Many thanks to Chiara Merino for this information: Beta-Local, a non-profit cultural space in San Juan, Puerto Rico [see previous post https://repeatingislands.com/2012/09/29/seminar-by-beta-local-land-place-and-visuality/] has been nominated for a visible Award—a recognition given by the Cittadellarte, Pistoletto and Zegna Foundations—for its project “From Tool to Tool.” The award-winner will be chosen today, December 14, 2013, so stay tuned!
The finalists this year include: “From Tool to Tool,” Beta Local; “Kumbuka,” Sammy Baloji; “Museum of Public Concerns,” Mabe Bethonico; “One Dollar,” Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center; “Bait Al Karama,” Beatrice Catanzaro; “Paese Nuevo/New Country-Borgate,” Fernando García-Dory; “Oui Twenty/20,” Inkanyiso; “The Silent University,” Ahmet Ögüt; “Christ the King of Bling,” The Propeller Group; and “The Gerobak Bioskop,” Ruangrupa.
Description of The visible Award: The visible Award is an international production award of 25000 euros devoted to art work in the social sphere, which aims to produce and sustain socially engaged artistic practices in a global context. The visible Award, part of the broader research project, aims to research, support and offer a discursive and productive platform to innovative artistic projects that are able to become visible also in fields other than the artistic ones. Art works that are actively engaging within the social sphere, understanding art as a tool to make visible other fields and issues within the traditional art system and thus sharing an awareness about artistic production as an active element and agency in contemporary society, and with critical and future oriented aspirations.
Beta-Local is a non-profit space in San Juan, Puerto Rico founded in 2009 by curator Michy Marxuach and artists Tony Cruz and Beatriz Santiago Muñoz. Its mission is to promote and support art and aesthetic inquiry through education, exhibition, and production programs. Their programs include:
- La Práctica: a post-academic program focused on aesthetic thought and artistic production in which scholars from various disciplines take a project from concept to presentation through open and, often, collaborative processes.
- The Harbor: artist residency program through which artists, architects, and other cultural producers reside at Beta-Local and develop projects and/or workshops.
- La Ivan Illich, a platform through which any person may propose a class that they want to offer to teach or to take.