of Art: Towards a Free Education | workshop, conferenze e installazioni by Mike Watson, with Mark Fisher, David Blacker, Adelita Husney-Bei…
Intensive care or such urgent times we live! show and live talk at "news of the world gallery", 50 Resolution Way, Deptford, London SE8 4NT info:
Guest for Guiding practice and fusión at La Práctica de PISOproyecto by Noemí Segarra y Félix Rodríguez-Rosa in San Juan Puerto Rico


guest at The Harbour, Beta-Local, San Juan Puerto Rico

Lectures, Conversations


Performing Otherness: a Postcolonial Approach to Francoist Spain
26 October 2018 9 am - 5 pm Hunter Building, Hunter Lecture Theatre (017)
74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh/ EH3 9DF


Aformal Academy: DIGITAL DIALOGUE – Alternative educational practices, with Esther Planas – Escuela de Calor, Shiri Shalmy – Antiuniversity of East London, The Public School for Architecture Brussels

A Nuestros Amigos, El Comité Invisible, Esther Planas Conversa Canibal, La Canibal, Barcelona.

Escuela de Calor, VOLUME with Nick Axel < presentation of projects at Eme3 School of Calidity, Threptikon
Lecture Performance about the soul of Plants and us/ Five Years, London.


Secret Garden, Conversations and Encounters at Donlon Books, London


Escuela de Calor: Joan of Art, Macro Museo, Roma curated by Mike Watson May


Interconnected Echoes: Speaker at The Great British Art Debate 25 July 2010 at 14:00
Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain, curated by Cedar Lewishon at Tate Britain, London 2011

2008_ Performance Symposium at Yes I know Free School curated by Edward Dorrian, Five Years London

Selected Shows

School of Calidity, Back to De-Schooling, Five Years, London
School of Calidity, Summer Camp, Five Years, London
Escuela de Calor au Belgique, De La Charge ( Bruselas)
See Me/ Feel Me / Hear Me, PAMM a project by Guillermo Espinosa, Madrid ( off Arco)
Rojo: Eventos y Apariciones + Encuentros del Tercer Tipo en Ultravioleta/ Proyectos Ultravioleta Guatemala info:
Gipsy Dance Rock Mix, La Loseta, (project by Radames Juni Figueroa) San Juan Puerto Rico
The BCN PSYCHO TROPIC WORKSHOPS, Antigua Casa Haiku Project by Alex Brahim Barcelona
Drinking at the Fountain of Art, White Cubicle, London
All Cats Are Grey, Espai Ubu, Barcelona
PychogeometryV, Five Years, London
El Diablo en la Pintura, Club der Polnischen Versager, Berlín (with Marc Hulson and Tuesday029)

DS number 4, Five Years/ London


*sekw- Gallery Cian, Barcelona Curated by Alex Brahim
Amerika ( GIG Munich ) Germany /(Camberwell University) London
Fragments ( Five Years ) Arts Council London Grant/ The Showroom events/publication launch
Intensive Care ( news of the world curatorial studio by The Centre of Attention), London
8FESTIVAL DE PERFORMANCE, Cali, Colombia ( Helena Producciones, Visible, Fondazione Pistoletto)
PABD, Publish and Be Damned, by Kit Hammonds ( ICA, London)
PABD(activities as part of Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970) by Kit Hammonds
The Barbican, London
BCN PRODUCCIO\'10 La Capella, Barcelona
East End Promises, London Newcastle Project Space, London
Transzendenz, Autocenter, Berlin
JTP, James Tailor Gallery, London
It Aint Fair, OHWOW Gallery Art Basel, Miami
/Maskwork, Five Years Gallery, London
Rock My Illusion,Fundacion Boti,Granada
The Weasel Pop Music and Contemporary Art, by Kit Hammonds, South London Gallery, London
Frenzie,Lart Decorative D’ajourduy,Metropol Galleries, Folkestone
Kunstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral vs Mainstream + Spor Klubu, Zweiter Berliner Kunstsalon, Berlin
Not Yet Night, Studio Voltaire, London
Publish and be Damned, Cubitt, London
Sunrise/Sunset, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York
Black, Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris
Snow, Transition, London
Love is in the Air, Museum of Contemporary Art, Ibiza (and touring)
Science Fiction Double Feature, U.C.E, Birmingham
Tender Prey, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
Frozen Tears, Cabinet Gallery, London
Je T’aime.... Moi non plus, Kunstmuseum,Thun (and touring ; Kunsthalle, Bergen; Kunsthalle,Wilhemshaven; Het Domein Sittard , Metronom, Fundacio Rafael Tous D’art Contemporani)
De la representation a l’action (with Pablo Leon de la Barra) Le Plateaux, Paris
Silence and Darkness, Outline, Amsterdam
Cinematheque, Five Years, London
The Difference Between You and Us, Five Years, London
Xmas, Outline, Amsterdam
Sous -titre X, Galerie Art & Essai, Rennes
Skank, Plus Ultra, New York
Drop Out, Five Years, London
Hit and Run UK, Old Seager Distillery, London
Attraction, Metronom, Fundacio d’art Contemporani Rafael Tous, Barcelona
Filles Modernes, ESAP, Perpignan
The Redroom, Five Years, London
There is Plenty of Sunshine in Summer, Outline, Amsterdam
Dark Pop, Five Years, London

