Program

IMMATERIAL’s inaugural program presents a selection of new and recent performative works by a group of international artists working with choreography and performance.

During the 4-day program works will take place throughout the fair, at times unannounced, as well as in the lobby. The intention of this series is to provide a space for live art, a platform to host a unique selection of works that have not yet been experienced within the framework of an art fair in Latin America.

Works within the program will traverse different performative strategies, openly addressing the viewer and questioning the social and architectural context of their presentation. They will call for a renegotiation of the conventions to which spectators are generally accustomed and they will point at the current status of the immaterial object and the need for an alternative model with regards to it.

Some works will be co-produced by the audience while others will blur the boundaries of engagement by exposing their own protocol of representation, or employ an understanding of choreography to utilize dance as a tool to organize time. Ultimately, the program will address the relations activated by the context of exchange and experience economy they are presented within.

Aligning with the original premise of the fair, as a space for research and artistic investigation, Immaterial proposes a way of rethinking about the mechanisms of the art market.

Performance Programmer: Michelangelo Miccolis

Featuring: Galerie (INT), Dora García (ES), Geoffrey Farmer (CA), Adriana Lara (MX), Mårten Spångberg (SE), Cally Spooner (UK)

Moderator of the Discussion Laboratory: Chantal Pontbriand (CA)

Image courtesy Geoffrey Farmer.

Schedule

Thursday

9 February 2017

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GALERIE

Location: Stand PS1, Salón Mercurio

Galerie is an immaterial art gallery dealing exclusively with immaterial artworks. Galerie represents artistic practices that mainly manifest through performative formats. The mission of Galerie is to support and promote immaterial object hood: works that cannot be reduced to material objects or to the documentation of an action. Galerie circulates artworks by representing them as well as offering them for sale. During the program, Galerie will be assigned a booth and will be featured on Material’s exhibitor list.

Previous presentations include: Poppositions, Brussels (2015), Art Rotterdam (2016).

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Image: Humourology, Alex Bailey, 2015-


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Geoffrey Farmer | Procesión de Plantas, 2017

Location: Throughout the fair, unannounced

Procession patters, purrs, and pulses proceeding plumes perfecting paths, morphogenetic, psychedelic synapse, psychopharmaceuticly powered palm progymnospermphyta psychotropicly pleasingly pollinating parade predominantly photosynthetic phloem and phragmoplastic pigments pale primary producers, precambrian, podzol and piqued. Procession proceeds powerfully, unpredictably, past paintings, panels, paper, paragraphs, pants, paraphrasing participants, part-time passages passionate, patient pausing people peacefully perhaps, penniless percenters, private privilege, previous performances plus pride persistent, personal, pessimistic petals, pick pictures proposing polite possibilities, p.s.. precipitation prayers please.

Image: Courtesy of the artist


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Cally Spooner | Warm Up, 2016

Performed by Sanna Blennow

Location: Throughout the fair, unannounced

At specific times, during the days of the program, a female figure will occupy different undesignated spots throughout the visitors’ route in a constant negotiation between rehearsal and a never-to-be realized presentation.

Previous presentations include: Fiac, Paris (2016).


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Dora García | The Artist Without Works: A Guided Tour Around Nothing, 2008

Performed by Michelangelo Miccolis and Fernando Estrada

Location: Salón Mercurio

“The artist without works: a guided tour around nothing” consists of a guided tour in the museum, about an artist that refuses to produce anything. The tour-guide speaks about this artist but at the same time is not informing the visitors about anything. The public is left empty-handed because all materiality seems to be evacuated from the situation. What will happen if the supposedly active element, the work of the artist, is eliminated from the formula? It works like a chemistry experiment where the active element in a substance comes to be known only by eliminating every other element. What will happen to the elements that are left: the museum as context, the expectations of the public, the verdict afterwards, and other unwritten rules of contemporary art? All of a sudden, these invisible elements become visible and are horizontally placed without an artwork that could distract the attention, exactly because the artist never presented it. An uneasy feeling fills the empty space where the absence of art rules.

