Despacio’s mission is to keep doing what it has been doing for the past decade: consistently exploring new models of artistic and curatorial practice while remaining a driving force in the continued development of Central America’s artistic voice.
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Festival of Minimal Actions

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How do you keep a performance alive? For German artist Thomas Geiger, the answer is letting it live on through repetition. For the Festival of Minimal Actions, he re-performs actions and interventions other artists have made in the public sphere. After Brussels and Paris, he is bringing the festival to San José, Costa Rica, where he will repeat twenty-eight performances by Latin American artists for random passersby and onlookers.

No Glory, No Story

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Abandoned Lot

The rules are simple. Artists play a game of soccer against art collectors. If the collectors win, they each get a work of art for free. If they lose, they each have to buy a work from an artist. A competitive game, fraught with tensions from the fragile relationship that binds artists and collectors in the same field. Two horny bedfellows who need one other but pretend like they don’t. And, in the distance, the curators, doing their best to judge a match they’ve already rigged.

Kindred Spirits

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It’s early evening. Spectators are trickling into the Despacio art center, drawn by the promise of an experience they will hear in silence and see with other eyes. Tonight, in meditation, they will share something special. What that is, however, we just might never know.

Performance Series

ArchivedHappened in November 2017
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Despacio starts the year with a performance festival set to explore the limits of new exhibition formats and underground cultures. Invited curator Alejandro Ramirez Salas is conceiving the ongoing program, which begins with the festival and continues with eclectic performance nights held every six weeks.

Karaoke todos los días

ArchivedHappened in July 2017
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Who said there ain’t no artist-run spaces in Costa Rica? Five local artists will take over the Despacio premises for two months, operating Despacio as an artist-run space under the name Karaoke todos los días. Things are bound to change.

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