Saturday, October 31, 2009

Bass and no attitude | Poirier in Guanajuato, México

“His collaborations and remixes tend to be uniformly fierce and furious; he knows how to prop up whoever has the microphone.”


Ghislain Poirier, made a statement between the years 2005 and 2007 by creating the IT Montreal parties _Bounce Le Gros_. The digital Multi-instrumentalist , producer and DJ, it´s a referent to the club addicts, to nova soca and retro-electronic tunes.Last night, the Alhóndiga of Granaditas, the main stage of spectacles in the Festival Internacional Cervantino, was full. More than 7,000 people danced , clapped, and welcome the Quebec crew, that performed mostly jamaican tunes! and perfectly show their statement music, to a complete different audience from what they are used to.Photobucket

Even though mexicans are not very used to nova-soca and bass, the over-the-top-electro fans couldn´t help to bounce. Some where a little bit impacient ( Modeselektor was coming next) , but at the end.. they kicked it. The Crew´s incredible vibe, and musical creativity took it to the top... everyone talked about them after the show. Everyone was surprise with the cumbia rythms that the Canadian mastered.

Poirier has become renowned globally for his bass slammin´ remixes that continue to further solidify his title as “king of the bounce”.He has remixed tracks for UK grime/hip hop sensation Lady Sovereign (Def Jam), Bassnectar, Pole, Buck 65, The Editors, Champion, all to much critical acclaim and garnering him attention from publications such as , The Wire and XLR8R Magazine

At the end of the concert everyone agreed, Modeselektor didn´t gave its best performances yesterday, but the spectators will follow Poirier musical career for sure
. The get-back-to-jamaican- tunes , and other latin perfectly remixed sounds cautivated our ears. It´s a matter of

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Poirier´s BEST of BEST


Friday, October 30, 2009

FIC | Festival Internacional Cervantino at Guanajuato,México presents MODESELEKTOR/Berlin

Happy metal, hard rap, country-ambient, Russian crunk. This are the sounds that, today, Guanuajuato´s ancient alleys are going experience.
Modeselektor, the band formed in Berlin, featuring Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary, said to be incredibly amazed by the response of mexican fans, that not only love electronic music, most of the audience know every tune since they started they carrier, and MODERAT ´s , with whom Modeselektor has also been involved in collaborative efforts.

Moderat is a project between Modeselektor and
Apparat, Pfadselektor - a music/visual collaboration between Modeselektor and Pfadfinderei.


For Sure Some of Moderat tunes are going to be heard tonight.Producers of the FIC, which happends to be one of the most important cultural event worldwide, said: " An amazing spectacle production is expected, as well as extreme security , and of course lots of fans, dancing and sharing a unique moment not only for the Festival Internacional Cervantino, also for the perfomers.

México is known for a unique way to connect with electronic music. Its sounds, and rythmn are close to our cultural background.

For every country, Mexico´s unique creativity and capacity to understand the new-comes in cultural and social manifestation matters, make us The IT Scenery to be on.

Today.....ROCK IT, Guanajuato !!!


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cinemaztlán / Mexican film Festival opens in Amsterdam

The third
Cinemaztlán Mexican Film Festival opens this week in Amsterdam. The opening night is at Studio K, and the film opening the festival, ”Voy a explotar” (I’m going to explode) will have the lead actress of the film Maria Deschamps, making a guest appearance, doors open from 7.30pm

On the 1st November at the Paradiso the "Day of the Dead event will kick off. The dress code is “Catrinas and Dandies”, so get your glad rags on and enjoy the Mexican underground band Nine Rain, a performance of La Dentona and cocktails and nibbles starting from 8.30pm.

