Un Mystique Determinado, 2003, 17 min 25 s, colour, sound
Courtesy of the artist
Carles Congost works with different media on the processes of creating and producing art works and the way in which they are interwoven with everyday life. His work analyses the meetings between high and low culture in artistic expressions ranging from design to music and from the fashion of youth subcultures to the advertising industry. Un Mystique Determinado has been described as ‘a small rock opera, made up of songs by the group Astrud’. From the start there is a reference to the musical format, which in this case serves to reveal an existential drama marked by the identity crisis of a sportsman/artist. A football player suddenly feels the calling of artistic inspiration, of what he calls mystique, and decides to give up his career in sport. The work serves to explore and critique stereotypes on art and artists that circulate in our societies and the various hierarchies and ideologies that operate within this context. Values that are heir to the romantic idea of the artist as inspiration, originality, authorship, are light-heartedly reviewed from the point of view of a video-artist. A likeness of the artist himself? The work includes a brilliant performance by Pablo Rivero, who is well known for his appearances in very popular television series and who has become a talismanic actor for Carles Congost.
Each memory tells an intimate story; each collection presents us with the reality of containing an intimate story as well. The collection is akin to a whole in which many memories and stories of the artist, the viewer, and the collector are brought together. At the heart of a collection is memory, nurtured from the past and projecting into the future.
In 1998 Ben Jakober and Yannick Vu collaborated on an obvious remake of Marcel Duchamp’s Roue de Bicyclette, his first “readymade” object. Duchamp combined a bicycle wheel, a fork and a stool to create a machine which served no purpose, subverting accepted norms of art.
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