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Helena Producciones Performance Festival

In collaboration with SFMOMA

Monday, December 3, 2012 - Monday, December 10, 2012

Join Galería for a series of performances presented in collaboration with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with their current exhibition Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art

One of the artists featured in Six Lines of Flight is Helena Producciones (HP), a grassroots interdisciplinary artist collective based in Cali, Colombia, whose Festival de Performance has become an important forum for emerging and established artists from Colombia and abroad. The performances in San Francisco, co-curated by Carolina Ponce de Leon, include an artist workshop with seven Bay Area artists —Sofia Cordova, Paz de la Calzada, Sergio De La Torre, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Aimee Friberg, John Jota Leaños, and Juan Luna Avin— as well as actions and performances by Carolina Caycedo and Mapa Teatro featuring special guest, the legendary mathematician/philosopher/politician Antanas Mockus, former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia.

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Join us for a series of performances presented by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art andGalería de la Raza in conjunction with SFMOMA’s current exhibition Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art, which tracks artist-led organizations in six cities around the world that have become burgeoning art centers: Cali, Colombia; Cluj, Romania; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Beirut, Lebanon; and Tangiers, Morocco.

One of the artist-led organizations featured in Six Lines of Flight is Helena Producciones (HP), a five-member grassroots interdisciplinary artist collective based in Cali, Colombia, whose Festival de Performance has become an important forum for emerging and established artists from Colombia and abroad. HP members include: Wilson Diaz, Ana Maria Millan, Gustavo Racines, Andres Sandoval Albas, and Claudia Patricia Sarria-Macía.

The performances in San Francisco, co-curated by Carolina Ponce de Leon, extend the 8th Festival de Performance, which ended last week in Cali. The SF performance series include an artist workshop conducted by HP with seven Bay Area artists —Sofia Cordova, Paz de la Calzada, Sergio De La Torre, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Aimee Friberg, John Jota Leaños, and Juan Luna Avin— as well as actions and performances by Carolina Caycedo and Mapa Teatro featuring special guest, the legendary mathematician/philosopher/politician Antanas Mockus, former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Monday, December 3rd 
Lecture/Performance by MAPA TEATRO
Phyllis Wattis Theater
SFMOMA, 514 Third Street (between Howard and Mission)
$10 general; $7 SFMOMA members, students and seniors.
Mapa Teatro, one of the foremost interdisciplinary artistic companies in Colombia, presents Witness to the Ruins, a lecture/performance about a series of art projects rooted in of one of the most ambitious urban renewal developments in their hometown of Bogotá, Colombia: the demolition of El Cartucho ("the cartridge")— an extremely impoverished neighborhood also known as— and its replacement with a monumental park.
Using an experimental format that includes live commentary, video projection, and community ceremony, Mapa Teatro's founders and directors Rolf and Heidi Abderhalden will be joined by the legendary mathematician/philosopher/politician Antanas Mockus, who commissioned the projects as mayor of Bogotá at the time; Mapa Teatro video artist Ximena Vargas, who will be adding a vast archive of videos, documents, and testimonies to the presentation; and Juana María Ramírez, the last inhabitant of El Cartucho.
Marking ten years since the demolition was completed, Witness to the Ruins at SFMOMA serves as a farewell ceremony to an important episode in the history of Bogotá, making visible the sites where what has been lost remain.
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Tuesday, December 4th 
Launching party for LOOP
At Galeria de la Raza
6 pm
FREE
Join us for the final presentation of the video projects developed during a TV production workshop taking place at Galeria de la Raza Colombian artist collective conducted by Helena Producciones (HP). The workshop is part of HP’s project, LOOP, a semi-weekly television program that utilizes the format of the variety show to disseminate the activities of local artists and punk bands.
Seven Bay Area artists —Sofia Cordova, Paz de la Calzada, Sergio De La Torre, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Aimee Friberg, John Jota Leaños and Juan Luna-Avin—  will collaborate with Helena Producciones in an exchange of information exploring TV as an artistic medium. Each participant will develop a video of approximately eight minutes that will speak to the relations between TV and the visual arts. The Mission District will serve as a backdrop and an initial point of departure to define the content and outcomes of the workshops. 
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Carolina Caycedo: We Have All The Ingredients
Multiple venues
Friday, December 7 - Time TBD
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco
Free with admission
 
Sunday, December 9 - 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
SFMOMA, Rooftop Garden
Free with admission
 
