In 2003, Eloisa Haudenschild founded the haudenschild Garage, a 21st century cultural search engine, pursuant of interesting work wherever it occurs and in whatever form it takes. Today, the haudenschild Garage hopes to transcend the 19th century salon and the 20th century alternative art space by providing a home away from home to all seeking to engage in cultural experimentation and conversation. It routinely presents symposia, lectures and film screenings.
Whether international projects, dialogs or commissions, the haudenschild Garage wishes to collaborate with like-minded institutions and artists. The goal is that by providing a permissive context for opinion and production, new ideas and visions will have an opportunity to take shape.
The haudenschild Garage hosts FUEL4TALKS, a series of small format interviews. Past FUEL4TALKS have included Ming Wong with Aram Moshayedi (2012); Julian d’Angiolillo and Eduardo Molinari with Jennifer Flores Sternad (2012); Lincoln Schatz with Monica Jovanovich-Kelley and Jordan Crandall (2008); Lisa Tan with Derrick Cartwright and Lauri Firstenberg (2007); Jim Nisbet (2007); Leslie Thornton (2007); Martha Rosler (2007); Eduardo Abaroa with Ruben Ortiz-Torres and Steve Fagin (2007); The Orchard Group (2006); and Slavoj Zizek (2006).
Larger, often collaborative events, GARAGE TALKS, have included the Political Equator III (San Diego/Tijuana, 2011) and Political Equator IV (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013) conferences; lectures by French philosopher Alain Badiou (2010); Argentine literary collective Eloisa Cartonera with author Washington Cucurto (2009); Chinese artist and author Mian Mian (2009); the MOCA Allan Kaprow retrospective, Art as Life (2008); the exhibition Disorderly Conduct, a collaboration with the Orange Country Museum of Art (2008); the Political Equator II conferences with the collaboratives Ala Plastica and the Urban Think Tank (2007); Teddy Cruz with Yvonne Venegas, Josh Kun, and Michael Krichman (2007); Walid Raad and The Atlas Group (2007); Asian Art Now with curator Mami Kataoka, Norman Bryson, Doryun Chong, and Yukie Kamiya (2005); the panel Alternative Universes: Emerging Artists’ Spaces (2006); inSite_05 Conversations (2005); and The Political Equator I conferences, a three-day event featuring Hou Hanru, Pi Li, Andrew Ross, Teddy Cruz, Steve Fagin, and Eyal Weizman, among others (2006). This event included the World Premiere of Cao Fei’s video Whose Utopia.
In addition to the FUEL4TALKS and GARAGE TALKS, the haudenschild Garage works directly with artists through GARAGE PROJECTS. The Garage is collaborating with filmmaker Itzel Martínez del Cañizo and independent curator Lucía Sanromán to create a documentary on a set of triplets living in Tijuana, Mexico to be released in early 2013. Working with the literary collective, Eloisa Cartonera, the Garage has proposed the development of a kitchen garden in their piece of land in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013). Art critic Matthew Schum traveled to the 2007 Istanbul Biennale to interview the organizing curator Hou Hanru and created daily posts for the web from the biennale. In 2012 the haudenschild Garage collaborated with Schum and commissioned ‘mobile debriefings’ from Documenta 13. In 2011 and 2012, the haudenschild Garage collaborated with The Periscope Project’s Summer Urban Laboratories workshops. The haudenschild Garage collaborated with Lucía Sanromán, Estacion Tijuana, and Taller 7 on a project entitled Proyecto Coyote for the 2011 MDE11 biennial in Medellin. In 2010 the haudenschild Garage supported Teddy Cruz’s project at Madrid Abierto. Coinciding with the anniversary of the Art For Sale exhibition in 2009, the haudenschild Garage held a ten-year reunion in Shanghai and Beijing for artists, critics, and curators. In 2007 New York artist Lisa Tan traveled to Buenos Aires to complete her Recoleta grave rubbings and Los Angeles-based artist, Karla Diaz, created a mural with artist Mario Ybarra Jr. for the 2007 Prague Biennale. In 2006 the haudenschild Garage collaborated with the New Chinatown Barbershop bringing eight graffiti artists together to create a work at the Garage’s Los Angeles space.
The haudenschild Garage commissions new works by emerging international artists. In March 2011, young Argentine artist Cécile Perret completed a mural commissioned for the Garage’s Buenos Aires space. In October 2012, the Garage commissioned an intervention by Perret in the same space. Chinese artist Yang Zhenzhong and Mexican artist Eduardo Abaroa were invited to collaborate on the project The Gift Exchange which culminated in a private gift exchange during their ten-day residence at the Garage in October 2010. In conjunction with the 2007 Political Equator II conferences, Raul Cardenas of Torolab was commissioned to create the stage for the discussions with an Emergency/Conversation Table.
