March 23rd, 2013
Jet lag is a performance that reflects the impressions and observations of a traveller in a constant flux today.
Here´s an excerpt of the piece: vimeo.com/mercedesazpilicueta
My work addresses a multiple subject in terms of affect and memory that is informed by and embraces a discourse of alterity.
Through performance I try to merge poetry, language, appropriation, memory and repetition, where the voice takes a key role as a presence that comes out of an absent body.
This poetry-performance is a type of format I have developed in the last couple of years where I recite a durational piece between fifteen and twenty minutes, that it is, on the other hand, performed more than once in different venues, being never the same piece.
performance, 12 min.
Lost & Found
Theatrum Anatomicum, De Waag Society, Amsterdam
Co-op Academy / the Van Abbemuseum presents 'Useful Art'
With: Steven ten Thije, Charles Esche, Annie Fletcher, Gemma Medina, Christiane Berndes, Diana Franssen, Daniel Neugebauer and guest lecturers
23 facts in Hellebou
Video-performance, 13 min.
artist-in-residence at Hellebou, outskirts of Notodden, Norway
Hellebu is a traditional log cabin, located in the outskirts of Notodden, Norway. The cabin functions as an artist residency, publishing house, and as a venue for exhibitions and live events. Founded in 2009 by Johanne Birkeland andEllen Henriette Suhrke, Hellebou came about after a weekend spent together in the cabin. At that time, the cabin was mainly used for storage space. With a desire to revive and make use of the surroundings, we turned Hellebu into an artist residency. We organised its interiors, and made room for studios in a neighboring woodshed and a playhouse. The studios were provided with electricity and simple tools. We coated the cabin's lumber walls with tar, and cleared the forest trail. Since our initiative began, more than 50 artists have lived and worked in Hellebu, for a stay of their own chosen duration. Our guests are encouraged to bring along a companion, and explore the surrounding fishing lakes, forest and mountain trails. Each artist should produce a work, which is somehow related to the site, and the works are later presented in exhibitions or publications. We're currently building our own permanent collection, based on original works from the previous years. Hellebou has produced two magazines, three 7" vinyl records, postcards and an artist book. Other activities include presentations in book fairs and exhibitions.
Here´s the documentation of the performance: http://vimeo.com/mercedesazpilicueta
28 public performance & lecturepresentations at the DAI
Coordinated by Tanja Baudoin.
Practice-theatre is a cumulative project that seeks to explore and question, through performance, the various aspects of what the place of theatre means to us as artists and how we might want to use it in our work. Each month the project will expand and enact ideas around a different aspect of theatre - with what’s done one month mapping onto the next - to consider the positions from which we speak, how we act, and what, through different frames, speaking and action might be.
For more information about the programme please visit the link: http://practicetheatre.wordpress.com/
|Dutch Art Institue / MFA ArtEZ & Raw Material Company|
Work In Progress / Learning Pieces
|14 May 2012, 16–20|
Raw Material CompanySicap Amitié 2
The Dutch Art Institute (DAI) connects art students to practitioners at the forefront of praxis worldwide. By initiating explorative associations DAI’s research trips aim to promote a better understanding of the (art) world in transition. From May 3 until May 16, during the Biennale and Dakar OFF events, the DAI teams up with colleagues in and around Dakar. Findings will be shared during a public “class” on May 14, organized in collaboration with Raw Material Company, center for art, knowledge, and society that works to foster appreciation and growth of African artistic and intellectual creativity.
Practice-theatre…a performance project tutored by Ian White in collaboration with Emma Hedditch and Jimmy Robert, curated by If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution and coordinated by Tanja Baudoin. The project seeks to explore how ‘theatre’ can be understood from the position of artistic practice, to experiment with how such a set of interpretations might be of use within it. The project considers, occupies, and enacts aspects of theatre and its operations—to consider the positions from which we speak, how we act, and what, through different frames, speaking and action might be. The trip to Senegal begins with a working period at the Ecole des Sables, a dance company and school for African dance, located in the coastal village of Toubab Dialaw. Here the students will work on developing a model of ‘theatre’ as the group has come to understand it through their work together and develop a series of ‘performances’ through which this model might be demonstrated.
With: Mercedes Azpilicueta, Rosie Heinrich, Anna Hoetjes, Eden Mitsenmacher, Lara Morais, Ane Ostrem, Eric Philippoz, Vanja Smiljanic, Marija Sujica, Witta Tjan, Sander Uitdehaag, and Mariana Zamarbide.
Utilizing the landlines of Café Flinck and Café Berkhout in Amsterdam, their telephone will be receiving our incoming calls, audioworks, interviews, and sounds, connecting the local customers with Dakar. In cooperation with De Appel Curatorial Programme's exhibition and public interventions:www.threeartistswalkintoabar.
Special thanks to Helmut Vogt and Koyo Kouoh.
Framework : Gabriëlle Schleijpen
Production: Jacq van der Spek
Isabella Gerstner, Wolfgang Wirth, Marc de Maisonneuve, Klaus Bock and Mercedes Azpilicueta have all been artists in residence in Rotterdam in 2011. The experience of sharing time and working on projects together led to the idea of establishing a permanent structure for common work though all of them currently live in different places.
