Interested in the limits of experience: the limits between art and science, imagination and technique, the intimate and the collective, the rationalities and the irrational. The different projects and events that borderline projects promotes revolve around the notion of liminality, and are dedicated to explore interdisciplinary encounters, multicultural happenings and imaginative investigations.
Death in Mexico Month
BROOKLYN, NY | The Morbid Anatomy Museum | Co-sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York | Fall 2016.
A full month of activities seeking to explore the historical background behind some of Mexico's most intriguing cultural practices and artifacts, such as Day of the Dead, postmortem photography, and the cult of Santa Muerte. Events included lectures, film screenings, workshops, and a reading group exploring ways in which the theme of human sacrifice has haunted the Mexican nation ever since the Spaniards first learned about this practice among the Aztecs. The event culminated with a Halloween\Day of the dead eclectic flea market, and a cultural field trip to Mexico City and Oaxaca especially curated for artists and collectors. Fore more information click here.
Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Mayan Child of Tulum, 1974.
J. Craig Freeman, La loteria Augmented Reality Project, 2011.
La Loteria Art Exhibit
BROOKLYN, NY | Observatory Room| Sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York & Mano a Mano Mexican Culture Without Borders | September, 2011.
An international art exhibit featuring the work of 29 artists from 11 countries. La Loteria is a game that uses a deck of cards illustrated with figures that represent everyday objects, plants, animals, mythical creatures and other characters. The origins of this game go back to 16th century Italy, where most of the lottery games were born, and where the first decks of playing card, including the Tarot, were introduced into Europe.
The idea behind this exhibition was to use the images of La Loteria as a matrix that helped generate dialogues, intersections, and points of encounter. To take a slice of Mexico’s popular culture, characterized by its hybridism, and ask artists to make it their own. We have invited artists from all origins and disciplines to adapt, pay homage, adopt or desecrate La Loteria: a true artistic experiment. This exhibition seeks to open a liminal space, a border-zone where it can be possible to explore our differences together. Fore more information click here.
Death in Mexico Tour Series
SEVERAL LOCATIONS IN MEXICO | Curated for The Morbid Anatomy Museum
A series of cultural trips to Mexico focusing on sites influential to the Mexican history and culture of death and mourning. The trips are especifically designed to suit the interests of an international community of artists, writers, collectors, and death enthusiasts willing to witness, share, study, and find inspiration in the numerous, varied, and multicutural traditions that constitute the heritage of the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration in local communities.
other projects & events
Confessions of a Latin American Hoarder - What madness ensues when a Mexican American scholar uses his academic superpowers to catalogue Mexican stereotypes in the United States? Mextasy! An illustrated lecture with William Nericcio, PhD | April 12, 2013 | Observatory Room, Brooklyn, NY. [more info]
An Introduction to Mexican Cinema: Times of Decadence - A Series of screenings and talks about the history of Mexican cinema. Talks and screenings hosted by Salvador Olguin | March 1,8, 15, 2011| Observatory Room, Brooklyn, NY. [more info]
La Loteria Aumentada - La Lotería Aumentada is an augmented reality public art project inspired by La Loteria Mexicana. A collaboration between artists Patricia Espinosa and John Craig Freeman sponsored by BL| 2012 | Observatory Room, NY. [more info]
Photo Journalism and the War on Drugs in Mexico: Taking Pictures of the Dead - An illustrated lecture examining disturbing crime-scene photographs that capture the casualties of Mexico's ongoing drug war. | August 31, 2012 | Observatory Room, Brooklyn, NY. [more info]
An 18th Century Mexican Biography of Death - A lecture discussing La Portentosa Vida de la Muerte, and cultural attitudes toward death in Mexico from pre-Columbian times to the present day at the Festival of Medical History & the Arts| Oct 5, 2013 | The New York Academy of Medicine, NY. [more info]
Angels, Animals and Cyborgs: Visions of Human Enhancement An historical overview of the desire to go beyond the limitations of our condition as biological beings linked to mystical and religious discourses | July 22, 2012 | Cornelia Street Cafe, NY. [more info]
Lunation Art on the Moon - More than 20 artists contributed work to a group art show inspired by our closest celestial neighbor and its mystical allure as an occultist symbol. A collaborative curation by Observatory room boardmembers. | March 15, 2012 | Observatory Room, NY. [more info]
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