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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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Uncommonplaces

Group exhibition in Extra City (Antwerp, Belgium)

18 November 2011 – 8 January 2012

Opening 17th November, at 19.00 

Curated by Pieter Vermeulen, as part of the ICI’s Curatorial Intensive program. Elena Bajo, Lode Geens, Filip Gilissen, David Maroto, Warren Neidich, Jürgen Ots, Ariel Schlesinger, Naama Tsabar.

Extra City – Kunsthal Antwerpen 

Tulpstraat 79, BE-2060 Antwerp

Tel/fax +32 (0)3 677 1655

www.extracity.org

Uncommonplaces web blog

Uncommonplaces is a group exhibition that opens up a dialectical space between the artistic and the everyday, originality and banality, the object and the abject. The commonplace refers to a dimension of our reality that we take for granted, overlook or neglect. By adding the prefix un-, the question arises whether we can imagine a different, experimental version of the everyday. I am participating with Adieu, Jean-Arthur, which marked the beginning of my Four Circles project and, therefore the beginning of my art practice, in 1998. This piece is dedicated to French poet Arthur Rimbaud’s decision to abandon art practice.

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Pertaining to a Profession Proverbially Energetic and Nervous

Group show in ISCP, curated by Sarah Demeuse.

30th March  – 16th April 2011

Gallery hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 6pm

Panel discussion: Tuesday, April 19 at 6.30pm. Sarah Demeuse and David Levine in conversation moderated by Kari Conte

As second installment in a year-long thematic exhibition cycle related to work, Pertaining to a Profession Proverbially Energetic and Nervous takes at face value the fact that the international roving artist-cum-MacBookPro has taken the place of the blue-collar Brooklyn printmaker and therefore turns the tables highlighting the expectations of those who visit this contemporary workspace. It subtly undermines three tropes associated with an artist’s work: the mysterious invisibility of artistic labor as example of post-industrial immateriality; art as resistance to commonplace productivity; and, possibly closer to home, the performative formulas and taboos associated with successful artistic professionalism.

Étienne Chambaud, Irene Kopelman, David Levine, David Maroto, Mladen Stilinović, Magnus Thierfelder and Carey Young

Reviewed CV was my contribution to the show. In addition to the piece, I invited New York-based artist Trong G. Nguyen to carry out a performative version of it. He wrote his own Reviewed CV, listing a selection of his failures, rejections and frustrated desires, and he read it in public in a sort of stand-up comedian fashion.

More information on this exhibition

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Love Letters to a Surrogate

Torrance Art Museum

10th July, from 12 noon to 6 pm.

Organized by Warren Neidich. Artists living in the Los Angeles area ask artists they know living internationally to write a script, as a set of instructions, for them to perform as their surrogate. As such the artist in LA reenacts or acts as a surrogate to produce a performance that the asked artist could have performed himself or herself had they been in LA. I participated with “Reviewed CV“, a performance carried out by artist Tif Sigfrids.

Links:

Torrance Art Museum

Tif Sigfrids

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Deiska ~the Complete Collection

Rozengracht 114, Amsterdam

28th May to 27th June 2010

The complete collection of [De is Ka] is shown to public for the first time in a temporary exhibition organized in conjunction with Art Amsterdam. I participate with the installation 6+6 and 12 Tales Machine.

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Inside Job

Group exhibition in Gallery 182 A

29th May to 6th June 2010

Organized by Jeroen Jongeleen, this project consists in the secret interventions within spaces in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam) that are normally not open to public. These insertions play with the notion of small and silent gestures in contrast with the official museum’s program, as well as with the ideas of history and posterity. I am contributing Silence, a work-in-progress started in 2005.

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GAGARIN The Artists in their Own Words

Group exhibition in S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent (Belgium)

4th December 2009 – 14th March 2010

S.M.A.K. is showing a unique & comprehensive exhibition with works of the participating artists of GAGARIN, confronting their textual contributions from the complete GAGARIN oeuvre with works from the museum and special loans. The exhibition includes work by Marc Manders, Allora & Calzadilla, Edith Dekyndt, Lois Weinberger, Philippe Van Snick, Juan Muñoz, Gabriel Kuri, Jimmie Durham, Kirsten Pieroth, Maria Serebriakova, Richard Serra, Willem Oorebeek, Manfredu Schu, Joe Scanlan, Ria Pacquée and others. I participate with Disillusion, which will be in play (during the opening evening only) and display (throughout the show).

On 13th March it will be possible to play Disillusion again, during the event “S.M.A.K. going GAGA”

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GAGARIN The Artists in their Own Words

Contribution to issue #19, October 2009

The preliminary notes of my game Disillusion are published for the first time. Other contributing artists in this issue: Danny Devos, Ed Ruscha, Petrit Halilaj, Pierre Bismuth, Ingrid Mwangi, Robert Hutter, Ermias Kifleyesus, Paul Chan.

Gagarin is an artist’s magazine (since 2000) entirely dedicated to the publication of especially written and unpublished texts by artists who are now working anywhere in the world. Concept & coordination, Wilfried Huet

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Never Late Than Better

April 11 – May 16, 2009

at EFA Project Space, New York

Opening Reception, Thursday, April 9, 6-8 p.m.

Curated by Trong Gia Nguyen

Artists: Julieta Aranda, Peter Belyi, Hannes Bend, Christopher Chiappa, Eric Doeringer, Josephine Wister Fauire, Marc Ganzglass, Evan Gruzis, Christopher Ho, Marci MacGuffie, David Maroto, Laura Nova, Yuki Onodera, Rebeca Reeve, Egill Saebjornsson, Luke Stettner, Halldor Arnar Ulfarsson, Arnold von Wedemeyer, Mike Womack

“People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” (Albert Einstein)

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For Never Late Than Better I displayed Disillusion in a new arrangement that allowed visitors to play the game in the exhibition space itself.

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Tina B art festival, Prague

Disillusion Tournament

took place on 11th October 2008 from 15.30 to 22.30 pm in KLUB LÁVKA (Novotného lávka 1, Prague 1).This event was hosted by Tina B. festival and curated by Blanca de la Torre.

Eight players started the first round: Stefano Cagol vs. Daniel González; Avelino Sala vs. Blanca de la Torre; Pablo San José vs. Cynthia Viera; Mariela Rossi vs. Adam Vackár.

Four players got through to the semi-finals: Daniel vs. Blanca; Pablo vs. Mariela.

The best two players disputed the Great Final during the Pink Carpet Party: Daniel vs. Mariela. Daniel became eventually the champion and received his prize during a ceremony after seven hours of Tournament.

This event took place within Tina B. The Prague international art festival (25th September – 15th October)

http://tina-b.eu/eng

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