STILL_MÓVIL [2011-2015]

STILL_MÓVIL (2011-2015) is Vason’s first collection of co-creations with fifty choreographers, dancers and movement practitioners. Working with artists across South America, the project explored the relationship between stillness and movement, photography and dance, the image and the action. Each image was conceived as a new contemporary dance piece.

In 2011 La Red Sudamericana de Danza (an organization dedicated to the promotion and support of contemporary dance in South America) commissioned Manuel Vason to collaborate with fifty ‘experts of the movement’ with the aim to explore new strategies for the documentation of contemporary dance and, at the same, time generate a new testimony of the contemporary dance scene in South America. Working in ten countries in South America, Vason developed a methodology, which focuses on workshops, exercises and exchange between the participants. The result of the project was an itinerant exhibition containing 45 large size images and smaller size images, videos, text, drawings and a sound installation describing the process.

  • The Vocabulary of the Pose

    (45 South American artists choreographing Manuel Vason's body)

    4 x Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 100x130cm

  • Alejandra Jara & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Asunción 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 100x130cm

  • Ana Cecilia Chung & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Lima 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Ana Ceci Moreno & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Cochabamba 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Ana Chin A Loy & Manuel Vason, Co-creationo, Caracas 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Angela Bello & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Bogotá 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Carla e Ines Coronado & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Lima 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Carolina Besuievsky & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Montevideo 2010

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Carolina Herman & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Buenos Aires 2010

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Claudia Vicuña & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Santiago 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Cristian Duarte & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Sao Paulo 2010

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Diana Szeinblum & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Buenos Aires 2010

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Edith Correa & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Asunción 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Esteban Donoso & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Quito 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Felix Oropeza & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Caracas 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Florencia Varela & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Montevideo 2010

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Giselle Rodriguez & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Brasilia 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Isabel Story & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Caracas 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Ivan Sanchez e Rocio Rivera & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Valparaiso 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Javiera Peon Veiga & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Santiago 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Josie Caceres & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Quito 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Juliana Moraes & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Sao Paulo 2010

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Kléver Viera & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Quito 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Lorna Ortiz & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Lima 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Lucía Russo & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Sao Paulo 2010

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Luciana Acuna & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Buenos Aires 2010

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Marcelo Evelyn & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Brasilia 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Maria Jose Rivera & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, La Paz 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Mariana Marchesano e Patricia Mallarini & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Montevideo 2010

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Miguel Jaime e Santiago Turenne & Manuel Vason, C Co-creation, Montevideo 2010

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Mirella Carbone & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Lima 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Morella Petrozzi & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Lima 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Natalia Orozco & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Bogotá 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Natalia Aldana e Jose Alvarez & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Asunción 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Nuri Gutes & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Santiago 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Pepe Santana & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Lima 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Ricardo Marinelli & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Brasilia 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Rommel Nieves & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Caracas 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Sergio Valenzuela & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Santiago 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Sylvia Fernandez and Manuel Vason, Co-creation, La Paz 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Sofia Mejía & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Bogotá 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Tamia Guayasamin & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Quito 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Tino Fernandez & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Bogotá 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Valeria Andrade & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Quito 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Vanilton Lakka & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Brasilia 2011

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

  • Vera Sala & Manuel Vason, Co-creation, Sao Paolo 2010

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective

“In STILL_MÓVIL each choreographer actively performed stillness in a way that offers insight into the lived experince as ‘pure movement’.”

Manuel Vason

In one of the text accompanying the exhibition Natalia Ramírez Püschel, (art critic and sociologist) described STILL_MÓVIL as:

‘This is not about photographically documenting bodies in movement. Neither is it about constructing a pose for the camera.  The concept of the project Still_Móvil is more complicated and asks us to openly observe the ways in which contemporary dance practices have been affected by other artforms. The project investigates the process of transformation of a dance piece into a photograph, an undertaking, which proposes asking whether that photograph could be considered as a dance experience, in what sense and why. The performance between the artist and his collaborators explores through the capacities of the photographic device, the transformation of the choreographers’ body as visual writing into a form that represents them. This encounter between dance, photography and performance, experiments with the possible relationships between the body’s presence and representation, movement and stillness, improvisation and organisation, spontaneity and construction, authenticity and artifice, intensity and language, process and ending. The process towards the images exhibited in Still_Móvil could be described as the creation of a photographic dance, developed with visual criteria, where the body captured in the composition signifies all that composition can possibly be.

For more information please go to: www.StillMovil.com

To accompany the STILL_MÓVIL exhibition La Red Sudamericana de Danza also commissioned a website and new essays by Zara Rodríguez Prieto, Andréa Bardawil, Fernando J. Garcia Barros, Alexandra Cuesta, Constanza Cordovez, André Lepecki, Natalia Ramírez Püschel, Helena Katz, Juliana Reyes, María José Cifuentes, Oswaldo Marchionda, Nayse López and Hayde Lachino.

You can view the tour of the exhibition under Exhibitions / Installations

Watch below a short documentary made by Alexandra Cuesta during Manuel Vason’s STILL_MÓVIL workshop in Quito, Ecuador:

 

‘Vason’s operation is to transform a pulsating coexistence of polyphonic possibilities into a final tonic chord.’

Helena Katz, Art Historian and Dance Critic based in Sao Paulo.

 

‘Co-creation in this particular case implies a change in the role of the photographer. The photographer stops privileging his look through the objective to be a participant in the creation process.’

Zara Rodríguez Prieto, Editor of Efimera Magazine, Efimera Revista, vol.3 n. 4, November 2012

 

‘Still_Móvil  is still here and there moving, simultaneously adding and multiplying, as a rhizomatic proposal, trans, inter, multi, poly … Its relevance is to combine pretexts, contexts, texts … to allow us to re-move, move, see … and thus understand each other.’

Fernando J. Garcia Barros, Director of mARTadero Art Centre.

STILL_MÓVIL exhibition was presented:

– at the Centro de Exposiciones Subte, Montevideo (Uruguay) in November – December 2011.

– at AECID, Centro Cultural de España Juan de Salazar, Asunción (Paraguay) in March – April 2012.

– at Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica during Festival Panorama, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in November 2012.

– at DANZA PUCP, Casa O´Higgins, Lima (Peru) in April – May 2013.

– at GAM, Cenro Gabriela Mistral, Santiago (Chile) in August – September 2013.

– at the Bienal SESC de Dança 2014, Santos, São Paulo (Brazil) in September 2014.

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