MYRIAD REFLECTOR

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Myriad Reflector

"Infinite interiority" (with Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Matt Copson, Pol Esteve Castelló, and Anthea Hamilton), collage assembled by Pol Esteve Castelló, 2022.

CURATORS: JULIE BOUKOBZA & JULIA MORANDEIRA ARRIZABALAGA

 

ARTISTS: Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Pol Esteve Castelló, Matt Copson, Anthea Hamilton.

The night is an elusive terrain that defies an easy definition. Coming from old age and going past the apocalypse. Rising from our most intimate thoughts and leaving behind our very daily public selves. The night not only revolves around clubbing, youth, desire, safe or unsafe spaces; it is intimately inhabited by animals, night flowers, mothers, workers, sleepwalkers, lonely dancers, and perfect strangers who prefer to live without witnesses. Not properly a space, nor entirely a time, nor fully a state: the night plunges us in the realm of the fugitive and the experiential, and vanishes once we attempt to enclose it in a fixed signifier.

The question then might not be what the night is but, rather, what the night does: what countless sensorial possibilities does it enable, what thick atmospheres and currents does it trigger, what social choreographies and what specters thrive in it, what textures does it wear and what rhythms does it cultivate, what traces and residues does it leave behind. And, moreover, we are interested in what is that produces night: what are the gestures, actions, materials that invoke and provoke nocturnality, even in plain day. What are, in sum, the myriad potentials that the night holds.

Myriad Reflector is an exhibition exercise into the nocturnality. Conceived as a multilayered score unfolding through time, the contributions of artists —composed by light, sonic, rhythmic, smell, haptic, and choreographic elements— intermingle in a kaleidoscopic display defined by disorientation, refractive perspectives, and sensual textures. This, in turn, will be devised to host a panoply of study sessions, discussions, presentations, and performances around the nocturnal. The exhibition will then be weaved through distinct rhythms and intensities: being activated through a program of night flashes, and operating as a twilight atmosphere the rest of the time. 

The title Myriad Reflector refers to the first name given to the disco ball invented by the American entrepreneur Louis Bernard Woeste back in 1917. This proposition functions exactly like the object it cites: as the reflection of a myriad lustrous elements that do not aim to convey the night or a specific night but, again, seeks to resist any given representation or signification to dive instead in the wild profusion lurking in this darkness. 

 

JULIE BOUKOBZA

Julie Boukobza is a curator based in Paris, Head of the Luma Arles Residency Program.

In 2021, she curated the group exhibitions «Kolé Seré» at Braunsfelder Family Collection in Cologne (Germany) and « Wear the Right Thing » at the Virginia Commonwealth University gallery in Doha (Qatar). In 2020, she curated the solo exhibition « The End » of the artist Michael Dean at Converso in Milan (Italy). Between 2018 and 2019, she co-founded an artist-run space in Paris (France) with the curator Stéphanie Moisdon and the artist Matthew Lutz-Kinoy. In 2017, she co-curated with Simon Castets a group show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade (Serbia) called « FADE IN 2 EXT. MODERNIST HOME ». In 2016, she curated the group exhibition « Pure Fiction » at Marian Goodman gallery and a solo show of Peter Shire at New Galerie, both in Paris (France). 

 

JULIA MORANDEIRA ARRIZABALAGA

Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga is a researcher and curator in the fields of culture, art, and education. Since 2021, she is Curator of Post-Academic Program at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst; and since 2019, a professor at the Dutch Art Institute master program, ArTEZ University. Besides this, she is a mediator for the Concomitentes project in Spain, and ARCO Madrid's Opening section curator for the 2021-22-23 editions. Previously she was director of escuelita at CA2M-Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (2016-2019), curator of the Thought Programme at the Canal Theatre (2018-2020), and consultant to the visual arts programme PICE at A/CE-Spanish Cultural Action.

Her practice is articulated in long-standing projects of curatorial research, which materialise in different formats, structures and gestures, such as Canibalia; Be careful with each other, so we can be dangerous together; Nothing is true, everything is alive; Social Choreographies or Night Studies, to name a few. Her work has been showcased internationally under multiple formats at Kadist Foundation and Jeu de Paume (Paris); Hangar (Lisboa); Peryton (Copenhagen); CA2M, CentroCentro and Matadero (Madrid); Azkuna Zentroa (Bilbao); Tabakalera (Donostia-San Sebastián); MACBA (Barcelona); Savvy (Berlin); Kyiv Biennial; Kunstcenter Bergen; Gasworks and Serpentine Gallery (London); TEOR/Ética (San José, Costa Rica); ArtCenter/SouthFlorida (Miami); BetaLocal (Puerto Rico), or CCE La Paz (Bolivia), amongst others. In 2012 she was the curator of the Barcelona Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale. She has furthermore lectured at numerous places such as Royal Institute of Art (Stockholm), De Appel Curatorial Program (Amsterdam), Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), University of the Basque Country-EHU (Bilbao), Goldsmiths College (London), Notre Dame University (Indiana, USA), or SomethingYouShouldKnow seminar (Paris).

Morandeira publishes extensively on the intersections of critical theory, cultural studies, artistic and educational practices, and has also acted as a consultant to diverse pedagogical and cultural structures and programs. She holds a degree in Humanities from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and an MA in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths College in London.