Humberto Velez: Aesthetics of Collaboration

Humberto Velez: Aesthetics of Collaboration
Library Shelf Location 18.VELE
Publication Date 2013
Description Vélez’s performances actively explore the possibilities of working in collaboration with different groups (artists and handcrafters, special communities, athletes, musicians, and groups conformed especially for each project), in different places and cultures. The artistic projects are conceived from what he calls “the ability to create aesthetics” of, for, and with these groups, according to their different lifestyles, thereby managing different concepts and expressions of popular culture, power, and ethics. The human relations on which Vélez constructs his creative processes are as important as the final outcome, be that a performance, a film, an installation, or a photographic memoir. Vélez calls his practice “Aesthetics of Collaboration.” In his work, as described by curator Gerardo Mosquera, “the community should be an active agent” at the same time as his art also “interweaves personal memories, dreams, visions, and the determination of pretending to invent new worlds.” The artist works with diverse media and themes, ranging from the popular to the high-tech, from the traditional to the contemporary. This bi-lingual English/Spanish book is a thorough documentation of one of Latin America’s premier artists working with participatory performance and collaborative art practices today, with critical essays by Luis Camnitzer and Emelie Chhangur and interviews with the artist by Hans-Michael Herzog and Adrienne Samos.
ISBN 9780921972655
Quantity 1
Pages 176
Authors Luis Camnitzer, Emelie Chhangur
Format Softcover
Publisher Art Gallery of York University, Toronto
Related Artist Humberto Velez
Category Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords Collaboration, Participation
Artist's Nationality Latin American
Language English

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