500letters

500letters.org es una curiosa y divertida página web que incorpora una aplicaición para realizar biografías o statements de artistas de forma sencilla y automática. Simplemete hay que rellenar una serie de campos con datos básicos y la aplicación genera un texto que bien podría servir de presentación a muchos artistas.

Esta disparatada idea, jugando con la idea del fake, parece nacida de un tono irónico hacia el trabajo de críticos y curadores y la palabrería que ambos arrastran a su paso.

La página se presenta con una carta que el artista Jasper Rigole envía a un curador anónimo disculpándose por no haberle hecho llegar en los últimos días un texto acerca de su trabajo que le había prometido. El comisario parece haberle encargado un breve texto de 100 palabras o 500 letras sobre su trayectoria y biografía, pero el artista haciendo referencia a la inversión total de su tiempo en la realización de su obra intenta excusar su ausencia.

Para que esta situación no vuelva a ocurrir le presenta esta aplicación creada para cubirir esas tareas básicas para quiénes no puedan hacerlo:

In the meantime, I have created this application that from now on will take over these inessential tasks for me and I hope this can be a useful tool for artists who find themselves in a similar situation.

Yo ya he creado la mía en un ejercicio de imaginación, ¿y tú?

Mariella Kigurumi

Mariella Kigurumi (°1985, Poblado, Spain) creates performances, media art, installations and mixed media artworks. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, Kigurumi creates with daily, recognizable elements, an unprecedented situation in which the viewer is confronted with the conditioning of his own perception and has to reconsider his biased position.

Her performances are characterised by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclass mentality in which recognition plays an important role. By parodying mass media by exaggerating certain formal aspects inherent to our contemporary society, she makes works that can be seen as self-portraits. Sometimes they appear idiosyncratic and quirky, at other times, they seem typical by-products of American superabundance and marketing.

Her works are saturated with obviousness, mental inertia, clichés and bad jokes. They question the coerciveness that is derived from the more profound meaning and the superficial aesthetic appearance of an image. By rejecting an objective truth and global cultural narratives, she often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.

Her work urge us to renegotiate performance as being part of a reactive or – at times – autistic medium, commenting on oppressing themes in our contemporary society. Mariella Kigurumi currently lives and works in Wonderland.

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