Eternal September, the rise of amateur culture exhibition at Aksioma, curated by Valentina Tanni. From internet folklore to the deja vu “on the screen” an exploration of “amateur culture” quickly corroding certainties. http://www.aksioma.org/eternal.september/index.html
6xdvd, Laboratorio Arte Alameda
Celebrating ten years of activity, LAA (Laboratorio Arte Alameda), a prominent art, media and technology institution based in Mexico City, has released this superb collection of six dvds containing audio and video material mostly produced in the late-nineties and two-thousands by Mexican artists. LAA first established a documentation centre in the usual way: documenting artists’ work and establishing an international dialogue with other institutions exchanging or purchasing materials. Next they commissioned a number of experts to curate a few exhibitions, drawing on the accumulated works. (ready) media is the result, investigating Mexican media art over the last decade or so through different sections; there’s a rich sound art section, including experimental music, radio art and sound poetry; different programs focused on video and short movies (including one with interviews on curating video projects); another on audiovisual experimentation; and finally one of video essays made by the two main curators behind this collection: Tania Aedo and Karla Jasso. Both the quantity and quality of this work is impressive, a contemporary/archeological research that can be considered more like a curated introduction than an exhaustive collection. Navigating through the content is opening a window on recent Mexican media art, offering exposure to many interpretations of aesthetic, social and political issues, and relating something of the local and international specificity of these works.