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Davis Museum | The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona was founded on Facebook in 2009. It is the first contemporary art museum created in a ballot box through social networks. It functions simultaneously as a readymade sculpture, a collective work of art, and a temporary, mutable conceptual space more than a physical one. A provocation to the art establishment. With its own permanent contemporary art collection, The Davis Museum is also a non-profit artistic project that organizes and produces exhibitions, encourages research, and promotes contemporary art exhibitions. Additionally, The Davis Museum organizes traveling exhibitions to other cultural centers, museums and institutions, nationally and internationally, while generating debate, thought, and reflection. Its mission is the selection, presentation, study, dissemination, and preservation of contemporary art by emerging and renowned artists from around the world.

Although The Davis Museum can't challenge the cultural hegemony, it's an example of the emergence of independent museums created by artists to crack the monopoly of big cultural institutions, the establishment, and an attempt to create alternative channels and increase the visibility of contemporary visual creation, organizing exhibitions, uploading videos and publications as an alternative channel of expressive information. And yes, it could be seen as a small revolution in the way we think, organize and act culturally and politically, and not just in the way we create art with more or less exhibition space or funding.

The Generalitat de Catalunya (Autonomous Community of Kingdom of Spain) formally recognizes the Davis Museum’s permanent collection of contemporary art. 





Amber Ginsburg & Joseph Madrigal, Treacle, 2015, performance, video, projection and gilded frame, 7,08 x 5,90 x 1,18 in

The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona

The work, titled Treacle, comes from the term for an old fashioned dessert made from turning crystallized sugar into a liquid. Treacle references this physical transformation, the domestic and slow syrupy movement. Pulling heavily from pictorial traditions, our aim is to refract and scramble the visual information of interior and exterior landscapes.
This project was inspired and produced during a residency at Rutherfurd Hall, a historical house museum in New Jersey, USA. Connections began to coalesce from looking at the site, original blue prints, farmed Astro-Lunar photographs by the pioneer photographer Lewis Morris Rutherfurd and the intensely picturesque views of the lake that seemed to forever reframe John Constable paintings. The insistence of romanticism paired with layers of historical technologies brought to mind displacement. We fabricated an odd object, something more out of a H.P. Lovecraft short story such as Color out of Space, that allowed us to reflect the space in complex convex and concave tessellations. Placing an object of uncertain origin within familiar pictorial tropes, the performance of the body within transforms both the object and the surrounding space. This work attempts to de-anchor. Using analog practices, no digital manipulation is used in the work other than the original digital filming.


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