In our second year of activities we proposed,
from Trama, a research workshop on artistic practice and its social
scope. The proposal -conveniently ambiguous- wanted to offer the
artistic community the possibility of testing projects whose conceptual
or thematic axes question the raison díetre of an artistic
practice as fragile and uncertain as the Argentine one in late 2001.
The selected artists were: Sonia Abián
(Posadas, Misiones), Claudia del Río (Rosario, Santa Fe),
Santiago Pagés de Arteaga, Sebastián Friedman, Florencia
Blanco, Grupo de Arte Callejero, Eduardo Molinari, Rocío
Pérez Armendáriz, Diana Aisenberg, Leonello Zambón
y Lucas Ferrari from Buenos Aires.
The jury was made up by sociologist Christian
Ferrer, Gabriela Massuh, cultural programming art director of the
Instituto Goethe and Eva Grinstein, art critic.
These artists worked and compared their ideas
as a group during two months, at the end of which they presented
the projects carried out in the public cycle of debates "Networks,
contexts, territories" late in November 2001 in the Buenos
Aires Instituto Goethe's auditorium.
Ade Darmawan (Jakarta, Indonesia), Andreas Siekmann
(Berlin, Germany), Dennis Adams (U,S,A,) and Oscar Brahim (Buenos
Aires) were the invited artists. Reinaldo Laddaga, (Rosario/U.S.A.),
Charles Esche (United Kingdom / Denmark), and Christian Ferrer (Buenos
Aires), were the theoreticians who joined the group for the final
The artists confronted the projects developed
during the workshop in different situations.
At first, in an intimate situation, with Christian Ferrers
intervention; he contributed his professional point of view to the
analysis of the intention of the projects just before putting them
Immediately afterwards, the artists developed
their projects with the assistance of Tramas co-ordinators.
The universe of projects covered from urban topics to publications
and research on a specific social theme, by means of photography,
opinion polls and other strategies, as well as working logics from
areas as diverse as sociology, advertising, social photography,
linguistics, anthropology and history.
While the local artists carried out their projects,
we invited Ade Darmawan, artist from Jakarta, Indonesia, to join
Trama during twenty days, to develop a work with an Argentine artist
and show the results of this collaboration during the debate meetings.
The way in which Ade works, his interest in urban dynamics, and
the references to situationism in his work made him the perfect
workmate for Oscar Brahim. Oscar likes to introduce himself as "graphic
interventor" rather than as an artist, while supporting his
family by driving a taxi. During ten years he worked in the street
visually "attacking" advertising signs, in a clear critical
expression towards the symbols of globalization and advertising.
Trama is a partner in the RAIN
Artists' Initiatives Network.
This activity took place thanks to the support of the Netherlands
Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Development Cooperation through RAIN,
Claus Funds from The Netherlands
Antorchas from Argentina.
Design companies Omnigraphic and Prodaltec
sponsored the artists' projects developed in the workshop.
Grupo de Arte Callejero