Elena Bajo's art practice explores the intersection of anarchist thought, social ecology, and metaphysics. Her concept-generated and research based practice is concerned with the ecological, social and political dimensions of everyday spaces, the strategies to conceptualize resistance, the poetics of ideologies, and the relationship between temporalities and subjectivities. She works individually and collectively across performance, choreography, installation, sculpture, participatory events, film, text and writing. She is co-initiator of the Los Angeles collective D'CLUB (Divestment Club) engaged in fossil fuel divestment activities, and climate action.
All Tangled Up in a Fading Star recipient of the 2017 Audemars Piguet Award in ArcoMadrid. It is part of the "Cosmic Distress" series together with With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch), 18th St Arts Center,Los Angeles, 2014, Isle of Inocence, Kunsthalle Sao Paulo, 2015 and Throwing Car Parts from a Cliff before Sunrise at Garcia Galeria, Madrid, within the framework of a world in crisis at every level, economic, political, social and of the individual. It is connected to Joseph Beuys' "Social Sculpture" but extrapolated to the digital contemporary; it situates itself between reality and speculation, between the "now" and the possibility or not of a future full of doubt, uncertainty and melancholy (melancholy is a condition produced and generated by the virtualization of society). It proposes a philosophical and ecological approach in a moment in which planet earth is being destroyed by human hand, the so called Anthropocene, and the social impact of neoliberal, totalitarian and predatory economies. Twelve cubic sculptures produced by interrupting the manufacturing process in a factory in Madrid by adding fragments of plastic detritus found contaminating water, generating this way "an inadvertent ready made" being the "situation in which the object is produced" the ready made and not the object. A VR video and sound experience, includes a dystopic narrative, in which a divergent group of femme radicale drone blowers, from the PIA,(Peripheral Intelligence Agency) in their role of new cosmic shamans, use their power to take over some parts of the system, and deliver "blows" of powdered customized hallucinogenic drugs, generated through data, code, and algorithms reversal hacking, to get users into altered states of mind that allow them to unclutter and "dissentangle the future" as per Franco "Bifo" Berardi, explains the transition from Resistance into Disentanglement and points at "...the spell of semiocapitalism (financial abstraction, specters of the mediascape) captures the social body and delivers it over to the economic code, where experience is subjected to the power of simulation and standardization.But I also wish to search for and to imagine possible lines of escape. These can only be found in those places of the unconscious where the multilayered spell of semiocapital is ripped apart in order for a creative unconscious to resurface". A musical sound component synchronizes the body's vibration to that of the Earth's. Please contact me if interested in watching the VR.
PERFORMANCE "THE PLEIADES" https://vimeo.com/199282809 curated by Julia Schleis and Marion Eisele. Dancers: Megan Ugur, Laura Burgener Kai10 Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf, Germany. Many cultures have stories combining nature, science and mythology about the group of stars that constitute the Pleiades. Likewise Elena Bajo narrates the changes of our environment caused by human intervention by interweaving a research-based inventory with a fictitious future scenario.The PERFORMANCE is generated by a cut up TEXT-SCORE-SCRIPT. Created by the artist from digital and analogue sources and interpreted by invited PERFORMERS. A video is projected onto the ceiling. The audience is invited to participate by lying down on a bench and watching the projection, playing this way a double role as experiencer and performer. Simultaneously the dancers perform their score. This process will both preserve and generate future PERFORMANCES.
The video work, The Land is a Mirror of the Stars investigates, through both real propositions and imaginary speculations, the articulation of negative spaces left/inherited by post-Fordist capitalism's social forms and now executed by neoliberal strategies. Mixed historical and literary texts, ethereal participatory elements and indigenous cosmologies. It proposes an extended exploration on global environmental, social and political issues as the base to address local, ancient knowledge, mythology, ethnobotany and cosmology. Using the words of honduran activist Berta Cáceres the video points at the consecuences of the destuction of the natural hábitats in the Amazonian Forest when describing the cycle that goes from the star constelations to the yearly harvest.
