Published8 Sep 2011
"Avanza el processo de La Casa Blanda: Costureras, estudiantes de la Universidad de Antioquia, y los miembros del Floating Lab y Provisions Library siguen trabajando en los últimos detalles de la instalación"
Encuentro Internacional de Medellín (MDE11)
The focal point of the Encuentro Internacional de Medellín (MDE11) centers on the different ways of shaping and creating knowledge within art, while also raising questions on the limits and challenges of pedagogical experimentation in institutional, artistic and community practice. MDE11 aims to bring to the fore the tension between regulated, institutional and academic knowledge and more experimental forms of knowledge based on collective, community and self-managed practices. These heterogeneous approaches connect players and resources in the art circuit with projects and experiments that go beyond that circuit and have resonance in other contexts.
Aware that the art experience always operates in the terrain of the unknown and is subject to experimentation, doubt and indeed ambiguity, MDE11 proposes an ongoing, open dialogue with art practices, research within and outside the confines of academia, and community strategies and pedagogies that are critical of visual arts that provide alternatives to artistic environments and traditional learning processes.
Based on an initial proposal put forward by José Roca, the curatorial team made up of Nuria Enguita Mayo, Eva Grinstein, Bill Kelley Jr. and Conrado Uribe, has structured the concept of MDE11 around three focal points: Laboratory, Studio, and Exhibition, which in turn are subdivided into various "areas of activation". The emphasis is on process-based, collaborative work aimed at proposing issues and possible forms of producing knowledge through art practices by various authors, communities, collectives and students both from Medellín and elsewhere. This approach stems from working methodologies focused on processes designed to shed light on matters that have been passed over, hidden or not studied by traditional disciplines, i.e., on forms of organizing information that can lead to new ways of viewing and understanding our surroundings.
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