Friday, December 4, 2009

universal shipping box

universal shipping box is a visual art and cultural exchange project between Manchester, Berlin and Buenos Aires, involving 5 artist-led arts organisations and 13 artists. The idea of the exchange is to connect contemporary artists and curators from Europe and South America to share fresh ideas and open up new possibilities for networking and future projects between the two continents.

universal shipping box es un intercambio cultural y artístico entre Manchester, Berlin y Buenos Aires, que involucra 5 organizaciones culturales dirigidas por artistas y 13 artistas visuales contemporáneos. La idea del intercambio es conectar comisarios y artistas de Europa y Sudamérica con el objetivo de servir como plataforma para compartir ideas frescas y abrir nuevas posibilidades de colaboración para realizar futuros proyectos entre los dos continentes.

universal shipping box will exhibit newly commissioned work from 13 artists. All works made for the exhibition will fit into a universally sized ‘pizza’ flat box for shipping, 312mm x 312mm x 40mm, and will explore the question of how the concept of the universal can be interpreted in the 21st century across the globe. In addition in each country there will be a series of talks, studio visits and networking events to strengthen the links and develop ideas for future exchanges.

universal shipping box expondrá nuevos encargos de 13 artistas. Todos los trabajos de la exposición tendrán que ajustarse a las medidas del tamaño de caja de pizza universal de 312mm x 312mm x 40mm y explorarán los temas de cómo el concepto de lo universal puede ser interpretado en el siglo 21 a través de las distintas culturas del mundo. Como complemento en cada país habrán una serie de charlas, visitas a artistas en sus estudios y otros eventos de colaboración para reafirmar los lazos y desarrollar ideas para futuros intercambios.

Project Partners:

projektraum schwarz, directed by Antonia Schwarz.

twenty+3 projects, directed by Heidi Schaefer is a contemporary art space in the converted front room of Heidi terraced house in Manchester, UK. It is an international space for exhibitions, discussions and residencies connecting artists from different parts of the world and Manchester.

Red Nomade, directed by Cristina Ghetti and Andrea Racciatti is an international cooperation project interested in the exchange of contemporary artists and intellectuals. The collective aim is to generate artistic, cultural and academic events in different cities in order to facilitate the meeting of visual artists, art critics, curators, writers and intellectuals.

black duck, directed by Ima Picó, is an organisation based in Manchester that undertakes international curatorial projects to promote the work of contemporary artists working in performance, installation, digital media and video.

Jardin Luminoso begins when Veronica Malenky, Lucila Malenky and Ariel Villareal get together to create luminic art. The gallery opens in 2006 in the neigbourhood of Palermo, Buenos Aires, gathering renowned artists and young talents. The goal is to offer a wider view of art, by means of dynamic and thematic exhibitions, and creating links in the world of national and international art.


universal shipping box Buenos Aires
From the 27 of May to the 11th of June 2010
Jardin Luminoso
El Salvador 4112
Buenos Aires

universal shipping box Berlin
From the 24th of June to the 11th of July 2010

projektraum schwarz

Weichselstrasse 34
12043 Berlin - Neukölln

universal shipping box Manchester
From the 6th of November to the 4th of December 2010
twenty+3 projects
23 Bury Avenue
M16 0AT


universal shipping box:
Curation and organisation in Manchester: Heidi Schaefer and Ima Picó
Curation and organisation in Buenos Aires: Red Nomade and Jardín Luminoso
Curation and organisation in Berlin: Antonia Schwarz.

universal shipping box was initiated by Cristina Ghetti, and Ima Picó in August 2009

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