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The Book Lovers

The Book Lovers is a long-term project on artist novels (2012-2013). Research, organization and curatorial project by David Maroto (Spanish visual artist based in the Netherlands) and Joanna Zielińska (head curator at Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor – Cricoteka, in Kraków). Participating institutions: M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, Belgium;  EFA Project Space, NYC; Cricoteka in Kraków, Poland; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland.

The Book Lovers is a systematic attempt to study the phenomenon of artist novels. There are some examples of artist novels in the 20th century, but it is in the last ten or fifteen years that an increasing number of artists are choosing the novel as an artistic medium. Surprisingly, there is a lack of research on this subject. This circumstance gives way to a situation in which artists who write novels are not aware of others doing the same. With The Book Lovers we are intending to create public awareness on this silently widespread artistic trend. There are a number of questions that this project wants to pose: Has literature become a new tool for creating expanded narrations in visual arts? Is it justified to talk about a new phenomenon in contemporary art? What are the consequences for the production process when adopting a purely textual form, moreover a narrative? What link remains to visual arts? Is it possible to find a relation to conceptual art, relational aesthetics, or is this an entirely different artistic form? Collective writing, fictional artist/authors, ghost writers…what are the issues raised in relation to authorship and re-skilling of art practice?


The project The Book Lovers is divided in three parts: a collection of artist novels with a parallel online database; an exhibition; and a symposium. The first part, the collection, includes, among others, novels written by: Carl Andre, Keren Cytter, Salvador Dalí, Tim Etchells, Liam Gillick, Goldin+Senneby, Pablo Helguera, Stewart Home, Joseph Kosuth, Yayoi Kusama, Jana Leo, Jill Magid, Mai-Thu Perret, Tom McCarthy, Richard Prince, Roee Rosen, Lindsay Seers, Alexandre Singh, Andy Warhol… to a total of around 125 titles. This collection is the result of a research carried out by David Maroto and Joanna Zielinska, and it is being acquired by M HKA, to be part of the museum’s collection.

The second part of the project, the exhibition, is taking place in EFA Project Space and, afterwards, in De Appel, Amsterdam. The exhibition will display, on the one hand, the complete artist novels collection (borrowed from M HKA for the occasion), which will be available for public’s perusal in a special reading room. On the other hand, a selection of artists will show their works made in relation to their novels. There are artists who simply write novels, as an activity aside their art practice. But there are others, in increasing numbers in recent years, who make use of novels as a legitimate art form in its own right, as video or performance could be. The exhibition will unfold the different creative strategies that visual artists employ when they integrate narrative literature in their own art projects. These are multidisciplinary and extremely varied: video installation, drawing, sculpture, photography, painting, performance…  In addition to the reading room and the group exhibition, there will be a public program with performances, video screenings and other public events that complement and complete the mapping of artistic strategies chosen by artists in relation to their own novels.

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The Book Lovers

Public presentation of the artist novels collection and the ensemble (online database), at M HKA

In conversation with Seth Siegelaub

Curated by David Maroto and Joanna Zielinska

6th December 2012

There are some examples of artist novels in the 20th century, but it is in the last ten or fifteen years that an increasing number of artists are choosing the novel as an artistic medium. With The Book Lovers we are intending to create public awareness on this silently widespread artistic trend. The collection of artist novels includes a total of 125 titles that is being acquired by M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, Belgium. The collection is complemented by a parallel online database, also hosted by M HKA. Some artists present in the collection are: Carl Andre, Sophie Calle, Salvador Dalí, Tim Etchells, Mattias Faldbakken, Liam Gillick, Pablo Helguera, Stewart Home, Joseph Kosuth, Yayoi Kusama, Jana Leo, Rita McBride, Tom McCarthy, Richard Prince, Andy Warhol… among many others.


M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp

Leuvenstraat 32,
2000 Antwerp, Belgium

www.muhka.be

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The Book Lovers

Exhibition at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space (NYC)

Curated by David Maroto and Joanna Zielinska

25th January – 9th March 2013

This exhibition will display, on the one hand, the complete artist novels collection gathered by the curators throughout a long-term research. This collection has been acquired by M HKA and will be on loan from that museum for the occasion. The novels will be available for public’s perusal in a special reading room. On the other hand, a selection of artists will show their works made in relation to their novels. There are artists who simply write novels, as an activity aside their art practice. But there are others, in increasing numbers in recent years, who make use of novels as a legitimate art form in its own right, as video or performance could be. The exhibition will unfold the different creative strategies that visual artists employ when they integrate narrative literature in their own art projects. These are multidisciplinary and extremely varied: video installation, drawing, sculpture, photography, painting, performance… In addition to the reading room and the group exhibition, there will be a public program with performances, video screenings and other public events that complement and complete the mapping of artistic strategies chosen by artists in relation to their own novels.

