09.12.2003

AS A SATELLITE: Muro Sur @ The Americas Society

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Date/Time: 12/09/2003 12:00 am


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AS A SATELLITE
>The Program
AS A SATELLITE is a program with independent cultural initiatives in Latin America, Canada, and the Caribbean, which consists of positioning and using The Americas Society as their satellite for the production of exhibitions and event-based projects in New York.
For the purposes of AS A SATELLITE, an independent cultural initiative is defined as an organization run by a collective of artists or by other types of cultural workers, such as curators and critics. It can include non-profits, exhibition spaces, publishing groups, web-based organizations, and other forms of collective practices. Governmental organizations and for-profit galleries are not eligible.
(Read below to learn more about the independent cultural initiatives that will develop projects as part of AS A SATELLITE.)
>Background and Objectives
In the last decade, new venues and so-called alternative spaces have been surfacing in the Americas; new artists collectives, partnerships, and groups comprised of different kinds of cultural producers have been formed; new kinds of voices and projects are taking place outside of dominant or established institutions. The focus of AS A SATELLITE is on these artist-run or artist-led initiatives. The general aim of AS A SATELLITE is to work collaboratively with groups of artists and cultural producers who are operating outside of “established” institutional settings in their countries, and to introduce these groups, and their own work, to a New York audience; to acknowledge the impact that expanded artistic practices make (and have made) on curatorial endeavors; to address, in practice, current states of cultural policy in the Americas; and to generate new social networks and trigger new collaborations between groups and audiences.
AS A SATELLITE is proposed as both a platform and a proposition: It will entail the co-production/presentation of a number of projects; and it will lead to discussions of the conditions and interests that have triggered or motivated the emergence of contemporary independent cultural initiatives in the Americas. There is no doubt that this will also provoke new collaborations, as well as new hypothesis of their inceptions.
>Development
Last year, we participated in a number of conversations with alternative spaces and groups in the Americas; we began researching and developing a database of these types of initiatives, which will soon become an on-line resource; and, we organized a program with La Panadería (July 2002), an artist-run center in Mexico City that after seven years of operation closed its doors in the Fall of 2002. We also launched and promoted an open call (in English and in Spanish) to receive project proposals by independent cultural initiatives in the Americas.
>Selection of Independent Cultural Initiatives for AS A SATELLITE
Proposals from various groups, collectives, and other types of initiatives were reviewed by an advisory committee, comprised by visual artist AA Bronson (co-founder and member of General Idea 1969-1994); Sandra Antelo-Suarez (curator and editorial director, Trans> magazine/area); Bruce Ferguson, Chair, School of Fine Arts, Columbia University; Manuel E. Gonzalez, Global Art Executive, JP Morgan/Chase Collection; Paulo Herkenhoff, Director, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and staff of the Visual Arts Department of The Americas Society.
The proposals were reviewed and selected considering the following criteria: the proposal set forward an “organic process,” specifically, in terms of the proposed project and how it stemmed from, or reflected, the group/organization’s own history, character, mission, or program; the proposal was creative and/or instrumental in terms of resources, i.e. the way the project proposes a creative use of the location (New York City) and services (Americas Society); merit and quality of the proposed project; and, feasibility, in terms of budget.
> AS A SATELLITE Selected Independent Cultural Initiatives
Three groups/organizations were selected by the Committee, all of which are briefly presented below. Their projects will be developed between July 2003 and July 2004. (Tentative dates for each are noted below.)
Espacio Muro Sur – Artes Visuales
Artist-run center (Santiago, Chile)
September 9-28, 2003
Opening reception: Tuesday, September 9, 2003, 6-8 p.m.
Web-link: http://www.quepasa.cl/revista/1497/8.html
Muro Sur is an artist-run center in Santiago, Chile, founded in 1998, primarily concentrated in organizing and presenting exhibitions of Chilean experimental and contemporary art. Muro Sur’s project will consist of “Backyard,” an exhibition of contemporary art presented at The Americas Society Gallery. Muro Sur will also produce and distribute, on September 11th, a newspaper in New York City. The participants of these activities will be a group of artists regularly featured in their exhibition program, and other invited writers, critics, and cultural producers from Chile and abroad. Muro Sur’s project will explore the idea that “Latin America is the backyard of the United States.” Muro Sur’s exhibition and related projects are part of AS A SATELLITE, a program for independent cultural initiatives in Latin America, Canada, and the Caribbean.
