Felipe Mujica: Jugador como pelota, pelota como cancha

Image: Manuel Casanueva / Escuela de Valparaíso, Giro y realce de triple cortejo sobre volutas (1975), Terrenos de la Crav

Felipe Mujica: Jugador como pelota, pelota como cancha
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public

Felipe Mujica will present his most recent publication Jugador como pelota, pelota como cancha, a homage to architect Manuel Casanueva (1943–2014), who was a teacher at the School of Architecture of the Catholic University of Valparaíso. Mujica will discuss the importance of the School which until recently has had very little visibility, as well as the Torneos [Tournaments] developed by Casanueva and his students between 1974 to 1992. The Torneos were series of experimental, ludic and collective exercises in which the concept and structure of each “game”—field, teams, rules, props—were utilized to produce different kinds of corporal and spatial interactions that emphasized collectivity, chance, and improvisation.

Each Torneo used physical impediments—obstructed vision, stilts, and so on—that challenged the body to function in a new manner within a defined space and in relation to other bodies. It was not uncommon for one Torneo to contain several different versions, or for a Torneo to evolve into another one, either by accident or in an attempt to perfect it. Ultimately they were extremely playful spatial exercises enacted in an academic context during a period in Chile in which public space was rigidly controlled by Pinochet’s authoritarian dictatorship.

“It is difficult to ‘internationalize’ something so local and so specific,” explains Mujica, “something narrated and remembered in such an intimate manner and from such a personal perspective, but here it is…” The book is an attempt to project the Torneos beyond Chile—leaping across the cordillera and the ocean, both so intricately high and vast.

Jugador como pelota, pelota como cancha was conceived during conversations with María Berrios and Paola Santoscoy in the context of Felipe Mujica’s exhibition Arriba como ramas que un mismo viento mueve (Up Above Like Branches Moved by a Common Wind) at the Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City (August—November 2014). It was created both as a homage to Manuel Casanueva and to all the people who contributed to the development of the Torneos, and also as a way of presenting his work to an international public by providing the first English translation of Manuel’s texts about his work.

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March 24, 2015

ICI Curatorial Hub
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Felipe Mujica

Felipe Mujica (b. 1974, Santiago, Chile) studied art at the Universidad Católica de Chile. After art school he co-founded the artist-run space Galería Chilena, which operated from 1997 to 2005: first as a nomadic and commercial art gallery and later as a collaborative art project, a curatorial “experiment.” In early 2000 Mujica moved to New York City where he currently lives and works. Parallel and interrelated to his own work, Mujica has organized and produced numerous collaborative projects, including exhibitions and books. Mujica has exhibited work in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America, with solo shows at Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico D.F.; Proyectos Ultravioleta, Ciudad de Guatemala; Nuno Centeno, Porto; Galerie Christinger De Mayo, Zürich; Die Ecke Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago; The Shop - Vitamin Creative Space, Beijing; Message Salon, Zürich; and Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Santiago. Recent group shows include: Ir para volver, 12 Bienal de Cuenca, Cuenca (2014); Ways of Working: The Incidental Object, Fondazione Merz, Torino (2013); Parque Industrial, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo (2012); Contaminaciones Contemporaneas, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Universidad de Chile, Santiago (2012) and Museu de Arte Contemporãnea da Universidade de São Paulo (2011); Critical Complicity, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna (2010); The Nature of Things - Biennial of the Americas, Denver (2010) and Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (2008).

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