[NetBehaviour] NMF REVIEW: Cultura y Media

Eduardo Navas eduardo at navasse.net
Wed Sep 6 03:44:15 CEST 2006

REVIEW: Cultura y Media: En Construcción, A preview of things to come, by
Pablo Hadis and Alejo Petrucci


 Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn, ³Llamadas²

 Something has been gathering steam in Buenos Aires. An ambitious project to
create one of the largest new media exhibition and experimentation centers
in Latin America is being developed and implemented at the Centro Cultural
San Martín. The building is conveniently located next to the traditional
Teatro San Martín in downtown Buenos Aires, and has been known through the
years for offering a wide range of cultural activities.

 ³Culture & Media: Under Construction² is the first edition of a
multi-disciplinary exhibition that focuses on art and technology and makes
the renovation and expansion of the San Martín Center (which is expected to
be finalized in two years) part of the exhibit itself.

 Colectivo: Multimedia por simpatÌa, ³Camas Calientes²

 ³This event is organized to celebrate the construction of the new cultural
center² says Lic. Graciela Taquini, curator of the show, ³the ŒUnder
Construction¹ theme is also related to the digital medium because digital
works are in a sense always Œin progress¹ due to elements [specific to the
language of the medium.]²

 There are lots of things to see at ³Culture & Media², the exhibition
featuring a broad sample of artwork being produced by both renowned and
emerging artists using new technologies, provides screenings of
documentaries and experimental shorts, and includes a collection of
web-related art curated by Argentine artist Gustavo Romano. There are also
various activities to attend and participate in.

 Luis Ter·n, ³Cartelera²

 So what gives ³Culture & Media² its distinct Latin American, or to be more
specific, Argentine flavor? What makes the artwork being displayed different
from that shown recently in ZeroOne San José (California), for example?
Interestingly enough, subjects such as work and working conditions were
present in some installations, such as ³Camas Calientes², by the group
³Colectivo: Multimedia por simpatía².

Work as a subject has been brought once again to the limelight due to the
harsh economic crisis the country has had to endure and it¹s being addressed
by focusing on the situations created by this crisis. The term ³camas
calientes² (warm beds) refers to the dire conditions in which people work
non-stop and take turns at sleeping in beds inside the factories, always
replacing each other, and thus keeping beds always warm. Graciela Taquini
points to levels of aggression present in certain pieces (which one could
perhaps attribute to a post 2001 crisis period), as well as a healthy dose
of humor, and above all a sense of irony that she says is characteristic of

 Augusto Zanela, ³Bola S/T²

 Other highlights from the show include Augusto Zanela¹s ³Bola S/T², a
hypnotic projection created in real-time through clever use of close-circuit
video and Mariano Cohn¹s and Gaston Duprat¹s ³Llamadas² which lets the
audience listen to various private conversations, among many others works.

 ³Culture & Media² has received strong backing and participation from a
great number of academic institutions as well as official support from the
government of the city of Buenos Aires. The exhibition is bound to expand
through the years (18,000 m2 are being added to the building, which will
sport new screening rooms and theater stage) and become one of the main
venues for dialogue between Argentine and other Latin American artists, as
well as artists from many other countries. It¹s definitely a place to keep
an eye on.

 ³Usos de una teorÌa de mano², one of the talks offered at the event

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