The work of seven contemporary artists is part of the cultural program designed by Fundación Mar Adentro for the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress, IMPAC4. With continuous projection throughout the entire congress, from September 5th - 8th, 2017, Cubo Arte invites delegates of the congress and the transient public to step in and reflect on ocean-human relations through art.

Curated by: Beatriz Bustos O.


This outdoor make-shift space will be screening contemporary and international art videos as a way of introducing adialogue between scientific research and artistic creation within the context of marine conservation. With this space, installed along the beach esplanade, we propose to discover ways in which art can contribute to scientific knowledge with enriching experiences to generate new visions that include social and cultural aspects.

The program, with seven internationally renowned artists, features audiovisual works that deal with issues such as ocean conservation, fishing practices, the impact of migrations on coastal areas, historical accounts of marine animals: different points of view that invite one to stop and reflect on ocean-human relations through art.

Program

Jonathas de Andrade
O peixe
(El pez), 2016
Duration: 37 min Teaser: 2 min 52 sec.

*Complete version will be shown on Wed 6 at 7:00 pm

The fishermen from a village on the northeast coast of Brazil perform the ritual act of embracing the fish they have caught. This affectionate gesture that accompanies the passage of death is a testament to a relationship between species that is imbued with strength, violence and domination.

Jonathas de Andrade (1982, Maceió, Brazil)

The multidisciplinary work of this Brazilian artist powerfully expresses socioeconomic, cultural and urban themes with a focus on the northeast region of Brazil. De Andrade recomposes these concerns as a personal narrative loaded with stories, affections and nostalgia, attempting to reconstruct history, collective identity, its urgencies and discomforts from a critical standpoint. His work has been shown in the most important museums of Brazil, as well as in the MOMA and Guggenheim in New York (2017), and in individual and collective shows in San Francisco, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Jordan, Istanbul, among others.

*A production by Devia, Wexner Center for the Arts. With the support of Funcultura, Governo do Estado de Pernambuco.

Alex Monteith
Shadow V; 13 Shots into the Night, 2017
Duración: 3 min

Recorded in the waters of Mullaghmore Head, in the Co. Sligo, west coast of Ireland, during the super-storm Rachel in the European summer of 2014-2015, this piece transforms and portrays a cataclysm into a work of art. Storms of this scale were once regarded as one-in-50 years and have now been seen in increased frequency, their impact is so strong and harmful that the damage they cause can affect a country’s entire economy. Storms each cause unique characteristics over the water-surface, a complex fabric constructed through images that recall the ancestral descriptions of Celtic mythologies and more recently the attacks of the IRA.

Alex Monteith  (1977, Belfast, Northern Ireland)

The work of artist Alex Monteith, residing in Tamkai Makaurau, Auckland, New Zealand, explores the political dimensions of culture engaged in turmoil over land ownership, history and occupation. Recently, her work has focused on creating a series on bodies of water that evince historical, natural and sociological tensions. She has researched the New Zealand coast from diverse points of view, from sports—Monteith is an experienced surfer—to archeology. Her work was recently shown in Centre Pompidou in Paris, in the Museum of Modern Art of Frankfurt and in the 5th Auckland Triennial.

Etienne de France
Tales of a Sea Cow, 2012
Duration: 58 min Trailer: 3 min 34 sec. *Complete version will be shown on Tues 5 at 7:00 pm

A team of scientists has achieved the first ever decoding of animal communication, the song of a marine mammal—the Steller sea cow—a species which until now was believed to be extinct since 1768. The film was recorded along the coasts of Greenland and is part of a series of works that include installation, sculptures, photography and texts. Reality and fiction, history and imagination come together to tell a surprising story.

Etienne de France (1984, Paris, France)

French artist Etienne de France develops a multidisciplinary and fragmentary work focused on the relationships between the concepts of nature and landscape. From knowledge of science and architecture, De France utilizes media such as video, writing, photography, sculpture and drawing to reflect on and question the landscape as a space of imagination and emancipation, elaborating a series of narrative works that incorporate aspects of science fiction. He has taken part in art residencies in Te Whare Hera, New Zealand, at the Centre National d’art et du paysage of Vassivière Island, France, at Reykjavík Art Museum in Iceland (2016) and at Pehuén Forest, Region of the Araucanía, Chile (2017).