EFA Project Space is located on the 2nd Floor of 323 West 39th Street, between 8th and 9th avenues. Manhattan, New York City.

www.efanyc.org

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Illusion Reading Room

Project for 11th Havana Biennial, within the project Open Score

La Habana, Cuba 

From May 11 to June 11, 2012

Centro Hispanoamericano de la Cultura. Malecón 17 e/ Prado y Cárcel

www.bienalhabana.cult.cu

Illusion Reading Room is a participative installation: there is a pile of 500 copies of my novel Illusion and two armchairs. In one of them, a permanent reader is reading out loud from the novel. Public are welcome to take one copy of the novel with them for free. It is only asked to do one thing in exchange: to sit down in the vacant armchair and take it over from the reader, by reading out loud a few pages for the rest of the audience. In this way, public become part of the installation as temporary performers, and the novel is read continuously without interruption throughout the whole duration of the Biennial.  

Video summary Illusion Reading Room. 5′ 55”, English subtitles.

Illusion Reading Room es una instalación participativa. En el espacio se encuentran dos sillones, uno de ellos vacante. En el otro hay una persona leyendo la novela Illusion en voz alta. Entre los dos sillones hay una pila formada por 500 ejemplares de Illusion. Se invita al espectador a tomar de la pila un ejemplar de la novela, gratis, siempre y cuando se siente en el sillón vacante y lea en voz alta unas cuantas páginas. Durante lo cual el lector permanente para de leer y guarda silencio. De este modo, el espectador se convierte en agente activo y performativo, leyendo pasajes para los otros espectadores que en ese momento se encuentren en el espacio de la instalación. Asimismo, la novela es leída sin interrupción durante la duración de la Bienal.

Vídeo resumen Illusion Reading Room. 5′ 55”, subtítulos en castellano.

” For over 405 years, from July 25th, 1518 until March 3rd, 1924, the Holy Qur’an was perpetually recited, day and night, in the Department of Mohammed’s Cloak in the Topkapi Palace, in Istanbul.” 

Thanks to the generous support of Mondriaan Fund

Thanks also to the work of the permanent readers, actresses from the theater company El Ciervo Encantado: Nelda Castillo, Mariela and Inés

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Illusion – Disillusion

Solo exhibition in Artium, museum of contemporary art of Vitoria (Spain)

www.artium.org

Within the Praxis program

23rd April-24th June

Fanzine de la exposición (español)

In Illusion – Disillusion the exhibition space will be transformed in a sort of “game room”. A compilation of works that connect both Illusion (art project in the form of a novel) and Disillusion (art project in the form of a board game) will be displayed. All of them are eminently participative and multidisciplinary. David Maroto’s practice focuses on the crossover between literature and visual arts, on the one hand, and the use of games as a creative method, on the other. The idea is that the spectator acquires an active role in the process of reception of the work, not only by playing/executing each piece separately, but also when reconstructing the network of relations that lead from one work to the next one.

Public conversation with curator Blanca de la Torre + Illusion Buzzword Bingo in the evening of 25th April. Illusion Buzzword Bingo is the name of a collective game based on an art project in the form of a novel, called Illusion, by David Maroto. Bingo cards are distributed amongst the audience, with the particularity that they do not contain the usual 1-to-90 numbers, but words (a different combination of words in each card). A reader reads a passage of the novel Illusion out loud. Participating public will cross out words in their cards as they appear in the text when uttered during the reading. Like in the original game, there is a prize for the player who calls out “bingo”; this is, for the one who crosses out all words in their card before anyone else does.

Illusion-Disillusion consiste en la creación de un espacio que casi podría denominarse “salón de juegos”. Se mostrarán una selección de obras que conectan  Illusion (proyecto artístico en forma de novela) y Disillusion (proyecto artístico en forma de juego de mesa). Todas ellas poseen un carácter eminentemente participativo y multidisciplinar. La práctica artística de Maroto gira alrededor del cruce entre literatura y artes visuales por un lado, y en el uso del juego como método artístico por otro. La idea es que el espectador adquiera un rol activo en el proceso de recepción de la obra, no solo al jugar/ejecutar cada una de ellas por separado, sino también al reconstruir el entramado de relaciones que las vinculan y que llevan de una a otra.

