October 18, 7 – 10. Soya & Pomodoro.
October 25, 7 – 10. Artrageous Gallery.
Village of Merrick Park
An Archaeology of Spanglish
Curated by Abel Remon
As hinted by the title, the exhibition is informed and makes use of the French philosopher Michel Foucault’s Archaeology. In his book, the Archeology of Knowledge Foucault makes an effort to describe his theories on academic practice. In this text, Foucault puts into words what he calls “archaeology”, Archaeology describes discourses as practices specified in the element of the archive.â€It is the description of the archive. This exhibition narrows Foucault’s query then, doing An Archaeology of Spanglish.It is in this sense that the exhibition An Archaeology of Spanglish performsan excavation of the Spanglish archive. This digging is not the unearthing of the unknown, of the never seen or thought of Spanglish. It is a mapping of its archive. Thus An Archaeology of Spanglish, paraphrasing Foucault, is an enquiry whose aim is to rediscover on what basis Spanglish became possible; within what space of order is Spanglish constituted? Then, the exhibit is not so much a history of Spanglish as “archaeology.In other words, the exhibit is a mapping of the conditions of emergence and transformation of Spanglish, rather than an explanation of its hidden meaning, its propositional or logical context or its expression of an individual or collective psychology. Thus the exhibit describes migration ”specifically the differential play between emigrating and immigrating”as the condition of emergence of Spanglish. Spanglish as a result of the collision of two languages points at the fact that one went from one place to the other. One becomes a certain vehicle between the alternative territories of here and there. The very assemblage of the exhibit describes the process of migrating. The exhibit unfolds in a threefold manner: territorialization, which is the setting up or assembling of a site-specific installation at Soya & Pomodoro creating a space, a territory. Deterritorialization is the process of undoing, disassembling the site-specific installation and its relation to the space it opened ”its territory. Reterritorialization follows Deterritorialization, in reassembling the assemblages that constituted the site-specific installation in Artrageous Gallery recombining them letting them enter into new relations, constituting a-new assemblage, creating a-new territory, opening up a new space–territorialization.
TERRITORIALIZATIONFriday, October 18, 7 – 10Soya & Pomodoro120 NE 1st St.