«The Pseudonymers»

Curated by Michelangelo Miccolis (IT)

With Army of Love, Dewey Dell (IT), Debora Delmar Corp. (MX), Galerie (INT) and Nora (UK).

THE PSEUDONYMERS is a performance series which brings together a selection of emerging proposals by writers, visual artists, dance and theatre-makers alike, who work collaboratively in generating platforms for exchange and transferral of knowledge, as well as alternative models for the circulation of art practices. This new series invites projects led by figures who either perform under a stage name, a business model, a trademark, a temporary formation, or simply by working
in the company of others per sé.

«The Pseudonymers» Artists

Dewey Dell

was formed in 2007 by Teodora, Demetrio, Agata Castellucci and Eugenio Resta Since then the company has created seven performances that have been presented in the main festivals across Europe as well as in Australia (Melbourne Festival) and the U.S. (University of Wesleyan). Their work Marzo (2013) has been created in collaboration with Japanese visual artist Yuchi Yokoyama and theater director Kuro Tanino. Marzo’s world premiere took place in Graz, at Steirischer Herbst Festival, and its Italian premiere has been presented at the Venice Biennale, in the frame of Biennale Danza 2014. Dewey Dell has been part of the project Fies Factory/Centrale Fies from 2008 to 2013 and part of APAP (Advancing Performing Arts Project) from 2013 to 2016. Dewey Dell is now based between Cesena, Berlin and Vilnius.

Simon Asencio (*1988 in Toulouse/FR)

is a visual artist, choreographer and performer. His work has been presented at venues such as De Appel arts centre Amsterdam, Independent Brussels, CAB-Contemporary Arts - Brussels, La BF15 - Lyon and Live Works - Dro, Italy. He has performed extensively on projects by Mårten Spångberg, Jérôme Bel, Xavier Le Roy and Dora García.

Adriano Wilfert Jensen (*1988 in Copenhagen/DK)

works with dance and related practices. In collaboration with Emma Daniel, Linda Blomqvist and Anna Gaiotti he is since 2014 organizing Indigo Dance Festival, an artist run festival experimenting with formats of display, transmission and production of dance. Furthermore he is regularly touring with his own work as well as performing in the works of other artists such as Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof and Dora García.

Ingo Niermann (*1969 in Bielefild/DE)

is a writer and the editor of the speculative book series Solution. His work has been featured at Berlin Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, dOCUMENTA (13), La Biennale di Venezia, MACBA and MoMA. Niermann studied Philosophy and Sociology at Freie Universitat Berlin and is currently living in Basel.

Nora (UK)

Eleanor Sikorski, Flora Wellesley Wesley and Stephanie McMann are the artistic directors of Nora. As Nora they curate and dance together, inviting artists to make new work for them to perform. As well as performing and touring together they also find ways to amplify the voice of the dancer, advocating for the dancer as agent, artist, worker and expert. www.noramoves.com

Debora Delmar Corp is the name Débora Delmar (*1986 in Mexico City/MX)

adopted for the distribution of her artwork in 2009 while attending the School of Visual Arts in New York, USA, reflecting on capitalist lifestyle and aspirational aesthetics. The projects of Debora Delmar Corp. have explored topics such as
trending color schemes in branding, corporate merchandising techniques irl and url, class issues created by producer and consumer relationships, international trading markets, as well as local and mass production;
real estate, home decor and commercial interior design as contexts for consumption, business ideology and the circulation of images from high to low culture. The Debora Delmar Corp.'s logo was in fact commandeered by a chain of hospitals in Los Angeles and later tattooed onto the hips of supermodels Cara Delevigne and Jourdan Dunn.
Recent exhibitions include Paramo, Guadalajara (solo), Mexico; Museo Universitario del Chopo (solo),
Mexico City; BB9 Berlin Biennale 2016, Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 2015; Modern Art
Oxford (solo), 2015.

 

Curator

Michelangelo Miccolis (*1981 in Mexico-City/MX) 

is a visual arts performer and producer.

Since 2005 he has worked internationally  on projects by renowned artists including: Tino Sehgal, Venice Biennale (2005), Fondazione Trussardi, Milan (2008), Tate Modern, London (2012), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016); Romeo Castellucci / Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, on tour (2007-2009); Dora García, Venice Biennale (2011 and 2015); Christodoulos Panayiotou, Venice Biennale and IUAV University, both 2015 and Cally Spooner, on tour (2017).

Since 2017 he is the performance programmer of IMMATERIAL at Material Art Fair in Mexico City, as well as guest-curator at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich.

