hG, Spare Parts: A Crime Has Many Stories in Buenos Aires

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The shortest distance between two points is never a straight line

November 29 2008, , Argentina

A Crime Has Many Stories, is an exquisite corpse project commissioned and produced by and of the haudenschild Garage, based on Argentine writer ’s short story, La Loca y el Relato del Crimen (Madwoman and the Story of a Crime, 1975) set in Buenos Aires and plotted with co-conspirators Judi Werthein, Sonia Becce and Alejandro Ruiz. Piglia’s text generated two site-specific pieces and a commissioned story by Argentine writer .

In May of 2008, the haudenschild Garage traveled to Buenos Aires to meet with its advisory curatorial committee. Argentine curator Sonia Becce and Argentine artist Judi Werthein selected a short list of artists for the project, working in installation, photo and video. From this short list, Eloisa Haudenschild, Steve Fagin, and Alejandro Ruiz selected artists , and for the two site-specific pieces. Monica Jovanovich-Kelley coordinated the project in San Diego and Buenos Aires.

On November 29, 2008 a multidisciplinary, one-day extravaganza organized by Argentine producer Alejandro Ruiz began with a video of Ricardo Piglia’s elegant interpretation of his own text performed especially for our event and premiered at Malba – Fundación Costantini (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires). We traveled from the opening of the project at Malba – Fundación Costantini to the closing celebration in La Boca by way of the projects by Jacoby, Laguna and Mirabella in a movable feast of culture and repast. The climax of our extravaganza was the inaugural performance of Washington Cucurto’s savagely brilliant short story, El Hijo, commissioned by the haudenschild Garage in response to Piglia’s La Loca y el Relato del Crimen. Cucurto and the literary collective performed an ensemble reading of the story in La Boca. A catalog of the entire project and a limited edition Survival Kit was provided to the participants at Malba to facilitate their journey. Both were produced in collaboration with Eloisa Cartonera.

The goal of this project was to generate a dynamic event that worked 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. We feel that the role of South America and Argentina in general has been greatly underestimated on the world stage and we hope this event, in its modest way, will support the growing awareness of the quality and specificity of Argentina’s historical and current contributions to world culture.

This project is dedicated to the wisdom, energy and spirit of generous debate that Olivier Debroise (1952-2008) provided us in regard to Latin American culture. With our project, we wish to continue that path.

*On October 2009 the haudenschild Garage invited Washington Cucurto and Maria Gomez of Eloisa Cartonera for a residency at the Garage and a Garage Talk on October 15th. From October 16 – 18, 2008 Washington Cucurto and Maria Gomez traveled to Tijuana to present a lecture and a two-day workshop in conjunction with the haudenschild Garage, inSite, Nortestacion, Epicentrico and the Escuela de Artes de la Universidad Autonoma de Baja California.

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4pm – 5:30pm, Malba – Fundación Costantini Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3045, Palermo
Video of author Ricardo Piglia reading his story La Loca y el Relato del Crimen (1975) in the auditorium. Click here to visit Malba’s website.

6pm – 7pm, Tucuman 3754 between Salguero and Bulnes, Palermo
Artist Rosalba Mirabella was thinking, writing and drawing a crime during her two month voluntary incarceration in a room in Buenos Aires.
(This project was destroyed by fire and had to be re-conceptualized and installed at the Centro de Investigaciones Artisticas)

7:30pm – 8:30pm, Museo de Calcos y Escultura Comparada “Ernesto de la Carcova”, Puerto Madero
Copies end up having real results with Fernanda Laguna and Roberto Jacoby’s project. Through the dexterity of a series of objets d’art being bequeathed, the passage of the seeming same leads to a world of difference.

9pm – 12am, Eloisa Cartonera, Brandsen 647, La Boca
Newly commissioned crime story, El Hijo, by author Washington Cucurto, written in response to Ricardo Piglia’s short story, was performed by the collective at Eloisa Cartonera’s La Boca workshop followed by the closing celebration.

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