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Boothworks

2017
Single-channel HD digital video, black and white, sound, 16:9,
13´27"
[Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo Collection / ARCO Award for Young Artists 2018]










´The increasing institutional interest in boothwork practices that mobilized the gallery as a discursive narrative demanded an intensive physical mobilization of the galleries to create works in various cities throughout the cosmopolitan art world. Gallerists were traveling more than ever to fulfill boothworks in situ. The extent of this mobilization of the gallery radically redefined the commodity status of the artwork, the nature of artistic authorship, and the art-site relationship.´


Boothworks is a fictional documentary in which a voice off describes, from an uncertain future, an international art form consolidating around the 2010´s. This new art form, carried out by the gallerists of the time, took the gallery booth as an artistic medium and the art fair as its exhibition space. Booth art, as the narrator calls it, was nomadic, portable, `anti-gallery´, ephemeral, performative, site-specific and attempted to resist commodification… However, the narrator problematizes this challenging art form questioning its relationship to capitalism, its social impact, the shift of focus from the art object to its context, the institutional and curatorial aims that promoted these practices and how the figure of the art critic became unnecessary under these new circumstances.
The text is a collage entirely composed by edited quotes from well-known art critics, curators, art historians, artists and other artistic agents speaking about conceptual, site-specific, performative, ephemeral art practices from the 60´s and 70´s, such as Lucy Lippard, Miwon Kwon, Germano Celant, Helen Molesworth, Seth Siegelaub or Joseph Kosuth, amongst others.

The visual part of the video was configured by editing video documentation from art fairs and other art events found on the Internet, in platforms such as Vernissage TV