You should Know:
Script-production contest

Cinemaztlán organised a script-production contest in Mexico and the Netherlands in order to stimulate creativity and co-production. This is an initiative kindly supported by the Binger Filmlab, Pimienta Films and revolver Media. For the contest, the festival invited Dutch scriptwriters to write a script for a short script about an Mexican legend. An Idyll from Robert van Dijk was the winner of this first phase of the contest. At its second phase, Mexican filmmakers have been challenged to make a director's proposal on the winning Dutch script. The organization of the festival grows in excitement, as during the opening of the festival the Mexican winner will be known! Nestor Sampieri is the winner Mexican Director who will shoot An Idyll. He has been chosen on the 25 of September. Both young film makers will meet each other at the Festival's Opening, and will go through an intensive creative development workshop at the Binger Film Lab. The short film is to be shot on location in Mexico City in a schedule yet to be announced early on 2010.

For the rest of the exciting programme check the website:
for a great collection of Mexican films in venues throughout Amsterdam, and in Groningen, Leeuwarden and Maastricht from the 28th October to the 4th November.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Leung Chi-Wo | Asia Art Archive

Artist Leung Chi-Wo

Biography/Born in Hong Kong in 1968, Leung graduated with a MFA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1997 after a photography study in l'Istituto per lo Sviluppo Socio-Economico dello Spilimberghese in Italy and an internship in the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst in Ghent, Belgium. He has exhibited in Hong Kong, New York, Melbourne, Tokyo, Oslo, Vienna, Hamburg and Toronto, etc. Awards received include the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship (1997), Urban Council Award of the Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial (1996) and the First Prize in Sculpture from the Philippe Charriol Foundation (1995). In 2000, he held a solo exhibition in the Queens Museum of Art, New York. In 2001, his site-specific project was exhibited in the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Pesented by the Asia Art Archive, this time he presents a site-specific audio-visual installation for the city wide project, October Contemporary 2009.

(Inter)Viewing Possession is the "most difficult project to explain" as he said in his personal web page .

This is an art project that considers the invisible links between the Archive and its community through the practice of collecting.

Designers, shop owners, teenagers, homeowners, and residents from the surrounding Sheung Wan neigbhourhood have taken part in the project by sharing the stories behind their personal possessions through interviews. Inside eight view-finders installed at archive, the audience is confronted with re-written, fragmented texts based on personal stories and observations culled from the interviews, delivered via intertwined monologues by Leung Chi-Wo and his partner, Sara Wong.

The work consciously attempts to transgress the boundaries between viewing and voyeurism, real and fictional, art and the everyday.


Sunday, October 25, 2009


Daniela Monterrosa, es Artquitecta Chilena, y con quien de la mano, realizamos diversos proyectos en The Pigmy Deer Network. Fue en encuentro con ella y su blog, así como sus ideales, los que nos motivaron a empezar a trabajar en equipo en diversas disciplinas como el arte, la arquitectura, etc.. Más que una integrante de The Pigmy Deer, representa un apoyo en el Stock, y el inicio de un intercambio práctico en Chile, proyectos por mexicanos en Chile, y chilenos en México. Este proyecto aún se cocina, pero les aseguramos que escucharán grandes cosas en un futuro de nuestra apreciada colaboradora, y teammate.

Su ojo crítico y capacidad de reinterpretar cuestiones del día a día, la hace tan especial, y crece cada vez más el número de lectores de su blog.

A continuación les presentamos un brief de la Bienal de Arte de este año, en el mismo orden del recorrido en cual se presentan. ( Sólo de algunos artistas que el Ojo DM destacó)

“Mirror Paintings” de 1961, Una serie de espejos rotos en un salón, que simbolizan parte integral de la poética del artista y la introspectiva sobre cómo concebimos el auto retrato experimentando con la universalidad del espejo; un tema explorado en Twenty-two less two. Estos espejos fueron rotos por el artista el primer día que la muestra abrió a la prensa.

Me pareció un poco anecdótico entrar a una sala con espejos rotos sin saber qué pasaba y sin entender la muestra. Hay que conocer el trabajo desde los 60’s de Pistoletto para lograr entender que es una extensión de su trabajo e investigación. Lo más interesante es (...)

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An exhibition of a film of a book that never was: Dune

H.R Giger, Dune IV, 1976
70 x 100cm, Acrylic on paper
Courtesy of

© 1976 H. R. Giger

Alejandro Jodorowsky's ‘Dune’:

An exhibition of a film of a book that never was

takes as its departure point the cult Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s attempted 1976 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel ‘Dune’.