Kapsalon took part in the UND 7, a platform for art initiatives in Karlsruhe, Germany.
March 7th to 11th 2012.
We Are The Time:
Art Lives in the Age of Global Transition.
Conference-festival week at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie
12th – 16th March 2012
F.I.R.E.I.N.C.A.I.R.O. daily 13h30 to 19h30
F.I.R.E.I.N.C.A.I.R.O. is a Live Radio/Event space inspired, in part, by the renowned
Belfast independent record label, Good Vibrations. The project is a collaboration with the artist-run space Goleb, the UK community radio station Soundart Radio (102.5FM), and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie’s very own Radio Rietveld.
Art and music have long contributed to society and our way of life. But in these dire financial times where media has been swallowed by giant conglomerates, and culture has fallen under the scrutinizing eye of market capitalism; where is the unifying ‘space’ that announces its difference to the prescribed status quo?
Throughout the history of popular culture this collective space, appearing both physically and conceptually, has been a hub of creativity, exploring both new and old technologies and giving birth to new sounds and new vibrations.
In Belfast, caught between the conflicts of its time, it was a little known record shop and label called Good Vibrations. Famous for producing the first record that was ever played twice in a row on British airwaves, it was also a project that recognized the potential of music to be a unifying force.
A little over a year ago it appeared that the Internet, with its use of social media, could be the free space where this difference could be heard; the apparent spark that lit the fires of the provincial town of Sidi Bouzid, which later reverberated to the cities of Cairo, London and New York.
With the recent censorship laws being proposed on the Internet, our question as a group has been: If we could freely express ourselves, what kind of vibrations would we want to send out there? And the workgroup’s answer has (so far) been: F.I.R.E.I.N.C.A.I.R.O.
Throughout the week, different radio programs will take place with a variety of guests and a range of live musical acts.
The entire project will be broadcasted as a Live Feed through the Radio Rietveld website, and will also appear on the UK community radio station Soundart Radio (102.5FM)
Follow the week’s events on Facebook http://www.facebook.
The entire project will also be streamed live on
The streams will later be accessible through an archive on the website.
Tutors: Taf Hassam / Renée Ridgway
Coordination/Radio Hosting: Taf Hassam (UK), Kaja Wie Van Der Pas (NO), Maria Guggenbichler (DE)
Radio / Newspaper / Design:
Andre D Chapatte, Carina Erdmann, Charline Tuma, David Hermans, Gintare Kerbelyte, Julie Hénault, Lilia Luganskaia, Lotte Voets, Mads Wildgaard, Marius Jopen, Melissa Tun Tun, Mickael Marman, Mio Fujimaki, Noga Harel, Øjan Døsen, Pernilla Roos, Raoul Audouin, Sabo Day, Stefan Auberg, YURI AN, Vytautus Volbekas
House Band: Gerard Barry (IRE) + Charlie Stewart-Liberty (IRE)
Guests: Simon Ferdinando (KE), Natasha Ginwala (IN), Roel Griffioen (NL), Jakob Ehrlich (AT), Jessica Dill (US) + Radio Contributions from: Hiwa K and many More.
Special thanks to: Renée Ridgway, Gabriëlle Schleijpen, Alena Alexandrova, Jort van der Laan, Anna Hoetjes, Joris Lindhout, Lost Property http://lostproperty.
I chose to make a visual poem inside this office.
Literature, art history and daily life situations were my
working material to build a poly-narrator.
I found some sources I wanted to work with and some other
precarious materials as a card from a restaurant or
leftovers from a present.
Victor Grippo (AR) and Marcel Broodthaers (BE) -with part
of their works Analogy IV from 1972 and Fig.1 Programme
from the same year- combine in a speech chain making and
unmaking themselves in a particular topology where others
and their discourse- are included. Like poet Mariano Blatt
(AR) with his fanzine Sarpadit from 2007, and artist
Nicolás Sarmiento (AR) with whom we wrote together a text
based on simple and daily life questions that usually
appear in chain emails or spam. We tried to utter the text
using different manners of speaking through an online
conversation between Rotterdam and Buenos Aires.
Mercedes Azpilicueta (1981, Argentina), artist in residence at Het Wilde Weten, October 2011.
She recently received the Argentinian scholarship Maria Marta Sánchez Elia de Nuñez and for 2011-2013 she will be living in Netherlands to obtain her Master degree in Fine Arts at the Dutch Art Institute/ArtEZ. Through the DAI, she has joined the project practice-theatre 2011-2012 tutored by Ian White in collaboration with Emma Hedditch and Jimmy Robert and curated by ‘If I Can´t Dance, I Don´t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution’. Currently, her practice is developing towards a type of performing where the possibility of speech can be reached. To her knowledge, practice involves futility and transcendence and she has become more and more interested in the idea of leaping between these two places. To bounce is an appealing way of developing her energies in a spontaneous way, to be able to constantly transform herself in each particular situation and social context. Either with drawings or words her practice tries to become a palimpsest of superimposed symbols and random utterances that mirrors the fragile and chaotic sense of knowledge. “I am interested in decoding the idea that all meaning is surrounded by an impenetrable darkness. And that what we can perceive are isolated lights in the abyss of ignorance.”