Conversación pública con la comisaria Blanca de la Torre + Illusion Buzzword Bingo la tarde del 25 de abril. Illusion Buzzword Bingo es el nombre de un juego colectivo basado en un proyecto artístico en forma de novela, llamado Illusion, de David Maroto. Cartones de bingo son repartidos entre el público, con la particularidad de que no contienen los acostumbrados números del 1 al 90, sino palabras (una combinación de palabras diferente en cada cartón). Un lector lee en voz alta un pasaje de la novela Illusion. El público participante habrá de tachar las palabras en su cartón según van apareciendo en el texto y sonando a lo largo de la lectura. Como en el juego original, hay un premio para aquel que cante bingo, esto es, para aquel que tache todas las palabras en su cartón antes que los demás.

Seven Stamps: At the entrance of the exhibition space there is a free publication (a fanzine) available for all visitors. On the last page, you will find some coupons which will be stamped in accordance with the results obtained when you play each game in the gallery. Just by playing one of the games you will get 1 stamped coupon. Obtaining a specific result (winning Disillusion or Empathy, completing the Puzzle, resolving the Tangram, etc.) is worth extra stamps. The gallery attendant will be responsible for providing the corresponding stamps. Next to each piece you will find the rules of the game to play or activate each one. When you obtain 7 stamped coupons, you can exchange your fanzine for a free ticket to the museum.

Siete Sellos: A la entrada del espacio expositivo hay una publicación gratis (un fanzine) a disposición de los espectadores. En la última página encontrarás unos cupones que se van sellando en virtud de los resultados alcanzados al jugar cada pieza presente en la sala. El hecho mismo de jugar una de las piezas vale 1 cupón estampado. Conseguir un cierto resultado (ganar a Disillusion o Empatía, completar el Puzzle, resolver el Tangram, etc.) vale sellos extra. El vigilante de sala se encargará de estampar los sellos correspondientes. Junto a cada pieza encontrarás las reglas para jugar o activar cada una de ellas. Cuando consigas 7 cupones estampados, puedes canjear este fanzine por una entrada gratis al museo.

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First Circle

SIGN – Tentoonstellingsruimte voor Jonge Kunst

From 10th September to 9th October 2011

Winschoterkade 10 , 9711EA – Groningen. The Netherlands.  Tlf 050-3132651 

Open: Tue-Sat 12.00 – 17.00h + Sun 14.00 – 17.00h

http://sign2.nl

www.noorderlicht.com

Sign -tentoonstellingsruimte voor Hedendaagse Beeldende Kunst- is pleased to present First Circle, David Maroto’s first solo show devoted to this long-term project. After the Second Circle project (2005-06, which took place in TENT. Rotterdam, and W139 Amsterdam), David embarked in the development of its twin circle, which both precedes and is a continuation of it. First Circle is centered in the crossover between visual arts and literature -more concretely narratives, with a distinctive psychoanalytical approach. This is the first exhibition in which different works from First Circle have been gathered together. A selection that consists of the series Close-up Cut-outs, the installation Seven Masks, and the sound piece An Echo.

Close-up Cut-outs are a series of four large-sized prints that have been cut out by hand. They always depict a scene with two faces in the middle of a dialogue. The characters are made up of a collage of different faces. Their words, which are displayed in a text balloon, come also from adapted quotations that range from philosophical citations and poems to pop songs. As figures without a background, these pieces are a mixture between image, object and space. The architectural environment where they are displayed each time becomes their new, always changeable, background. Since many missing pixels within the images have been removed as well, it is possible to see the space through the cut-outs, which become in this way integrated into the spatial context.

Seven Masks is a long narrative sequence along which public walk with an accompanying sound track in a mp3 player with headphones. Unlike video and film, where pictures “move” while spectator’s body remains still, in Seven Masks the spectator is compelled to move in the space in order to introduce time within the visual material and, in so doing, activate its narrative elements. Also, unlike video and film, the soundtrack is not synchronized in forehand. It is up to the spectator to relate sound and images by walking at a faster pace, coming back and forth, and so on. This system opens up the work for spectator’s interpretation through their active participation.

