YANS & RETO
L’ŒUVRE SYSTEME INVISIBLE ET M2 INVISIBLE
ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES NEW
September 13 2011
100 minutes ACTION FEST: “7 minutes or less”
performances, short films, videos, objects of text, readings, proclamations,
songs etc… by artists and intellectuals over sixty and under thirty.
Participants: Keith McDermott, Vikki Badd, Eva
Davidova -video: “Animations” Mapi Rivera, Raul Gomez Valverde, Bradford
Kessler, Jose Carlos Casado, Simon Lund,, Jana Leo Manuel Molina Martagon, Fred
Forest, Verónica Pena Martinez-performance, Philippe Avila, Gabriela Jaime,
Alexandra Velasco, Anton Cabaleiro, Kika Espejo, Antonio Ortuño, Melay Araya,
Brad Blondes, Terry Williams, Laura F. Gibellini, Dionsisio Cañas.
Within the frame of two hours and in a theater, the
Anthology Film Archive, YANS & RETO is an assemblyof people engaged in
contemporary culture who, regardless of their disciplines, have in common a
taste for radicalism and experimental creation. YANS & RETO is a one-night
festival where artists and intellectuals get introduced to each other by giving
a taste of what they do, either with short intense pieces or with quiet
interventions that last for the whole two hours. YANS & RETO is against
ferocious nonsensical compétition among artists. 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 event give preference to artists over sixty years
of age who are RETO (Radical Even Though Old) andunder thirty who are YANS
(Young And Not Stupid) and to Spanish artists of all ages, but also any artist
or intellectual who fits the form and content is welcome. What does this means?
Those with preference just by registering will be automatically part of the
festival (until the space is half-filled) the other half will be filled either
invited individuals or selected from the open call.
In an effort to locate Spanish art within
international context this festival takes place in what is reference ofquality
for not official new york culture: the Anthology Film Archives and not in a
institution directly link to Spain such as The Instituto Cervantes. This
gesture is also saying that the main problem for art and culture from Spain is
the lack of internationalization; to do a show in New York, even it is in an
important place doesn’t mean that the work of that artist is international.
This festival looks for artist who are international though Spanish. One way to
measure if some art is international (significant regardless of your origin or
context in which is produced) is by making an open
call with common rules for everybody; the common ground made easy to measure
the differences. This is the kind of competition YANS & RETO is trying to
promote, the competition of the artist with himself. Not the competition to get
stuff and being important. 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" and the pathetic of young artist re-doing performances and work
done 30 years in advance and unaware of it.) Youth is defined by stupidity and
age by wisdom. If one characterizes stupidity by lack of self-control rather
than by a lack of knowledge or ability, one finds that one doesn't grow
intelligent but simply grows older. At the same time, being
"progressive" is not related to being young but to being responsible.
Although nobody would like to be perceived as stupid, being stupid releases one
from being thoughtful and correcting mistakes. In reality, stupidity is a
deviation from what is ethical.
Organized by: Fundación MOSIS- Modelos y Sistemas;
Arte y Ciudad (www.fundacionmosis.ocom).
With the help and financial support of Spain Culture
New York, Consulate General of Spain in New York the
Spanish Ministry of Culture. (www.
spainculturenewyork.org) Local supporter in New York: INVISIBLEEXPORTS
GALLERY, as a location for dropping in material. With
the collaboration of Adeola Enigbokan
(communications) and Simon Lund (technical event
production and recording).
Coordinator: Jana Leo, 917-940-5411