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Elena Bajo, Timeless Considerations (SOLO) Curated by Albert Heta STACION Prishtina, Kosovo November 26, 2014-January 18th, 2015
Elena Bajo A Universe comes into Being when a Space is severed or Taken apart (SOLO PROJECT)Curated by Eduardo Garcia for PRAXIS ARTIUM-Basque Museum Center of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain September 28-November 28, 2014
When we can't dream any longer, we die -Emma Goldman (Portrait) 2014 From the series La Femme Radicale or The Point of No Return, 2013 Silk Screen-print on wood 3 x 2'If I can't dance to it, it's not my Revolution Curated by Natalie Musteata The Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery Haverford College Philadelphia US 2014
Elena Bajo L'apres-Coup, performance-sculpture, Original Doubt curated by Andrea Rodriguez Novoa and Veronica Valentini, Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon
Elena Bajo Black Chance Art Sheffield 2013 Zero Hours 2013 S1 Art Space, Sheffield UK
Elena BAJO, Dem.........Volke, The Phylogenesis of Generosity, 40 square meters (5mX8m)of transplanted lawn from the Reichstag, Satellite View, Berlin 2013
Elena BAJO, Dem.........Volke Flag, The Phylogenesis of Generosity, partially erased inscription from the front of the Reichstag, Berlin 2013
Elena Bajo Dem Volke (to all the People)40 sq m (5x8 sq m) of lawn from the Reichstag in Berlin transplanted into the Prinzessinnen Garten, The First Triennial of Outdoor Sculpture, Curated by Office of Occupation and Helena Producciones, 2013
Elena Bajo, Still Square, Black Sonata, Throw a Rock and See What Happens Curated by Juan Canela for Ineditos 2013 La Casa Encendida Madrid SP. Elena Bajo with Performers: Paloma Carrasco, Alba Fernandez Alba, Marisol Lopez Rubio, Angela Millano, Thanks to Victoria Perez Arroyo Master de Practica Escenica y Cultura Visual (UAH) -Press Release Performance-Sculpture: A political text is decoded into musical notes, and interpreted by performers for them to generate the score for the musicians, the choreography for the dancers and the script for the actors. The performers encounter each other for the first time in the moment of the performance.
STILL SQUARE, BLACK SONATA, Throw a Rock and see what happens Curated by Juan Canela for Ineditos 2013 La Casa Encendida Madrid SP Live Performance May 24 - Sept 8, 2013 Elena Bajo with Performers: Paloma Carrasco, Alba Fernandez Alba, Marisol Lopez Rubio, Angela Millano, Thanks to Victoria Perez Arroyo Master de Practica Escenica y Cultura Visual (UAH) -Press Release Reclaimed fire resistant blankets, glass. Performance. An anarchist TEXT is decoded into musical notes. An anarchist generates the score for the musician, the choreography for the dancers, the script for the actors. A new site-specific performance piece that confronts an anarchist manifesto, movement, objects, time,space and sound. Three performers are given an anarchist manifesto to read that will generate their individual movements. The music of the performance is generated by translating each word of the anarchist manifesto into musical notes, following a system used by John Cage. The dancers have no knowledge in advance of the music that they will be dancing to or what the other dancer's movements will be. The process of not-knowing, indeterminacy and improvising is made visible, a space devoided of hierarhies is suggested.
La Femme Radicale or The Point of No Return D+T Project Brussels BE 2013 Poster, 1 of 25 fading out series. Wool woven tapestry, concrete. Interpretation by craftsmen from India of Emma Goldman pixelated portrait from digital public domain archives.