Eija-Liisa Ahtila
Fishermen / Études n.1, 2010
Duration: 5 min 34 sec

Filmed in West Africa, the work portrays a group of fishermen attempting to embark on a boat amidst strong winds and big waves, who fail after several attempts. Their frustration evokes the desperation of those who seek to cross borders in migrations. It is part of the series Études, a French word meaning study, dedicated to the relationship of movement and image.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila (1959, Helsinki, Finland)

Video artist, director and photographer, Ahtila’s work questions the relationship between one’s own body and that of another, the feminine condition, the construction of the self, perception and mental life. Her work has been shown at the MOMA in New York, the Tate Modern in London, Jeu de Pomme in Paris, and the Neu Nationagalerie in Berlin. Ahtila has received numerous awards, such as honorable mention in the 48th Venice Biennale, 1999. She is a member of the Finnish Academy of Arts.

Alexander Schlichter
Strandbeesten, 2008
Duration: 2 min 7 sec

Documentary on the work of physicist and artist Theo Jansen (Holland, 1948) has blurred the barriers between engineering and art though his creation of huge kinetic sculptures that come to life as autonomous organisms. Elements of aeronautics and robotics coexist in his pieces, from the “painting machine”, a robot that draws graffiti on a wall, to the Strandbeest series, the creatures in which this documentary focuses on and have transformed Jansen into a key figure in contemporary art today. These creatures move with the force of the wind that unfolds by the sea.

Alexander Schlichter (1972, Germany)

Scientific journalist and filmmaker, Schlichter has made documentaries on great milestones of recent years: discoveries on neuroscience, synthetic biology and genetics, environmental pollution. He has also researched and filmed on urban sustainability. Founder of Wunderding magazine, dedicated to worldwide science and technology startups.

Fernando Arias
Enjoy Your Meal, 2008
Duration: 16 min Teaser 3 min. *Complete version will be shown on Thurs 7, 7:00 pm

Three narratives concerning the global food chain are here seen interlaced: industrial fishing of prawns destined for the European market; depletion of sea creatures caused by trawling; and the struggle of indigenous fishing communities within this scenario. Arias combines these elements with footage from Coqui, a Colombian village, and its Pacific coast to speak out about the fragility of our ecosystems and the blindness that exists behind the social and human impact in food abundance that is only destined for some.

Fernando Arias (1963, Armenia, Colombia)

Through different mediums such as video, photography and installation, Arias creates works on conflicts related to sexuality, drugs, identity, religion, politics, nationalism, the distribution of wealth and nature conservation. His work seeks to raise awareness on the need for socio-ethical change, hence forcing the viewer to critically reflect on what they are being presented with. Arias currently develops a project called Mas arte más acción (More Art More Action), transdisciplinary work that questions social and environmental issues involving the most vulnerable sector of our society. In 1994, he received the Nacional Arts Prize of Colombia, represented his country in the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999 and has participated in the most important Biennials of Latin America. His work has been shown in galleries and museums in Sao Paulo, Lima, Barcelona, Vancouver, Amsterdam, London, Cardiff, and Glasgow, among others.

Gianfranco Foschino
Isla de Lobos (Island of Sea Lions), 2014
Duración: 6 min

Filmed from an oil tanker, this recording of the insular landscape of southern Chile marks formal novelties in the work of Foschino: the use of traveling beyond the fixed image to create a contemplative aesthetic image, as well as the incorporation of the sound of the ship’s engine creating a counterpoint to the stillness and solitude of the landscape. The camera lets itself get carried away by the movement and rhythm of the waves, while the sound disturbs and generates a criticism towards the confrontation between human being and nature.

Gianfranco Foschino (1983, Santiago, Chile)

His work focuses on video installations, usually presented without sound, in real time and in a loop, which invite you to contemplate, sharpen your senses and stop to observe the space and time of the places captured through a fixed camera. Foschino is able to build true thresholds of time capable of creating a unique relationship between nature and spectator. His work has been presented in biennials and in festivals such as Cuenca (2016), Santa Fe, Mexico City (2014), Sao Paulo (2013) and in the Latin American pavilion of the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), and most recently a solo show in the Museum of Visual Arts of Santiago, Chile (2016).