Draft for contract between “Would you like to participate in an artistic experience?” and institutions hosting the project within EL CONTRATO at AlhóndigaBilbao. Ricardo Basbaum


At the final reading session in EL CONTRATO, Ricardo Basbaum will be presenting his draft for the contract with institutions hosting Would you like to participate in an artistic experience?. The project will be presented in AlhóndigaBilbao’s Bastida Hall in conversation with Lourdes Fernández, the director of the centre. 

Would you like to participate in an artistic experience? was presented in October 2014 and January 2015 at AlhóndigaBilbao as part of the EL CONTRATO exhibition. The project is part of NBP – New Bases for Personality (1994 – ongoing), a project which gathers research on subjectivity through drawings, diagrams, objects, installations, texts and manifestos, structured around NBP, an object. The project began in the 90s with the end of the Brazilian military dictatorship and the emergence of global reality. NBP works in areas bordering art, communication and theories of contagion. Through a tacit agreement between the artist, the object and those who encounter it, NBP calls the notions of distribution and reception into question. The agreement allows something to come out of an encounter which involves bodies.

The reading session will take place in AlhóndigaBilbao’s Bastida Hall. It is the last event in the programme of activities for EL CONTRATO, a collaborative project between Bulegoa z/b and AlhóndigaBilbao, and will be conducted by Jorge Laespada, a member of the EL CONTRATO reading group.

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Ricardo Basbaum (São Paulo, 1961) is an artist and writer based in Rio de Janeiro. He investigates art as a platform and device for articulating sensory experience, sociability and language. Group exhibitions include: A Singular form, Secession, Vienna (2014); 30 Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo (2012), Garden of Learning, Busan (2012), Counter-Production, Generali, Vienna (2012), documenta 12, Kassel (2007). Individual projects: re-projecting (london) (The Showroom, London, 2013), conjs., re-bancos*: exercícios&conversas, Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte (2011) and diagrams, an anthology of his diagrams, CGAC, Santiago de Compostela (2013).