Swab Performance 2018

Swab Barcelona presents the fourth edition of the Swab Performance program, organized in collaboration with the  Diputació de Barcelona’s Visual Arts Program. An expert committee formed by Alexandra Laudo, Joan Morey and Imma Prieto will choose six artists to present a performance within the context of the fair. 

Swab Performance aims to support artistic performative practices from artists living in or related to Catalonia, aswell as to contribute to their visibility.

Barcelona. Entrevista A Alexandra Laudo, Crítica D'art. Bcn.
Photography: Josep Losada​

Alexandra Laudo (Barcelona) [Heroínas de la Cultura] is an independent curator and art critic. During the 2017-2018 season, she has curated the series “La possibilitat d’una illa”, at Espai 13, Fundació Joan Miró, and the exhibition “Una certa foscor”, at CaixaForum. Laudo is part of the external team of BCN Producció de La Capella. During the 2015-2016 season, she was a participant of CuratorLab, the curatorial research program of Konstfack University (Stockholm), where she developed the performative conference An Intellectual History of the Clock, that has roamed several european cities.

She has independently carried out a number of curatorial projects, both at a national and international level, and has worked as an adjunct tutor/curator at different art spaces and platforms.

She writes on regular basis at B-Guided and A-Desk magazines, and has published various texts at exhibition catalogues and art books, aswell as edited some artistic publications.

Joan Performance2
Photography: Marc Medina ​

Joan Morey (Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, Mallorca) is an artist. He graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona, and ever since, his practice has developed through the performative language, reflecting on a variety of subjects related to power and control over the body, and creating an artistic cosmos that reaches the audience. Morey has recently received the Ciudad de Barcelona 2017 de Artes Visuales award, and won the Premio de Videocración de la Red de Centros de Artes Visuales de Cataluña, Departamento de Cultura de la Generalitat de Cataluña, Arts Santa Mònica, y Loop Barcelona award. In 2015 he recieved the MAEC-AECID grant for the Spanish and Foreigners Artists and Researchers Residencies at the Spanish Academy in Rome. At the same time, he works as a teacher, mainly in the audiovisual sector and artistic production.

Morey was part of Les Clíniques d’Es Baluard 2015/2016 (Mallorca), Sant Andreu Contemporani (2013, Barcelona), and a jury member, project and exhibition set-up coordinator at BCN_Producció de La Capella (ICUB, Institut de Cultura de Barcelona).

Barcelona .foto De La Crítica D'art Imma Prieto Pel Suplement Cultura. Carrer Calabria 17, 4a 3a Barcelona
Photography: Josep Losada​

Imma Prieto (Vilafranca del Penedès, Barcelona) is an independent curator, art critic and contemporary art and new media professor at EU-Eram from University of Girona. As a curator, she has pursued projects at both a national and international level, for example, she has worked at TempArtSpace (New York), Palazzo Ca’Tron (Venice),  RAER (Rome), MUCA-ROMA (Mexico DF), Biennal de l’Istmo CentroAmericano (Guatemala), Fundació Joan Miró (Barcelona), Palau de La Virreina (Barcelona), MEIAC (Badajoz), TEA (Tenerife), ARTIUM (Vitoria) and Bòlit (Gerona), among others.

She writes on regular basis at La Vanguardia’s supplement “Cultura/s”, at Diari de Tarragona’s supplement “Encuentros”, at digital platforms such as A-Desk and Campo de Relámpagos, and theArtichoke magazine. Between 2008 and 2012 she has worked as a manager for the European Live Art Archive (ELAA), integrated by the University of Girona, the University of Oxford and the Glaugair of Berlin’s artist residence.

She regards her work from a critic viewpoint, in a way that assembles teaching, research, and writing. In 2017 she released her first documentary Eco de primera muerte, and received the Premi GAC a la crítica d’Art 2018.


Lolo&Sosaku – “¡No, no, no!”

“Noice Performance”, Lolo & Sosaku​

“No, No, No!” happens in a different temporal space, from which we can only see a portion, the propagation of what it is.

Duration30 minutes

Place: Performance booth

Timetable: Thursday 27th –  7pm

Bartomeu Sastre – Rehearsal for an improvised monologue

Bartomeu Sastre
Timetable: Sunday 30th – 1pm

Rehearsal for an improvised monologue,Galeria Fran Reus, Palma (Mallorca), 2018.