Previous presentations include: Miami Art Basel (2008), 54th Venice Biennale (2011), Stedelijk SMBA, Amsterdam (2014), PAF – Performing Art Forum, St. Erme (2015), Oslo Pilot (2016).

Photo: Fred Dott


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Dora García | The Artist Without Works: A Guided Tour Around Nothing, 2008

Performed by Michelangelo Miccolis and Fernando Estrada

Location: Salón Yacatecutli

“The artist without works: a guided tour around nothing” consists of a guided tour in the museum, about an artist that refuses to produce anything. The tour-guide speaks about this artist but at the same time is not informing the visitors about anything. The public is left empty-handed because all materiality seems to be evacuated from the situation. What will happen if the supposedly active element, the work of the artist, is eliminated from the formula? It works like a chemistry experiment where the active element in a substance comes to be known only by eliminating every other element. What will happen to the elements that are left: the museum as context, the expectations of the public, the verdict afterwards, and other unwritten rules of contemporary art? All of a sudden, these invisible elements become visible and are horizontally placed without an artwork that could distract the attention, exactly because the artist never presented it. An uneasy feeling fills the empty space where the absence of art rules.

Previous presentations include: Miami Art Basel (2008), 54th Venice Biennale (2011), Stedelijk SMBA, Amsterdam (2014), PAF – Performing Art Forum, St. Erme (2015), Oslo Pilot (2016).

Photo: Fred Dott

Friday

10 February 2017

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GALERIE

Location: Stand PS1, Salón Mercurio

Galerie is an immaterial art gallery dealing exclusively with immaterial artworks. Galerie represents artistic practices that mainly manifest through performative formats. The mission of Galerie is to support and promote immaterial object hood: works that cannot be reduced to material objects or to the documentation of an action. Galerie circulates artworks by representing them as well as offering them for sale. During the program, Galerie will be assigned a booth and will be featured on Material’s exhibitor list.

Previous presentations include: Poppositions, Brussels (2015), Art Rotterdam (2016).

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Image: O.perating T.heatre, Audrey Cottin, 2013-


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Geoffrey Farmer | Plant Procession, 2017

Location: Throughout the fair, unannounced

Procession patters, purrs, and pulses proceeding plumes perfecting paths, morphogenetic, psychedelic synapse, psychopharmaceuticly powered palm progymnospermphyta psychotropicly pleasingly pollinating parade predominantly photosynthetic phloem and phragmoplastic pigments pale primary producers, precambrian, podzol and piqued. Procession proceeds powerfully, unpredictably, past paintings, panels, paper, paragraphs, pants, paraphrasing participants, part-time passages passionate, patient pausing people peacefully perhaps, penniless percenters, private privilege, previous performances plus pride persistent, personal, pessimistic petals, pick pictures proposing polite possibilities, p.s.. precipitation prayers please.

Image: Courtesy of the artist


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Cally Spooner | Warm Up, 2016

Performed by Sanna Blennow

Location: Throughout the fair, unannounced

At specific times, during the days of the program, a female figure will occupy different undesignated spots throughout the visitors’ route in a constant negotiation between rehearsal and a never-to-be realized presentation.

Previous presentations include: Fiac, Paris (2016).


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Dora García | The Artist Without Works: A Guided Tour Around Nothing, 2008

Performed by Michelangelo Miccolis and Fernando Estrada

Location: Salón Yacatecutli

“The artist without works: a guided tour around nothing” consists of a guided tour in the museum, about an artist that refuses to produce anything. The tour-guide speaks about this artist but at the same time is not informing the visitors about anything. The public is left empty-handed because all materiality seems to be evacuated from the situation. What will happen if the supposedly active element, the work of the artist, is eliminated from the formula? It works like a chemistry experiment where the active element in a substance comes to be known only by eliminating every other element. What will happen to the elements that are left: the museum as context, the expectations of the public, the verdict afterwards, and other unwritten rules of contemporary art? All of a sudden, these invisible elements become visible and are horizontally placed without an artwork that could distract the attention, exactly because the artist never presented it. An uneasy feeling fills the empty space where the absence of art rules.

