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26-06-2020 09:15

The first edition of the Institute of Artistic Practices is launched in Tabakalera

The ten selected people will carry out their artistic projects in the Tabakalera facilities over two months starting in July.

The selection committee of the first JAI call for applications has highlighted the heterogeneity of the proposals, which cover a wide variety of disciplines.

As a consequence of their strong commitment to artists and artistic practice, the Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture and the Artium Basque Centre-Museum of Contemporary Art are pressing ahead with the launch of the first edition of JAI, the new Institute of Artistic Practices. The study programme, which will take place from 1 July to 28 August in the Artist's Space on the third floor of Tabakalera and which will be followed by a public phase at Artium Museoa, has already reached the stage of naming the first participants:

Akane Saraiva Rando (Galdames, 1997), Antonio Menchen (Toledo, 1983), Cécile Brousse (France, 1985), Ibon Landa Amutxategi (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1994), Izaro Ieregi (Algorta, 1987), Charlotte Nordgren Sewell (Sweden, 1993), Diego Diez (Barcelona, 1994), Rocío Agudo Martínez (Zaragoza, 1996), Mikel Escobales Castro (Arrasate, 1991) and Jara Narvalaz (Iruñea, 1995).

A Study Committee formed by the programme's tutors, Ibon Aranberri (artist), Itziar Okariz (artist) and Asier Mendizabal (artist and professor at KKH, Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm), together with the director of Artium Museoa, Beatriz Herráez, and the head of Contemporary Art at Tabakalera, Oier Etxeberria, has chosen ten of the 55 proposals presented, and has underlined the group's heterogeneity, which will enable contact between different generations as well as the development of relationships between professionals who have different backgrounds in the artistic world. This diversity in the group will also bring a variety of perspectives and sensibilities with regard to contemporary art and culture.

Although the initial call for applications for the JAI study programme anticipated the selection of 16 candidates, the programme has been modified due to the state of alarm, reducing that number to ten, for reasons of safety. In any event, for two months, each artist will have at their complete disposal a studio in the Artist's Space on the third floor of Tabakalera, as well as the possibility of using other areas and laboratories in the building, thus enhancing their experience as students. In addition, some of the participants will be accommodated during the training period at the One Shot Tabakalera House hotel, located in the international centre of contemporary culture.

The training period in Tabakalera will be followed by a public phase that will take place at Artium Museoa.

In this regard, it is worth noting the involvement of both institutions in the design of the course and in the development of methodologies. Representatives from both institutions will also monitor each of the artistic projects.


Exchange space

Artistic practice will be at the heart of the programme, which starts on 1 July and which will promote research, production and critical work. The Institute has arisen as a new initiative but, at the same time, it is rooted in the artistic context that revolves around the Basque Country. Tabakalera and Artium Museoa acknowledge the unique tradition of knowledge transfer in contemporary art, and they aim to undertake a teaching and experimental programme based on continuous dialogue. In this way, JAI will function as a summer programme and a space for the carrying out of exchanges and artistic crossovers.

The team of teachers will be made up of professionals who are currently part of the exhibition and public programmes of both institutions. Tabakalera and Artium Museoa have brought together professionals from very different backgrounds, capable of identifying the potential of artistic practice to look at the contemporary world and establish a critical relationship based on the use of its languages.

The proposed mechanics are designed to provoke each invited artist to offer a unique vision of their own creative processes, so that the methodology of the programme, rather than being a theoretical procedure, operates alongside the relationships that are built up in the workshop space and in the specific practices that are carried out in each place and time. This methodology will be put into practice by means of exercises, workshops, and other ad hoc meetings.

Ibon Aranberri (artist), Asier Mendizabal (artist and professor at KKH, Royal Institute of Art of Stockholm), and Itziar Okariz (artist) will work as tutors for this new Institute. Participation in the role of teacher will be undertaken by Katinka Bock, June Crespo, Diedrich Diederichsen, Jon Mikel Euba, Kobe Matthys-Agency, Lily Reynaud Dewar, Camila Sposati, and Zbynëk Balandran. Additionally, the Institute will have a Study Committee made up of Beatriz Herráez (Director at Artium Museoa), Oier Etxeberria (head of Contemporary Art at the Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture, San Sebastian), and the three above-mentioned tutors.