Theintricatejourney_img1.gif The intricate journey
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The intricate Journey is een conjunt van twee kunstenaarsgroepen, een uit Berlijn, een uit verschillende plaatsen in Colombia. De vraagstelling van de groep is:
How could the notions of demarcation and difference be reconstituted in a distant environment? Which models can identity be led back to? And which images, spaces and symbols will the artists' fall back to in order to reinvent themselves in a new context?” 27
De methode van onderzoek is de volgende. Allereerst komt de Colombiaanse groep naar Berlijn. Hier zullen deze artiesten, ieder op zijn eigen manier, artistieke interventies doen in de hun onbekende omgeving. Vervolgens zal de Berlijnse groep naar Colombia afreizen, om daar hetzelfde te doen. Vanuit de gepubliceerde debatten en verslagen zullen de thema’s en de inspiratie voor een nog te vormen derde groep naar voren komen.
Uit dit idee spreekt al een interesse voor de techniek van de Psychogeografie, maar als we naar de individuele artiesten kijken blijkt dit niet de enige parallel te zijn met de SI. Maria Linares maakt deel uit van de groep kunstenaars, genaamd de Daily Service,  “each of whom follows the initial proposals of the collective in the form of collaborative projects to create situations in which the aesthetic value of everyday experience is accentuated in order to invite reflections on the social and economic nexuses of contemporary consumer society.”28 Hierin horen we duidelijk de woorden van Debord terug, enerzijds aangaande het creeëren van situaties: “The concrete construction of temporary settings of life and their transformation onto a higher passionate nature”, en anderszijds zijn woorden over het spektakel’ dat “corresponds to the historical moment at which the commodity completes its colonisation of social life” 29
Voor de meeste kunstenaars binnen groep is iets soortgelijks te zeggen. Allen hebben urban- art, psychogeografie binnen hun werkveld. Wat echter opvalt binnen hun werken is de doorgaans positivistische instelling die uit hun werk spreekt. In geen van de werken vinden we de militante stijl van interveniëren van de groep van Debord terug.
Group A Colombia
Theintricatejourney_img2.gif Wilson Diaz
(1963, in Pitalito, Colombia)

Wilson Díaz is a multidisciplinary artist using a broad variety of media such as installation, performance, video, photography and painting.

He is one of the founders of the performance festival in Cali, Colombia, a nationally and internationally recognised event.

His work is concerned with questions of style and medium, whilst acutely observing social and cultural constellations of contemporary society. The 'sandwich man project' (in collaboration with Elkin Calderon), an intervention in the public space in London is understood as a commentary on the 'sandwich men', employees who deliver sandwiches to office spaces from Monday to Friday between 9 am to 1 o'clock pm. The sandwiches are usually delivered by bicycle trolleys.
Theintricatejourney_img3.gif Carolina Caycedo
(1978 in London, U.K.)

»Carolina Caycedo's work persistently discusses boundaries: boundaries between producers and consumers, professionals and amateurs, profit and disadvantage, between art and society « (Matthias Hermann).

In the project 'day today' (realized in Vienna 2002 and in NY 2006) Carolina Caycedo organised temporary, mobile markets, in order to arrange her life on the basis of non-monetary exchange.
Theintricatejourney_img4.gif Pablo adarme
(1976 in Bogotá, Colombia)

Amongst other projects Pablo Adarme realised the project, 'Hogar dulce, dulce Hogar' in Colombia; a project that was derived from his research of the facades in the Venice Quarter of Bogota, that seemed to have become an expression of a certain social hierarchy within the community.

As a response he had a baker made true to scale models of some houses in the neighbourhood that proved to be particularly appropriate for cake making in terms of their tonality, morphological and ornamental appearance. The project was received so well by the community of the Venice quarter that it resonated in people continuing to order cake models of their own houses from the baker.
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Elkin Calderón

(1975 in Bogotá, Colombia)

The projects of Elkin Calderon are situated between life and work. Elkin Calderon married considering this a performative act that allowed him at once to attain a residence permit for the UK and to draw public attention to this particular issue.

