„Dinamicas On / Off“
Foro y talking con los artístas: Juan Toro, Mirjam Kroker, arolina Alba, Jimena Mendizabal, Alejandro Orozco.
Moderador: Fernando Monreal.
Lugar. Casa del Lago, UNAM. Sala 3
Chapultepec, Ciudad de Méjico
Link Casa del Lago : http://www.casadellago.unam.mx/sitio/index.php/actividades/exposiciones/171-desaceleramiento
The name of the collective group does describe our work in itself; it is mainly based on the interactions of the members, be those on-line or off-line or any other kind, in other words,
what can be taken from our shared reflection on the off-line experiences and shared in the on-line experience explains a part our doing. For this different online platforms used Internet communities, a little beyond the idea of „relational aesthetics“ that has the idea on- off switch, as if a button to unsubscribe that turns on and off the entrance to the capital. Something collaborative it’s not only working on the same project, is to build/create a project. A project is also a projection, a shared idea/image, from the real and the fictional. How do we arrive to this shared image? We have a vision which opens to hospitality – letting the other enter, receiving. That is the starting point to otherness.
Since the logic of the game is what articulates our collaborations, the parameters constitutes themselves along the way. On/Off is therefore the attempt to provide a temporal sub community for collaboration within and amongst the collective as such, and the individual in the group where our interactions may be treated in different ways, metaphorically, poetically or visually.
On/Off collaboration is conformed by a core group of five people based on different cities around the world (Dresden, Berlin, Amsterdam and Mexico City) since 2014. Our combined experiences come from different disciplines such as, curatorial studies, art history, anthropology, philosophy, design and art.
The initial project based on a game-board served as the materialization of the methodology of work we are proposing; be it manifested in various outcomes such as audio records, drawings, mappings, collages, conceptual works, essays, amongst others. We produce a mode of production, which does not have a specific goal or time lapse.
The real collaborative production reflects all elements of a doing, an activity of getting organized, non-results, confusion, doubts: it means that it does not exclude the error or chance, on the opposite, our reflection and creative process includes and reinterprets those moments with equal interest.
3. Casa del Lago project
Exhibition context and particular interests
Our interests revolve around certain topics that could constitute a common ground or starting point for our collaborative interactions and exchanges. Although it seems that our common ground is the city itself, the off-line space that we occupy and the way we exist, inhabit and transit through it, carries along our perceptions of its space, place, dimensions, practices and historic marks. These traces are in fact modes of affection, made by a vast variety of conditions be them controlled, politicised, privatised, memorised, emotionally loaded, imagined, distributed, localised or occupied. Thus the collaboration can also be understood as the possibility to share and work beyond territorialisation.
We think the city as receptacle and shared structure is the materialized reference we have for our continuous social dynamics. Either if it is defined by top-down plans (architects/bankers/state) or experienced bottom-up by society through dreams, aspirations, memories and movements, it is important to us to focus in the negotiations in-between, the perceived space as suggested by Lefebvre. We consider this in-between as a rich field to be explore as a track of interactions, be them individual or collective.
As we move from the off-line to the on-line space of the internet and global communications channels we seem to be more or less conditioned to experience a gap, a fragmentation of our shared timeline and presence. However, this conception of time and space seem to merge and melt down as we move on, and we think it is in the other’s way of thinking and producing where the real exchange of ideas begins. Through the action of the other, one activates a new idea, a new concept, which leads to a new line of thought and a distinct form of communication might start. We consider relevant to reflect on the way, how and what we are doing from a critical and imaginative standpoint. We need to be able to come close to the everyday actions of the other to move forward as a collective; every individual life, places, actions, movements and spaces constitute a piece or a node that extends our practice. Our thinking runs through fluid networks set up in an imagined space like a lake in the sky.
Participants: Mirjam kroker, Alejandro Orozco, Jimena Mendizabal, Carolina Alba, Juan Toro.