Barcelona Cultura


In Progress

May 6, 2016

On May 6, Fabra i Coats - Art Factory will present a new edition of In Progress, an exhibition organised to show the public the work developed by artists within the framework of their residencies at the centre.

The projects showcased at In Progress are by Agitart, Katerina Ashche, Maria Petukhova, Eduardo Ruíz, Fèlix Vinyals, and Za! with

Reflecting the mixture of practices that characterises day-to-day life at the art factory, the show features a wide range of themes and genres. These include, for example, Fèlix Vinyals’ biotronic, interactive art; the fusion of music and theatre created by Za! and; Masha Petukhova’s huge installation made from shopping bags; and the visual artist Eduardo Ruiz’s conceptual works.

As a little foretaste of what awaits on Friday, take a look at the micro-videos created specifically for the occasion by Livemedia and the participating artists.

Moreover, thanks to the collaboration with Livemedia and continuing the creative dialogue with the participating artists, In Progress will be presented simultaneously as an online event, which users can follow live on our website. Broadcasting will begin at the same time as the show itself.

This edition of In Progress is also organised in cooperation with PEDRA, formed by residents of the art factory’s cultural initiatives incubator, which will be take over the artistic direction of the event.

In Progress: Friday, May 6 at 8 pm. Admission free. Capacity limited.

In his interactive installation El so de la pell [The Sound of the Skin], Fèlix Vinyals seeks to lay bare and question the conventions that exist in our society as regards physical contact between people. According to the degree of familiarity and the type of relationship between two people, the form of contact considered appropriate may range from a handshake to a kiss on the cheek, a hug or a kiss on the lips.

In this installation, the artist invites spectators to explore their own limits when they enter into contact with other people. Using two switches equipped with sensors, viewers can directly influence the sound and colour of the installation itself, which are modified as the degree of physical proximity increases.

Through an artistic process based on intuition, Maria Petukhova is driven, basically, by her exploration of materials. Fascinated by the tactile surface and bright colours of shopping bags, she collects them, meditates on them, and creates sculptural works through experimentation with colour, form and symbolism.

Within the frame of In Progress, Maria Petukhova will present Bags, a large installation in which the juxtaposition of the complex themes that concern her – the experiences evoked by different shopping bags, their association with the everyday routine and the concept of femininity – and the original natural of her material, combine to generate lightness and humour.

In Europe's living a Celebration, Eduardo Ruíz suggests the possible future of a European Community in decline by studying and deconstructing its visual and musical imagery.

A key element in his project are euro notes, whose design features landmarks in the history of architecture in Europe. The images of doors and windows on the back of these notes symbolise the opening up between countries that marked the beginning of the European project, whilst the borders that restrict the entry of refugees into the continent signify its end.

The second part of Ruiz’s project revolves around the collection of items of clothing left at refugee camps near border checkpoints in Macedonia, Greece and Hungary. In cooperation with the Capellades Paper Mill, this material will be turned into sheets of paper on which the artist will reproduce euro banknote designs, in this way recontextualising the articles of clothing found.

In her work, Katerina Ashche takes as her raw material stories that encourage meditation on the role of women and the personal experience of femininity. In her project My grandmother's fabric, the artist engages with this theme by creating an installation based on the biography of her grandmother, Valentina Ivanova, who worked as a nurse during the war and later became a keen collector of fabrics.

The installation that Ashche will present is formed by strips of decorative fabrics cut like bandages, bloodstained and silkprinted by the artist. This is accompanied by an audio in which Ashche narrates the story of Valentina Ivanova’s life.

Directed by Roger Fernández, the Agitart company presents Sand, a contemporary dance work that speaks about the body through the history of relationships, life and time. Exploring a hundred different stories, Sand invites the spectator to think and to discover their own paths, just as the performers find theirs. Sand is a liquid world in which nothing lasts, where all is dust.

Agitart, a company based in Figueres, creates unique, stimulating artworks and generates interdisciplinary partnerships for both formal and alternative productions. Working with national and international choreographers, some firmly established, others up-and-coming, the company pioneers new developments in dance.

Za! and will perform an excerpt from Afasians - The last conference, a production they are currently developing at the art factory ready for presentation in May at La Pedrera and in July at the Grec Festival.

Afasians - The last conference is a key event in the world of science and is completely irrelevant to scientific progress. We will hear the first statements made by four members of the Afasian tribe. These Afasians will tell us about their discoveries, including the destruction of the self and the opening of the box that contains Schrödinger’s cat, the only animal that is at once both alive and dead.

The Afasians have requested a table and four microphones. And a sofa to take breaks, obviously. There will be no PowerPoint, no statistics, no objective data, because such things are of no value at this event. In fact, the Afasians are not a tribe, nor do they make discoveries or organise conferences, but we will call these things “tribe”, “discovery” and “conference” in order to understand them better.