Can't Hear my Eyes Curated by Niekolaas Lekkerkerk at Nogueras Blanchard Madrid Opening April 6th, 2013 and Barcelona Opening April 12, 2013 with Elena Bajo, Michel Ceulers, Lydia Gifford, Marie Lund, Magali Reus, Artie Vierkant
The Absence of Work PLATFORM 3 Munich 2012 From top to bottom 1. Every Something is an Echo of Nothing 2. You have the right to remain silent 3.We don't need to destroy the past. It's gone 4. I'm trying to be unfamiliar with what I'm doing. 5. Letter of Lenin to the Bavarian Soviet Republik 1919 6. Anarchist Poem John Cage
The Factory Of Forms - Reconstructing of the Common - The Absence of Work - Schrodinger's cat (Quantum Suicide) A Thought Experiment POEM(pdf)-We erased the semiotic landmarks of our image-poem to induce a simultaneously chaotic and osmotic experience of a then revisited political history of social struggle and protest. This visual and structural attempt opens up the horizon of our habitat to envisage and thus welcome new and necessary ecosophical ethos. Elena Bajo in conversation with Bastien Rousseau - The Factory of Forms, Elena Bajo, 2012 - ELENA BAJO The Factory of Forms Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht-NL June 9 - September 30 Elena Bajo, The Factory of Forms, Installation View Metal factory rejects, reclaimed concrete A Thought Experiment, Poem by Elena Bajo-Bastien Rousseau Jan Van Eyck Academie, 2012
Elena Bajo, Reconstrcuting of the Common, refused aluminum frames, 2012 ................Elena Bajo, Reconstructing of the Common, glass factory rejects, 2012
Elena Bajo, Reconstructing of the Common, acrylic paint on paper taken from the framer at framer's shop, 2012
ELENA BAJO Reconstructing of the Common D+T Project, Brussels Belgium May 25 - July 7 Elena Bajo, Reconstructing of the Common, aluminum factory rejects, 2012................Elena Bajo, Reconstructing of the Common, ink on discarded paper from gallery, 2012
Elena Bajo, Black Flag, acrylic paint on cotton drop cloth taken from workers painting building walls, 2011 -WHO TOLD YOU SO?!#2 Truth vs. Organisation Onomatopee, Eindhoven-NL June 8 - July 15 2012
-ELENA BAJO The Absence of Work PERFORMANCE PROJECT at LISTE 17 Basel Curated by Burkhard Meltzer PERFORMANCES -June 11 - June 13 Elena Bajo, The Absence of Work, performance at LISTE 17, curated by Burkhard Meltzer, 2012 Performers: ODS, Claudia Kühne,Christine Lehmann, Ida Sons
-FRIEZE Art Fair FRAME London The Pervasive Element (Solo Exhibition) with D+T Project, Brussels Selection by curators Cecilia Alemani and Rodrigo Moura October 13th-16th, 2011
-The Multipplier Effect VESSEL - The Stonehouse, Fringe BAS 7 Plymouth Opening September 22, 2011 Exhibition Sept 23- October 30th, 2011
-The Absence of Work Platform 3 Platform3 Munich Sept Oct 2012 -ELENA BAJO The Factory of Forms Manifesta 9 Parallel Onderwijslaan 4, Waterschei, Genk-B June 1 - September 30, 2012 -Studio Time: Work of the Living Watch led by Geoffrey Farmer runs with The Retreat: A Position of dOCUMENTA (13) The Banff Centre for the Arts, AB, Canada- -ArtWiki The 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art 27 April – 01 July 2012 Art in the Parking Space -Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, January 19-29 produced by the Getty in collaboration with LAXART Los Angeles Jan 24th, 2012 7-9 pm The Standard Hotel, West Hollywood -FRIEZE Art Fair FRAME London The Pervasive Element (Solo Exhibition) with D+T Project, Brussels Selection by curators Cecilia Alemani and Rodrigo Moura October 13th-16th, 2011 -VESSEL - The Stonehouse, Fringe BAS 7 Plymouth Opening September 22, 2011 Exhibition Sept 23- October 30th, 2011 -ON Uncertain Terms SAMETITLED S/T Berlin Exhibition Opening and Publication Release Nov 3, 2011 Exhibition Nov 4-Jan 8, 2012 -Script for a Form Performa 11 Biennial: Fluxus Weekend New York, Sunday November 13, 2001 at 6.30 pm -Elena Bajo, Sara MacKillop, Cristiana Palandri: Aesthetic Anarchy Scaramouche Gallery New York, Opening Sunday November 13, 2011 5-8 pm till January 8, 2012 -Uncommonplaces Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen Antwerp, Belgium 18 November 2011 – 8 January 2012 Opening 17th November, at 19.00 Curated by Pieter Vermeulen, as part of the ICI's Curatorial Intensive program - Reprise #1 Studies for a catalogue / A study for an exhibition on violence in contemporary art (reprise 1964/2011)-Flat Time House, London (download pdf publication) Friday 24 June-Sunday 31 July -PHOTOMUSÉE DE LA DANSE A Project by Tim Etchells L'Ecole d'Art à Avignon July 6-July 26 -Studies for an Exhibition (download PR pdf) Curated by Mathieu Copeland at The David Roberts Art Foundation Fitzrovia, London April 7th - June 11th, 2011 Following a desire to not fix in form an exhibition to be, Studies for an Exhibition brings together practices that explore the possibilities of immateriality and the temporal nature of an art object. The question of time and accumulation is adamant to an exhibition that considers a recycling of our current reality as the means to generate transitory new forms. The exhibition features works and new commissions by Elena Bajo, Emma Bjornesparr, Julia Rometti and Victor Costales, Gustav Metzger, Roman Opalka, Karin Sander and Niele Toroni. Mathieu Copeland has also edited a new publication, the third volume of his series entitled An Exhibition to Hear Read/Une Exposition à être lue. The publication features specially commissioned text based artworks by Robert Barry, Jarrod Fowler, Nicolas Garait, Karl Holmqvist, Bethan Huws, David Medalla, Yann Sérandour, Cally Spooner, and Sue Tompkins, which will be read out throughout the show.-Berlin: METROSPECTIVE Program and Future Gallery Berlin Feb 18 - March 5, 2011-Love Letters to a Surrogate Stage 2 (Performance) MUHKA Antwerp, Belgium January 17th, 8 pm - 10 pm -ELENA BAJO THE OBJECT OF A MOVEMENT (Solo Show) D+T PROJECT Gallery Brussels November 18th 2010 - January 8th 2011-The Moon is a Harsh Mistress The Woodmill London (PDF DOWNLOAD) Ap 21 - May 23 Supported by SEACEX PERFORMANCE 'Plan for a Composition in 3 Movements' The Woodmill, London -PUBLICATION (PDF DOWNLOAD)-36 Dramatic Situations Louis V.E.S.P Brooklyn, New York May 28 - June 16, 2010 -Love Letters to a Surrogate The Torrance Art Museum, LA, CA July 10th, 2010 PERFORMANCE PERFORM! NOW! Human Resources Gallery Los Angeles, CA July 29, 30, 31, August 1, 2010 -Discretion/Determination curated by Caroline Soyez-Petithomme La Salle de Bains Lyon June 19-July 31, 2010 -Pastiche-When a Tree Falls in the Forest(PDF DOWNLOAD) Sølyst Skulpturpark, Copenhagen, May 29th-Sept 5,2010 -The Horizon Line is Here (Tornare per Partire) Umberto di Marino Galleria Naples, May 20th-Oct 5th, 2010 -John Cage The Anarchy of Silence, Of What is and Might Have Been SCHUNCK GLASPALEIS HEERLEN NL, Sept 3rd-Nov 28th, 2010
ARTE INFORMADO La Espanola Elena Bajo expone en Belgica, Holanda y Suiza -ARTSLANT Aesthetic Anarchy at Scaramouche New York "Minimal Mayhem" Review by Charlie Schultz -ARTNEWS Lots to see by Keith Plocek pag 32 Jan 2012 -THIS IS TOMORROW Uncommonplaces at Extra City Review by Pieter Van Bogaert, Dec 2011 -a-n Magazine Vessel, Plymouth Review by Gabrielle Hoad, Oct 2011 -METROPOLIS M Frieze Art Fair 2011 by Alexander Mayhew, Oct 2011 -Art Monthly Studies for an Exhibition Review by Chris Fite-Wassilak -CENTRE FOR THE AESTHETIC REVOLUTION by Pablo Leon de La Barra -Resonance 104.4 fm Mathieu Copeland interviewed by William English CENTURY 21ST Studies for an Exhibition: CURATOR AS ARTIST, ARTIST AS CURATOR -ART SELECTOR ELENA BAJO Interviewed by Emily Alexander, February 15th, 2011 -THIS IS TOMORROW ELENA BAJO THE OBJECT OF A MOVEMENT by Pieter Vermeulen, Jan 2, 2011 -WORLD NEWS ELENA BAJO PERFORMANCE 'A New Refutation of Time' at 179 Canal, New York -CATALOGUE MAGAZINE ISSUE 4: MATHIEU COPELAND SELECTS ELENA BAJO "Is Music the Essence of Words? -LE MONDE, FRANCE Qu'est-ce que l'art (aujourd'hui) Discretion / Determination a La Salle de Bains (Lyon) -HOLLY VILLATS Elena Bajo The Moon is A Harsh Mistress at the Woodmill, London, 2010
