Photo reportage from the exhibition ‘Perro’ at Hobusepea gallery

March 28, 2017
Author Echo Gone Wrong

1Group exhibition Perro / Koer / Dog will be open will be open until April 3, 2017 at Hobusepea gallery. Participating artists: Varvara & Mar, OPN Studio, Vicente Vázquez / Usue Arrieta, Javier Álvarez and Jaime de los Ríos. Curator Javier Galán.

Exhibition is organized by artists’ duo Varvara & Mar (Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet) who for the second time bring Spanish contemporary art to Tallinn under the aegis of Iberofest organized by the Spanish Embassy. As a tradition, Iberofest takes place in March with the aim to introduce Ibero-American culture to Estonian audience.

On 5th July, 1993, the cartoonist Peter Steiner published a cartoon in the New York Times where two dogs appeared in front of a computer. One said to the other: “On the Internet, nobody knows you´re a dog”. That way he formally portrayed the internet identity, which is the projection of what I show so that others form the image I want of me. Myself in a third state, that is to say: Me, the first, what others see in me, the second, what I let them see in internet, the third. “Perro” the word in Spanish for “Dog”, is an exhibition of artists that qualify and reflect the identity in internet.

Varvara & Mar is an artist duo formed by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet in 2009. They have exhibited their art pieces in a number of international shows and festivals. In 2014 duo has been commission by Google and Barbican Centre for creating a new art piece for Digital Revolution exhibition. And last year their public art proposal for Green Square Library and Plaza in Sydney was nominated for the final stage. In addition to that, they have been on nonstop residency tour for three years. The artist duo locates itself in the field of art and technology and is concerned about the new forms of art, innovation, and also the application of knitting in the field of digital fabrication. They use and challenge technology in order to explore novel concepts in art and design. Hence, research is an integral part of their creative practice.

OPN Studio. Duo formed by Susana Ballesteros and Jano Montañés (Zaragoza, Spain). Both combine complementary training based on, Art, Design, Programming, Mechanical, Electronics and Audiovisual that clearly mark all their line of work. Their investigation reflects on the individual as a social being in a broad context. Their work unifies several fields: Art, Science and Technology, deepens topics as present as individualism, isolation, narcissism and social behaviour among others, through new technologies, such as electronics, robotics, video and interactive installation as the primary means of expression and direct transmitter, thus facilitating reflection by creating a more direct dialogue. They have made both collective and individual exhibitions in America and Europe, in countries such as Spain, U.S.A, Finland, France, Dominican Republic, Chile, Honduras, El Salvador or Mexico.

Vicente Vázquez / Usue Arrieta. Vicente Vázquez and Usue Arrieta met in 2001 in La Mancha plateau (Spain). Since then they do serve from the context and artistic films to launch its activity: Multidisciplinary based exercises redefining social spaces. “We try to establish approaches to the forms of the collective. For that we fix our attention on productive contexts where boundaries of modern work and leisure deployed during industrialization diluted, intertwining and feeding back. We use art and its tools to enable pathways ongoing relationship with the environment and build a way of life. Over the years the notion of closed roads projects gave way to more organic working, which extend and branch out in time forming a constellation of interests that act as a substrate of permanent activity that sometimes crystallizes into cultural objects”.

Javier Álvarez is born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 1979. Javier  Álvarez is specialized in experimental sound, video & installation based on a large amount of techniques, from circuit bending to algorithmic and generative composition, going through worlds seemingly far apart as the chiptunes and the concrete music or the field recordings, for example. His live performances are a mixture of all kind of built instruments and obsolete or modified devices, all of them live played, which makes of each performance a site specific piece. He performed in three editions of the Sonar festival (2001 as Bravido, 2009 as Néboa, 2010 as Fluzo), Primavera Sound (2011, as Dúo Cobra), La2 (Spain’s state-owned television, 2012 as Dúo Cobra), and in lots of related events as Kosmópolis, LEM festival, CA2M, CCCB, MUSAC, Casa Encendida, Radio 3, CGAC, Zemos98, Technarte.

Jaime de los Ríos is born in San Sebastian (1982) and founder of the open laboratory of Art and Science ARTEK [Lab]; located in the center of Arteleku creation. His career focuses on the intersection of these disciplines and Systemics, in relation to the mechanisms, natural rhythms and patterns. Specialist Software and Hardware Free, we find in his work immersive environments as well as dynamic linking works natural behaviour with the computer. In 2010, he received the New Artists award and in 2012 the scholarship of the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council for its facilities developed with new technologies. In recent years, Jaime has also been director and technical coordinator of Art-Futura. His works can be found in

Exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Spanish Embassy in Estonia.

Exhibitions in Hobusepea gallery are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Estonian Ministry of Culture.

Photography: Mar Canet

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