Despacio collaborates with Printed Matter, Inc. (New York) to revive an almost lost medium. A few decades ago the cassette tape was the most convenient way to record sound material, yet with the fast advancing digital world it is at the verge of being completely forgotten. Nevertheless, artists have continuously used this format to further expand their forms of expression. Listen to the sound of a diary, bodies, an unstable table, singing sand, and of a disassembled cassette in our newest Library in Residence.
Printed Matter, Inc (New York) presents a selection of artists' audio on tape.
The projects include conceptual performance works for voice, improvised 'talk pieces', artists working in the sound/song medium, and sound projects that derive from work on paper, or that are conceived in connection with a companion artists' book. Several works of experimental audio reflect on the physical medium of the cassette itself, building on found sound or field recordings from the natural world that have been auto-tuned, tweaked and layered to create new meaning.Thoughts by Keith Gray
The library will be on display from October 20, 2016 on. Following eleven audiotapes were chosen for the Library in Residence:
Birds, Whales and Singing Sand
One Mile High, 2012
The Archaeology of Home & Lemons
Nonhorse (G. Lucas Crane)
High Performance Audio
Friedrichstraße 4, buzz "Shin" at door
Published by 100%
Dan Graham & The Static at Riverside Studios London
Published by Primary Information
Jonas Bers, Spreaders, Matt Luczak, Anima Projection
Published by Endless Audio
The Sound of a Cassette Disassembled
Published by Tone Filth
Published by Gil Arno/Unframed
Denise de la Cerda and Alan Sondheim
Babbally: The Destruction of Mindfuck Diplomacy
Cleveland: Burning Press, 1990
Bodywork No. 1
By Cat Lauigan, Matt Brownell
Printed Matter is a world’s leading art bookstore dedicated to the dissemination, understanding and appreciation of artists’ books and has become an important voice in the art world. The nonprofit art bookstore was started by Sol LeWitt and the art critic Lucy R. Lippard.
No. 1 and 8-19 of these unique sketchbooks are presented for the first time to the public. The books began with homework assignments and pencil sketches, yet quickly evolved towards a colorful imaginary place for dreamscape. Playful cartoons, minimal notes and vibrant patterns of stories and shapes that lead to the next idea are revealed by the marks of a felt tip pen.
In combining a freedom of spontaneity and conforming to rules, Fournier created a fascinating personal dialogue with his everyday. This dialogue, documented and transformed in his illustrations of encounters, allows for an engagement with narratives that maintain their own time and rhythm while being influenced by the ongoing interweaving of realities and fantasies. The deep transformative nature of this private matter allows the artist to visualize what is really on his mind.Thoughts by Anna Hugo
The books will be on display from July 28, 2016 on.
Diego Fournier is a Costa Rican artist living and working in San José.
In 2016, Despacio’s program and Central Archive, located alongside the exhibition space, will plunge with relish into an ocean of paradox and possibilities, freed from the necessity of making sense. Newly comprised of artworks, correspondence and traces of happenings and actions, it will stand as a testament to an extraordinary freedom from convention.
Critical voices of reason will be deconstructed in pursuit of free thinking.
While most archives are banished to remote corners of their institutions, Despacio’s archive shares center stage within the exhibition space.
Despacio will realize its artistic and intellectual pursuit of absence in three acts that will unfold over three years:
Each act brings together exhibitions, happenings, and Libraries in Residence around the theme, as well as a Central Archive, which is a collection of works that are carefully compiled and include physical art objects, correspondence, and traces of happenings and actions. At various times over the year, a selection of these works will be activated in the exhibition space alongside the archive itself.
The works are an insight into the privacy of someone you will never forget. The Lebanese artist and storyteller plays with quotes, fonts and colorful imagery to express and document her inevitable emotions, “people don’t understand how much they express”. The pages she considers “ugly” are often covered in black paint. In providing her with a healing process to her own ideas and thoughts, the books have become essential to her everyday. There is no escape from the emotional rollercoaster Diana needs to express, “have a safe trip”.Thoughts by Anna Hugo
The books will be on display from March 3, 2016 on.
Diana Abi Khalil is a Lebanese artist who was born and raised in Paris. She may be considered a runaway girl lost in big cities. She came to New York in 2010 to be by herself.
It’s no secret that some moments slip away into the mental archive forever, while others vanish before we fully sense them. Despacio presents conceptual works spanning the past 40 years by artists who understand how to capture and create ingenious moments that inform our memories and provoke our deepest ruminations.
Sometimes it’s the small, silent moments that tell the story.
Our most fulfilling experiences connect us with what we are really searching for. They lead us to ask, what are we seeking when visiting an exhibition?
This question has generated many answers over time and remains significant today in an ever-changing world of influences and expectations. It is also all the more relevant to Central America, a region with limited outlets for exploring art beyond national museums.
It is the visitor’s responsibility to manage his or her expectations. Interpreting art requires time for personal contemplation. Conceptual artists inspire us to pay attention to fleeting moments, and we at Despacio feel those fleeting moments may give birth to stories, myths, and in some cases even new realities.
All of the works on display in No One Belongs Here More Than You playfully interpret moments in time. Sometimes they focus on the absence of something during a significant moment, and other times they suggest that the moment is indicative of something greater. Regardless of their differences, each artist activates the viewer’s imagination through his or her work by breathing new life into a handful of moments that will continue to inform what happens next.
Ultimately, we interpret and revisit artworks in the context of time, reminding us that great works of art are living things and exceptionally timeless.
The exhibition runs from March 3rd until April 24th 2016 at Despacio in San José, Costa Rica. (FB Event)