participating artists: joachim koester, matmos, wilson díaz, sigur rós + floria sigismondi, rodrigo loyola (bol), måns wrange, natalia blanch + guillermo daghero, fernando palomar, ediciones «el chino», gonzalo lebrija, erla haraldsdóttir, vincent + feria, agustín solórzano,
and a special project by curt cloninger.
from the press release:
«the concept behind this project was inspired by the shandy conspiracy (a fictionalized report of a society of writers and artists created by walter benjamin and marcel duchamp amongst others) from historia abreviada de la literatura portátil by enrique vila-matas, who also collaborated in this project.
the catalog [all images bellow were taken from it] for l'artiste portatif was designed by bernardo loyola, is self-assembled and includes a set of instructions given by the artists for you to reproduce their work at home.
according to enrique vila-matas, a great degree of madness, a lack of greater purposes, insolence, a tense relationship with the double-self, sympathy for the darkness and relentless nomadism were required to be a part of this society... [click here to continue reading][click here to hide text] another indispensable requirement was to have a body of work easily transportable, light, and that could travel in a suitcase.
in these days, where each artist travels with a computer à la boîte-en-valise, references to portability change continuously. diy, ikea, the diplomatic valise, the possibility to "fit" everything from a video to a complete exhibition into a hard disc, set a new frame of reference to the portable, semi-recyclable art. the complaint of the confused audience has changed from "any one could do it" to "anyone could put it together."
having the above in mind, artists in this exhibition were invited to send a work of art that could be transported to Paris in a box not exceeding 15 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm and 15 kilos. the pieces, once displayed, could have any dimension. the work proposed by the artists resolves in a very ingenious manner the assignment and transposes the condition of portability to the artist rather than the work.
in the words of vila-matas, himself guessing the words of duchamp: the portable artist or, for that purpose, someone you can easily take anywhere.