Radio Symposium – Espazioan Itzultzen ari gara
Performance. October 28th 2016.
Tabakalera, Plaza de las cigarreras, 1, Donostia-San Sebastián.
Dabadaba, Mundaitz Kalea, 8, Donostia-San Sebastián.
Mugatxoan’s project When The Body Disappears (initiated in 2011-2013) explores the disarticulation between body and voice in performance. Through a series of radio programs, performances, workshops and publications, it questions the imperative of being present and also the imperative of being in continuous translation, from a new perspective of performance practices.
Based on that experience and its conclusions, the desire grew to launch a joint inquiry into translation, understood as a rehearsal space for identity politics and the politics of the body. Itzulzen ari gara emerged from that field of research. On this occasion, in the framework of the LaPublika radio symposium, Itzulzen ari gara once again uses the radio to explore the idea of being “on air”, in the articulation between the exterior and the interior of the project’s development. A position related to a change in the order of things, to breaking the devices for freeing the movements (the movement) of its own materiality, to the need to “skip” the present, to be suspended in another space, in another time, in another present.
Ion Munduate and Blanca Calvo began an intense artistic collaboration in 1994, from which numerous works emerged, including: Mármara (1994), MMMM (1995), Sangre Grande (1996), Lucía con zeta (1998), LaSola (1999), Flyball, Boj de largo (2000), ASTRA TOUR (2003-2004), Extras de artificio (2005), BAT, Beautiful Animals Trying (2006), Sin título, en colores (2010) and Translation (2013-2015). They situate their practice in discourses of the body whose medium is immateriality, presenting works that appear as the transformation of acts and the production of meaning through a transitory situation.
In parallel, and concerned about the gaps not covered by the context of that time, they conceived of Mugatxoan in 1998, which was to be developed in Arteleku (Donostia/San Sebastián) and subsequently in Fundação de Serralves (Porto). A training project dedicated to research and artistic creation that offers the necessary conditions so that processes that do not fit into traditional systems of production and established work patterns had a place. From 2011 onwards they decided to alter the usual structure of Mugatxoan and deal with projects by subject blocs. The first of these was When The Body Disappears, which extended through several phases and pivoted around two work axes: self-reflexivity and sound as a medium of dematerialisation. In 2015 they received the Gure Aretea prize for Mugatxoan in recognition of an activity carried out in the field of the visual arts.
More pictures of Mugatxoan at Radio Symposium LaPublika here.