THis is not a museum. Mobile devices lurking.
An expanded conception of a museum

ON the 9th of April, the Spanish Cultural Centre hosted the opening of the touring exhibition This is not a museum; MObile devices lurking. The exhibition is curated by Marti Peran, produced by ACVic (Centre de les Arts Contemporànies de VIC, Barcelona, Spain),  Acció Cultural Espanyola (AC/E) and the CCEMx, and is conceived as a work in progress combining research and education. The touring exhibition originally formed part of Ceci n’est pas une voiture, a joint project between ACVic, Can Xalant, and Idensitat.

Ceci n'est pas une voiture is defined as an exercise in documentation and reflection upon arts projects situated in public space, interacting with the observer by means of mobile devices; “devices” which, beyond being elements in an expanded concept of the museum, constitute an alternative to the traditional exhibition model of the empty box, and in certain cases, as an alternative to the concept of the museum itself.
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In the exhibition the case studies are shown as a catalogue and archive in progress, presenting more than 70 initiatives which reformulate the traditional idea of the museum as an exhibiting device.

With case studies originating from different parts of the world, 13 new local case studies have been brought into the Mexican exhitibion, as well as the presentation from the Research group on art and the environment (GIAIAE) mediator of the exhibition. 4 original Mexican mobile devices also form part of the exhibition.

The mobile devices, called “artefacts” by curator Marti Peran, are objets d'art which travel in search of contact with urban reality, with people, with the everyday. During the three months of the exhibition, a process which Peran calls “activation” may be seen to occur, with the deployment and demonstration of these artefacts in the urban context. As well as the exhibited work, a programme of parallel activities are to be presented, including the activation of the artefacts, workshop and a seminar, distributed among the various participants.

The touring exhibition This is not a museum; Mobile devices lurking, has gone through various phases of development, in which Universitat de Barcelona, el Museu Centre d'Art Reina Sofia, ACVic, Idensitat, ACM/Roulotte, Trànsit i Cercle Artístic Sant Lluc, Slovene Ethnographic Museum, and the Corcoran College of Art and Design have collborated. In Mexico City, Centro Cultural Casa Talavera, Casa Vecina, SOMA, Centre Cultural Universitari Tlatelolco, *GIAIAE, ATEA and el Jardí Botànic de l'Institut de Biologia de la UNAM are participating collaborators.

This is not a museum; Mobile devices lurking is an exhibition is curated by Marti Peran and produced by ACVic Centre d'Arts Contemporànies, in association with AC/E Acción Cultural Española. It forms part of the project Ceci n’est pas une voiture, jointly promoted by ACVic, Can Xalant, and IDENSITAT.

 

Ceci n'est pas une voiture

A project jointly promoted by; Can Xalant Centre de Creació i Pensament Contemporani de Mataró. www.canxalant.org/ Idensitat. www.idensitat.net / ACVic Centre d’Arts Contemporànies. www.acvic.org
Curator: Martí Peran

The project Ceci n'est pas une voiture was proposed as an exercise in documentation and reflection upon the construction of mobile artefacts as elements in an expanded concept of the museum or as a replacement, or as an alternative. The highlight of the project in general was the exhibition This is not a museum; Mobile devices lurking, presented ar ACVic in October 2011. From 2012 the exhibition toured around centres in various countries, organised with the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).

2012 – 2013 TOUR “THIS IS NOT A MUSEUM; MOBILE DEVICES LURKING”

This is not a museum; Mobile devices lurking is an exhibition is curated by Marti Peran and produced by ACVic Centre d'Arts Contemporànies, in association with AC/E Acción Cultural Española. It forms part of the project Ceci n’est pas une voiture, jointly promoted by ACVic, Can Xalant, and IDENSITAT.

The case studies appeared in the magazine Roulotte, nº 9

The original exhibition included projects by: A77 - Adriana García Galán - Amor Muñoz - Ana Dumas - Anna Recasens - Antimuseo - Cinéma Numérique Ambulant (CNA) – CLUI - Colectivo Cambalache - Colectivo Descarrilados - Colectivo Kabaret Machine - Cristian Añó i David Armengol - Diego Pérez - Domènec - Fabiana de Barros - Fanzinoteca Ambulant - Felix Mathias Ott - Floating Lab Collective - Iñaqui Larrimbe - Ivan Puig i Andrés Padilla - Josep M. Martin – La Fundició - Lluc Mayol, Matias Rossi i Ricardo Duque - Makea Tu Vida – Marksearch - Miquel Ollé i Sofia Mataix - Núria Güell  - Nuria Montiel - Pablo Helguera - Pablo Rojas Schwartz  - Pau Faus - Platoniq - Public Works - Raimond Chaves - Rallyconurbano - Raumlabor - Sabrina Artel – Soundlab - Straddle3 i Todo por la Praxis - Theo Craveiro - Toni Tomàs i Carles Porta - Virginia de Medeiros - Vitor Cesar

During the tour, projects by the following artists have been incorporated: Washington, D.C.: Calder Brannock/ Lisa Bulawsky/ Michael Dax Iacovone & Michael Blasenstein/ Caitlin Cass/ Billy Friebele/ Joe Reinsel.Mexico : Máximo González / Verónica Toscano / Israel Torres / Gitte Bog / Eder Castillo / María José “Kotik” Villela / Luis Ese / Rubén Miranda / Pía Vásquez / Hugo Leautaud y Pablo Martínez Zárate / Alumnos47 / Dasha Chernysheva, Waysatta Fernández, Leslie García, Juan Carlos González / Javier Toscano, Chloé Fricout //Verónica Toscano Palma, Luis Ernesto Serrano Figueroa, Israel Torres Rangel, Perla Nataly Ayala Cortés, Imelda Montiel Román, Diego Álvarez Muñoz, Aureliano Lecca Céspedes, Rodrigo Ramírez Sánchez

Exhibition Tour
May – June 2012 Ljubljana (Slovenia) Exhibition: Slovene Ethnographic Museum
January 2013 Washington (United States) Exhibition: Corcoran College of Art and Design Workshop 23 – 25 January 2012 Art, Social space and Mobile devices By Domènec Montserrat in collaboration with Edgar Endress Lecture This is not a museum 26 January 2013 By Javier Toscano (Mèxic DF), Calder Brannock (Lynchburg, EE.UU) and Domènec Montserrat (Barcelona)
April – June 2013 Mexico City (Mexico) with the collaboration of :Centro Cultural de España / Universidad Ciudad de México / Casa Talavera / UVA Tiatebico / Casa Vecina / Aquetopia / SOMA http://ccemx.org/2013/03/22/esto-no-es-un-museo/ http://estonoesunmuseo.com/
November – December 2013 CCE Miami / Centro Cultural Español