It is not a crisis, it is a chronic issue

Observatorio de fragilidad emocional. 2011

In this project, C.A.S.I.T.A. means: Chronicle of Affection and Subjectivity of Interrelationships in This Age

It was proposed as a project spread through different areas of the School of Fine Arts of the UCM (Complutense University of Madrid). It was centered mainly on the Extension, the exhibition presented materials and developments of earlier stages of the project El Ente Transparente (The Transparent Entity): Ganarse la Vida (Make a Living) and Caja Negra (Black Box), and it also presented a new proposal: Emotional Fragility Observatory.

The Observatory is a space designed to stimulate narrative writing about the pervasive contemporary emotional and existential precariousness, with the understanding that it is a consequence of the coexistence and the intersection of the following phenomena: job precariousness, the adjustment of affections and caregiving to new capitalisms, the emotional virtuality of the Internet and the unstoppable technological upgrading that has redefined our times.

The Observatory has two proposals: Chronicles and Fictions.

Chronicles is a video in which we appropriated images from the graphic novels of the 60s and 70s so as to add to them narratives of the emotions of some of the situations in the present. Images of the past with texts about the present.

Fictions is a video-installation that shows contemporary moments. It can go with different random audio pieces of some science fiction literature fragments about some near future. These fragments do not have a utopian point of view, but they are reflections or declarations about the changes in our lifestyles in a near future. It has texts from Houellebecq, Ursula K. Le Guin, Stanislaw Lem, Philip K. Dick, Murakami, etc. Images of the present with texts about the future.

The Observatory also invites the audience to freely intervene some printouts with photo novel structure, that is, with picture frames and empty text bubbles so that the spectator is able to fill it with texts and drawings, and with their personal point of view, following some of the guidelines that can be seen in the two pieces that make up the Chronicles and Fictions space.

By doing so, an experimentation space about the narratives of contemporary emotions related to the concepts of fragility and precariousness is offered and created through writing and drawing.

The exhibit was complemented with the development of Todos los Cuerpos Afectados (Every Body Affected), a series of three round tables in room 201 or the Anatomy Room.

This room has an amphitheater structure with stands and, in its center, a body or a living model was positioned to analyze the human body in relation to its drawing from a mimetic perspective and the teaching of drawing in the past.

The collective C.A.S.I.T.A. retrieved this scene to discuss the chronic unrest of our social body, as well as to put forward possible stances, means of emancipation, and ways to do something about it.

The people invited by the collective C.A.S.I.T.A. to talk in the Anatomy Room to those interested were: YP PRODUCTIONS, Jordi Claramonte, Carlos Jiménez, Aurora Fernández Polanco, José Enrique Ema López and Patricia Soley-Beltrán.

exhibition “It is not a crisis, it is a chronic issue” in the exhibition hall of this school. At the request of the Vicedeanship of University

English Translation by Abril Herrada Galvagni