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A*DESK has been offering since 2002 contents about criticism and contemporary art. A*DESK has become consolidated thanks to all those who have believed in the project, all those who have followed us, debating, participating and collaborating. Many people have collaborated selflessly with A*DESK, and continue to do so. Their efforts, knowledge and belief in the project are what make it grow. At A*DESK we have also generated work for over one hundred professionals in culture, from small collaborations with reviews and classes, to more prolonged and intense collaborations.

At A*DESK we believe in the need for free and universal access to culture and knowledge. We want to carry on being independent, remaining open to more ideas and opinions. If you believe in A*DESK, we need your backing to be able to continue. You can now participate in the project by supporting it. You can choose how much you want to contribute to the project.

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Magazine

21 June 2010
Acción directa

A*DESK

Acción directa, dar respuesta, do it yourself, autogestión, responsabilidad. Frente a la incapacidad y a la incertidumbre no puede ser que la respuesta sea la espera. El mundo del arte hace como si no pasara nada, todo se va al traste y los presupuestos siguen recortándose. Y nada, mejor no pensarlo.

Si los gobiernos que afectan a una ciudad como Barcelona van logrando que el tedio se apodere de todo no podemos darles la culpa únicamente a ellos: quien se aburre también es culpable. Si la gestión de los políticos lleva a la quiebra de un país no es válido quedarse de brazos cruzados: Toca ocupar su lugar y ganarles.

Existen ejemplos válidos, y en este número de A*DESK presentamos algunos. Frederic Montornés escribe sobre Halfhouse, un espacio expositivo en un piso barcelonés. Martí Manen sobre Best Party, el partido político islandés creado por distintos agentes culturales islandeses y que ha ganado las elecciones en el ayuntamiento de la capital. María Pose se acerca a una figura de coherencia absoluta como Bas Jan Ader, y Montse Badia observa el contagio de lo conceptual en el arte de hoy.

A*DESK, Independent Institute of Criticism and Contemporary Art, is dedicated to learning, publishing and research related to the criticism of contemporary art. Taking the view that critical thought makes individuals free, its mission is to defend actively the importance of criticism: to generate debate about contemporary art, to enable each individual to establish their own opinion and by doing so promote culture.

Articles

21 June 2010

Acción directa

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Artist’s Status

30 November 2018

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