In 2003, Chinese artists Yang Zhenzhong and Shi Yong produced new works as part of the haudenschild Garage artist-in-residence program. Yang Zhenzhong’s video I Will Die, made while in residence, was selected for the 2004 Venice Biennale and Shi Yong held a performance of Super Angel, an interactive web-based project, at San Diego State University. In 2007, Tom Zummer was a featured artist-in-residence and produced new work while at the haudenschild Garage. Infamous Chinese author Mian Mian was also an artist-in-residence in 2009 where she discussed her banned novel Candy (2000) and 2009 novel, Panda Sex.
The haudenschild Garage has directly supported projects and programs ranging from exhibitions at REDCAT, the Americas Society, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the University Art Galleries of both the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University to the installation of the inSITE Archive at MUAC in Mexico City and a year of seminars at the Centro de Investigaciones Artisticas (C.I.A.) in Buenos Aires in 2010 and Steve Fagin’s forthcoming feature film A Cloud of Hope. In 2012 the haudenschild Garage participated in the residency program of SOMA, a Mexico City-based alternative art space and school.
Since 2010, the haudenschild Garage initiatives have included the establishment of new collaborations and projects that involve at-risk youth. The haudenschild Garage created the Fundación Migdalia Rubio in 2010 offering scholarships and art education to economically disadvantaged students in Tijuana, Mexico. Artist Felipe Zuniga was commissioned in 2011 to create a program with artists at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. Titled Laboratorio Experimental de Óptica, these weekly classes explored the concepts behind light, optics, and vision and created pinhole cameras, periscopes, kaleidoscopes, and zoetrope strips. In 2012, the haudenschild Garage established an annual commission award for young artists from A Reason to Survive (ARTS).
THE SPARE PARTS PROJECTS (2006 – 2009)
In 2006, the haudenschild Garage launched SPARE PARTS, a 3-year cycle of projects commissioned and produced by Director Eloisa Haudenschild and Commissioning Editor Steve Fagin that encouraged the juxtaposition of the crucial, the trivial, and the arcane. Projects included A Crime Has Many Stories in Argentina, Decolonizing Architecture in Palestine and The Last Book in the US.
The Last Book
The Last Book, produced by the haudenschild Garage, was conceptualized and directed by Steve Fagin. The attempt was to resurrect the medieval illuminated manuscript through the invocation of today’s current alchemy – new technologies – to conjure a future as the past in reverse. To this end the haudenschild Garage constructed a one of a kind book that included text, drawings, moving images and sounds. Its construction in the medieval, supersized tradition consisted of three illuminated folios each eighteen and a half inches high, thirteen inches wide and three inches deep. The Last Book enlisted the writing skills of Mary Gaitskill, the moving images of Leslie Thornton and YouTube, the drawings of Davina Semo, the music of Greg Landau, and the soulful voice of Shanghai novelist, Mian Mian. The performance of The Last Book took place at the Schindler House in Los Angeles on April 26, 2009.
A Crime Has Many Stories
A Crime Has Many Stories, an exquisite corpse project commissioned and produced by the haudenschild Garage, was based on Argentine writer Ricardo Piglia’s short story, La Loca y el Relato del Crimen (Madwoman and the Story of a Crime, 1975). A video of Piglia reading his short story at Malba – Fundación Costantini (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) was commissioned as part of the project. The November 29, 2008 multidisciplinary, one-day traverse of the city of Buenos Aires was plotted with co-conspirators Alejandro Ruiz and Monica Jovanovich-Kelley with curators Judi Werthein and Sonia Becce. In response to Piglia’s short story, the project generated two site-specific pieces by Argentine artists Rosalba Mirabella and Roberto Jacoby and Fernanda Laguna, and a commissioned story, El Hijo, by Argentine writer Washington Cucurto. The literary collective Eloisa Cartonera produced a limited edition Survival Kit and a catalog of the entire project.
The goal of this project was to generate a dynamic event that would work across literature, art and the city. Our hope, by joining artists from the 60s with young artists of the present and crossing the boundary of literature and fine art, was to “perform” the continuity and range of Argentine cultures at its strongest.
Decolonizing Architecture was a collaboration between the haudenschild Garage and London-based architect and theorist Eyal Weizman and Bethlehem-based architects Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti. Giorgio Agamben was among the consultants for the project. The project took the settlement of Psagot, overlooking Ramallah, and redesigned it for a post-evacuation time and context. A scale model, architectural plans and public events, including an exhibition and symposium at the Bozar Center for Fine Art in Brussels (2008-09), were produced around plans for turning the fabric of this settlement/suburb into a Palestinian public institution.
In 2009, the project was presented at the Venice Biennale and in 2008 it was selected for the 11th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Decolonizing Architecture has been exhibited at REDCAT in Los Angeles (2010), COAC in Barcelona (2009) and at the 4th International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam (2009-2010).