The Museo Reina Sofía presents the third edition of ESTUDIO, an annual programme which brings together work in a range of formats and is the outcome of research conducted by a series of artists and researchers whose practices are tied, either directly or dialogically, to the sphere of choreography and performance.
Under the title Go Out to Encounter. Speak to Place this edition rests its gaze on the forms of situated ecology present in artistic processes, those which open up unforeseen possibilities of relations with the environment in closest proximity. Stemming from the exercise of poetry, writing, sculpture and performances, the different experimentations that materialise in this edition come together in a concern with decentring human beings and enquiring about other ways of being in — and communicating with — places, things, animals and phenomena.
Speak to Place, or rather speak with place, requires a will for displacement. It entails taking on that which is unknown in a certain language, a certain tongue. Letting the grasped and apprehended language brush against other languages, figuratively, literally, carnally. It means settling into a vicarious rhythm to seek common breathing. More than saying something, it means to go out in search of a connection, to open sensorial and perceptive channels that work as connective fabrics. Readying for the encounter of “oddkin” — to use Donna Haraway’s term — and considering the kinship of human beings with other not necessarily human species which inhabit the planet to, henceforth, “imagine other possibilities of living-with or dying-with in a world that is wounded but not finished”.
Go Out to Encounter is also to put the body and posture, the ways of being and doing, with others, whether it be things, plants, animals, rocks or rivers. In short, Go Out to Encounter is to acknowledge an enigma; it is in that place of possibility where this activity is situated, gathering the research of four guest artists who, through their art-making, explore modes of untested co-presence. From poetry, choreography and sculpture they lay out an encounter, go out to acknowledge a strange relationship which does not respond to a route made, but rather glimpses a sensitive rearrangement of landscape.
Following the dynamic of previous editions, ESTUDIO III puts forward a journey over the course of an afternoon and is articulated in three performances which take place in three spaces inside the historical Sabatini Building, the former site of the San Carlos Hospital founded in the 18th century: the access stairs to the underground Vaults Room, the Garden, and one of the rooms of the Collection. The programme is completed with Estudio III in Conversation, an encounter with the participating artists.
Elena Aitzkoa is an artist whose practice encompasses sculpture, drawing, poetry, performance and film. Her creations are a heterogenous ecosystem which draws from physical and emotional elements of the environment and life experience. She also shines a light on and puts creative energy into the poetic configuration of matter and beauty as a link between beings. Her most recent projects most notably include the performance series Headscarfs Close to the Ground, inside the framework of OSLO PILOT (2016); the film Nuestro amor nació en la Edad Media (2018); the vinyl record of poems and whistles Paraíso terrenal (2019); and the exhibitions Zarza Corazón en el Museo Patio Herreriano de Valladolid (2019), Terraplén, in the Rosa Santos gallery in Madrid (2021), and Lendia Song in Azkuna Zentroa in Bilbao (2021).
Élan d'Orphium (a.k.a. Pablo García Martínez). His work puts forward re-readings of gender, human beings and human gender via a collisional interpretation of listening, gestures and observations with species from other kingdoms. Élan d’Orphium’s work encompasses drawing, performance, action and the consequence of an act of being, sometimes hyperbolic, in which the image breaks from the structure and raises a territory of suspicion, non-narration and estrangement. He looks to dilute or integrate performance into the social and the social into performance in an exercise in relation to the symbolic potential of art.
Erea Fernández (Lugo, 1985) is a researcher of contemporary poetics, and a writer and teacher. She holds a PhD in Literary Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid, combining her work in the cultural sphere with teaching in secondary schools. Her concerns revolve around cultural objects aligned towards the materiality of language and how they problematise the logic of representation. She is the author of the book Poética del fragmento. Aproximación a la experiencia del sentido en in La Vie mode d’emploi by Georges Perec (Ediciones Complutense, 2012), and has published texts in academic, cultural and literary journals, collective books and art catalogues. Furthermore, since 2012 she has been a member of the seminar Euraca, a research project on present-day tongues and languages in the city of Madrid, and is also part of Boya, a collective of artistic and theoretical research active since 2021.
Soledad Gutiérrez Rodríguez (Torrelavega, 1976) is head curator of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) and in charge of content for the platform st_age, linked to the same institution. She has spent the past twenty years working in the culture sector in different institutions in Spain and internationally, for instance Museo Guggenheim, in Bilbao, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), and the Whitechapel Gallery in London. More recently, she has been director of CentroCentro in Madrid, where she worked on a programme based on contemporary artistic practice and collective learning. Her research pivots around the immaterial and transformative potential of art through performance and collective processes.
María Jerez is an artist whose work is situated between choreography, film and the visual arts. Her recent works question theatre and film conventions and the spectator’s implicit understanding of them, opening potential spaces through encounters with that which the spectator finds strange and alien and establishing blurred edges between that which is known and unknown, between object and subject, the animate and the inanimate. Her work seeks to escape logocentric and anthropocentric logics, where human knowledge becomes something vulnerable before other enigmatic and complex ecosystems.
Paula Pérez-Rodríguez (Madrid, 1989) is a cultural critic, researcher, editor and verbal artist. A companion of art-making in tacoderaya, a companion of thought in the seminar Euraca, and a companion of thought-art-making in the Boya collective, her research work combines approaches to cultural studies, performance and sound with focal points taken from literary theory, sociolinguistics and glotopolitics. She has written essays and articles in specialist publications, for instance 1616: Anuario de Literatura Comparada, from the University of Salamanca, the magazines Concreta and Kamchatka,and on digital platforms such as BeatBurguer, as well as collective works and art catalogues. With tacoderaya, a collective of a selection of voices and sounds formed alongside Jonás de Murias, she has carried out performances and played sets in institutions like Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), the Centro de Cultura Contemporánea Condeduque, Matadero Madrid and L’Internationale Online.
Alejandra Pombo Suárez (Santiago de Compostela, 1979) holds a degree in Visual Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid, broadening her studies with the MA in Digital Arts from Pompeu Fabra University and the Independent Studies Programme (PEI) from Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). Moreover, she holds a PhD in Fine Arts with her thesis on the paradoxes and effects of introducing the notion of performance in art, her art work moving through different mediums and characterised by the search for a new emotional narrative tied to what she calls “perencounter”, which focuses on relations and complexities. She has also participated in projects such as What is Third, in the Casa Encendida (2015) and Mugatxoanin LABoral, Fundação de Serralves and Arteleku (2004–2009), and has undertaken residencies in Spanish and international institutions like the Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida, USA) and PACT Zollverein (Essen, Germany), among others.
Ángela Segovia is a poet and researcher. Between 2014 and 2016, she was a creative intern at Madrid’s City Council in the Student Residency. In 2019, she was awarded a grant from the Villalar Foundation with the project Apariciones de una cabaña en el bosque. She has also published the books ¿Te duele? (V Félix Grande Youth Poetry Award, 2009); de paso a la ya tan (Ártese quien pueda, 2013); La curva se volvió barricada (La uña rota, 2016), which won the National Literature Award, in the Miguel Hernández Youth Poetry category in 2017; Amor divino (La uña rota, 2018); Pusieron debajo de mi mare un magüey (La uña rota, 2020) and Mi paese salvaje (La uña rota, 2021). Furthermore, she has translated the book CO CO CO U, by Luz Pichel (La uña rota, 2017).