Joan Morey, ‘COLLAPSE’, various locations, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, 20 September 2018–6 September 2020. Curated by Latitudes.
Photos by Eva Carasol, Latitudes, Noemi Jariod, Roberto Ruiz and

Since the late 1990s, Joan Morey (Mallorca, 1972) has produced an expansive body of live events, videos, installations, sound and graphic works, that has explored the intersection of theatre, cinema, philosophy, sexuality, and subjectivity. Morey’s work both critiques and embodies one of the most thorny and far-reaching aspects of human consciousness and behaviour – how we relate ourselves to others, as the oppressed or the oppressor. This central preoccupation with the exercise of power and authority seemingly accounts for the black and ominous tenor of his art.

The project COLLAPSE encompasses three parts. The first is presented over two floors of the Contemporary Art Centre of Barcelona - Fabra i Coats (20 September 2018–13 January 2019). ‘Desiring machine, Working machine’ is a survey of ten projects from the last fifteen years of the artist’s work. An exhibition display based around vitrines and video screens deployed as if sarcophagi or reliquaries, is presented alongside a continuous programme of audio works and a schedule of live performance extracts.

The second part of COLLAPSE takes place at the Centre d’Art Tecla Sala, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (23 November 2018–13 January 2019) and is the definitive version of the touring exhibition ‘Social Body’.

Titled ‘Schizophrenic Machine’, the third and final part of the project comprises a major new performance event which will take place on January 10, 2019 at an especially resonant – yet, for the moment, deliberately undisclosed – location in Barcelona, where live action will be integrated within the longer narrative of the site’s physical and discursive past.

An adaptation of COLLAPSE was exhibited in Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca (31 January–6 September 2020). ‘COLLAPSE: Bachelor Machine’ is an adaptation of the first two chapters of the Barcelona presentations, and was the first retrospective of Morey in his native Mallorca. Twelve stately rooms of Casal Solleric’s 18th-century piano nobile and its columned patio hosted a selection of six projects produced between 2007 and 2017, and a continuous programme of eight audio works. On July 23, 2020, the performance ‘COLLAPSE. Possible Machine’ was presented at the nearby Can Balaguer. This was an adaptation of the prologue and first act of the 2017 performance ‘TOUR DE FORCE’.

COLLAPSE was curated by Latitudes.

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