Monday, December 10 - Time TBD
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
Free and open to the public
In two movements, Carolina Caycedo invites us to explore the inner and outer spaces of our bodies, our neighbors, and our locales. She begins inside, examining with a microscope the group's cheek cells, blood drops, saliva, skin, and hair, and asking questions about what we can see under the lens and what we want to remain invisible. Moving outside, to a group of telescopes, we'll explore landmarks and limits in three locales: the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park; SFMOMA in downtown San Francisco; and the San Francisco Art Institute in North Beach, just above Fisherman’s Wharf. Conducting a kind of interior and exterior check-up, Caycedo lets us consider physical and social systems eluding our sight.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
CAROLINA CAYCEDO
Carolina Caycedo engages with issues and contexts that affect a broad public on an everyday level: in her work, art functions as a pretext for offering up utopian models to inhabit a world in which individuals and communities are increasingly subject to commodification, exploitation, and discrimination. As part of the Colombian art collective Colectivo Cambalache, she helped conceive the project Museo de la Calle (1999–2004) — an ambulatory and constantly shifting archive of objects initially collected by bartering in one of the city’s most marginal neighborhoods and then circulated and displayed around Bogotá and eventually abroad.

With her individual project Daytoday (2002–09), she lived for brief periods of time without any money in cities like Vienna, New York, and London, subsisting by bartering services she could offer — for example,haircuts or spanish lessons — in exchange for basic things like food or a place to sleep but also non-essential goods and services like a digital camera or an invitation to a party. Her experience demonstrated that bartering is as much a form of social exchange as it is an economic one.

Her work has been exhibited widely in venues such as Foundation Cartier and Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris; Iniva in London; Creative Time, New Museum, Queens Museum, Ford Foundation and Apex Art in New York; Serralves Museum in Porto and Museu da Cidade in Lisbon; House of World Cultures and NGBK in Berlin; Secession in Vienna, Steirischer Herbst in Graz and Lentos Kuntshalle in Linz; Moderna Galerija in Slovenia; MUSAC in Leon, Santa Monica Art Center in Barcelona, and Casa Encendida and Matadero in Madrid; Wattis Institute in San Francisco; LACE and 18th Street Art Center in Los Angeles; Teorética in San José; Alianza Francesa, Espacio La Rebeca and Galería Santa Fé in Bogotá. She has participated in the 2010 Pontevedra Biennial, 2009 Havana Biennial, 2009 San Juan Poligraphic Triennial, 2006 Whitney Biennial, 2003 Venice Biennial, 2002 Young Art Biennial in Turin, and 2001 Istanbul Biennial.

HELENA PRODUCCIONES 
Since 1998, the dynamic artist collective Helena Producciones, composed by Wilson Díaz, Claudia Patricia Sarria-Macías, Ana María Millán, Andres Sandoval Alba, and Gustavo Racines, has organized a biennial performance festival in Cali, Colombia, which has served as an essential platform for many Colombian artists in addition to international artists. In early 2012, the festival was the recipient of the first visible award, an international production award devoted to art work in the social sphere, initiated and supported by the Cittadellarte – Pistoletto Foundation and Fondazione Zegna. The eighth edition of the festival, to be held in November 2012, will have the curatorial input of Matteo Lucchetti and Judith Wielander, curators of the visible project. Participation, exchange, and empowerment of rural and urban communities are founding characteristics of the projects run by Helena Producciones through the years. The various activities of the group propose sustainable models for which knowledge and creativity are used as critical and radical tools of intervention.

MAPA TEATRO
Since 1984, Mapa Teatro has been producing theater, performance and art installation projects. Founders and directors, Rolf and Heidi Abderhalden have created a wide-ranging repertoire of theater, opera, mixed-media performance, and site-specific installation. Their work proposes richly textured visual metaphors in which they consider complex psychological, social and political relationships. Committed to experimentation, and less interested in the actor as an “agent of fiction,” they describe their project as “a laboratory of social imagination,” that offers a space for presenting community issues and human concerns in media and performance. This combination of real-life situations and sites along with highly stylized aesthetic staging produces a tension between real action and (re)presentation. Mapa Teatro draws from live events captured on video such as the demolition of a neighborhood in Bogotá, ritual practice, and texts that explore the relationship of postmodern subjects, myth and metaphor. Mapa Teatro has performed by commissions, festivals and collaborative projects world-wide.

