Aleksandra Mir

Living, Wandering and "Hallucinating"

Living, Wandering and "Hallucinating", the Historical Center, and Creativity, La Jomada, Mexico City, May 2004
By Arturo Jimenez

Organized Movement
1 May - 30 June 2004
part of
Localismos
May - August 2004
Perros Negros, Izazaga #8, col. Centro, Mexico D.F. - Mexico

Take up residence in a downtown hotel during the month of May, wander the city streets and enjoy the trip; and, from this experience, create. That is to say generate a creative project that reflects the experience in music, photography, video, performance, intervention and other disciplines.

In a nut shell that is the objective of the Localismos studio-residence contemporary art project, which has gathered twenty young artists from ten nations to participate who will show their works this Thursday at the Spanish Cultural Center where Basque artist Asier Perez will offer a conference as well.

As part of the project, throughout the month of May, there will be concerts, conferences, performance and other activities. It won't be until June and july that the artists' works will be placed on exhibit in diverse open and closed spaces around the city. Additionally, a catalogue telling the project's story will be published.

Localismos is a project proposed by Adriana Lara, Agustina Ferreyra and Fernando Mesta, who have secured the backing of The Historical Center Foundation and Telefónica Movistar

Selected because of the their interest in their own local contexts, the participating artists come from a variety of countries, including Sweden (Aleksandra Mir), France (Andrea Crews), Spain (Asier Perez), Colombia (Carolina Caycedo), Canada (Mara Verna) , Ecuador (Santiago Reyes), Japan (Tatsuo Inagaki) y Mexico (Miguel Calderon).

Piracy as Inspiration

Among the first to present this Thursday were Mexicans Diego Berruecos and Miki Guadamur. By way of introducing himself, Guadamur showed a video about the "trash and trinkets" that are sold at the street vendor stands. The sound track consisted of the elemental music of archaic video games. He considers himself "just an apprentice" of the "genetic alterations," that certain merchandise, such as the Kittyfigures, exhibit when copied by the piracy industry in Mexico, China and other countries. These subtle modifications "to make it look like another product" also are developed in texts, images, and videos that Guadamur has found in diverse contexts. After the projection of the Historical Center Foundation's institutional video about the downtown rescue work, he said: "I'm not interested in tradition or history. I don't know what will be done with international center for contraband that is the Historical Center. If it is squashed then my work becomes anthropological rescue more than anything else."

In line with this inspiration in street vending, Berruecos works with photography and his interest lies in everyday things, rather than the spectacular. One of his project was carried out with twenty-six disposable cameras which he handed out to people he met on the streets and with whom he achieved some contact. He asks them to snap photos.

In no special hurry, Berruecos hopes to finish distributing in four or five years, when he will ultimately develop the rolls. Time, he believes, is what will give some content to these future photographs.

He also has a series of photographs of more than twenty McDonald's fast food restaurants. Many of his themes, he said, he has photographed long ago and he hopes to continue doing so for some time