Exhibition - Cale, cale, cale! Caale!!! - Curator: Juan Canela | Tabakalera - Donostia / San Sebastián

Cale, cale, cale! Caale!!!

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Curator: Juan Canela

Artists: Elena Aitzkoa, Valentina Desideri & Corazón del Sol, Tamar Guimarães & Kasper Akhøj, Oier Iruretagoiena, Equipo Jeleton, Rometti Costales, Beatriz Santiago y Osías Yanov

Magic and nature. Throughout history, magic moments and places have been connected to the natural in diverse ways. Putting an eguzkilore – a flower that looks somewhat like a thistle – on the door of a house to scare away genies, witches and evil spirits is still quite common today in The Basque Country. Cale, cale, cale! Caale!!! (Fall, fall, fall! Faaall!!!) is something that was still being shouted out until not too long ago by a farmer in Lucania, southern Italy, reciting a magic spell against storms. The choice between “magic” and “rationality” 1 was one of the major questions at the origin of modern civilization, with thinking veering insistently towards the latter, and attempting to forget the former. That notwithstanding, the protection of flowers, words, gestures is still very present in our lives.  

The development of Catalan Spiritism in the XIX 2 century, which, departing from the practice of the use of mediums, articulates the performance of egalitarianist practices, at the centre of which blossomed the beginnings of movements such as feminism, anti-militarism and cultural and co-operativist associationism; or research by the Peruvian anthropologist Marisol de la Cadena 3 on the relationship between Indigenism and “politics” focused on two politicians specialists in rituals of the Andes mountains, which marry culture and nature in sacred and secular spheres, reveal moments in which the magical is seen to acts and acquire tangible form in settings of strife and political and social resistance.      

Ritual. Ritual that generates an exceptional time and space context in which attention and perception are transformed, and where there isn’t just one single position, but different fluid and interchangeable possibilities of action for participants 4. If we think of artistic practice from the standpoint of ritual, the possibilities for opening are increased, superseding the figure of the spectator, allowing us to imagine the transformation of the subject, even communal transformation.    

Cale, cale, cale! Caale!!! questions the place of magic, ritual, the irrational, in relation to nature in terms of what, from the standpoint of Geology was known as the Anthropocene, which could also be defined as the Capitalocene, or, better yet, the Chthulucene 5, as Donna Haraway purports in her edict. The project lays the ground for an environment of collective rehearsal, for choreography with time and space in which ideas and bodies are mixed with desires and contexts, projecting a common force and posing a series of questions. What ways can be opened by paying special attention to these moments if we do away with the old dichotomy between magic and rationality? What type of social and political proposals can emerge when ritual and incantation act together and blur the boundaries between culture and nature? What spaces of resistance for particular modes of life that are tending to disappear in global uniformity or new forms of collectivity, can be opened from here?

[1] Ernesto de Martino, Magic: A Theory from The South, Hau, 2015

[2] Gerard Orta, Spiritism and social struggle, Historia, antropología y fuentes orales, ISSN 1136-1700, págs. 29-49

[3] Marisol de la Cadena, Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice across Andean Worlds, Duke University Press, 2015

[4] Beatriz Santiago, I am going to describe a ritual, catalog of the exhibition A Universe of Fragile Mirrors at Perez Art Museum Miami

[5] Donna Haraway, Tentacular Thinking, e-flux journal #75

 

Documentation

 

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Activities

  • Exhibition
    27-10-2017 - 19:00 - 21:00

    "Cale, cale, cale! Caale!!!" Juan Canelak komisariatutako erakusketaren inaugurazioa.

    Location: - Exhibition Hall 1

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  • Cinema
    04-11-2017 - 19:00

     A documentary which blurs the lines between ancient and modern, between sacred and secular, and which directly addresses a huge question: To what extent, in our time, are our minds and bodies free? 

    Location: - Cinema - Screen 1

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  • Cinema
    05-11-2017 - 18:00

    Here we have one of the most significant movies in the history of Nordic cinema and the height of silent film on witchcraft and Satanism — a real cult piece. 

    Location: - Cinema - Screen 1

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  • Exposiciones Visitas guiadas
    08-11-2017 > 24-01-2018 - 18:00 (ES) and 19:00 (EU)

    Through the Visits in Dialogue, we propose to delve into the world of the exhibition 'Cale, cale, cale! Caale!!!'.

    Location: - Exhibition Hall

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  • Cinema
    10-11-2017 - 19:00

    Double bill and a double helping of dances and graves.

    Location: - Cinema - Screen 1

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  • Cinema
    12-11-2017 - 18:00

    Can light bring a 16th-century sculpture back to life? Can film bring back the dead? These two questions serve as an introduction to this double bill.

    Location: - Cinema - Screen 1

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  • Cinema
    18-11-2017 - 19:00
    How is it possible to record, share and question the radical metamorphosis of someone close to you into another person, and turn it into a movie? Director Eli Roland Sachs describes, in the first person, his brother Jakob’s process of revelation and crisis of faith.
    Location: - Cinema - Screen 1

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  • Cinema
    19-11-2017 - 18:00

    Young Christine suffers from MS and has spent almost her entire life exhausted in a wheelchair. To escape her isolation, she joins a group of pilgrims — nurses, volunteers and priests — travelling to Lourdes in search of solace, support, and even a miracle.

    Location: - Cinema - Screen 1

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  • Conferencias y seminarios Visitas guiadas
    22-11-2017 > 20-12-2017 - 18:30 (once a month, on Wednesday)

    Testu-inguruan is a learning group that accompanies Tabakalera exhibitions.

    Location: - Exhibition Hall

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  • Exposiciones Performances y representaciones
    23-11-2017 - 17:30-20:00

    Card reading by Equipo Jeleton.

    Location: - Exhibition Hall 1

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  • Cinema
    26-11-2017 - 18:00

    When he turns eleven — and in true superhero-story fashion — Harry learns of his true origin: a strange individual called Rubeus Hagrid revels that his parents were killed by Lord Voldemort, and that he, Harry Potter, is really a wizard with very special powers.

    Location: - Cinema - Screen 1

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  • 10-12-2017 - 18:00

    Somewhere over the rainbow / Way up high / There's a land that I heard of / Once in a lullaby//

    Location: - Cinema - Screen 1

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  • Cinema
    16-12-2017 - 19:00

    One of the most mysterious, fascinating, perverse, beautiful and enigmatic films in the history of cinema. 

    Location: - Cinema - Screen 1

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  • Cinema
    17-12-2017 - 18:00

    The film won the Golden Lion and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice Festival in 1986.

    Location: - Cinema - Screen 1

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  • Cinema
    22-12-2017 - 19:00

    We close the season with a last double session that takes us to different possible magical worlds, territories in which the lines between legend and reality have been completely erased.

    Location: - Cinema - Screen 1

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  • Exposiciones Visitas guiadas
    30-12-2017 - 12:00

    The idea is to provoke unexpected encounters in the halls and to people these with a collaboration of artists, scientists, historians, designers, biologists, musicians... so that they offer their own particular approach to each exhibition.

    Location: - Exhibition Hall

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  • Performances
    26-01-2018 - 17:00 - 21:00

    Ritual-performance by Valentina Desideri and Corazón del Sol in the framework of the Cale, cale, cale! Caale!!! exhibition.

    Location: - Cristina Enea Park

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