This exhibition includes production drawings made by H.R Giger and Chris Foss alongside commissioned work made in response by three international contemporary artists Steven Claydon, Matthew Day Jackson and Vidya Gastaldon.

Following the release of his mystical Western ‘El Topo’ (1970) and his psychedelic quest movie ‘Holy Mountain’, Jodorowsky embarked on his ‘Dune’ project, gathering around him a group of collaborators that included the French comics artist Moebius, the Swiss artist H.R. Giger (who would later design the 1979 film ‘Alien’), the British sci-fi artist Chris Foss, and the British band Pink Floyd, who would provide the soundtrack. Among Jodorowsky’s proposed cast were Orson Welles, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dali, the last of whom was to play the Emperor of the Universe, who ruled from a golden toilet-cum-throne in the shape of two intertwined dolphins. Unable to secure the money from Hollywood to create the ‘Dune’ of his imagination, Jodorowsky abandoned the film before a single frame was shot. All that survives of this project is Jodorowsky’s extensive notes, and the production drawings of Moebius, Giger and Foss. These reveal a potential future for sci-fi movie making that eschewed the conservative, technology-based approach of American filmmakers in favour of something closer to a metaphysical fever-dream. This was, though, a future that would never take place.

In 1977, George Lucas’ ‘Star Wars’ was released, and the history of sci-fi filmmaking, and even mainstream cinema, would never be the same again.


HDA: Haus der Architektur

The Haus der Architektur (House of Architecture, HoA) Graz is a non-profit association promoting and conveying architecture to the public and providing a plattform for architects, students and in general for people who are interested in architecture. The association acts as an interface between people producing architecture and people consuming.

The HoA was founded in 1988 and has been a forerunner for similar institutions in Austria and Europe. The honorary and unsalaried working managing board changes every two years and devises a programme for these two years.

The focus of the current programme is "everyday life in an architectural context" and consists of exhibitions, round-tables, lectures etc. to the sub-topics of working, living, protecting, consuming, believing and building.

The managing board is elected every two years in the general assembly and consists of 5 people who are either lecturing at the technical university and the technical college of Graz, or working in architectural practices.

Haus der Architektur Graz


Of people and Houses

Architecture from Styria.

Architecture Graz Styria Yearbook 2008/2009

The yearbook of House of Architecture Graz (Haus der Architektur Graz) published for the fourth time this year, presents a radical approach also in international comparative terms. As the only one of its kind in all of Austria regularly documenting both the best new buildings in the province and the winning project of the Architecture Award of the Province of Styria, the yearbook consciously overcomes the conventions of the usual periodicals in order to reach a broader audience stretching even beyond architectural specialists.

As this year's curator of the Architecture Award of the Province of Styria and publisher of the yearbook, Andreas Ruby, the renowned Berlin-based architectural critic, has selected for inclusion in the yearbook twelve new constructions from over eighty submissions for the Architecture Award. It was possible to acquire the services of the Mexican photographic artist Livia Corona for photographic documentation of the projects published in the yearbook. In contrast with classical architectural photography, which focuses on the building, Corona places the relationship between people and spaces under the spotlight.

The yearbook has been presented on October 12th in the context of the presentation of the Architecture Award of the Province of Styria. In addition, the photographic works by Livia Corona can be seen as part of the "Of people and houses – Livia Corona photographs architecture from Styria" exhibition. The exhibition starts on October 12th and will be shown in the House of Architecture until the 1st of November.

Marking the new publication "Of people and houses. Architecture from Styria. Architecture Graz Styria Yearbook 2008/2009" on November 13th Markus Bogensberger and Heinz Rosmann (House of Architecture Graz) will be talking about publication strategies for contemporary architecture with Ilka and Andreas Ruby (editors) and the co-editor of the Architecture in the Netherlands Yearbook, Roemer van Toorn, at the Berlin book dealers "Pro qm".

Pro qm

Thematic book dealer covering city,

politics, pop, economic critique, architecture, design, art & theory

Almstadtstrasse 48-50 D-10119 Berlin


Monday, October 19, 2009

Cuauhtémoc Suárez

, originally uploaded by Cuauhtémoc Suárez.

