In co-authorship with Daniel Reyes León, Martín Gubbins surprises us again with an exhibition that explores margins among poetry, technology and sound, opting for new supports and spaces for his own written artwork.
The bongo sound bounces in the old walls of Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) during a couple of minutes. The crowd, expectant from the main floor, look towards the second floor looking for the origin of that sound. The poet Martín Gubbins and the visual artista Daniel Reyes were the responsible of that intervention, which began the exhibition Cuadernos de composición (Composition books in Spanish).
Thirty pages, separated in ten columns and three nude lines of waxed thread, is what can be observed in the museum’s fourteen room’s wall. It was proposed as a geometric movement of his book “Cuaderno de composición” (Books of Pez Espiral, 2014), Gubbins wants his writing to abandon his original support and it shows itself in a new wide surface with different kind of technological and sound devices.
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Furthermore, Reyes mounted a sound circuit with three Okidata 320 printers, whose carriages give voice to the poet text working as sounding boards of his visual poem. Every device creates three tones at unison, so can be heard three printed voices in a steady paper that never ends and unleash the intervention of different guest artists.
Alessandra Burotto, curator of the exhibition and media coordinator of the museum, defines Cuadernos de composición as a “narrative structure that is located in displacements of media, in its alteration and in the transit of its signs in different ways of speaking, where sonority -outgoing or musical- gathers the influx of concrete Anglo-Saxon poetry to be settled in the three-dimensionality”.
In this Maiden session participated the cellist Isidora Edwards, the guitarist Tomás Gubbins and the duo Montenegrofisher (Luna Montenegro and Adrián Fisher), artists that performed different improvisations at the present machines’ rhythm. The exhibition will have five conceerts of camera inside the room, where musicians, visual artists, poets and performers will participate.
“Gubbins Gubbins wants his writing to abandon his original support and it shows itself in a new wide surface with different kind of technological and sound devices”.
The exhibition will be available in the second floor of the museum from November 20th (2018) until January 12th (2019). The concerts will last one hour, in addition to have a subsequent conversation. For more information, click here.