ARCHIVE PROJECTS 2008-2010:
-EXHIBITION, a collective project, a six month exhibition of continuous series of events 103 invited artists, in a NY vacant storefront2009 -Bread and Roses 101, Labor-Production of Space 2009 -Marx Capital Grafitti 2009 -From a Ruin into a Monument 2008 -Neither Here Nor Elsewhere 2008 -Erased Charlie 2008 Monuments to Moments 2008 Notes on Public Situations, Philosophical Models 2009 Instructions to make a sculpture that is not a sculpture 2008 Some Texts -PORTFOLIO 2004-07 -Performance/Video Archive -P O R T F O L I O 2010 -B L O G-P.S.1 STUDIO VISIT
-Studies for an ExhibitionCurated by Mathieu Copeland at The David Roberts Art Foundation Fitzrovia, London April 6 - June 11, 2011
-Elena Bajo The Object of a Movement PERFORMANCE (Video Extract)(Solo Show, Nov 18, 2010-Jan 8, 2011 D+T PROJECT Gallery Brussels Performance by Elena Bajo in collaboration with Brussels based dancers Boglárka Börcsök, Marta Kosieradka and Paola Zampierolo (Left) Discarded painting stretchers from artist friends, Variable (Right) Discarded glass leftovers taken from Framer's shop, Variable SYSTEMS OF ANARCHY MOVEMENTS
-Elena Bajo The Object of a Movement (Solo Show, Nov 18, 2010-Jan 8, 2011 D+T PROJECT Gallery Brussels (Left)(Pharmacie, after Marcel Duchamp), 2010, Found 60's frames arranged by the salesperson at the Framer's shop, Variable (Right) Slide Show, 49 damaged slides found among leftovers of daily flea market in Brussels, the projection reflects the abstract shapes of what was an image before and the effects on time, Installation View 2010, Courtesy D+T Project, Brussels Photo by White Project
LISTEN (Music starts with one minute of SILENCE)-Elena Bajo The Object of a Movement (Solo Show, Nov 18, 2010-Jan 8, 2011 D+T PROJECT Gallery Brussels (Left)political text converted into musicalnotes,recorded in a 33 rpm vinyl record and played in a borrowed record player, soundtrack for the performance, includes the fragments of texts chosen by each dancer. Limited Edition, Signed (Right)Poster-Publication Printed on used paper reclaimed from the printer's trash can with contributions by Daniel Miller, Caroline Soyez-Petithomme, Mathieu Copeland and Tom Trevatt. Limited Edition, Signed 41,5x61,5cm
Universal Flag, Film Still of performance in (Left)the Californian Dry Lake Desert, 2010, (Right) Morocco Desert (2011) b/w photo, wooden frame, cm 27 x 36, ed.1/3 , -The Horizon Line is Here (Tornare per Partire), Envoi 2 Courtesy Galleria Umberto di Marino, Napoli
(Left)-The Horizon Line is Here (Tornare per Partire)Envoi 4, 2010, found stone of Trani, mirrors, neon lamp, cm 35 x 52 x 40- (Right) Envoi 1, Suspension exercises in the california desert 2010, color photo, wooden frame, cm 40 x 53, ed. 1/3
-ELENA BAJO, The Moon is a Harsh Lover, The Woodmill, London (PDF DOWNLOAD) 2010 (Left) Untitled Reclaimed framed glass and wysa board, found office lights in basement of building (Right)Untitled Concrete piece casted from the measurements of the concrete wall of a cold war bunker, built in 1951,found underneath the Woodmill building
Click Images to WATCH VIDEO OF PERFORMANCE "PLAN FOR A COMPOSITION IN THREE MOVEMENTS" by Elena Bajo in collaboration con London based actors Jessica Manley, Kasha Bajor, Joyia Fitch, Lowry James, T Davar, Lucy Thanes, Irene Fuma, The Woodmill, 2010 script generated by a politicaal Manifesto generated by ideas found within the Woodmill worker's historical activities
Left "Plan for a choreography" movement and performance based on architectural floor plan for a Social Rehabilitation Center in London, 1968 (Right) The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, The Woodmill, 2010 Broken Mirror Sculpture piece made unintended, Detail