Instant Coffee
Artist-Collective (Toronto, Canada)
September-October 2003
Website: http://www.instantcoffee.org
Instant Coffee, a collective of artists and other cultural producers based in Toronto, Canada, began operating in 2000. They define themselves as a “service oriented collective.” Instant Coffee’s model of a network-based collective is an alternative to the already institutionalized history of artist-run centers in Canada. (The institutionalization of ‘alternative spaces’ is certainly not the case in Latin America.) Instant Coffee will present a number of events, including slide-talks, video screenings, and performances. These activities will center around or take place in Instant Coffee’s Urban Disco Trailer, a retro-style tent trailer. The vehicle stores and transports works, and sometimes also becomes a site for exhibitions. The Urban Disco Trailer will be temporarily stationed at The Americas Society and other sites in New York City. Instant Coffee’s program will include the work of dozens of artists from Canada and abroad.
Rés de Chão
Artist-run Alternative Space (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
January–March 2004
Web-link: http://www.resdochao.hpg.ig.com.br/
Rés de Chão, founded in 2002, operates from the small apartment of artist and cultural producer Edson Barros, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is defined as an “Espaço de Convivência e Autonomia Experimental,” (A Space for Gathering and Experimental Autonomy), and as a free territory for the presentation and discussion of cultural and artistic practices. It organizes gatherings, for study or even partying, makes its library available to the public and its space to other groups, guests and collectives. During the course of 20-40 days, Rés de Chão will operate from The Americas Society in New York. Rés de Chão will initiate a process-based project that generates new situations and creates meeting points between cultural producers in Rio de Janeiro and New York City. Using strategies from reality television, a number of events or sites of artistic production in these cities will be taped and possibly streamed on-line. In addition, Rés de Chão will organize (and improvise) a number of events to accompany or even disrupt such programming.
> AS A SATELLITE Past Program
La Panadería
Artist-run Alternative Space (Mexico City, Mexico, 1994-2002)
July 2002
Website: http://www.lapanaderia.org
La Panaderia, an artist-run center in Mexico City, was the first participant of AS A SATELLITE. Their plans at The Americas Society emphasized some of their characteristics—not merely an exhibition space but a versatile, multi-purpose, activity-based art center. In a few words, a place for gathering. La Panaderia organized a month-long program at The Americas Society consisting of four specific programs/projects: a tertulia, a dance-party, a single-day exhibition, and a publication. For more detailed information on each of these projects, please click here.
>More Info
For more information about AS A SATELLITE, please contact us at shernandez@as-coa.org.
>Acknowledgments
AS A SATELLITE is generously supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Its media sponsors are Art Nexus, Parachute, Latin Arte, Arte al Dia, and Latinarte.com
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http://207.21.242.176/as/art/satellite.html
AS A SATELLITE
>The Program
AS A SATELLITE is a program with independent cultural initiatives in Latin America, Canada, and the Caribbean, which consists of positioning and using The Americas Society as their satellite for the production of exhibitions and event-based projects in New York.
For the purposes of AS A SATELLITE, an independent cultural initiative is defined as an organization run by a collective of artists or by other types of cultural workers, such as curators and critics. It can include non-profits, exhibition spaces, publishing groups, web-based organizations, and other forms of collective practices. Governmental organizations and for-profit galleries are not eligible.
(Read below to learn more about the independent cultural initiatives that will develop projects as part of AS A SATELLITE.)
>Background and Objectives
In the last decade, new venues and so-called alternative spaces have been surfacing in the Americas; new artists collectives, partnerships, and groups comprised of different kinds of cultural producers have been formed; new kinds of voices and projects are taking place outside of dominant or established institutions. The focus of AS A SATELLITE is on these artist-run or artist-led initiatives. The general aim of AS A SATELLITE is to work collaboratively with groups of artists and cultural producers who are operating outside of “established” institutional settings in their countries, and to introduce these groups, and their own work, to a New York audience; to acknowledge the impact that expanded artistic practices make (and have made) on curatorial endeavors; to address, in practice, current states of cultural policy in the Americas; and to generate new social networks and trigger new collaborations between groups and audiences.
AS A SATELLITE is proposed as both a platform and a proposition: It will entail the co-production/presentation of a number of projects; and it will lead to discussions of the conditions and interests that have triggered or motivated the emergence of contemporary independent cultural initiatives in the Americas. There is no doubt that this will also provoke new collaborations, as well as new hypothesis of their inceptions.
>Development
Last year, we participated in a number of conversations with alternative spaces and groups in the Americas; we began researching and developing a database of these types of initiatives, which will soon become an on-line resource; and, we organized a program with La Panadería (July 2002), an artist-run center in Mexico City that after seven years of operation closed its doors in the Fall of 2002. We also launched and promoted an open call (in English and in Spanish) to receive project proposals by independent cultural initiatives in the Americas.