An Echo reflects a situation through which any of us has been in any moment of our lives: when we hear from a friend an idea that we already said some time before and which was refuted by that very same friend back then. And now he is trying to convince us about his new ideas without remembering that we are the source where they come from.

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¡ILLUSION ya a la venta!

Ya se puede adquirir Illusion via Amazon.com y CreateSpace eStore. Versión en español (English version coming soon)

Para adquirir Illusion:

Simplemente hay que proceder como con cualquier otro libro adquirido a través del portal Amazon.com, siguiendo cualquiera de estos vínculos:

https://www.createspace.com/3560955

http://www.amazon.com


El Arcano VI del Tarot, El Enamorado, muestra a un joven sumido en la indecisión entre dos opciones. Sus ojos apuntan a una mujer, mientras que sus brazos se dirigen hacia otra. Incluso su vestimenta, un jubón multicolor, refleja su estado de división interna. El protagonista de Illusion se encuentra asimismo inmerso en un proceso de fragmentación progresiva que conduce hacia un final imprevisible. El narrador cuenta una historia que le sucedió hace tiempo, cuando estaba en la veintena, en la que atraviesa una serie de experiencias que él, en aquel momento, no estaba en condiciones de comprender. Es solo en retrospectiva que es capaz de dar cuenta de ello. En Illusion, los personajes no son conscientes de que cambian y se redefinen constantemente en relación a su entorno y a los otros. Esta naturaleza alienante llega al extremo con el protagonista, que se encuentra siempre en la necesidad de un modelo al que imitar. El problema es que, cuanto más cerca está de ese modelo, más en competición entra con él para obtener el objeto de sus deseos.


Illusion es un proyecto artístico en forma de novela. Illusion es asimismo la pieza central de otro proyecto artístico llamado Primer Círculo. Algunas de las obras narrativas que forman Primer Círculo (obras sonoras, vídeo animaciones, instalaciones narrativas, leporellos, cut-outs…) han ido sufriendo un proceso a lo largo del cual se han ido viendo despojadas de sus componentes visuales y sonoros, hasta alcanzar una forma puramente textual. A continuación, todas esas narraciones sueltas han sido integradas en Illusion. De manera que la novela viene a ser una especie de patchwork de diferentes fragmentos, cuyas “costuras” han sido borradas de modo que no sean evidentes a primera vista. Siguiendo el proceso contrario, así como la escritura de Illusion progresaba, iba dando lugar a nuevos proyectos artísticos autónomos, dentro del contexto de Primer Círculo. Desde este punto de vista, Illusion funciona como el eje de una constelación de obras interrelacionadas que, en última instancia, refieren su significado a la novela.

El lector puede elegir entre dos posibilidades: bien leer Illusion como una narración coherente, autónoma, con una narración contada de principio a final; o bien, la experiencia de su lectura ofrece la opción de ser expandida al poner cada pasaje en relación con la obra de la cual procede o de la cual ha sido el origen. Estas obras están conformadas a su vez por cantidad de fragmentos visuales, sonoros y textuales, con lo que el juego de referencias se multiplica y expande, al mismo tiempo que las posibilidades de interpretación de la obra.

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Illusion será objeto de una serie de presentaciones públicas. La primera de ellas tendrá lugar el 14 de junio en 601 Art Space, Nueva York [www.601artspace.org]

Junto con la presentación del proyecto tendrá lugar una mesa de debate alrededor del fenómeno de la novela de artista. El panel estará formado por Erin Sickler (directora del programa curatorial de 601 Art Space), Christopher K. Ho (artista visual de Nueva York, autor de la novela “Hirsch E. P. Rothko”), Alexander Campos (director del Center for Book Arts, Nueva York) y David Maroto. Más información sobre el evento estará disponible en breve.

Más información sobre Illusion, en este link.

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Especificaciones técnicas:

Paperback (rústica)

220 páginas

Tamaño: 13 x 20 cm

Precio: 15 € / 20 $

ISBN-13: 978-1456599225
ISBN-10: 1456599224

Para leer un fragmento de Illusion, haz click en “Continue reading”

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Open Studios in ISCP

12th – 15th May 2011

www.iscp-nyc.org

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Spring Open Studios is a four-day exhibition of international contemporary art. The 36 artists, artist collectives and curators from 25 countries currently in residence at ISCP will present work in their studios. Open Studios offers the public access to innovative contemporary art practices from across the globe – seen for the first time together in New York City – providing an exceptional opportunity to engage with the production, process and archives of artists working with a diverse range of mediums, approaches and concepts.

