Intervention by Jordi Mitjà at the Museu Geològic del Seminari de Barcelona. Part of "Composiciones" a series of artists’ interventions for the Barcelona Gallery Weekend, 1–4 October 2015. Curated by Latitudes.
Jordi Mitjà’s contribution took place in the Geological Museum of the Seminary of Barcelona – an institution dedicated to the study of invertebrate fossils since 1874. Mitjà considered the borders between evolutionary biology and the ancient geology of Catalonia in an installation which focussed on a primitive relationship between materials and morphology. A series of overheard projectors illuminated the central space of the museum with a panoply of images, shadows and geometries – layers that are revealed by Mitjà’s exploration of the geospatial taxonomy of this unique collection of 80,000 specimens. Moreover, Mitjà undertook a personal archeological exercise in unearthing the many drawings he has been making over the years, a selection of which were exhibited for the first time.
‘Composiciones’ is a a programme of five interventions specially commissioned for the first Barcelona Gallery Weekend, 1–4 October 2015. The programme complimented the existing calendar of exhibitions by presenting the work of artists active in the Barcelona art scene whose interventions responded to singular locations – public and private sites significant for their architecture, activity or their history.
‘Composiciones’ unfolded through temporary interventions at different speeds and rhythms and one-off events outside of Barcelona's contemporary art circuit – including a private psychoanalytic library, a former ceramics factory and a botanical collection. Pinpointing some lesser-known aspects of the city's cultural history and municipal life, ‘Composiciones’ offered moments of interruption, intimacy and immersion throughout the weekend.
Projects by David Bestué (at the Factory complex Cosme Toda, L'Hospitalet); Dora García (at the Biblioteca del Campo Freudiano); Jordi Mitjà (at the Museu Geològic del Seminari de Barcelona); Rasmus Nilausen in collaboration with Pere Llobera (at the gardens of La Central bookstore, Raval); and Daniel Steegmann Magrané (at the Umbracle, Parc de la Ciutadella).
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Photo: Roberto Ruiz / Courtesy: Barcelona Gallery Weekend.
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