Current and upcoming projects include: The Army of Love, in collaboration with Ingo Niermann and Dora García, Casco, Utrecht; He Wins Everytime, On time and Under Budget + And You Were Wonderful on Stage by Cally Spooner, CAC Geneve (2018); Segunda Vez by Dora  García, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2018).

THUS I SPOKE

Curated by Michelangelo Miccolis (IT)

With Dora García (ES), Krõõt Juurak (EE), Cally Spooner (UK), Christodoulos Panayiotou (CY) and Adriana Lara (MX)

THUS I SPOKE is a performance series which brings together a selection of recent proposals by a number of internationally renowned and emerging artists characterized by the presence of the artist himself, or his/her stand-in, as the activator of the work. Using unique devices and different formats of presentation, yet all resisting to notions of spectacle and the use of elaborate stage theatrics, the five performances in the programme will take place episodically over the course of the fall season.

THUS I SPOKE aims to reconsider the positioning of both the artist and the audience in regards to one another, to investigate the latent hierarchies at the core of this mutable and ongoing relationship as well as the constant renegotiations which are inevitably triggered within it in the name of knowledge and sharing of experience.

«Thus I Spoke» Artists

Dora García (*1965 in Valladolid/ES, based in Oslo/NO and Barcelona/ES) 

currently teaches at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in Norway, and at the HEAD in Geneva. She is co-director for Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers in Paris. Her work is largely performative and deals with issues related to community and individuality in contemporary society, exploring the political potential of marginal positions and paying homage to eccentric characters and anti-heroes. She has exhibited her work at numerous international events. 
Shows (selection): 54th, 55th and 56th Venice Biennale (2011, 2013 and 2015); dOCUMENTA 13 (2012); 29th São Paulo Biennale (2010); 16th Sydney Biennale (2008); Münster Sculpture Projects (2007).

Krõõt Juurak (*1981 in Tallinn/EE, based in Vienna/AT)

is an artist and performer whose work comprises of performances for human and non-human audiences, presentations, texts, workshops, mood shifts and conflicts. She has presented her work in a variety of forms at venues in Europe and elsewhere. 
Shows (selection): CAC Vilnius; CAC Geneva, Tallinn Art Hall; Tanzquartier, Vienna.

Cally Spooner (*1983 in Ascot/UK, based in Athens/GR)

is the author of the novel Collapsing in Parts, published by Mousse in 2013 and is recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award in 2013 and of the Future Generation Art Price in 2014. Her recent solo exhibitions include «And You Were Wonderful, On Stage», Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016); «On False Tears and Outsourcing», The New Museum, New York (2016); «The Anti-Climax Climax», Bielefelder Kunstverein (2015). Her recent live productions have been presented at Tate Modern, London (2014); Tate Britain, London (2014); the High Line, New York (2014); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2013); and Performa 13, New York (2013). Spooner’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum (2015); REDCAT, Los Angeles (2015); Frieze Projects, London (2015); Kunstverein München (2014); Frieze Projects, New York (2014); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2013); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2013); and the Serpentine Galleries, London (2012).

Christodoulos Panayiotou (*1978 in Limassol/CY, based in Limassol/CY)

Panayiotou’s wide-ranging research focuses on the identification and uncovering of hidden narratives in the visual records of history and time. Solo
exhibitions of his work have been held, inter alia, at the 56th Venice Biennale, The Cyprus Pavilion; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Kunsthalle Zürich; Casino Luxembourg; CCA Kitakyushu; Museum of Contemporary Art, St Louis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig; Centre d’Art Contemporain de Brétigny; and at Point Center of Contemporary Art, Nicosia. His work was also shown in a number of group exhibitions including: the 13th Sharjah Biennale; dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel; 8th Berlin Biennale; 7th Liverpool Biennale; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museion, Bolzano; Migros Museum, Zürich; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Joan Miro Foundation, Barcelona; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Ashkal Alwan Center for Contemporary Arts, Beirut; Artist Space, New York; MOCA North Miami. 
Jean Capeille (*1989 in Paris/FR, based in Paris/FR) is a professional dancer.

Adriana Lara (*1978 in Mexico City/MX, based in Zurich/CH)

finished her studies at UNAM in Mexico City and one year in Paris at the postgraduate programme of the Palais de Tokyo. She co-founded the non-profit production bureau Perros Negros in Mexico City, curating exhibitions and publishing a magazine called Pazmaker, parallel to her own artistic practice. 
Shows (selection): Kunsthalle Basel; Utah Museum of Fine Arts; Algus Greenspon Gallery; Air de Paris Gallery; House of Gaga, Mexico; dOCUMENTA 13; MOCA North Miami and Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco.