7–9.02.2020, FRONTÓN MÉXICO, MEXICO CITY

7–9.02.2020, FRONTÓN MÉXICO, MEXICO CITY

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2020 PUBLIC PROGRAM

IMMATERIAL VOL. 4

IMMATERIAL is back for its fourth edition and, once more, its constantly changing program will infiltrate the premises of Material Art Fair and its neighbouring area. Four international artists have been invited to enter into dialogue with the architecture and visitors of the fair as well as with the public outside of the Frontón México, in the iconic Plaza de la República.

Moving across different media and formats, IMMATERIAL Vol. 04 proposes new approaches to performance-making. From Adriana Lara’s musical takeover of the venue’s sound system; to Romanian artist Manuel Pelmuş’s discreet bodily interventions, which outsource the visible and invisible choreographies of the art market; to Estonian artist Kris Lemsalu’s parade with an otherworldly vehicle; and finally American choreographer Nikima Jagudajev who will take over the fair’s Cantina on Friday and Saturday nights, populating it with sound and dancing bodies in close proximity. This will be a year of apparitions, manifestations, and suspensions of disbelief.

Since 2017, IMMATERIAL has explored and expanded upon the ways in which we can present performance by showcasing and commissioning a series of local and international artists year after year whose practices challenge the very transmission and circulation of live art.

LISTENING MATERIAL, VOL. 1

Listening Material is our new program dedicated to live, sound-based performance. This first edition forms part of the cycle “Sound in action: music in contemporary culture,” curated by Eric Namour (elnicho). “Sound in action” recognizes the increasing relevance of sound and music in contemporary art practices and aims to incorporate both theoretical and practical experiences in collectively sharing what it means to transmit or experience sound and music, especially in its scenic presentation: the live act. Listening Material, Vol. 1 features performances by La Bruja de Texcoco, Rolando Hernández, Diego Espinosa, Sarmen Almond, and Sonidero 13 (ensemble).

The “Sound in action” cycle is a project supported by the Jumex Foundation for Contemporary Art 2019 grant.

PROGRAM

06.02 THURSDAY

12:00–14:00

IMMATERIAL

Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” (2017–2020)
Terrace

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14:00–15:00

IMMATERIAL

Adriana Lara, “Easy Listening” (2015–2020)
Everywhere

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15:00–17:00

IMMATERIAL

Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” (2017–2020)
Terrace

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17:00–18:00

IMMATERIAL

Kris Lemsalu, “Paloma” (2020)
In collaboration with: Kyp Malone, Barbara Sánchez-Kane, Viktor Martínez
Plaza de la República

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18:30–19:00

AWARD CEREMONY

Hennessy Award for Best Project
Stage

07.02 FRIDAY

13:00–13:30

LISTENING MATERIAL

Sarmen Almond, “Improvising the space: wandering”
Staircases

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14:00–15:00

IMMATERIAL

Adriana Lara, “Easy Listening” (2015–2020)
Everywhere

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15:00–17:00

IMMATERIAL

Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” (2017–2020)
Terrace

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16:00–16:30

READING MATERIAL

Michael Günzburger, “Flat Out”
Presented by Patrick Frey Editions
Cantina Material

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17:00–18:00

LISTENING MATERIAL

Rolando Hernández, “Proclamo el reino de lo corporal - Conceptualismo, performatividad y filosofías del sonido en nuestro norte: El Sur”
Stage

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18:00–19:00

READING MATERIAL

David Horvitz, (nostalgia)
Presented by Gato Negro
Stage

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18:00–20:00

IMMATERIAL

Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” (2017–2020)
Terrace

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19:00–21:00

IMMATERIAL

Nikima Jagudajev, “Meadow MMXX CDMX” (2020)
Cantina Material

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08.02 SATURDAY

12:00–13:00

READING MATERIAL

“Workspaces of Latin American Artists”
Presented by Terremoto y Act.
Stage

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13:00–13:30

LISTENING MATERIAL

Sarmen Almond, “Invisible matter”
Stage

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13:45–14:00

AWARD CEREMONY

ELLE Deco Outstanding Artist Award
Stage

14:00–15:00

IMMATERIAL

Adriana Lara, “Easy Listening” (2015–2020)
Everywhere

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15:00–16:00

READING MATERIAL

Dispatches Journal
Presented by [NAME] Publications
Stage

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15:00–17:00

IMMATERIAL

Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” (2017–2020)
Terrace

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16:45–17:00

LISTENING MATERIAL

Sonidero 13
Catástrofe Ultravioleta, Miguel Francisco (2019)
Everywhere

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17:00–17:45

LISTENING MATERIAL

Diego Espinosa
URSONATE, Kurt Schwitters (1936)
Having never written a note for percussion, James Tenney (1971)
Graphic Sirens, Diego Espinosa (2018)
Piece for Tape, Conlon Nancarrow (c. 1950s)
Stage

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17:45–18:00

LISTENING MATERIAL

Sonidero 13
Construcciones concomitantes, Mateo Rodríguez (2019)
Everywhere

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18:00–19:00

TALK HOLE

Españhole
Participants: Steven Phillips-Horst, Eric Schwartau
Presented by Downs & Ross
Stage

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18:00–20:00

IMMATERIAL

Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” (2017–2020)
Terrace

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19:00–21:00

IMMATERIAL

Nikima Jagudajev, Meadow MMXX CDMX (2020)
Cantina Material

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09.02 SUNDAY

12:00–13:00

FUGITIVE IMAGES

Chris Hamamoto, Federico Pérez Villoro
Presented by PEANA
Stage

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12:00–14:00

IMMATERIAL

Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” (2017–2020)
Terrace

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13:00–13:30

LISTENING MATERIAL

Sarmen Almond, “Circling - Closing”
Stage

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14:00–15:00

IMMATERIAL

Adriana Lara, “Easy Listening” (2015–2020)
Everywhere

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15:00–17:00

IMMATERIAL

Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” (2017–2020)
Terrace

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16:00–17:00

READING MATERIAL

Presentation: Sharjah Art Foundation Publishing Program
Saira Ansari
Stage

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17:00–18:00

LISTENING MATERIAL

Talk: Sound in Action
Andrea Ancira, Michelle Fiedler, Eric Namour
Stage

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18:00–19:00

LISTENING MATERIAL

La Bruja de Texcoco
Stage

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06.02 THURSDAY

12:00–14:00

IMMATERIAL

Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” (2017–2020)
Terrace

"Private Collection" is a collection consisting of live enactments of several artworks that have disappeared into private collections or their whereabouts are mostly unknown. Using only the human body as a medium,“Private Collection" aims at bringing these artworks back into the public sphere and circulation. Focusing on Latin American collections, this new iteration of the project will include new enactments based on chosen works to become part of the ongoing collection.

In line with previous works by Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” takes on questions related to “immaterial” labour, value production, ownership, economy of attention, and aims at reflecting on the relationship between the public and the private spheres during an age where privatization has had a massive impact on public institutions and on the society at large.

Manuel Pelmuș (b. 1974, Bucharest) lives and works in Oslo and Bucharest. He is one of the leading artists of the “new performance turn”, who have been reimagining the role of performance in the context of visual arts over the past decade. He represented Romania at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) together with Alexandra Pirici.

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06.02 THURSDAY

14:00–15:00

IMMATERIAL

Adriana Lara, “Easy Listening” (2015–2020)
Everywhere

Adriana Lara will takeover the sound system of Material Art Fair each day of the fair for exactly the duration of the record that created and defined the genre, Easy Listening. On display will be the record’s original accompanying poster, with a printed set of instructions on how to play the record in a social setting.

Adriana Lara (Mexico City, 1978) lives and works in Mexico City. After brief studies in the Netherlands and a year in Paris at the post-graduate program of the Palais de Tokyo, Lara cofounded the non-profit production bureau Perros Negros in Mexico City, curating exhibitions and publishing a ’zine called Pazmaker, parallel to her own artistic practice. In the past few years, Lara has exhibited at Kunsthalle Basel, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Algus Greenspon Gallery, Air de Paris Gallery, House of Gaga, Mexico (solo shows), and at Documenta 13, New Jerseyy Basel, MOCA Miami, and Wattis institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, among others.

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06.02 THURSDAY

15:00–17:00

IMMATERIAL

Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” (2017–2020)
Terrace

"Private Collection" is a collection consisting of live enactments of several artworks that have disappeared into private collections or their whereabouts are mostly unknown. Using only the human body as a medium,“Private Collection" aims at bringing these artworks back into the public sphere and circulation. Focusing on Latin American collections, this new iteration of the project will include new enactments based on chosen works to become part of the ongoing collection.

In line with previous works by Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” takes on questions related to “immaterial” labour, value production, ownership, economy of attention, and aims at reflecting on the relationship between the public and the private spheres during an age where privatization has had a massive impact on public institutions and on the society at large.

Manuel Pelmuș (b. 1974, Bucharest) lives and works in Oslo and Bucharest. He is one of the leading artists of the “new performance turn”, who have been reimagining the role of performance in the context of visual arts over the past decade. He represented Romania at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) together with Alexandra Pirici.

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06.02 THURSDAY

17:00–18:00

IMMATERIAL

Kris Lemsalu, “Paloma” (2020)
In collaboration with: Kyp Malone, Barbara Sánchez-Kane, Viktor Martínez
Plaza de la República

Kris Lemsalu challenges materiality, personifying and then performing alongside her sculptural works, to reveal a connectivity between object and body. Augmenting reality, at times using her complex sculptures as apparitional vehicles, her ceremoniously strange and captivating performances question the status of the material object.

“Even when they are things they fill with bodies. And just as easily bodies break down into things.”
— Andrew Beradini, Mousse Magazine

For IMMATERIAL Vol. 04, Lemsalu will collaborate with musician Kyp Malone (USA) and designer Barbara Sánchez-Kane (Mexico), officially inaugurating the program at the Monument to the Revolution, adjacent to the Frontón México.

Kris Lemsalu (Tallinn, 1985) lives and works between New York and Tallin. She creates mixed-media sculptures, installations and performances with unexpected materials. Lemsalu’s pieces evoke the bestial side of human beings and civilisations, and are often underscored by feminist themes. Lem- salu has shown as part of Performa 17 (2017), DRAF performance night (2017), Bunshitu Gallery, Tokyo (2015), Ferdinand Bauman Gallery, Prague (2015) and is represented by Koppe Astner, Glas- gow and Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn. Lemsalu is representing Estonia at the Venice Biennale 2019.

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07.02 FRIDAY

13:00–13:30

LISTENING MATERIAL

Sarmen Almond, “Improvising the space: wandering”
Staircases

Sarmen Almond is a Mexican musician, singer and performer. She uses the human voice in relation to new technologies to create compositions and decompositions of the persona on stage. This entails a constant exploration for the infinite vocal possibilities that the human body can create as an instrument, as well as the reflection of these sonorities in physical and imaginary spaces. After finishing composition and singing studies in Mexico City, she traveled to Paris in 2007 to work under Linda Wise and Enrique Prado’s teaching, especially in choreographic theater’s principles and in Roy Hart extended vocal techniques. She then moved to Belfast, UK where she finished her Master in Sonic Arts (Interdisciplinary Arts) at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast.

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07.02 FRIDAY

14:00–15:00

IMMATERIAL

Adriana Lara, “Easy Listening” (2015–2020)
Everywhere

Adriana Lara will takeover the sound system of Material Art Fair each day of the fair for exactly the duration of the record that created and defined the genre, Easy Listening. On display will be the record’s original accompanying poster, with a printed set of instructions on how to play the record in a social setting.

Adriana Lara (Mexico City, 1978) lives and works in Mexico City. After brief studies in the Netherlands and a year in Paris at the post-graduate program of the Palais de Tokyo, Lara cofounded the non-profit production bureau Perros Negros in Mexico City, curating exhibitions and publishing a ’zine called Pazmaker, parallel to her own artistic practice. In the past few years, Lara has exhibited at Kunsthalle Basel, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Algus Greenspon Gallery, Air de Paris Gallery, House of Gaga, Mexico (solo shows), and at Documenta 13, New Jerseyy Basel, MOCA Miami, and Wattis institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, among others.

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07.02 FRIDAY

15:00–17:00

IMMATERIAL

Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” (2017–2020)
Terrace

"Private Collection" is a collection consisting of live enactments of several artworks that have disappeared into private collections or their whereabouts are mostly unknown. Using only the human body as a medium,“Private Collection" aims at bringing these artworks back into the public sphere and circulation. Focusing on Latin American collections, this new iteration of the project will include new enactments based on chosen works to become part of the ongoing collection.

In line with previous works by Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” takes on questions related to “immaterial” labour, value production, ownership, economy of attention, and aims at reflecting on the relationship between the public and the private spheres during an age where privatization has had a massive impact on public institutions and on the society at large.

Manuel Pelmuș (b. 1974, Bucharest) lives and works in Oslo and Bucharest. He is one of the leading artists of the “new performance turn”, who have been reimagining the role of performance in the context of visual arts over the past decade. He represented Romania at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) together with Alexandra Pirici.

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07.02 FRIDAY

16:00–16:30

READING MATERIAL

Michael Günzburger, “Flat Out”
Presented by Patrick Frey Editions
Cantina Material

For this Printing Performance, we'll drink stiff drinks and use the ingredients left for monotyping. Whatever Olives or Limes or Chilies or Rosemary or Salt is left – we pour it on a layer of fine oily printing ink, cover it with a good sheet of Paper and press it.

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07.02 FRIDAY

17:00–18:00

LISTENING MATERIAL

Rolando Hernández, “Proclamo el reino de lo corporal - Conceptualismo, performatividad y filosofías del sonido en nuestro norte: El Sur”
Stage

Rolando´s practice includes artistic research and archives, writing, composition, art production, curatorship and performance. His work as a performer has primarily centered on the power of the body in musical contexts. The artistic institution CCADDASM (Center for Creation, Archive and Dissemination of Sound Art in Mexico) has been trying, since 2015, to shape an alternate historiography of sound practices in Mexico through performative readings, workshops, exhibitions, recoveries of artistic projects that are also part of Hernández´s artistic practice.

This live stage exhibition of the CCADDASM (Center for Creation, Archive and Dissemination of Sound Art Documents in Mexico) will guide us through different latitudes of America through gestures, materials and ways of thinking. It intends to demonstrate that along with all historical sound practices in Europe, North America and Asia, in the southern cone of the American continent there were groups and theoretical and artistic efforts that did not necessarily follow the logic of looking towards the "first world" and mimicking their practices, but saw the social, political and artistic reality of its surroundings to create works where sound is the main weapon in its battlefield.

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07.02 FRIDAY

18:00–19:00

READING MATERIAL

David Horvitz, (nostalgia)
Presented by Gato Negro
Stage

For the past couple years, the New York-based artist David has been exhibiting a slide projection work called Nostalgia. Thousands of digital photographs from his personal archive, some 15 years old, are projected for one last time, and then permanently erased. In this new publication 168 images from a recent projection have been captioned before erased. These words are the only remaining traces of the digital photographs.

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07.02 FRIDAY

18:00–20:00

IMMATERIAL

Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” (2017–2020)
Terrace

"Private Collection" is a collection consisting of live enactments of several artworks that have disappeared into private collections or their whereabouts are mostly unknown. Using only the human body as a medium,“Private Collection" aims at bringing these artworks back into the public sphere and circulation. Focusing on Latin American collections, this new iteration of the project will include new enactments based on chosen works to become part of the ongoing collection.

In line with previous works by Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” takes on questions related to “immaterial” labour, value production, ownership, economy of attention, and aims at reflecting on the relationship between the public and the private spheres during an age where privatization has had a massive impact on public institutions and on the society at large.

Manuel Pelmuș (b. 1974, Bucharest) lives and works in Oslo and Bucharest. He is one of the leading artists of the “new performance turn”, who have been reimagining the role of performance in the context of visual arts over the past decade. He represented Romania at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) together with Alexandra Pirici.

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07.02 FRIDAY

19:00–21:00

IMMATERIAL

Nikima Jagudajev, “Meadow MMXX CDMX” (2020)
Cantina Material

Nikima Jagudajev constructs open-ended socialities that emerge from maze-like dance spirals, documentary dance, emotional association games, music and care. “Meadow MMXX CDMX” brings the fair to a close Friday and Saturday nights.

“The stage was no longer the focus instead there were pockets of activity and the entire space felt like a composition.”
Asad Raza, Cura Magazine

Meadow MMXX CDMX. Transcending at the edge of the abyss.

with the wizards,
Louise Trueheart
Amalia Wiatr Lewis
Jordan Balaber
Renata Pereira Lima
Lara Dâmaso
Nicholas von Kleist
Agatha Fuku
Michelangelo Miccolis

Nikima Jagudajev (b. 1990) is a choreographer based in New York and Brussels. Her work, expanding formless energy into formal dance within open-ended socialities, has been presented at the Whitney Museum, Human Resources LA, Crush Curatorial (NY) and Judson Church, in the context of 89+ at LUMA/ Westbau (Zurich), Centre d’Art Contemorain (Geneva), Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai), Villa Empain (Brussels), and as part of the Marrakech Biennale (Morocco). She was a resident artist at MoMA PS1 in 2018 and will present The Dentist at von ammon co gallery (DC) in April (2020). She has worked with, among others Olivia Erlanger, Asad Raza, Luciana Achugar and Tino Sehgal. She was assistant editor of the anthology Post-Dance (2017) and has published various essays including, the landscape thinks itself in me, in Asad Raza’s Root Sequence. Mother Tongue (2018), and Relations of Unpredictable Encounters in the anthology Movement Research (2019).

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08.02 SATURDAY

12:00–13:00

READING MATERIAL

“Workspaces of Latin American Artists”
Presented by Terremoto y Act.
Stage

This panel discussion will address the potential of the editorial medium as a platform for the development of ideas by and with artists, as seen in the book Workspaces of Latin American Artists edited by Act. and the latest publications of Temblores Publicaciones. The talk will take place in the presence of Peruvian artist José Carlos Martinat as well as different specialists of the editorial process in the field of contemporary art in Latin America.

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08.02 SATURDAY

13:00–13:30

LISTENING MATERIAL

Sarmen Almond, “Invisible matter”
Stage

Sarmen Almond is a Mexican musician, singer and performer. She uses the human voice in relation to new technologies to create compositions and decompositions of the persona on stage. This entails a constant exploration for the infinite vocal possibilities that the human body can create as an instrument, as well as the reflection of these sonorities in physical and imaginary spaces. After finishing composition and singing studies in Mexico City, she traveled to Paris in 2007 to work under Linda Wise and Enrique Prado’s teaching, especially in choreographic theater’s principles and in Roy Hart extended vocal techniques. She then moved to Belfast, UK where she finished her Master in Sonic Arts (Interdisciplinary Arts) at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast.

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08.02 SATURDAY

14:00–15:00

IMMATERIAL

Adriana Lara, “Easy Listening” (2015–2020)
Everywhere

Adriana Lara will takeover the sound system of Material Art Fair each day of the fair for exactly the duration of the record that created and defined the genre, Easy Listening. On display will be the record’s original accompanying poster, with a printed set of instructions on how to play the record in a social setting.

Adriana Lara (Mexico City, 1978) lives and works in Mexico City. After brief studies in the Netherlands and a year in Paris at the post-graduate program of the Palais de Tokyo, Lara cofounded the non-profit production bureau Perros Negros in Mexico City, curating exhibitions and publishing a ’zine called Pazmaker, parallel to her own artistic practice. In the past few years, Lara has exhibited at Kunsthalle Basel, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Algus Greenspon Gallery, Air de Paris Gallery, House of Gaga, Mexico (solo shows), and at Documenta 13, New Jerseyy Basel, MOCA Miami, and Wattis institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, among others.

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08.02 SATURDAY

15:00–16:00

READING MATERIAL

Dispatches Journal
Presented by [NAME] Publications
Stage

Dispatches is an online journal that explores the cross-cutting relations between everyday and formalized cultural production and the enduring colonial logic of capitalism. Published in Spanish and English, each issue of the journal offers a variety of contributions that analyze emergent tendencies that cast their lot with anti-extractivist and climate struggles, alert us to cultural and territorial dispossession, highlight new forms of resistance and epistemological reconfigurations, and in the process offer a prism through which to read the complex configurations that define our contemporary moment.

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08.02 SATURDAY

15:00–17:00

IMMATERIAL

Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” (2017–2020)
Terrace

"Private Collection" is a collection consisting of live enactments of several artworks that have disappeared into private collections or their whereabouts are mostly unknown. Using only the human body as a medium,“Private Collection" aims at bringing these artworks back into the public sphere and circulation. Focusing on Latin American collections, this new iteration of the project will include new enactments based on chosen works to become part of the ongoing collection.

In line with previous works by Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” takes on questions related to “immaterial” labour, value production, ownership, economy of attention, and aims at reflecting on the relationship between the public and the private spheres during an age where privatization has had a massive impact on public institutions and on the society at large.

Manuel Pelmuș (b. 1974, Bucharest) lives and works in Oslo and Bucharest. He is one of the leading artists of the “new performance turn”, who have been reimagining the role of performance in the context of visual arts over the past decade. He represented Romania at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) together with Alexandra Pirici.

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08.02 SATURDAY

16:45–17:00

LISTENING MATERIAL

Sonidero 13
Catástrofe Ultravioleta, Miguel Francisco (2019)
Everywhere

Miguel Francisco is a Mexican drummer, composer, improviser and interpreter, who has dedicated a large part of his work to the exploration of the intrinsic sonic properties of everyday objects, toys, trash and his own handmade instruments. He makes deep inquiries in order to find out how these can be activated sonically by other objects, by his own body and vice versa, and in this way he is able to create a huge amount of unique timbre and sound textures and transform them in many ways, thus favoring interaction with the context in which you are immersed.

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08.02 SATURDAY

17:00–17:45

LISTENING MATERIAL

Diego Espinosa
URSONATE, Kurt Schwitters (1936)
Having never written a note for percussion, James Tenney (1971)
Graphic Sirens, Diego Espinosa (2018)
Piece for Tape, Conlon Nancarrow (c. 1950s)
Stage

Diego is a multi-percussionist and sound artist who collaborates with composers, artists, choreographers and technicians to develop new pieces for new instruments and techniques enhancing innovative ways of expression and knowledge. He has performed in 37 countries across all continents collaborating with artists like Pierre Boulez, John Zorn, Steve Reich, Kajia Saariaho, and Tarek Atoui. He has played as a soloist at the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Melbourne Recital Center, Tate Modern, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Centre Georges Pompidou, China National Theatre, and The Kitchen (NY). He has received international awards (Japan/Netherlands) and holds a Doctorate and Masters (McGill University/The Hague Royal Conservatory).

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08.02 SATURDAY

17:45–18:00

LISTENING MATERIAL

Sonidero 13
Construcciones concomitantes, Mateo Rodríguez (2019)
Everywhere

Mateo Tonatiuh Rodríguez Cervantes (Mexico City, 1992) studied the technical level in Classical Guitar at the Higher School of Music of the National Institute of Fine Arts. He has a degree in physics from the Faculty of Science of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He studied Musical Composition at the Higher School of Music of the National Institute of Fine Arts. He is an associate researcher in the "Formal Methods in musicology" program of the Fitzwilliam College of the University of Cambridge. He has composed electroacoustic and acclamatic pieces that have been presented in places such as La Casa del Lago and the Blas Galindo room. Computer-assisted compositions he has made have been presented at the Ex-Teresa museum. He is interested in the convergence between science and art, particularly physics, mathematics, sound art and music.

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08.02 SATURDAY

18:00–19:00

TALK HOLE

Españhole
Participants: Steven Phillips-Horst, Eric Schwartau
Presented by Downs & Ross
Stage

New York comedy duo Eric Schwartau and Steven Phillips-Horst, collectively known as Talk Hole, present Españhole, a live-translated comedy show that will examine the intersection of English and Spanish; homosexuality and technology; farce and failure. This hour-long malfunction will explore the latent potentiality for hybrid forms of expression found in mistranslation while interrogating the very nature of communication, and ultimately explode our understanding of what it means when we say, “uber is so cheap here.” ¿Hablas Españhole?

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08.02 SATURDAY

18:00–20:00

IMMATERIAL

Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” (2017–2020)
Terrace

"Private Collection" is a collection consisting of live enactments of several artworks that have disappeared into private collections or their whereabouts are mostly unknown. Using only the human body as a medium,“Private Collection" aims at bringing these artworks back into the public sphere and circulation. Focusing on Latin American collections, this new iteration of the project will include new enactments based on chosen works to become part of the ongoing collection.

In line with previous works by Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” takes on questions related to “immaterial” labour, value production, ownership, economy of attention, and aims at reflecting on the relationship between the public and the private spheres during an age where privatization has had a massive impact on public institutions and on the society at large.

Manuel Pelmuș (b. 1974, Bucharest) lives and works in Oslo and Bucharest. He is one of the leading artists of the “new performance turn”, who have been reimagining the role of performance in the context of visual arts over the past decade. He represented Romania at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) together with Alexandra Pirici.

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08.02 SATURDAY

19:00–21:00

IMMATERIAL

Nikima Jagudajev, Meadow MMXX CDMX (2020)
Cantina Material

Nikima Jagudajev constructs open-ended socialities that emerge from maze-like dance spirals, documentary dance, emotional association games, music and care. “Meadow MMXX CDMX” brings the fair to a close Friday and Saturday nights.

“The stage was no longer the focus instead there were pockets of activity and the entire space felt like a composition.”
Asad Raza, Cura Magazine

Meadow MMXX CDMX. Transcending at the edge of the abyss.

with the wizards,
Louise Trueheart
Amalia Wiatr Lewis
Jordan Balaber
Renata Pereira Lima
Lara Dâmaso
Nicholas von Kleist
Agatha Fuku
Michelangelo Miccolis

Nikima Jagudajev (b. 1990) is a choreographer based in New York and Brussels. Her work, expanding formless energy into formal dance within open-ended socialities, has been presented at the Whitney Museum, Human Resources LA, Crush Curatorial (NY) and Judson Church, in the context of 89+ at LUMA/ Westbau (Zurich), Centre d’Art Contemorain (Geneva), Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai), Villa Empain (Brussels), and as part of the Marrakech Biennale (Morocco). She was a resident artist at MoMA PS1 in 2018 and will present The Dentist at von ammon co gallery (DC) in April (2020). She has worked with, among others Olivia Erlanger, Asad Raza, Luciana Achugar and Tino Sehgal. She was assistant editor of the anthology Post-Dance (2017) and has published various essays including, the landscape thinks itself in me, in Asad Raza’s Root Sequence. Mother Tongue (2018), and Relations of Unpredictable Encounters in the anthology Movement Research (2019).

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09.02 SUNDAY

12:00–13:00

FUGITIVE IMAGES

Chris Hamamoto, Federico Pérez Villoro
Presented by PEANA
Stage

This lecture will explore the impact of computational models for facial recognition, and the datasets with which they are trained. Putting into question the very act of organizing images of people based on conceptual classes, it will address both the in-transferability of meaning between images and concepts and the amplification of social biases always present in such process. Under an ongoing search for what they understand as “fugitive images,” the artists will present digital artifacts at the margins of algorithmic vision and speculate on the possibility to escape the logics of computational representation.

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09.02 SUNDAY

12:00–14:00

IMMATERIAL

Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” (2017–2020)
Terrace

"Private Collection" is a collection consisting of live enactments of several artworks that have disappeared into private collections or their whereabouts are mostly unknown. Using only the human body as a medium,“Private Collection" aims at bringing these artworks back into the public sphere and circulation. Focusing on Latin American collections, this new iteration of the project will include new enactments based on chosen works to become part of the ongoing collection.

In line with previous works by Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” takes on questions related to “immaterial” labour, value production, ownership, economy of attention, and aims at reflecting on the relationship between the public and the private spheres during an age where privatization has had a massive impact on public institutions and on the society at large.

Manuel Pelmuș (b. 1974, Bucharest) lives and works in Oslo and Bucharest. He is one of the leading artists of the “new performance turn”, who have been reimagining the role of performance in the context of visual arts over the past decade. He represented Romania at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) together with Alexandra Pirici.

