Before Everything

Antes que todo



Ignasi Aballí; Lorea Alfaro; Txomin Badiola; Antonio Ballester Moreno; Erick Beltrán; Bestué / Vives; Rafel G. Bianchi; Carles Congost; June Crespo; Discoteca Flaming Star; Patricia Esquivias; Jon Mikel Euba; Esther Ferrer; Nuria Fuster; Dora García; Fernando García; Rubén Grilo; Lilli Hartmann; Daniel Jacoby; Jeleton; Fermín Jiménez Landa; Adrià Julià; Dai K.S.; Tamara Kuselman; Daniel Llaría;  Erlea Maneros Zabala; Pablo Marte; Fran Meana; Asier Mendizabal; Jordi Mitjà; Momu & No Es; Julia Montilla; Itziar Okariz; Antonio Ortega; Kiko Pérez; Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa; Gabriel Pericàs; Paloma Polo; Sergio Prego; Wilfredo Prieto;  Tere Recarens; Red Caballo; Alex Reynolds; Xavier Ribas; Carlos Rodríguez-Méndez; Francesc Ruiz; Xabier Salaberria; Jorge Satorre; Javi Soto; Julia Spínola; Sra. Polaroiska; Alain Urrutia; Isidoro Valcárcel Medina; Azucena Vieites; Oriol Vilanova; WeareQQ

Before Everything is an attempt to delve into current artistic production from Spain. The exhibition, in which 56 artists will participate, will occupy the Center in its entirety. Undertaken by the exhibition’s curators Aimar Arriola and Manuela Moscoso, the selection does not set out to offer a totalizing vision of the here and now of Spanish art, but rather to confer an unprecedented level of visibility to productive modalities that have developed in specific locations in Spain; it will attend to the diversity of languages and ways of making art that have characterized the last 20 years. The recent change of decade offers an opportune moment to formulate an exploration of what’s to come and to take a look at the languages and ways of operating that have marked recent art.

The broad conceptual framework for Before Everything revolves around the notion of “expectation.” An expectation entails a reasonable possibility that something happen. Expectation is also a means of regulating our relationship to what is about to ensue, a relationship mediated by multiple external forces. The sphere of expectation also refers to the logic of cultural consumption and our relationship to Art, based on the continuous production of future projections.

This project also aims to explore the connections between the art practices of different generations in order to build bridges and to evidence resonances with the present. In an array of context in the last two decades, a growing group of artists has approached the sphere of art in terms of continuity; they have indicated that the present can no longer be defined on the basis of ideas like “rupture,” “novelty” or “change.” These continuities between generations and their practices, however, are not straight lines by which knowledge is conveyed; nor are they translations or legacies. They are, rather –and to use the term of the philosopher Gilles Deleuze– lightening-shaped trajectories that appeal to a hybrid genesis of contemporary practices.

The exhibition will include a large number of works produced specifically for the occasion. As evidence of the organic nature of the project, and as part of the process prior to the exhibition’s opening, Jeleton (Gelen Alcántara and Jesús Arpal) will carry out “Répétitions anotado” [Annotated Repetitions] during the weekend of June 18 to 20: these workshops for collective reflection and production will help the artists to construct “footnotes” to the works that will later form part of the exhibition. An array of collaborators will be invited to make comments (in the form of drawing, music and speech); the material produced by these sessions will be installed in the galleries themselves in order to multiple readings of the project.

PUBLICATIONS: Before everything is, mostly, an exhibition project that operates in conjunction with a whole series of devices: for instance in February 2010, a series of four interventions consisting in poster carried out ex professo by the artists Patricia Esquivias, Esther Ferrer, Daniel Jacoby and Azucena Vieites, which was the first public appearance of the project. Then, in June 2010, “Before Everything-Summer Readings” was published; the publication included several reflections on the paradigms of “the new”, “taste”, “failure” and “convention”, conceptual mainstays of the project undertaken by Regine Basha, Guillaume Désanges, Isabelle Graw, Iván López Munuera, Manuel Segade, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina y Leire Vergara.

Now, on the occasion of this exhibition, a whole new catalogue, illustrated by ferranElOtro Studio (designer of all the printed and graphic materials of the project), is published; it includes essays on different aspects of the project written ad-hoc by Peio Aguirre, Sofie van Loo and the curators themselves, as well as individual entries on every artist and every work on display, elaborated by 17 authors: Max Andrews, David Armengol, Haizea Barcenilla, Ellen Blumenstein, Juan Canela, Mariana Cánepa Luna, Amanda Cuesta, Maite Garbayo, Miren Jaio, Willy Kautz, Martí Manen, Mariano Mayer, Tania Pardo, Alberto Sánchez Balmisa, Andrea Valdés Vigil, and the curators.

Before Everything. Exhibition Catalogue. September 2010. Design: : ferranElOtro Studio

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Before Everything. Summer readings. June 2010. Editors: Aimar Arriola and Manuela Moscoso. Texts by Regine Basha, Guillaume Désanges, Isabelle Graw, Iván López Munuera, Manuel Segade, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina and Leire Vergara. Design: ferranElOtro Studio

The reader Summer Readings includes seven texts on the paradigms of the new, taste, failure and convention. In one way or another, all of these texts partake of the notion of “expectation,” the exhibition’s overriding concept. The texts, most of which were written specifically for the occasion, are not illustrative, but rather an attempt to problematize the aforementioned paradigms.

Published before the opening of the show, the publication is a possible “reading grid” for the exhibition; it offers possible ways into the practices and works that it presents. Despite the book’s functional nature and its inevitable dependence on the exhibition that it anticipates, it attempts to serve as a future point of reference and a catalyst for further reflections and texts by those who read it.

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Before Everything. Posters. February 2010. Interventions by: Patricia Esquivias, Esther Ferrer, Daniel Jacoby and Azucena Vieites. Design: ferranElOtro Studio


CA2M guided tours

ON / OFF: Exercices of poetic mechanics to stimulate Before everything by Sandra Santana

Film on Fridays: Carte blanche to Before everything

Adult learning: Looking at the present

Young people: Before everything workshop (This is another story)

Schools: Tour-workshop for secondary schools


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Download itinerary 1 "Conventions"

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Download itinerary 2 "Taste"

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Download itinerary 3 "Expectation"

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Download itinerary 4 "Newness"

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Download itinerary 5 " The present"

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Download itinerary 6 "Failure"