Under this title*, inspired by a concept invented by Marcel Duchamp, curator Erich Weiss has invited several artists and specialists in various fields to take part in activities parallel to the exhibition Saâdane Afif. The Fountain Archive and Beyond. The cycle invites us to rediscover Marcel Duchamp’s work, as does Saâdane Afif with the exhibition. Each participant will offer their own vision of an aspect related to the Duchampian oeuvre.
Miquel Mont will discuss how to transform the aura of an everyday object. Art critic Victòria Combalia will dedicate the session to the fascinating life of the Dadaist artist and poet, Elsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven. The artist Bernat Daviu will run a workshop for all ages around the idea of the readymade. French artist Mathieu Mercier will give an introduction to the creation of the limited edition of the Boîte-en-Valise. In another session, Enric Farrés Duran will analyse the possible variations on the famous signature ‘R. MUTT’, while Xavier Aballí will pay a performative visit to the exhibition. As a finishing touch, during the last weekend of the exhibition, In a double session, Jorge I. Aguadero, writer and editor-in-chief of the chess magazine Peón de Rey will talk about Duchamp as an artist and then Miguel Illescas, an international chess master and eight-times Spanish champion, will analyse Duchamp’s way of playing this board game. Barbara Held, a well-known performer and composer living in Barcelona, and lecturer on the master’s course in Sound Art at the Universitat de Barcelona, will invent a sound installation with her students.
* Infrathin – Inframince in French – is a concept coined by Marcel Duchamp. When asked about its meaning he said it was an impossible notion to define. ‘One can only give examples of it: the warmth of a seat (which has just been left) is infrathin.’
Miquel Mont: Thursday, 16 September 2021 (only educative centers).
Victòria Combalia: Thursday, 7 October 2021. At 18.00 h. (Talk).
Bernat Daviu: Saturday, 24 October 2021. From 11.00 to 19.00 h. (workshop for all audiences).
Mathieu Mercier: Thursday, 28 October 2021. At 18.00 h. (Talk).
Xavier Aballí: Thursday, 18 November 2021. At 18.00 h. (Commented visit).
Jorge I. Aguadero and Miguel Illescas: Thursday, 13 Jannuary 2022. At 18.00 h. (Talk).
Enric Farrés Duran: Thursday, 20 January 2022. At 18.00 h. (Workshop).
Barbara Held: Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 January 2022. All day. (Sound intervention).