>Selection of Independent Cultural Initiatives for AS A SATELLITE
Proposals from various groups, collectives, and other types of initiatives were reviewed by an advisory committee, comprised by visual artist AA Bronson (co-founder and member of General Idea 1969-1994); Sandra Antelo-Suarez (curator and editorial director, Trans> magazine/area); Bruce Ferguson, Chair, School of Fine Arts, Columbia University; Manuel E. Gonzalez, Global Art Executive, JP Morgan/Chase Collection; Paulo Herkenhoff, Director, Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and staff of the Visual Arts Department of The Americas Society.
The proposals were reviewed and selected considering the following criteria: the proposal set forward an “organic process,” specifically, in terms of the proposed project and how it stemmed from, or reflected, the group/organization’s own history, character, mission, or program; the proposal was creative and/or instrumental in terms of resources, i.e. the way the project proposes a creative use of the location (New York City) and services (Americas Society); merit and quality of the proposed project; and, feasibility, in terms of budget.
> AS A SATELLITE Selected Independent Cultural Initiatives
Three groups/organizations were selected by the Committee, all of which are briefly presented below. Their projects will be developed between July 2003 and July 2004. (Tentative dates for each are noted below.)
Espacio Muro Sur – Artes Visuales
Artist-run center (Santiago, Chile)
September 9-28, 2003
Opening reception: Tuesday, September 9, 2003, 6-8 p.m.
Web-link: http://www.quepasa.cl/revista/1497/8.html
Muro Sur is an artist-run center in Santiago, Chile, founded in 1998, primarily concentrated in organizing and presenting exhibitions of Chilean experimental and contemporary art. Muro Sur’s project will consist of “Backyard,” an exhibition of contemporary art presented at The Americas Society Gallery. Muro Sur will also produce and distribute, on September 11th, a newspaper in New York City. The participants of these activities will be a group of artists regularly featured in their exhibition program, and other invited writers, critics, and cultural producers from Chile and abroad. Muro Sur’s project will explore the idea that “Latin America is the backyard of the United States.” Muro Sur’s exhibition and related projects are part of AS A SATELLITE, a program for independent cultural initiatives in Latin America, Canada, and the Caribbean.
Instant Coffee
Artist-Collective (Toronto, Canada)
September-October 2003
Website: http://www.instantcoffee.org
Instant Coffee, a collective of artists and other cultural producers based in Toronto, Canada, began operating in 2000. They define themselves as a “service oriented collective.” Instant Coffee’s model of a network-based collective is an alternative to the already institutionalized history of artist-run centers in Canada. (The institutionalization of ‘alternative spaces’ is certainly not the case in Latin America.) Instant Coffee will present a number of events, including slide-talks, video screenings, and performances. These activities will center around or take place in Instant Coffee’s Urban Disco Trailer, a retro-style tent trailer. The vehicle stores and transports works, and sometimes also becomes a site for exhibitions. The Urban Disco Trailer will be temporarily stationed at The Americas Society and other sites in New York City. Instant Coffee’s program will include the work of dozens of artists from Canada and abroad.
Rés de Chão
Artist-run Alternative Space (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
January–March 2004
Web-link: http://www.resdochao.hpg.ig.com.br/
Rés de Chão, founded in 2002, operates from the small apartment of artist and cultural producer Edson Barros, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is defined as an “Espaço de Convivência e Autonomia Experimental,” (A Space for Gathering and Experimental Autonomy), and as a free territory for the presentation and discussion of cultural and artistic practices. It organizes gatherings, for study or even partying, makes its library available to the public and its space to other groups, guests and collectives. During the course of 20-40 days, Rés de Chão will operate from The Americas Society in New York. Rés de Chão will initiate a process-based project that generates new situations and creates meeting points between cultural producers in Rio de Janeiro and New York City. Using strategies from reality television, a number of events or sites of artistic production in these cities will be taped and possibly streamed on-line. In addition, Rés de Chão will organize (and improvise) a number of events to accompany or even disrupt such programming.
> AS A SATELLITE Past Program
La Panadería
Artist-run Alternative Space (Mexico City, Mexico, 1994-2002)
July 2002
Website: http://www.lapanaderia.org
La Panaderia, an artist-run center in Mexico City, was the first participant of AS A SATELLITE. Their plans at The Americas Society emphasized some of their characteristics—not merely an exhibition space but a versatile, multi-purpose, activity-based art center. In a few words, a place for gathering. La Panaderia organized a month-long program at The Americas Society consisting of four specific programs/projects: a tertulia, a dance-party, a single-day exhibition, and a publication. For more detailed information on each of these projects, please click here.
>More Info
For more information about AS A SATELLITE, please contact us at shernandez@as-coa.org.
>Acknowledgments
AS A SATELLITE is generously supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Its media sponsors are Art Nexus, Parachute, Latin Arte, Arte al Dia, and Latinarte.com

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