I showed some recent works and projects carried out during my residence period. Among which my new narrative installation Casa Diógenes.

“David Maroto, unique in the ISCP context with his approach and interested in actively engaging the observer in the performative moment which leads to the completion of the storyline as well as opening it up to new readings. In his installation Casa Diogenes (2011) it is through an accumulation of images and textual reference that the personal history of the protagonist unfolds. The poetic and inter-textual qualities of the soundtrack and the images, create a world in which memory, identity and space are accumulated.” Fleur van Muiswinkel. Article appeared in Metropolis M.

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Book launch (leporellos) at PrintRoom

Saturday December 18th 2010, 16.00 – 18.00

PrintRoom, Schietbaanstraat 17, Rotterdam

Please join us for an informal afternoon with book launches by David Maroto, who will present two new leporellos: Seven Masks and A Dream_Teeth, followed by the presentation of The Book of Paper by Antje Peters and Oliver Helfrich. PrintRoom will serve glühwein and cakes and the shop will be open until six.

David Maroto’s leporellos are books that contain narrative sequences of images that unfold over several meters. They come accompanied by a sound track in an mp3 player with headphones. Unlike video and film, where pictures “move” while the spectator’s body remains still, in David’s narrative installations and leporellos the pictures are printed and still, while the spectator is compelled to move his body in the space in order to introduce time within the visual material and, in so doing, activate its narrative elements. Also, unlike video and film, the soundtrack is not synchronized beforehand; it is up to the spectator to relate sound and images. This narrative system, according to the author, gives more room to spectator’s interpretation.

PrintRoom is a platform dedicated to artists’ publications, the small press and self-publishing projects by artists and designers, based in Rotterdam.

Thursday – Saturday 13.00 – 17.00
and by appointment: 06-1801247
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www.printroom.org

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We Like 6%

Group show in Nieuw Dakota (Amsterdam)

In reactie op de kabinetsplannen om de btw te verhogen naar 19% organiseert Nieuw Dakota in samenwerking met het weblog We Like Art een last minute protestverkoop van hedendaagse kunst.

21st Nov 2010 – 9th Jan 2011

Nieuw Dakota
Ms. Van Riemsdijkweg 41b – 1033 RC Amsterdam
NDSM-werf

I participate with two Close-up Cut-outs editions: Fortune Cookie and All Your Way

 

www.nieuwdakota.com

www.welikeart.nl

 

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Speed Bump. De Passie van het Verzamelen

Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen

Fortwachter 1. 2141 EE Vijfhuizen. The Netherlands

From 4th July to 22nd August 2010. Opening Sunday 4th July, 14.00

Matthew Barney, Jaap Kroneman, Daniel Buetti, Alex Kals, Maarten van Schaaik, Joep van Lieshout, Tony Oursler/Mike Kelly, Aernout Mik, Job Koelewijn, Erik van Lieshout, Mark Wallinger, Jonathan Monk, Franz West, Olaf Nicolai, Ryan Gander, Jannis Kounellis, Tom Roosenboom, Jeff Koons, Tobias Rehberger, Pipilotti Rist, Carlos Amorales, Dave Allen/Douglas Gordon/Jonathan Monk, Erik Kessels, David Nuur, David Maroto, Ives Maes, Thomas Hirschhorn, William Sweetlove, John Armleder, Keren Cytter, a.o.

Speed Bump is the summer exhibition 2010 of Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen. The exhibition presents an overview of Frans Oomen’s art collection, from Amsterdam. Oomen has specialized in collecting art editions and multiples. Speed Bump is the first in a series of exhibitions about the fascination for collecting.

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41st Poetry International Festival

Rotterdam, 11th – 18th June 2010

This year the Festival’s theme is Prose and its influence on Poetry. A number of visual artists have been asked to contribute text works to be printed on T-shirts that would be for sale at the entrance hall of the Schouwburg building, which is the main venue of the Poetry International Festival. I participate with A Memory: a transcription of the first chapter of my novel Illusion. T-shirts are printed on a limited edition, only ten copies of each.

Listen to A Memory (1′ 00”):

Links:

www.poetryinternationalblog.org

www.poetry.nl

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