ANTANAS MOCKUS 
Former Mayor of Bogotá and presidential candidate, Antanas Mockus (b. Bogotá, Colombia, 1952), became well known in Colombia in 1993 after dropping his trousers and mooning an auditorium of unruly students, forcing him to resign as rector of the National University. “Innovative behavior can be useful when you run out of words,” Mr. Mockus said of the uproar that followed, explaining that he viewed the episode within the concept of French philosopher Pierre Bourdieu’s “symbolic violence.” 

He leveraged the publicity from that episode to run for mayor of Bogotá, a city then on the verge of chaos. In two terms, Mr. Mockus merged lofty political theory with projects to improve the city’s quality of life and got attention by dressing up, with a hint of self-mockery, in a superhero costume as “Supercitizen.” Famous initiatives included hiring 420 mimes to make fun of traffic violators, because he believed Colombians were more afraid of being ridiculed than fined. He held disarmament days for people to turn in guns; he also put in place an annual "Women's Night", on which the city's men were asked to stay home for an evening to look after the house and the children —some 700,000 women went out to open-air concerts that Mockus dedicated to them. The city sponsored free open-air concerts; bars offered women-only specials; Ciclovía, which inspired San Francisco’s “Sunday Streets;” and the city's women police force was in charge of keeping the peace. 

Under Mockus's leadership, Bogotá saw many improvements: water usage dropped 40%, 7000 community security groups were formed, the homicide rate fell 70%, alcohol-related violence also dropped thanks partly to a simple regulation forcing bars to shut at 1a.m., traffic fatalities dropped by over 50%, drinking water was provided to all homes (up from 79% in 1993), and sewerage was provided to 95% of homes (up from 71%). When he asked residents to pay a voluntary extra 10% in taxes, 63,000 people did so.

In between his two terms as mayor, Mockus ran an unsuccessful 1998 bid for the presidency. In the 2006 presidential election, he ran as a member of the Indigenous Social Alliance Movement. In 2010, Mockus became the Colombian Green Party presidential candidate. He finished second in the first round of voting, with 21.5% of the vote, qualifying him to participate in a runoff election with Juan Manuel Santos, which Mockus lost decisively with 27.5% of the vote.
Mockus holds a 1972 Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France and a 1988 Master of Arts degree in philosophy from the National University of Colombia. He has been a professor and researcher at the university since 1975 and served as its vice president (1988–1991) and president (1991–1993).


 

 

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Ana Teresa Fernandez: Opera de Jabones
January 29, 2013

The artist collective Helena Producciones brought their ongoing television and video project, LOOP, to the Bay Area. In a four-day workshop, Bay Area artists collaborated with five members of Helena Producciones to explore TV as an artistic medium.

This was a collaboration with SFMOMA.


Juan Luna-Avin: Mañana de viernes por la calle 24
January 29, 2013

The artist collective Helena Producciones brought their ongoing television and video project, LOOP, to the Bay Area. In a four-day workshop, Bay Area artists collaborated with five members of Helena Producciones to explore TV as an artistic medium.

This was a collaboration with SFMOMA.

 


Sergio de la Torre: EVICTION NOTICE FORM
January 29, 2013

The artist collective Helena Producciones brought their ongoing television and video project, LOOP, to the Bay Area. In a four-day workshop, Bay Area artists collaborated with five members of Helena Producciones to explore TV as an artistic medium.

This was a collaboration with SFMOMA.


Aimee Friberg: Coser Y Cantar
January 29, 2013

The artist collective Helena Producciones brought their ongoing television and video project, LOOP, to the Bay Area. In a four-day workshop, Bay Area artists collaborated with five members of Helena Producciones to explore TV as an artistic medium.

This was a collaboration with SFMOMA.


John Jota Leanos & Ana Teresa Fernandez: Class Warfare
December 14, 2012

The artist collective Helena Producciones brought their ongoing television and video project, LOOP, to the Bay Area. In a four-day workshop, Bay Area artists collaborated with five members of Helena Producciones to explore TV as an artistic medium.

This was a collaboration with SFMOMA.


Sofia Cordova: La Vedette De America (Tu Boquita With Contrapposto)
December 14, 2012

The artist collective Helena Producciones brought their ongoing television and video project, LOOP, to the Bay Area. In a four-day workshop, Bay Area artists collaborated with five members of Helena Producciones to explore TV as an artistic medium.

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