One of our members from México is a finalist in "Arte 40" from the radio station "Los 40 Principales" and we are supporting him, so please, vote !! , just fill in all the 5 stars in "votar" and that's it !!! It doesn't matter where you live, you can vote!
This support his carreer & us too !


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I Use Perfume to Occupy More Space | The institutional space in a self-critical manner

I Use Perfume to Occupy More Space

Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil

This exhibition approaches the institutional space in a self-critical manner. With the purpose of reviewing the social mechanisms that generate the belief in the value of artistic creation, I Use Perfume to Occupy More Space intersperses commercial products, theoretical and literature tomes, films, cartoons, works from the MACG collection, and other contemporary artworks.

Such a grouping reveals the use of artistic references in advertising to endorse and characterize commercial products and insert these in the worlds of fashion, politics, and social life in general. These records are scrutinized through artistic projects that question such a legitimization mechanism, as well as the inherent vanity of the art-world system.

Similarly, the exhibition's title additionally alludes to several clichés concerning the artist's persona, such as that of the romantic bourgeois, the "aristocratic" dandy, the intellectual, the accursed, or the bohemian artist, among others.
It is well known that perfume, although invisible, is a cultural artifice that allows its users to stand out in a crowd, because it confers status or individuality. One might affirm that such an invention is able to consecrate, as well as set apart, its wearer from the common, the massive, or the prosaic. If we agree with the premise that anyone can pretend to be an artist in the contemporary art world and in the same manner anything can be regarded as a work of art, then perfume exemplifies these processes for legitimization.

Rather than solely representing a collection of works organized under a given theme or through the scope of the current prevailing tendencies, this exhibition is conceived of as a space that invites examination, contemplation of the structures that exist beneath the art world. The artistic projects that comprise part of this exhibit represent sociological research by means of the compilation of documents and other materials found in several fields of cultural production. The exhibit also includes reference materials such as books on literature and art theory, snips of Hollywood movies, and cartoons that ironize the art world's narcissism and arrogance. The combination of these devices leads to critical reflection on the institutionalization of art and the social and discursive frameworks that instill the belief in its value.

Whereas the Enlightenment in the Eighteenth Century established belief in the power of the artist – through the acknowledgement of his/her geniality and innate talent – today it would appear that this role has assumed a back seat to the ability of understanding the institutionalism of art through self-criticism: namely, the rationality of the critical models and judgments that coordinate the production, presentation, and circulation of what ultimately constitutes the visibility of the artistic. Among art professionals, only a few continue to believe in the romantic myths of the illuminated artist who constructs metaphysical truths. This new attitude is evidenced in works that convey viewpoints on this romantic belief of the artistic persona and the value of artistic work. At present, the contemporary artist is observed as more as a sort of sui generis researcher who acquires a socio-professional role by relying on processes or models of hybrid or heterogeneous knowledge that are capable of teaching critical, ironic, political, aesthetic, or philosophical approaches, thus expanding the ways in which we understand and configure our world.

The "perfume", then refers, to the insubstantiality of the aesthetic experiences in the period during which its critical status was institutionalized. The "perfume" is an invisible presence that enables "things" to circulate or to become visible as something different from their original condition. We could say that it is a strategy of occupation that affects the perceived and social environment in which it is inscribed. From this perspective, today's art world is similar to a fluctuating atmosphere.

The title I Use Perfume to Occupy More Space can be understood as an attitude of suspicion of the sociability rituals that shape the world of art.

Gabriel Acevedo
David Alfaro Siqueiros
Daniel Andujar/Rogelio López Cuenca
Julieta Aranda
John Bock
Ximena Cuevas
José Clemente Orozco
Carles Congost
Dustin Ericksen/Mike Rogers
Paul MacCarthy

Willy Kautz

Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil

I Use Perfume to Occupy
More Space

October 7 - January 3

Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil
Av. Revolución 1608
San Ángel
01000, México, D.F
55 50 62 60
55 50 39 83 ext. 120