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2007. Jorge Díez. PRESENTATION

 MADRID ABIERTO is an international artistic initiatives programme which is held throughout the month of February in the junction Paseo de la Castellana-Recoletos-Prado since 2004. It is an avenue for approaching the interpretation and comprehension of how the public space is constructed from the sphere of art. Since its first open invitation announcement it has received more than 1.200 proposals. Out of all the projects presented, 29 were exhibited in the previous three editions and 13 will be exhibited this year, selected by different juries comprised by international experts.

Organised by the Cultural Association MADRID ABIERTO, the 2007 edition of the programme is promoted by the Altadis Foundation, the Department of Culture and Sport of the Autonomous Community of Madrid and the Governing Department for the Arts of the City Council of Madrid, with the collaboration of the Telefónica Foundation, La Casa Encendida of Obra Social Caja Madrid, the Ministry of Culture, ARCO, Radio 3 of RNE, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Canal Metro, Cemusa, Centro Cultural de la Villa of Madrid, Remo, Mediazero and Metro.

For this fourth edition, which will be held from the 1st to the 28th of February, a total of 658 projects were presented; 471 for the general invitation, 61 for the façade of La Casa de América, 28 for the façade of Círculo de Bellas Artes, 74 works for Canal Metro and 24 sonorous initiatives for Radio 3. The breakdown by countries of the projects presented is as follows: Spain (174), Italy (46), USA (46), Mexico (40), Argentina (33), Germany (28), Colombia (28), France (25), Brazil (18), Canada (16), Cuba (16), Ecuador (14), Chile (13), The Netherlands (13), Portugal (12), Ireland (9), Sweden (9), United Kingdom (9), Venezuela (9), Japan (7), Austria (6), Yugoslavia (6), Australia (5), Peru (5), Belgium (4), Costa Rica (4), Finland (4), Norway (4), Poland (4), Turkey (4), China (3), Croatia (3), Slovenia (3), Russia (3), Switzerland (3), Uruguay (3), Bulgaria (2), El Salvador (2), Georgia (2), Guatemala (2), India (2), Iceland (2), Israel (2), New Zealand (2), Czech Republic (2), Cyprus (1), Denmark (1), Estonia (1), The Philippines (1), Greece (1), Hungary (1), Latvia (1), Lithuania (1), The Dominican Republic (1), Serbia (1) and Singapore (1).

The selection committee was comprised by Juan Antonio Álvarez-Reyes (curator of Madrid Abierto 2007), Ramon Parramon (director of Idensitat), Cecilia Andersson (director of Werk) and Guillaume Désanges (co-ordinator of art projects in Les Laboratoires D’Aubervilliers, Ille de France). We declared the project for the façade of Círculo de Bellas Artes unfulfilled and pre-selected thirty projects, from which the curator finally selected Fernando(We were young. Full of life. None of us prepared to die) by the collective Discoteca Flaming Star; proyecto_nexus* by the collective [nexus*] art group; I Lay My Ear To Furious Latin by Ben Frost; Rezos/Prayers by Dora García;Pictures by Mandla Reuter; Guantanamera by Alonso Gil and Francis Gomila and Short Circuit/Cortocircuito by Dirk Vollenbroich. In addition to these seven selected projects, the current edition is complemented by other projects from artists invited by the curator: Dan Perjovschi, Susan Philipsz, Johanna Billing, Leopold Kessler, Oswaldo Maciá and Annika Ström. Through this mixed selection model our intention is to continue to make progress in our objective of broadening each annual proposal of MADRID ABIERTO.