Previous presentations include: Miami Art Basel (2008), 54th Venice Biennale (2011), Stedelijk SMBA, Amsterdam (2014), PAF – Performing Art Forum, St. Erme (2015), Oslo Pilot (2016).

Photo: Fred Dott


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IMMATERIAL at MATERIAL ART FAIR

Dora García | The Artist Without Works: A Guided Tour Around Nothing, 2008

Performed by Michelangelo Miccolis and Fernando Estrada

Location: Salón Mercurio

“The artist without works: a guided tour around nothing” consists of a guided tour in the museum, about an artist that refuses to produce anything. The tour-guide speaks about this artist but at the same time is not informing the visitors about anything. The public is left empty-handed because all materiality seems to be evacuated from the situation. What will happen if the supposedly active element, the work of the artist, is eliminated from the formula? It works like a chemistry experiment where the active element in a substance comes to be known only by eliminating every other element. What will happen to the elements that are left: the museum as context, the expectations of the public, the verdict afterwards, and other unwritten rules of contemporary art? All of a sudden, these invisible elements become visible and are horizontally placed without an artwork that could distract the attention, exactly because the artist never presented it. An uneasy feeling fills the empty space where the absence of art rules.

Previous presentations include: Miami Art Basel (2008), 54th Venice Biennale (2011), Stedelijk SMBA, Amsterdam (2014), PAF – Performing Art Forum, St. Erme (2015), Oslo Pilot (2016).

Photo: Fred Dott

Saturday

11 February 2017

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GALERIE

Location: Stand PS1, Salón Mercurio

Galerie is an immaterial art gallery dealing exclusively with immaterial artworks. Galerie represents artistic practices that mainly manifest through performative formats. The mission of Galerie is to support and promote immaterial object hood: works that cannot be reduced to material objects or to the documentation of an action. Galerie circulates artworks by representing them as well as offering them for sale. During the program, Galerie will be assigned a booth and will be featured on Material’s exhibitor list.

Previous presentations include: Poppositions, Brussels (2015), Art Rotterdam (2016).

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Image: Performances for Pets, Alex Bailey and Krõõt Juurak, 2014-


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Geoffrey Farmer | Plant Procession, 2017

Location: Throughout the fair, unannounced

Procession patters, purrs, and pulses proceeding plumes perfecting paths, morphogenetic, psychedelic synapse, psychopharmaceuticly powered palm progymnospermphyta psychotropicly pleasingly pollinating parade predominantly photosynthetic phloem and phragmoplastic pigments pale primary producers, precambrian, podzol and piqued. Procession proceeds powerfully, unpredictably, past paintings, panels, paper, paragraphs, pants, paraphrasing participants, part-time passages passionate, patient pausing people peacefully perhaps, penniless percenters, private privilege, previous performances plus pride persistent, personal, pessimistic petals, pick pictures proposing polite possibilities, p.s.. precipitation prayers please.

Image: Courtesy of the artist


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Adriana Lara | The Real Artists are in the Streets, Part 2, 2017

Performed by Pamela Águila

Location: Throughout the fair, unannounced

Sequels are always bad, or so they say. This is as good and as bad as it gets; this is contemporary art in contemporary Mexico. Artists proclaim themselves to be artists, institutions proclaim them too. The artist Pamela Águila, who performs in the streets as “Avatar,” has been invited to Material Art Fair to take part in a performance in which the idea of an avatar presents itself as a form of realism, alongside lots of art and Instagram. Avatar enters the microcosm called the art fair. In this framework, a third party materializes the artist’s presence but also makes visible whatever remains immaterial in the character she performs in the streets. While some may be repelled to see how American culture infiltrates our own, others may find it interesting to observe how everything that arrives from elsewhere, in reality, begins to fuse.


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Cally Spooner | Warm Up, 2016

Performed by Sanna Blennow

Location: Throughout the fair, unannounced

At specific times, during the days of the program, a female figure will occupy different undesignated spots throughout the visitors’ route in a constant negotiation between rehearsal and a never-to-be realized presentation.