(Left) Untitled Pre-painting as painting, masking tape and light, mirror produces shadow lights on the canvas and wall,stretchers belong to discarded material froma famous artist, lines of the painting follow lines extrapolated from photograph of the stables of the building in1902, in which the space was a stables, the stables from the past become ‘projected’ into the artist' studios and exhibition space of the present (Right) Found wooden table top The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Woodmill, 2010
Installation View, Right Video Still of performance Freies Museum, Berlin 2009 Nothing more than a Theatre of Fluctuating Ideas and Echoes of Future Moments (A New Refutation of Time), Installation and Performance, Freies Museum,Berlin 2009 Materials found in the storage of the exhibition space, POLITICAL text-Script read by a female standard computer voice, music (grand piano generated by text using a system that translates text into musical notes, movements borrowed from everyday ‘worker's’ movements, martial arts and 1926’s Czech collective and choreographer Milca Mayerova’s Abeceda an experimental, itinerant, ever unfolding, site specific performed sculpture, an abstract ensemble ofphilosophical texts de-coded into musical notes, improvised actions and choreographed movements
Nothing more than a Ttheatre of Fluctuating Ideas and Echoes of Future Moments (A New Refutation of Time)You can watch video of a piece generated by this piece Artist Statement 2009, Installation and Performance, 179 Canal,coinciding with PERFORMA BIENNIAL 09 New York, 2009 Freies Museum,Berlin 2009 Materials found in the storage of the exhibition space, text read by a standard computer voice, music (grand piano generated by text using software translates text into musical notes, movements borrowed from everyday ‘work’movements, martial arts and 1926’s Czech collective and choreographer Milca Mayerova’s Abeceda an experimental, itinerant, ever unfolding, site specificperformed sculpture, an abstract ensemble of philosophical texts de-coded into musical notes, improvised actions and choreographed movements
Untitled 1867 (Marx Studies, text from Marx Capital), ISCP, New York, 2008 Grafitti black stencil on found door used by artists as a table
BREAD AND ROSES 101: Labor and Production of Space, Artist as a political entity as an owner of the disposition on his/her own time,it is aseries of one on one discussions that seek to explore, imagine and implement new forms of protest by creating actions and strategies, while negotiating the production of space and consumption of time incorporating leisure or 'do whatever you'd like to do'as a way of resistance against cpitalist system of control of the time of the worker. Workshop / Performance / Installation by Elena Bajo and Jon Cuyson, Poster, Sculpture Center, New York, 2009
No Power for Nobody Goldrausch 08 Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin 2008 16mm film projected from the inside mirror of a found glass vitrine depicting a Berlin bear in a bear pit walking backwards and in circles, sign of a syndrome that animals in captivity develop, placed in the corridor of the exhibition space
The Garden of Dreams, Installation View, Museum of the City, Murcia 2008 Materials donated by the neighbors around the exhibtiion space
-Pastiche-When a Tree Falls in the Forest(PDF DOWNLOAD To the North, The Crystal of Non- Knowledge, a Landscape to be invented, Solyst Skulpturen Park, Copenhagen 2010 Trashed damaged staircase and Stained color glass window found in a wasteland, re-assambled nd welded in collaboration with unemployed workers subsidez by the Denmark Government
Neither Here Nor Elsewhere, (A Garden of Weeds), Peekskill Project, HVCCA, 2008
The Rooks have Returned, Film Still, Installation found and donated by neighbors furniture, A Foundation, London 2009