In this year’s edition, for the first time, two specific invitations for audiovisual and sonorous works were announced, which were selected by the curator, myself, Arturo Rodríguez and José Iges. The following 11 works were selected for projecting on Canal Metro: Rothkovisión 3.0 by Daniel Silvo; Mierda de caballos y príncipes by Fernando Baena; Rest by Carolina Jonsson; Every Word is becoming by Alexander Vaindorf; Alpenflug (Alpine Flight) by Juan Carlos Robles; Himno by Cristian Villavicencio; PlasmaLux06-7 by Tanja Vujinovic-Zvonka Simcic; Mis Quince by Alfredo Pérez; Lucía by Pere Ginard and Laura Ginés; Candy by Mai Yamashita and Naoto Kobayashi and The Toro’s Revenge by María Cañas. For broadcasting on Radio 3, the following 8 works were selected: Am I walking by Jouni Tauriainen; Bendicho juez de la verdad by Eldad Tsabary; Reiterations (Elizabeth Street) by Sonia Leber and David Chesworth; Postal Densa. Postal Sonora. Madrid-Bogotá by Mauricio Bejarano; Alkaline by Paul Devens; Funkenspiel by David Halsell; Poema Jazz (a Clara Gari) by Luis Eligio Pérez and BihotzBi by Zuriñe Gerenabarrena.

Likewise, following on with the work of the previous editions, E451 continues to develop the graphic image and web page and, for the second year running, together with various debate tables on public art, the selected artists will present their work in La Casa Encendida on the 1st and 2nd of February.

We are continuing the process of creating an initiative of a scale manageable by a small team without a permanent or continuous structure, based on an open invitation announcement geared towards the production of ephemeral or temporary projects for the public space of the city of Madrid.

Jorge Díez







2007. Daniel Silvo (Cv)


EDUCATION2006·    Meta atelier of Jean Paul Thibeau at the École Superieur d’Art of Aix en Provence·    Workshop of Gary Hill, within the framework of the professorship of Juan Gris organised by the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Complutense University of Madrid2005·    Doctorate courses in Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid2004·    Collaboration grant in the department of Drawing II of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Complutense University of Madrid·    2004Workshop of Jannis Kounellis, professorship Juan Gris2003·    Student of Katharina Sieverding (Plastic Arts) and Maria Vedder (Visual Communication), as a result of the Erasmus grant for the UdK of Berlin2000·    Degree in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS2005·    BIZ Bank, Basel, Switzerland

2004·    Einkaufswagen Projekt, Café Minze, Berlin, Germany·    Odysseus in Berlin, Heynstr. 31, Berlin, Germany.

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS 2006·    Tráfico Pesado, Gallery 356, San José, Puerto Rico·    Arte 06, Rivas Vaciamadrid·    OFF Festival, FNAC’s Triangle Auditorium, in LOOP´06, Barcelona·    En Español. An arts festival, Cervantes Institute, New York, EEUU·    Izolenta, Club Griboedov, Saint Petersburg’s Cinema Museum, Russia·    Somewhere Beyond The Sea, at The Artists Cinema, Arnolfini (Bristol)·    Resistente al agua, Caixa Galicia, Santiago de Compostela·    ARCO´06, Autonomous Community of Madrid’s Stand, Madrid·    Circuitos, Exhibition Hall of the Autonomous Community of Madrid

2005·    Mirador´05, Berzosa de Lozoya, Madrid·    Somewhere Beyond The Sea programme, organised by Berta Sichel for The Artists Cinema, Frieze Art Fair (London)·    Senxperiment, Lucena (Córdoba)·    Efectos Espaciales, Faculty of Fine Arts Complutense University of Madrid (Madrid)·    Sal-a-tu-barrio. With the collective Articulaciones_Urgentes. Oliva Arauna Gallery (Madrid)·    A-30, Nuevos Fotógrafos Madrileños, Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla La Mancha, Fernando Picornell (Hellin)·    Alfresco, Matadero Cultural Center (Huesca)·    J´en rêve, Cartier Foundation (Paris)·    Generación 2005 of Caja Madrid, La Casa Encendida (Madrid), Mercado del Este –Santander Fine Arts Museum, Hospedería de Fonseca (Salamanca), Reales Atarazanas (Valencia), Espai Cultural Caja Madrid (Barcelona)·    Autorretratos, para Proyecciones Atemporales (organised by Feedback)·    Euroscreen21 Museum of the city of Wesel (Germany), Art-Gallery Verbands-Sparkasse-Wesel, Fournos Center for  Art and New Technology (Athens), Gallery Noass, Art and Culture Project Noass (Riga, Latvia) Contemporary Art Museum ex-manifattura tabacchi, Pescara (Italy), Unimovie festival-video art section, Kresija Gallery, Ljubljana, (Slovenia), online gallery (Helsinki)...·    Experimentem amb l´Art,  Verdi cinema Barcelona

