The image of a jellyfish strolling along the empty canals of Venice was the kick-start for questions about the potential of art and time. Its image lasts for 600 million years and is transferred as a bodily form that condenses and expands diverse messages about becoming and its drifts.
In this context of pandemic and isolation, conceptions of time changed: the present is stretched and densified, each day seems the same as the previous one, history becomes increasingly distant and the future – now more than ever – is uncertain and very different from what we dream or think.
From the work Earlater, of Fabio Kacero, the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires (MAMBA) developed the proposal “Jellyfish Time”.
Like the jellyfish, Earlater de Kacero, condenses and expands time. It is a language game where before (early) and after (later) they form the same concept. It is an excess of time trapped in a non-historical pattern. There are no traditions or futures, there is no hierarchy of facts, but time as a single body that it can be sensibly perceived and that art can traverse in a whimsical way ”, they affirm from the Modern curatorial team.
The activity is part of #MuseoModernoEnCasa, the program where curators, editors and educators propose a topic or question about this present pandemic.
Victoria Northoorn, director of the Moderno, explains to TN.com.ar how they had to adapt the activities in this quarantine season: “We are working on several fronts. We safeguard the Heritage and the exhibitions already open, we continue all the investigations engaged in dialogue with the artists, and, through the new digital platform #MuseoModernoEnCasa launched on April 6, we seek to build an archive of the present by the hand of the artists and Argentine intellectuals, trying to arm a space for reflection for all of society about this unique moment that we are living ”.
The institution also offers a range of activities to reach everyone at home. “The program is being received with immense enthusiasm by the public and by the artists, who tell us that they highly value the space of visibility and belonging to the great community of the Modern Museum. We are raising funds to reinforce the program and to give it more impetus to reach more artists and projects every day, ”says the director.
The week started this Tuesday with “Catarata de lines”, the drawing marathon coordinated by Ernesto Ballesteros which had the participation of invited artists such as Adriana Bustos, Paula Castro, Claudia del Río, Lucas Di Pascuale, Carla Grunauer and María Guerrieri. Anyone who wants to join has to upload their # collective drawing to the networks using the hashtag.
The publishing area will present this week the book by Fabio Kacero, with texts by César Aira, Sergio Bizzio, Rafael Cippolini, Luis Diego Fernández, Carlos Gamerro, Inés Katzenstein, Benito Laren, Lux Lindner, Lucía Puenzo, Matías Serra Bradford, Graciela Speranza, Beatriz Vignoli and Javier Villa. “Far from being a catalog on the Fabio Kacero: Detournalia exhibition, which the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires made in 2014, this artist book by Fabio Kacero is one more work that emerges from it and remains in time”, highlights Gabriela Comte, editorial director of the Museum.
Through the Communities area, See to create, a meditation proposal for older adults, a timeless experience to connect with the imagination, by Germán Paley and Arte y Día, an activity for people with disorders within the autism spectrum (TEA) ), where the identification of daily, routine activities in different works by contemporary artists will be proposed.
Northoorn also imagines the future, when, who knows, we live the “new normal”: “This is a project that is here to stay, and that the day we reopen the Museum to the public, it will complement the face-to-face experience of art, which is always so important ”.
Contemporary art has the power to travel to the past to modify it and to the future to sketch it. After 50 days of quarantine, in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic, we find ourselves at a temporary crossroads. A sway between endless possibilities and uncertainty. It is there where contemporary artistic images can work best, due to their quality of temporary eddies, to provide us a more intense experience from which to think all time that we are living simultaneously.
“Jellyfish time”. Art and its ways of being in the present and escaping from it. In the networks of the Modern.
The complete schedule of “Jellyfish Time”
Adriana Bustos + Lucas Di Pascuale join the drawing marathon.
On the You Tube channel of Moderno, at 11 am.
Maria Guerrieri, Carla Grunauer, Paula Castro and Claudia Del Río join the
On the You Tube channel of Moderno, at 11 am.
See to Create. Instagram 15 hours.
Art and Day. Instagram 11 am.
Online launch of Fabio Kacero’s book: Detournalia
Tutorial to build a Zootrope. Given by guest artist Lino Divas
11 am Instagram
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