Previous presentations include: Fiac, Paris (2016).


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DISCUSSION LABORATORY at MATERIAL ART FAIR

Firing Protocols in Today’s Art

Location: Galerie, Stand PS1, Salón Mercurio

This discussion will bring together the artists and curator of the performance series, Immaterial. The idea of the discussion, Firing Protocols in Today’s Art, is to discover how performative works such as those offered by the artists in this series, act as counter-narratives to the overriding meta-narratives that very much carry today’s socio-political environment. The point of departure for the conversation revolves around the concept of “fractal authorship”, by which the artist or curator are only responsible for initiating a given project rather than dictating a set of rules under an omnipresent and individual authorial stance. A similar scenario allows for a margin of unpredictability when it comes to its outcome opening up the possibility for discussion around issues such as openness and open forms. The outcome of this discussion could contribute to an analysis of the current status of the immaterial object and the need for an alternative economic model with regards to it. Performative and representational processes will be at the center of the conversation revolving around the works of Dora Garcia, Galerie, Adriana Lara, Mårten Spångberg, Cally Spooner.

Participants: Simon Asencio and Adriano Wilfert Jensen (Galerie), Mårten Spångberg, Michelangelo Miccolis

Moderator: Chantal Pontbriand, curator/critic, Director of Pontbriand W.O.R.K.S. [We_Others and myself_Research_Knowledge_Systems]

Image: Dora García, What a Fucking Wonderful Audience, 2009. Courtesy of Galerie Michel Rein, Paris


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Dora García | Rehearsal/Retrospective, 2010

Performed by: Fernando Estrada, Tamara Ibarra, Laetitia Jeurissen, Gerardo Rodríguez and Michelangelo Miccolis

Location: Lobby, Ground Floor

The performance “Rehearsal/Retrospective” consists of an acting coach instructing younger recruits about how to perform some pieces by Dora García, namely The Sphinx (2005), Prayers (2005), The Messenger (2002) and The Artist Without Works (2008). The ambiguity of stage and backstage, rehearsal and retrospective, and the unconcerned attitude towards the disorientation of the audience, which cannot make out the real from the performed, the instruction from the script, are representative of the entirety of Dora García’s work.

Previous presentations include: Fiac, Paris (2010), 54th Venice Biennale (2011), The Tetley, Leeds (2017).

Photo: Julian Lister. Courtesy of the artist.


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Dora García | The Artist Without Works: A Guided Tour Around Nothing, 2008

Performed by Michelangelo Miccolis and Fernando Estrada

Location: Salón Mercurio

“The artist without works: a guided tour around nothing” consists of a guided tour in the museum, about an artist that refuses to produce anything. The tour-guide speaks about this artist but at the same time is not informing the visitors about anything. The public is left empty-handed because all materiality seems to be evacuated from the situation. What will happen if the supposedly active element, the work of the artist, is eliminated from the formula? It works like a chemistry experiment where the active element in a substance comes to be known only by eliminating every other element. What will happen to the elements that are left: the museum as context, the expectations of the public, the verdict afterwards, and other unwritten rules of contemporary art? All of a sudden, these invisible elements become visible and are horizontally placed without an artwork that could distract the attention, exactly because the artist never presented it. An uneasy feeling fills the empty space where the absence of art rules.

Previous presentations include: Miami Art Basel (2008), 54th Venice Biennale (2011), Stedelijk SMBA, Amsterdam (2014), PAF – Performing Art Forum, St. Erme (2015), Oslo Pilot (2016).

Photo: Fred Dott


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Mårten Spångberg | Digital Technology, 2016

With and by Mårten Spångberg

Location: Lobby, Ground Floor

“Seven years ago a journey started. An adventure taken up to study the secret life of objects. Does the texture of time transform through living in close proximity with objects; not as tools or souvenirs, not as pets or substitutes for loved ones, but as objects, just objects? There’s more to it and than that performativity. It’s just grown a little shy, lately.

Objects withdraw. As one grows older one’s future decreases, second by second. At some point the past catches up with your future. To live with the experience that one’s future lies behind is to cope with loneliness.