Selected Live Performances

Threptikon with Human and Devorama E1 device, Action # 2 Five Years /Artlicks Festival/ 2015

Improvising for Mark Peter Wright series of curated events at IMT gallery on 21 of November/2015

See me Hear me, PAMM, Madrid, 2012 (off-Arco Art Fair)

Proyecto Cubo (Naves del Español, Matadero, Madrid 2010) Club Esther (Antigua Casa Haiku, Barcelona,2010 ) Curated by Alex Brahim

Winter Rites,(Five Years, London 2009 ) Rock My Illusion (Fundación Boti, Granada 2007)

The Weasel Pop Music and Contemporary Art (South London Gallery 2007)

London The Mother of all Parties (Beaconsfield, London 2005)

Live Performances, Recordings:

Dirty Snow, live performances as singer and lyricist with support from various artist /musician collaborators at The Mother of all Parties (Beaconsfield, London 2005), Club for Losers (Gossips, London 2004), City of Libertines (supporting The Libertines at The Rythm Factory, London, 2003), on tour with Selfish Cunt (Manchester Dry Bar, Wigan, Southampton, Birmingham, 2004), Club Esther(On the Rocks, London 2003 - 2005); and at Outline, Amsterdam; Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris; and at the Clinic, 291 Gallery, Hackney Empire, Skint and Minted (supporting the Libertines at Filthy McNasty’s), Old Seager Distillery, Five Years Gallery and 30 Underwood St Gallery, London 1999 -2005
_Club Esther, On the Rocks, London, May 2002, February 2004, June 2004, February 2005; Pan Ams, Barcelona 2003; Firanka, Berlin 2005 _The Morality of Movement (guest performer). show by Theo Cowley. White chapel project space Jan 2006 _El Enemigo Interior (guest performer in the exhibition by Joan Morey), Galeria Sa Nostra, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca, 2005/06
_Lightning’s Girl, performance by Dirty Snow of the song by Nancy Sinatra in the film “Love in a Cold Climate “ by Michael Curran (funded by the Arts Council, screened at Smart Projects Amsterdam, NFT, London) 2003 _Princess Dream -track (recorded under the name Dirty Snow) on Underwood Audio compilation CDs, released September 2002
_DS 4 - Limited 12inch vinyl edition –100 - produced by Dirty Snow, June 2002 _Martin’s head (rhythm section) - Sound Check - Pop song, video pieces by Pete Lloyd Lewis, 2002 _Song Poems, video performance under the name Dirty Snow/collaboration with Peter Lloyd Lewis and Mark Harris, exhibited as part of the group show ‘Song Poems’, Cohan Leslie and Brown, New York + 2 songs included on CD compilation released 2001
_Lost Rabbit, video broadcast on Metropolis, TVE channel, Spain, May 2001
_Sweet Snow White, track (recorded under the name Dirty Snow) on Evensong Recordings compilation CD, released
February 2001 _Redrum - limited edition CD, Plastikiller video - music produced with Luis Carbonell, Barcelona 1999 Esther Planas

Esther Planas is an independent artist, however, at the start of her career, she was taken by the short-lived Madrid based Gallery Ignacio Varez, with the same name as its owner and director, where she exhibited one solo show in 1993. The gallery must have lasted around 6 years in total closing down around 1996 due to the health problems of its director and owner.

From 1994 till 1996 Planas was taken by editor and writer Carles Prats to become part of its stable of artists in his short-lived project space and small gallery, La Central de Energía, in Barcelona. Planas had a solo show and was also part of a collective show. The Gallery closed down, as its owner and director stated that the business side of being a gallerist was not what he could cope with before moving on to making documentary films and working for publicity.

Planas moved to London in 1998 and there she started her long term relation and project Five Years, with her then-partner, now collaborating member, of the research space, exhibition based space run by artists as a cooperative, in its most recent format, since 2006.

In 2004 she was asked to be part of the stable of artists for the gallery Blow de la Barra, by her curator friend Pablo León de la Barra. She stayed (in waiting) as an artist of the gallery Blow de la Barra, run between Detmar Blow and Pablo León de la Barra, till the gallery closed down in 2007, due to economic failure. She was never given a show either collective or solo, during those years.

In 2007 Planas was invited by gallerist Eugenia Mont from Barcelona's Poble Nou art space, Espai Ubu, for her solo show, which was very successful. Sadly the gallery closed its doors in 2010.

Since then Planas remains active and independent, open to collaborations and conversations with curators, artists, and practitioners from various fields about which her CV details of the activities keep the information as well as most of the sections of this website which is more like an archive.