Tag: Mexico

  • Paul Zaloom and Pat Oleszko in exhibition | Photo by Randy Gener

    Postcards from the Inge interview, Part 2 | Active Searching & The Value of the Prague Quadrennial

    The following interview originally appeared in Postcards from the Inge, a blog. It is re-posted here with the kind permission of the author. Interview by AMANDA WHITE THIETJE Here is the second installment of my interview with Randy Gener, curatorial adviser and co-creator of the USA national pavilion “From the Edge,” about the Prague Quadrennial.  I’ve included some of Randy’s photos of the US Exhibit throughout. Tune in here for Randy’s final insights for Postcards From the Inge! AMANDA WHITE THIETJE: The PQ is also a design competition; the US competed with From The Edge, in addition to entering the Student Section competition, the Architecture competition, and the Extreme Costume exhibition. How’d we do? GENER: Brazil was the major winner of this year’s Prague Quadrennial for Performance Design and Space. Other awards went to Croatia, Latvia, Hungary, New Zealand, Mexico, Greece, the UK and Norway. Brazil grabbed the coveted Golden Triga for the Best Exposition. Greece and Mexico shared commendations for Best Work in Theatre Architecture and Performance Space, with each country winning gold medals. In the student section, Latvia won a gold medal for the Best Exposition in the Student Section. In the Extreme Costume Exhibition, Emma Ransley is the gold medalist for Best Theatre Costume for her work in Inhabiting Dress, produced in 2008 in Wellington, New Zealand. What I found strange was that this year’s PQ jury did not choose to hand out any silver or bronze medals. The winners reflect the opinions of the jury. Our exhibit was one of the great favorites in Prague, I am proud to say. AMANDA WHITE THIETJE: I explored obsessively in my time at the PQ, and I think I would say the most inspiring part for me came as a surprise. It was the Student Section—I was thrilled to see what wild creativity and innovation the world has to look …

  • Logo Pablo Helguera's "The Well Tempered Exhibition" at Location One

    Mexico’s Pablo Helguera reinterprets Bach’s fugue into “Well-Tempered Exposition”

    NEW YORK CITY:  On September 21, the New York-based, Mexico-born performance artist and scholar Pablo Helguera kicks off his ambitious year-long project, The Well-Tempered Exposition, at Location One, located at 23 Greene Street in downtown SoHo in New York City. Location One‘s 2011-2012 Senior Artist-in-Residence, Helguera is putting together a series of 24 events in which he and changing groups of musicians, artists and performers will translate Johann Sebastian Bach’s legendary classical fugue masterpiece “Well-Tempered Clavier” into works of performance art. The series will visit multiple venues and involve scores of participants before its conclusion next summer, also at Location One. According to a press release, the project will launch with a workshop of creative participants leading to a performance that includes performance of the focal “Clavier” pieces by concert pianist Beatriz Helguera before the performance. “Exposition of the creative process behind the ‘translation’ will be woven into the performance, the prepared statement added. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was written as a textbook for musicians to learn the form of the fugue in all major and minor keys of the piano,” says Helguera. “One can find correlations with the format of the fugue and speech because during Bach’s time there was a theoretical relationship between those two disciplines. Basing ourselves on that, we will translate the Clavier into spoken events. As we do this, we hope to also develop a textbook of sorts for speech- based performance.” Each performance will be formed by original selections from the World Trade Center along with their performative reinterpretation. Helguera’s past work has been characterized by strong views about the nature of creative expression and the interactions of art, culture and society, expressed vividly music, humor, visual image, debate and the full range of performative art forms. Here is the year-long schedule for Helguera’s Well-Tempered Exposition. September …