Digital Technology is a meditation in the company of objects, a feed of impressions that comes to an end and ice-cream. It’s nothing special, ok?”

Made possible with the support of The Swedish Art Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, ImpulsTanz and MDT Stockholm

Sunday

12 February 2017

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GALERIE

Location: Stand PS1, Salón Mercurio

Galerie is an immaterial art gallery dealing exclusively with immaterial artworks. Galerie represents artistic practices that mainly manifest through performative formats. The mission of Galerie is to support and promote immaterial object hood: works that cannot be reduced to material objects or to the documentation of an action. Galerie circulates artworks by representing them as well as offering them for sale. During the program, Galerie will be assigned a booth and will be featured on Material’s exhibitor list.

Previous presentations include: Poppositions, Brussels (2015), Art Rotterdam (2016).

galerie.international

Image: Political Therapy, Valentina Desideri, (happening now)


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Geoffrey Farmer | Plant Procession, 2017

Location: Throughout the fair, unannounced

Procession patters, purrs, and pulses proceeding plumes perfecting paths, morphogenetic, psychedelic synapse, psychopharmaceuticly powered palm progymnospermphyta psychotropicly pleasingly pollinating parade predominantly photosynthetic phloem and phragmoplastic pigments pale primary producers, precambrian, podzol and piqued. Procession proceeds powerfully, unpredictably, past paintings, panels, paper, paragraphs, pants, paraphrasing participants, part-time passages passionate, patient pausing people peacefully perhaps, penniless percenters, private privilege, previous performances plus pride persistent, personal, pessimistic petals, pick pictures proposing polite possibilities, p.s.. precipitation prayers please.

Image: Courtesy of the artist


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Cally Spooner | Warm Up, 2016

Performed by Sanna Blennow

Location: Throughout the fair, unannounced

At specific times, during the days of the program, a female figure will occupy different undesignated spots throughout the visitors’ route in a constant negotiation between rehearsal and a never-to-be realized presentation.

Previous presentations include: Fiac, Paris (2016).


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Dora García | Rehearsal/Retrospective, 2010

Performed by: Fernando Estrada, Tamara Ibarra, Laetitia Jeurissen, Gerardo Rodríguez and Michelangelo Miccolis

Location: Lobby, Ground Floor

The performance “Rehearsal/Retrospective” consists of an acting coach instructing younger recruits about how to perform some pieces by Dora García, namely The Sphinx (2005), Prayers (2005), The Messenger (2002) and The Artist Without Works (2008). The ambiguity of stage and backstage, rehearsal and retrospective, and the unconcerned attitude towards the disorientation of the audience, which cannot make out the real from the performed, the instruction from the script, are representative of the entirety of Dora García’s work.

Previous presentations include: Fiac, Paris (2010), 54th Venice Biennale (2011), The Tetley, Leeds (2017).

Photo: Julian Lister. Courtesy of the artist.


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Dora García | The Artist Without Works: A Guided Tour Around Nothing, 2008

Performed by Michelangelo Miccolis and Fernando Estrada

Location: Salón Yacatecutli

“The artist without works: a guided tour around nothing” consists of a guided tour in the museum, about an artist that refuses to produce anything. The tour-guide speaks about this artist but at the same time is not informing the visitors about anything. The public is left empty-handed because all materiality seems to be evacuated from the situation. What will happen if the supposedly active element, the work of the artist, is eliminated from the formula? It works like a chemistry experiment where the active element in a substance comes to be known only by eliminating every other element. What will happen to the elements that are left: the museum as context, the expectations of the public, the verdict afterwards, and other unwritten rules of contemporary art? All of a sudden, these invisible elements become visible and are horizontally placed without an artwork that could distract the attention, exactly because the artist never presented it. An uneasy feeling fills the empty space where the absence of art rules.

Previous presentations include: Miami Art Basel (2008), 54th Venice Biennale (2011), Stedelijk SMBA, Amsterdam (2014), PAF – Performing Art Forum, St. Erme (2015), Oslo Pilot (2016).

Photo: Fred Dott

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