10 Oct                     07 Nov 2014

Juan Pablo Macías


exhibition views, photos: Ela Bialkowska

Juan Pablo Macías has carried since 2009 a research on anarchist knowledge and media, departing from a legal situation that surrounded one of the largest anarchist libraries in Latin America, evicted with a seizure order for back rent in the summer of 2009 in Mexico City. After several works around this library, he has been researching papers, state and private archives, the Internet, pondering on the relation between power knowledge and insurrectional knowledge, and in a broader sense, between systems of representation and affectivity.

This interest in the encounter of the social representational realm (property being its gravitational center), and insurrectional knowledge or affectivity, has taken him to question the transformation of formless affections or elements, into socially structured and legal forms of existence that determine the liberties of individuals and communities, be it the free access to knowledge, or the becoming of ink into codes susceptible of lawful punishment, for an example.

In Villa Romana he is making the formal presentation of his editorial project WORD+MOIST PRESS(1) which launches its first volume The Anarchist Doctrine Accessible to All, written in 1925 by José Oiticica - philologist, poet, anarchist and grandfather of the Brazilian artist Helio Oiticica.

Macías’ proposal consists in recognizing labor as a formal material that serves as any other media, ink for an example, to use as labor material for itself. In this case, he has commissioned the translation from Portuguese to English of The Anarchist Doctrine Accessible to All  (the first translation of this author to any other language), to Maíra das Neves and Kadija de Paula, members of Agência Transitiva (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), as the material element for publishing the inaugural volume of WORD+MOIST PRESS, and for inscribing the translated text directly onto the walls of Villa Romana using a hard tip object.

These inscriptions on the wall - that recall prison writings or old graffiti - serve as the transactional process by which Macías negotiates the different layers that traverse his labor. Labor, understood as an activity realized in the clandestinity or intimacy of the house, that negotiates its time with different outcomes in the public realm: the institution, art practice/artifices, the social field. Actually, this translation is born out of his desire of reading Oiticica, and consequently, of creating a broader circulation for this initial desire.

WORD+MOIST PRESS programmed a weekend of talks called Histories of Publishing with Maíra das Neves and Kadija de Paula from Agência Transitiva (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Federico Bacci (Florence, Italy), Christopher Jones from 56a infoshop (London, United Kindom), Massimo Mazzone (Rome, Italy) and Dr. Nicholas Thoburn (Manchester, United Kingdom).

The work of Juan Pablo Macías (Mexico, 1974), explores the relation between systems of representation and affectivity, and analogically, between power knowledge and insurrectional knowledge. With his actions, interventions, work on archives and editorial projects, he intends to cause tensions between institution, art practice and social field, abandoning flat semantics by producing programs that operate directly on the biological, social and economic bodies. His work has been shown in major art museums in Mexico and around the world.

WORD+MOIST PRESS programmed a weekend of talks entitled Histories of Publishing with Maíra das Neves and Kadija de Paula from Agencia Transitiva, Federico Bacci, Christopher Jones, Massimo Mazzone and Dr. Nicholas Thoburn.
(1) WORD+MOIST PRESS is an editorial project by Juan Pablo Macías, that publishes books and media that are made from moist, flesh and blood. WORD+MOIST PRESS prints words that aren’t text nor law, but just past and present mouth-mists.


Saturday, October 18, 2014
11 am
Trans(L)a(C)tions, Maíra das Neves and Kadija de Paula
1:30 pm
3 pm
Anti-Book: Materialities Of Communist Publishing, Dr. Nicholas Thoburn
5 pm
Osvaldo: Publishing and Struggle, Federico Bacci
7 pm

Sunday, October 19, 2014
11 am
PRESS to PRINT to EYE to HAND to ARCHIVE, A Small Excavation Of Radical Print Culture Through Anecdote And Example, Christopher Jones
1 pm
3 pm
Autonomous and Libertarian Productions

Maíra das Neves and Kadija de Paula are artists and agents at Agência Transitiva, a space-vehicle in Rio de Janeiro for actions and non-conventional studies in art, politics, and history of ideas.

Federico Bacci has a past that often comes back. He has been cinema director, documentary filmmaker, screenwriter and radio author. Since 2009, along with Lucia Giardino he curates GuilmiArtProject, a residency program in Abruzzo.

Christopher Jones is part of the 56a infoshop radical social centre in London and a member of the political sound art group Ultra-red.

Massimo Mazzone is an artist and activist. He carries on a research based on the historic relations between body, sculpture and architecture; namely social sculpture. He is spokesman of the international study group Escuela Moderna/Ateneo Libertario.

Dr. Nicholas Thoburn has published on media aesthetics, cultural theory, and politics. He is author of "Deleuze, Marx and Politics" and the forthcoming Anti-Book: Material Text and the Art of Political Publishing. He lectures in Sociology at the University of Manchester.

With the support of Brice Delarue from Zirkumflex Berlin