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August 3, 2019

AIRCAT 2019: BCN > BARNA > MACBA

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Early on, after we had settled into our studio, it was high time to take a trip to Barcelona to buy art supplies at Barna Art and to visit the Richard Meier designed contemporary art museum, MACBA. In addition to selections from their collection was the summer show at MACBA of the work of CHRISTIAN MARCLAY: COMPOSITIONS...

Editorial: While the wall text emphasized Marclay's sound/music/video aspect, what impacted me instead was his core (early) Pop Art center of gravity, a curiosity since here we all sit at the far (bleeding?) edge of the Postmodern epoch.

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AIRCAT 2019: Arrival

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I've decided to tell this summer's story of AIR.CAT via a timeline iPhoto narration. So, it makes simple sense to tell the story from the beginning, the arrival of this years' summer residency participants, Alberto Barcia Fernandez (a native sone of Tossa, currently living in Mallorca) and Avital Yomdin (native to Israel, currently living in Berlin).

The first thing we did was to walk the length of Tossa de Mar and have a cortado at Mar Menuda, where we could take in a vista of the town in its entirety.

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Summer Music: 2019

Most every summer is marked by pop music hits, despite that I have noted a lapse in this rule in recent years. This summer recovers the power of pop music and Rosalía in particular has reached the superlative. Two examples below and a particularly excellent analysis follows...

Fucking Money Man



Malamente

ROSALÍA: What no one is saying about her new album: El Mal Querer | Jaime Altozano

I've seen a lot of articles about Rosalía and El Mal Querer, but there's something no one is talking about... the music!! The chords, the production techniques, the melodies, and the mix of different genres that make this such a brilliant and exceptional album.

I only do this kind of long videos for things like Hamilton, The Lord of the Rings and such, but I truly believe this album is that good.

Update:

Rosalía responded to Jaime's analysis:

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July 17, 2019

AIRCAT 2019: Alejandro's Opening

Up for air... or is a new blogpost a dive instead?

Mounting the inaugural summer of the AIR,CAT (Artist in Residency, Catalunya) was consuming in the best sense of the word. Four weeks from the middle of June to July, old friends Gerard Smulevich and I --plus the program participants/invitees Alberto Barcia Fernández and Avital Yomdin-- rode waves of intensity, exposures, events, objectives, changing circumstances, setbacks that were in the end only apparent and resulted in more fabulousness, appreciation and generosity from the people of Tossa, outpourings of new things to learn and discover -from the people themselves- about Tossa de Mar.

So, I will tell you all the whole story, starting at the end.

The opening, the inaugural show of AIR,CAT 2019. The following photos were shot by Alejandro Ortubia Arnó at the opening festivities. I first met Alejandro when he was just 7 years old. It's wonderful to see the lad become a man. Currently in a university, he's pursuing a film career. He likes to travel to such places as Kazakhstan and that particular region, he's fascinating to talk to. I like his shots because his eye is yet innocent, this is his first such event to document, and we gave no direction. As a result, we see images of an exhibition, blended with the viewers, people.

Fused.

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