“You can't make either life or art,
you have to work in the hole in between,
which is undefined,”
according to artist Robert Rauschenberg. Despacio seeks to activate this undefined space by piercing through the divisions of private and public, personal and collective, fiction and reality.
An art space determined by the Absence of Divisions would be one in which both mental and physical barriers are actively blurred, broken, and reconfigured to the point that it becomes impossible to establish with certainty where art begins and ends.
The Central Archive will consist of an indoor garden designed by Carlos Fernandez and an archive of seeds from local plants that are regularly exchanged with visitors and people attending workshops at Despacio.
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.