The performance “Rehearsal for an improvised monologue” uses elements from stand-up comedy to point up dynamics and vices of the artistic context we live in, always from an ironic and self-critic viewpoint. The artist will embrace the monologuist role to speak in public about the elements that are instrinsic to the contemporary artistic practice: trends, attitudes of certain characters in the sector, power relations, dynamics, etc. This implies a reconsideration of the used elements, while utilizing one or another reference depending on what is being said and done in that moment. In this context we will find sentences such as: “Decathlon is the new fine arts store” and “There are artists taking selfies to win likes”.

Duration: 30 minutes

Place: performance booth

Ariadna Guiteras – Shapeless and all shapes

Ariadna Guiteras
Textile Design: Alba Feito

“Strata” Espai Dos, Sala Muncunill, Terrassa, 2017

How to think of a multiple voice from a situated body? Of a voice that is not one, but many, not a voice, simply voice. Voice as a process of interaction, an entanglement, an accumulation of everything else. Of you, of me, of our environment, in present, past and future continuous. Like the voice of a medium through whom the dead speak, or the voice in streaming that travels without body, or the voice of your grandmother in your speech.

Duration: 20 minutes

Place: performance booth

Timetable: Saturday 29th. 6pm.

Julia Mariscal – Birds-texts-waves

“Ocells-textos-onades” is an assemblage of sculptural objects with decontextualized corporal elements, which are presented by the artist through touch. The presents objects are formalized with volatile and transparent materials, where the uncertainty of the presented images remind us of what is hidden in our bodies. The concept of skin is used as a symbol that works as a border, water or a mirror.

Duration: 10 minutes

Place: Performance booth

Timetable: Saturday 29th 1pm

Victoria Macarte – Pink noise

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PINK NOISE is a series of performative actions and interventions in space and time. PINK NOISE is a body concert in a sonic landscape. PINK NOISE is a living state of corporeality experienced live. PINK NOISE is the pink elephant in the room. PINK NOISE is a tidal wave. PINK NOISE is still life in slow motion. PINK NOISE is a twilight ballet. PINK NOISE is a tye dye t-shirt in the wind. PINK NOISE is a Rubik’s cube of pink mirrors that face each other. PINK NOISE is a portal towards a vortex of the unknown. PINK NOISE is a shift in frequency to a new paradigm. PINK NOISE is a parallel universe. PINK NOISE is the evolutive power in the persistence of erosion. PINK NOISE is order and chaos dancing. PINK NOISE is delicate anarchy. PINK NOISE is a signal that makes no sense. PINK NOISE is an aesthetic. PINK NOISE is a feeling.

PINK NOISE is a trance. PINK NOISE is body control. PINK NOISE is the slap ’n’ tickle between synapses. PINK NOISE is an amoeba amplified. PINK NOISE is the pulse that runs through pebbles. PINK NOISE is the key to deciphering the mystery sealed in stone circles. PINK NOISE is a spell to awaken cellular memory. PINK NOISE is a song for concentration, an elixir for lucid dreaming. PINK NOISE is the antidote. PINK NOISE is mother nature’s roar in a whisper. PINK NOISE is an embrace in the form of an infrasound. PINK NOISE is a subliminal exorcism of the hypercapitalist patriarchy. PINK NOISE is a weapon of mass creation. PINK NOISE is the minimal techno that will play at the zombie apocalypse after party. PINK NOISE is alkaseltzer for the brain via the ears. PINK NOISE is a line of glitter dancing like a brilliant blizzard in the spotlight of your cortex. PINK NOISE is rose magic.

Duration: 90 minutes

Place: Performance booth

Timetable: Sunday 30th.  6pm


A group of five trans-binary or non-binary genres will carry banners made by El Palomar with various texts related to gender diversity in the field of culture. For Swab Barcelona 2018, the five performers will be inserted between the visitors of the fair, as a feminist irruption in a festive-cultural context. At the same time, other performers will read texts in the area reserved for performances.

Duration: 1 hour

Place: Performance booth and fair pavillion

Timetable: Friday 28th. 6pm

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Trans Trans Trans, Performance of Equipo Palomar with the participation of Dana F. Domènech Espinet, Virginia Rovira and Joa Blumenkranz. Picture by @Discontinuada. Files of Equipo Palomar.

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