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09.02 SUNDAY

13:00–13:30

LISTENING MATERIAL

Sarmen Almond, “Circling - Closing”
Stage

Sarmen Almond is a Mexican musician, singer and performer. She uses the human voice in relation to new technologies to create compositions and decompositions of the persona on stage. This entails a constant exploration for the infinite vocal possibilities that the human body can create as an instrument, as well as the reflection of these sonorities in physical and imaginary spaces. After finishing composition and singing studies in Mexico City, she traveled to Paris in 2007 to work under Linda Wise and Enrique Prado’s teaching, especially in choreographic theater’s principles and in Roy Hart extended vocal techniques. She then moved to Belfast, UK where she finished her Master in Sonic Arts (Interdisciplinary Arts) at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast.

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09.02 SUNDAY

14:00–15:00

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Adriana Lara, “Easy Listening” (2015–2020)
Everywhere

Adriana Lara will takeover the sound system of Material Art Fair each day of the fair for exactly the duration of the record that created and defined the genre, Easy Listening. On display will be the record’s original accompanying poster, with a printed set of instructions on how to play the record in a social setting.

Adriana Lara (Mexico City, 1978) lives and works in Mexico City. After brief studies in the Netherlands and a year in Paris at the post-graduate program of the Palais de Tokyo, Lara cofounded the non-profit production bureau Perros Negros in Mexico City, curating exhibitions and publishing a ’zine called Pazmaker, parallel to her own artistic practice. In the past few years, Lara has exhibited at Kunsthalle Basel, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Algus Greenspon Gallery, Air de Paris Gallery, House of Gaga, Mexico (solo shows), and at Documenta 13, New Jerseyy Basel, MOCA Miami, and Wattis institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, among others.

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09.02 SUNDAY

15:00–17:00

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Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” (2017–2020)
Terrace

"Private Collection" is a collection consisting of live enactments of several artworks that have disappeared into private collections or their whereabouts are mostly unknown. Using only the human body as a medium,“Private Collection" aims at bringing these artworks back into the public sphere and circulation. Focusing on Latin American collections, this new iteration of the project will include new enactments based on chosen works to become part of the ongoing collection.

In line with previous works by Manuel Pelmus, “Private Collection” takes on questions related to “immaterial” labour, value production, ownership, economy of attention, and aims at reflecting on the relationship between the public and the private spheres during an age where privatization has had a massive impact on public institutions and on the society at large.

Manuel Pelmuș (b. 1974, Bucharest) lives and works in Oslo and Bucharest. He is one of the leading artists of the “new performance turn”, who have been reimagining the role of performance in the context of visual arts over the past decade. He represented Romania at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) together with Alexandra Pirici.

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09.02 SUNDAY

16:00–17:00

READING MATERIAL

Presentation: Sharjah Art Foundation Publishing Program
Saira Ansari
Stage

Located in Sharjah’s historic Art and Heritage Areas, Sharjah Art Foundation activities and events take place throughout the year and include exhibitions featuring the work of Arab and international artists, performances, music, film screenings and artist talks as well as extensive art education programmes for children, adults and families. The Foundation hosts the annual March Meeting and every two years presents the Sharjah Biennial.

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09.02 SUNDAY

17:00–18:00

LISTENING MATERIAL

Talk: Sound in Action
Andrea Ancira, Michelle Fiedler, Eric Namour
Stage

“Sound in Action” recognizes the increasing relevance of sound and music in contemporary art practices and aims to incorporate both theoretical and practical experiences in collectively sharing what it means to transmit or experience sound and music in its scenic presentation: the live act. In this closing talk of the fair, meant to be part of a continuous conversation about sound in the art context, the participants will review and discuss how Listening Material inserted itself in the fair and how it was received by all actors - putting sound, music and the act of listening in the foreground.

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09.02 SUNDAY

18:00–19:00

LISTENING MATERIAL

La Bruja de Texcoco
Stage

The Bruja De Texcoco is the musical and performance project of Octavia Mendoza Anario, which was born out of a rejection of the toxic masculinity in Mexican music, appropriating it and leading it to develop into extravagant situations, full of femininity, huipiles, masks and sequins. La Bruja recalibrates her classical teachings to create an astonishing tapestry of traditional Mexican music, baroque and jazz, playing various string instruments, percussion and harp.

The legend of La Bruja de Texcoco (literal translation: ’The Witch of Texcoco’) originated when she started performing miracles on stage, expelling demons and expressing her powerful trans femininity during live performances. She has recently released her debut album ’De Brujas Peteneras y Chachalacas’.