Invitation to the Festival
Coming from the
idea that a festival is a public party with unknown participants who share
complicity, this festival tries to bring together people who are YANS (Young
And Not Stupid) & RETO (Radical Even Though Old).
The festival is
a feast of creativity, endurance and enthusiasm, a celebration of being an
artist and an intellectual. The festival is also is a situation to encounter
others. Different from regular social events where people converse about what
they do, here each person is introduced by doing "an action". As in a
jazz session (or a flamenco party, where people take a seat and eventually stand
up and intervene), artists are not acting for the public.
The form that the Festival
The gathering is a choreography of long interventions that run
through the whole evening (two hours) and the short actions that happens in a
time sequence for three to six minutes each. You define your participation, I
direct the choreography.
The short actions are intense and most likely will happen in the
stage area or on screen. You may do a performance, have a comedy session, show
a short film (a projectionist will be available as we are in a theater) give a
short lecture, read a poem or play a piece of music--whatever you want within
the limits of the place.
The long interventions will happen at the same time and in the same
space in a theater that seats 184. A number of seats in the theater will be
assigned to an artist depending upon how many seats are needed for his or her
action. The remaining seats will be available to the audience. Examples of long
interventions are a couple typing a letter to each other; two guys embrace,
dancing with no music… The interventions will be visible intermittently and
will overlap like an alphabet soup.
About the concept
Youth are defined by stupidity and the old, by wisdom. However, this
assumption might be misleading. If one defines stupidity by lapses of
responsibility rather than by a lack of knowledge or ability, one finds that
one doesn't grow intelligent but simply grows older. Being "modern"
and "progressive" is not related to being young, but to being responsible.
Although nobody has the desire to be perceived as stupid, people are quick to
use ignorance as an excuse for their misbehavior or lack of attention. In other
words, stupidity releases you from thinking and repairing. In reality,
stupidity is a deviation from what is ethical.
Often, art is a way to dig deep into to a culture. But also, often
in art, stupidity is celebrated (this is my take with the use of the concept
"emergent artists"). In addition to bringing creative people
together, the purpose of the festival is to prove that artists can change
culture. Often what is imported from a culture to another are clichés. Often
Spanish art is represented either by kitsch or by copying other international
artists, this festival looks for artist who are international though Spanish.
Why a Movie Theater for a
To rent a theater and specifically the Anthology Film Archive was a
suggestion by Simon Lund. Then when Adeola Enigbokan introduced me to the book
by Samuel Delaney, Times Square Red,
Times Square Blue, I realized how appropriate was to do this festival in a
cinema. The book is a memoir of porno cinemas in Times Square (first unzip me,
and after we do it we will talk about our lives) and a dissertation on the
differences between an encounter and networking.
Organized by: Fundación MOSIS- Modelos y Sistemas;
Arte y Ciudad from Madrid
With the help and financial support of Spain Culture New York,
Consulate General of Spain in New York the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Local
supporter in New York: INVISIBLE-EXPORTS GALLERY, as a location for registering
and dropping in material. With the collaboration of Adeola Enigbokan
(communications) and Simon Lund (technical event recording).