The profit of his project 'Bridal Shower' was spent on buying his partners wedding agreement.

Nikle is another project of Elkin Calderon where he intends to improve the design of cheap clothes bought in pound shops in London. The word Nikle is a palindrome; read backwards it reads Elkin, read forwards it reads nearly Nike, a near original in other words, just like the clothes.
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François Bucher

(1972 in Cali, Colombia)

François Bucher is an artist from Cali, Colombia. Bucher's work investigates 'the image' as it circulates in contemporary culture.

His reflection focuses on cinema and television highlighting a politics of the moving image.

Bucher has initiated several projects and collaborations that seek to open alternative spaces of thought.
Group B berlin
Theintricatejourney_img7.gif Stefan Kueskamper
(1963)

Lives and works as independent artist in Berlin. He studied Architecture at the University of Dortmund, as well as Art and Public Space at the Academy of Fine Art in Nuremberg.

He has been teaching at the AdBK in Nuremberg and realizes projects concerned with the public space, developing interactive strategies. Presently he realizes a proposal for the competition of the aerodynamic park in Berlin Adlershof. In 2000 Stefan Krueskemper founded together with other artists 'büro für integrative kunst' on the basis of their artistic praxis and mutual reflections on contemporary processes in the public space. Since that time they have developed proposals and realized exhibitions with alternating authorships.

www.krueskemper.de
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Theintricatejourney_img8.gif Maria Linares
(1970 in Bogotá, Colombia)

Lives and works as independent artist in Berlin. Maria Linares has studied Fine Art as well as Philosophy and Literature in Bogota, followed by postgraduate studies at the Academy of Fine Art in Nuremberg and the University of Fine Arts in Berlin.

Exhibitions (selection): Biennale of Paris, 2006; Trans/ Migrations: Graphics as Contemporary Art. Poly/Graphic Triennial: Latin America and the Caribbean, Puerto Ricco, 2004; 39. Salon nacional de Artistas, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota, Colombia 2004; 5. Biennale of Caribbic, Santo Domingo, 2003

She has been part of the artist's collective daily services, (www.dailyservices.net) that is seeking to create situations capable of bringing out the aesthetic value of every day experience and further to inspire reflections on social and economical questions of contemporary society.

Individually she has realized work in the context of the project ING 24 (www.ing-24.com), which stresses the moment of an event, referring to the ing-form in English.
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Theintricatejourney_img9.gif Erica Arzt & Juan Linares
(1969 in Scheibbs, Austria), (1972 in Tarragona, Spain)

The collaborative projects of Arzt and Linares aim at becoming a catalyst for further relations within a particular context. In the context of Idensitat 05/06 they realized a proposal, in which they suggested to restore or replace aspects and details of the built substance and consequently to design them with colours suggested in the urban development plan of Calaf, a growing village situated in Cataluña.

Particular aspects were chosen, that might have otherwise become overlooked in the realization of the urban development plan striving for a more homogeneous appearance of the village.

Alongside the execution of the proposal's concrete plans a magazine was published and handed out to the community of the centre of Calaf.

The magazine features documents of the work realized in two homes as well as documents of different personal reflections and perceptions about the usage of space.
Theintricatejourney_img10.gif Stefan Kurr
(1961 in Nurernberg)

Studied Fine Art between 1983-1991 in Kassel and Nurernberg.

He was 'Meisterschueler' and was awarded with a graduate awards, followed by other awards and stipends, like a 'DAAD'- a travel award for Yemen, a stipend for an artist residency at the Concordia University, Montreal as well as a stipend for an international artist in residency program in Helsinki, HIAP.

Many works came about in reference to the public space or a particular context such as 'The Blind Man', No.3 for the Ryllega gallery in Hanoi or 'Art Exchange' in Helsinki.

Specific questions surfaced at different periods of his career: in the 90s he was interested in issues of migration and economy and the role and... of the artist.

His concerns were reflected in a wider praxis, therefore not only resulting in artistic works but in publications, curatorial activities and in initiatives that focus on discourse.
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