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January
Body

A*DESK

If we talk about desires, January is undoubtedly the month that deserves the most attention. Condensed intentions accumulate into its first days, intentions that will feed the course of the year it inaugurates. Slowly melting, these desires will travel through the weeks of February, March… probably by August they will have evaporated, to return, in a lesser form, reappearing in September. It doesn’t matter. January and desires. Desires and flesh. Sensations and sweat. Skin and re-flection, and panting. Snot and cold, flesh, machines, and cyborgs, transformed bodies and mutilated bodies.

We’re not the first ones to want to talk about this recipient that contains us, in multiple forms and colours. This microstructure that protects and envelops us condenses a vast quantity of information, like January with its desires, and to continue with structuralist concepts our infra(structure) which we carry inside. What nobody sees.

We began the month and year with a sort of declaration of intent, a brilliant Martí Manen, who went from the macro to the very small, from the intimate to the public, by way of different subjects that we have dealt with and will tackle at A*DESK over the last year and in the one that is beginning. With “Cos, text, suor, píxel” Manen also pointed to the digital body and to the discourse emanated by the body.

A discourse we have seen Aimar Pérez Galí truly sweat, and who Frederic Montornés allowed us to approach with his interview. Indeed only a few days later, Galí did an intense performance at Caixa Forum, within the framework of Hablo sabiendo que no se trata de eso d’això, curated by Juan Canela… which although we haven’t discussed we would have liked to.

On her part, Nerea Arrojería wrote about + HUMANS at the CCCB or when the body mutates, debates, or is modified, while remaining bodily, but from beyond the biological.

A month to remember ended with Eloy Fernández Porta in Arcimboldi according to ARCO reviewing the figure of the body from previous editions of ARCO, and with only a few weeks to go to ARCO 2016, …the body fragmented, partial, incomplete, (feminine?).

And talking of ARCO: A*DESK will be participating in this 35th anniversary with a special edition of A*LIVE ARCO on Saturday 27 February, from 6 to 8 pm. We await your bodies.

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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.

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