Thursday, August 1, 2013 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 3:58 PM

EXPO 1: New York is an exploration of ecological challenges in the context of the economic and socio-political instability of the early 21st century. Acting in the guise of a festival-as-institution, EXPO 1: New York imagines a contemporary art museum dedicated to ecological concerns, presenting a simultaneity of modules, interventions, solo projects, and group exhibitions including a school, a colony, a cinema, a geodesic dome, Rain Room, and more. A group of Latino artists is involved in the Expo:

      + Adrián Villar Rojas: La inocencia de los animales (photo above) > Hasta Septiembre 2 > MoMA PS.1
A member of the youngest generation of internationally recognized artists, Argentinian Adrián Villar Rojas is known for his sculptural installations, drawings, and environments that suggest a world inspired by both archeology and science fiction. For EXPO 1: New York, Villar Rojas is creating La inocencia de los animales (2013), a site-specific, immersive installation that resembles both an amphitheater of antiquity and a post-apocalyptic cavern. Consisting of cracked, crumbling clay and concrete, the work points forwards and backwards—seemingly to the very beginnings of civilization and its aftermath. Designed as an environment to house the EXPO School, Villar Rojas’s installation serves a place to impart and absorb knowledge, insinuating an educational foundation amid the physical debris.

      + Colony > Hasta Septiembre 2 > MoMA PS.1
The devastating effects of natural disasters and economic volatility have spurred architects to reconsider how to build in a tumultuous world. For EXPO 1: New York, Pedro Gadanho asked the Argentinian architecture firm a77 to create a colony in MoMA PS1’s outdoor courtyard in which artists, thinkers, architects, and other cultural agents are invited to live together. The construction of the Colony will occur during the duration of EXPO 1: New York. a77, led by Gustavo Diéguez and Lucas Gilardi, is known for working with recycled and salvaged materials to create temporary and permanent housing. Powerful storms have left behind large swaths of wreckage destined for landfills; the foreclosure crisis has created a glut of abandoned homes.The architects suggest ways to reimagine such bleak conditions to find new forms of sustainable dwellings as alternatives to the traditional house. By building, living, designing, and thinking together, the inhabitants of the colony propose a model for future living and communal utopia.
EXPO 1: NEW YORK > Hasta Septiembre 2 > MoMA / MoMA PS.1 > Expo1.

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