2004·    Videoprojections at the International Festival of Benicàssim·    Summer University of La Coruña·    Rundgang, in the Faculty of Visual Communication of the UdK (Berlin)·    Rundgang, in the Faculty of Plastic Arts of the UdK (Berlin)·    I Edition of Contemporary Art Feedback, Feedback Space·    Mirador, Faculty of Fine Arts of the Complutense University of Madrid, and in Prima Kunst (Kiel, Germany)·    Emergentes Castellana Art Gallery (Madrid)·    Espacio Feedback (Madrid)

2003·    Imaxinarte.on Videoprojection at the On Exhibition Hall, Caixa Galicia (La Coruña)·    Mirador, public intervention in Berzosa del Lozoya·    Pro Nombres Personales, in PhotoEspaña´03 (Madrid)·    Monocanal, video exhibition in the Reina Sofía Museum, Center d´Art Santa Mónica (Barcelona), Koldo Mitxelena Kulturenea (San Sebastián), Galician Contemporary Art Center (Santiago de Compostela), Cultural Work CajAstur (Gijón), Díaz Cassou Exhibition Hall (Murcia), Patio Herreriano Museum (Valladolid) and José Guerrero Center (Granada)·    Chill-Out from Operario de Ideas and QHYA in ARCO·    LG Hábitat Futura, organised by Operario de Ideas, in Palacio de Saldaña (Madrid)·    Cinco vídeos sobre el estudio del artista, Doméstico´02 (Madrid)

2002·    Workshop on Videodance at the University of Alcalá de Henares·    Proyecciones de 143 Delicias, Terraza Casa de América (Madrid)·    Transvisiones, Príncipe Felipe Auditorium, in the Summer University of Oviedo·    Net-Artos, electronic art programme by La Cabeza Caliente·    Vuelos Rasantes, Arte XXI Gallery (Madrid)

2001·    Circuitos, Young Art programme of the Autonomous Community of Madrid: Young Art Center of the A.C.M., Santa Mónica Art Center (Barcelona), Faculty of Fine Arts of Pontevedra, Capilla del Oidor (Alcalá de Henares) and Volkshochschule (Cologne, Germany)

PRIZES AND GRANTS2006·    Artists in context programme, Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes, at the École Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence (France)

2005·    First Prize in Generaciones 2005, Caja Madrid·    First Prize of the video competition Citemor. TV 2005, in Montemor-o-Velho (Coimbra, Portugal)·    Collaboration grant for the department of Drawing II of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Complutense University of Madrid·    Descubrimientos, Photoespaña´05

2003·    Erasmus Grant for the Universität der Künste (Berlin)

2002·    First prize of the video competition 143 Delicias, Madrid·    First prize in Basurama´02, at the High Technical College of Architecture of the UPM

PUBLICATIONS2004·    Article La televisión en Alemania, for the magazine Vanidad·    2001Article Colectividad en Diálogos entrecruzados. Categories for a diagnosis of Spanish contemporary art, by the Institute of Arts Foundation.

PROJECTS2006·    Collaborator in the Anonymal association, with video projects to encourage the integration in areas of Marsella and Aix en Provence·    Participation in the work The objective of this object, of Tino Sehgal, in La Casa Encendida (Madrid)

2005·    Organisation of the exhibition Hoja de Vida, with the collective Articulaciones_Urgentes, for the NGO Plan·    Colaboración Semanal on art on the radio Cauro FM 107.8 FM·    Management of the space Transvisiones, on audiovisual art, within the programme Hablar en arte, Radio Círculo

WORK IN COLLECTIONS·    Autonomous Community of Madrid·    Ordóñez Falcó Center for Fotography (San Sebastián)·    Caja Madrid Social Work·    BIZ Bank (Basel)











2007. Daniel Silvo. ROTHKOVISIÓN 3.0



On a stage as ordinary as Madrid’s Metro a cause for contemplation appears before us: a painting of Rothko occupies the framing of the camera and, on the painting, some passengers are reflected. In that underground journey the painting looks like a mirror. But when the wagon emerges into the day light, it is the landscape that we see through it. It is no longer ourselves what we can contemplate, but our exterior.











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