El Laboratorio Arte Alameda y la Asociación

”Parallax” El Laboratorio Arte Alameda y la Asociación, Mexico City, Mexico, 2014    


El Laboratorio Arte Alameda y la Asociación de Artistas de Finlandia presentan la primera entrega de Parallax – resonancias geográficas. La muestra estará abierta al público del 30 de abril hasta el 6 de julio del 2014. 

La exposición incluye obras de Adel AbidinCleaning WomenVeli GranöTommi Grönlund & Petteri NisunenKalle Hamm & Dzamil KamangerMinna HenrikssonSasha Huber & Petri SaarikkoIC- 98Elina JuopperiTellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta – KalleinenKaisu Koivisto,Erkki KurenniemiAntti LaitinenKinobox ObscuraSeppo RenvallMika TaanilaRoi Vaara, y Elina Vainio.
Como parte del programa público se presentará El Partido de los Otros, una intervención política a cargo de Terike Haapoja.

Parallax – resonancias geográficas es un proyecto enfocado en desarrollar un intercambio a largo plazo entre la escena artística actual de México y Finlandia. La primera fase de Parallax presenta un paisaje de la contemporaneidad finlandesa en resonancia con el panorama mexicano. El entrelazar las problemáticas compartidas de estos territorios aparentemente distintos nos permite examinar las dialécticas geopolíticas de dos ’localidades en flujo’, donde el juego continuo entre desterritorialización y multiterritoralización toma tal velocidad que nuestra capacidad de reaccionar sobrepasa nuestra capacidad de observar y pensar en qué paisaje nos encontramos inmersos. Este desconocimiento del territorio denota la incertidumbre de las realidades que construimos y abre un espacio crítico para cuestionar diferentes aspectos de la condición humana.

En este contexto, el concepto del paralaje es utilizado como una metáfora que confronta la visión unilateral y reduccionista de nuestro ser-en-el-mundo, donde la concepción de ’distancia’ esta conectada con economías espacio-temporales. Evidencia que la distancia pesa más cuando es mental que cuando es física, y da pie a la propagación de modelos hegemónicos sin la posibilidad de cuestionarlos – lo que se considera como norte o sur, excepcional o barbárico, desarrollado o subdesarrollado. A su vez, el paralaje se presenta como una herramienta útil que permite, a través de un continuo reposicionamiento de nosotros y de nuestros referentes, mapear el terreno en que habitamos.

Parallax – resonancias geográficas plantea la posibilidad del espacio compartido y propone alternar nuestros puntos de vista para que emerjan otras perspectivas desde donde mirar el mundo.

Curators/ Curaduría: Giovanna Esposito Yussif y Marketta Haila

El Laboratorio Arte Alameda y la Asociación
El Laboratorio Arte Alameda y la Asociación, Mexico City



parallax meksiko kutsu
Poster for the show
Parallax Prophet_2761
My part of the Parallax exhibition was a video and photography installation ”Prophet”



The other day - Markovic went on in the same tone- I thought of
something while I watched TV in a hotel. Men from the antiquity
looked at the same landscape all their life, or most of it. Because
the road was so long, even the traveler did, and that made him
think about the road itself. Now, however, everything is so fast.
Highways, trains... Even the TV shows many landscapes in just a few
seconds. There is no time to ponder anything. Some call that the
uncertainty of the territory.

Pérez-Reverte, Arturo, El Pintor de Batallas, 2006:68-69



    For the human eyes, the territories began mutating at greater speed
with the advent of Modernity. Further on, and due to the globalized
economy, the geopolitical dialectics, the allocation of ‘privileges’
within the power structures, and the new politics of mobility -caused
by resource wars and climate challenges- the perception of space have
turned more fluid and porous, constantly relocating the individuals from
micro (i.e. refugee camps, detention centers, closed communities) to
macro spaces (multi-nations, zones, etcetera).
In this flux, an exchange between deterritorialization to
multiterritorialization is at play so quickly that the capacity to
react overcomes the capacity to stop and see, to stop and think. In
which landscape is one immersed in? Has it changed? In which way is it
affecting us? How are we affecting others? Are we producing in synergy?
Will art history become a compendium of (represented, presented,
enacted, lived) battles in tension?
The illusion of distance, as opposed to proximity, is connected with
space and time economics. What one experience and is immersed in becomes
its only accessible reality. It also produces the sense that the
encountered problematics are exclusively local and disconnected from
others, being the figure of ‘the neighbor’ the closest referential point.
But distance weights more when it is mental than when it is physical.
It allows to pervade hegemonic models without questioning them -what is
consider as north or as south, as exceptional or barbaric, as developed
or undeveloped, and so on. Do boundaries are still perceived as
barriers? Or as possibilities for meeting, exchanges, and negotiations.
In this context, the greek concept‘parallaxis’ is explored as a metaphor
(remembering Joyce, Karatani, and Žižek) that confronts the one-sided
and reductionist approach towards our being-in-the-world. It functions
as a tool that enables, through a continuous repositioning of our
referents, to ‘map’ the terrain we inhabit. Thus, the exchange and
latent capacities that it entails become the perfect alibi to explore
the potentialities of (re)imagining the commons.

PARALLAX arises as an occasion to intersect two parallel territorial realities of the so called Northern Hemisphere tensioned by -apparently- different strings:

Finland and Mexico.

Both are conditioned by specific ways of articulating Modernity, technocratization, and embracing neoliberal policies which, in turn, have produced particular phenomenas that condition the experience into an estrangement within the social fabrics.

While locality functions as an enclave, the globality inscribed to the claims that the selected artworks reflect potentialize their mirror quality; they manifest and question different aspects of the human condition and its surround.

The first phase of the PARALLAX program aims to present a complex landscape of Finnish contemporaneity in resonance with the Mexican panorama.

After its completion, a secondary phase will focus on the artistic production from Mexico and its underlined problematics to be exhibited and problematized in Finland.

The program is conceived in the following overlapping stages:


Since the conception of the program there has been a special emphasis in
opening the possibility for artists to visit Mexico City, in order to
have a better understanding of its peculiar dynamics. During their visit
it will be scheduled meetings with their counterparts in the art world
(artists and curators) and visits to collections, galleries, museums,
and independent spaces.


Public Program:
Documentation centre


Laboratorio Arte Alameda (LAA)
LAA is a space dedicated to the exhibition, documentation, production
and research of the artistic practices that use and dialogue -mainly
but not exclusively- with the relation art and technology. One of
its characteristics is to produce site specific works, thus promoting
artistic creation on national and international levels. Through
different programs it promotes reflection and the exchange of ideas
between different audiences and the media community of Mexico and the
world. It has reinforced the bonds of cooperation between educational
institutions, cultural ministries, and diverse cultural associations.
Laboratorio is committed to artistic innovation. It is among the main
art venues of Mexico’s City Historical Corridor, which is one of the
most visited and known area of both the city and the country. Located in
the heart of downtown, LAA is committed to artistic innovation, offering
its visitors novel artistic projects from Mexico and around the globe.

Framed through the architectural beauty of a XVI century building, LAA went through complete restoration on 2012.

The new auditorium and documentation area will be open for PARALLAX’s public program and screenings.

Artists whose work has been exhibited at Laboratorio Arte Alameda:
Daniel Buren, Melanie Smith, Nam June Paik, Les Leveque, Bruce Nauman,
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Antoni Muntadas, Terence Gower, Willie Doherty,
Jason Rhoades and Silverbridge, Julio Le Parc, Marina Abramovic, among
many others.