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Cervantes Institute


Electrica Exhibition

Kryptonite, On display at the Cervantes Institute, (March, 2011) as part of the Electrica Exhibition is a multimedia installation project which investigates relations of power dynamics and desire through text, sculpture and video. Visual artist Itziar Barrio, and author Chavisa Woods, have collaborated to create a piece in which literary and visual media work in a symbiosis, generating a common iconography shared in the poetic text and visual exhibition. Kryptonite includes a video installation by Itziar Barrio, at the Cervantes Institute, and extends beyond the gallery venue and into the public sphere. A series of  posters featuring three excerpts from the poem, Kryptonite, by Chavisa Woods, are on display at public venues around Manhattan throughout the month of March.

Eléctrica is a series of exhibitions designed to produce interdisciplinary collaborations among artists and other professionals based in New York. This project is an ongoing platform for art practice that will evolve in diverse areas of the city.

The idea of energy generated by two opposing forces inspires this series. In each exhibition we will propose a series of collaborations revealing creative dynamics. This focus will highlight overlaps and will encourage cross-inspiration across various fields of knowledge.

Eléctrica is conceived as a continuous laboratory for creativity, discussion and experimentation. Emphasis is made on the creative process in which current issues, perspectives and the background of each participant might come into play or otherwise be revealed. The project is also seen as a space that will naturally support awareness of contemporary Spanish artists active in the New York art world.

In recent years, other exhibitions have featured the works of Spanish artists living and working in New York. Among them: New York Motion 1.0 (2008) at the Instituto Cervantes, Spain in The City (2009) at the Gabarrón Foundation and the video art and performance festival Spain Art Fest (2010). These projects proved to be successful initiatives, particularly as a means of presenting Spanish artists to the international public.
With these ideas as a foundation, Eléctrica works closely with locally based artists, of all nationalities, in order to situate their talent in the larger context of relationships with their potential colleagues, the general public, and the relevant cultural communities. In each exhibition the idea of collaboration will be expanded, nurturing co-curatorship and other means for professionals to determine the theme, selected artists, exhibition location and even the way artists will work in the specific space. While selected spaces will vary from local to Spanish institutions, each exhibition will be informed by its location.







may you never realize you are as cold as this

eyes of expectant crystal cups unfilled

wanting as if wanting were all we knew to want

snowfall on bloomed petals

and blazing reflections

of sun on ice

sustenance deflected by unseen stratum

visible only at the sharpest angles

diamond blindness

you pass averting your gaze from our glare

may you never realize you are as cold as this

are we firewood?

are we fags?

stripped rags?

match stick, match girl

are we the stories you tell yourself to know you are safe?

the space that allows for wanting

wanting as if wanting were all we knew to want?

hot bodies tumbling in a frosted bell jar

unseen, irreproachable

time is at a standstill

each moment moves at survival’s pace

frozen in bestial eternity


poor breeding


poverty is breeding

out like unbearable hoarfrost needles

stitching multiplicity to barren stone

even the air is breathless

emptiness solidifies

(I have watched) the clouds         

turn to bones and grow heavy   

dropping to the ground to be gnawed     

by relentless dogs

this does not mean we are rising

like a dovelike

bone last leg eggshell ivory

feather pale,

green is the ColorOfFire

ascension of smoke

or maybe there is just a way grass has

of seeming to burn

beyond the barrier you keep

fortressed the flame in glass castles

filling open our open mouths, expectant crystal goblets

with numb

clinking cubes

of ice

your poverty is tasteless

and you offer it as a banquet

let us eat it easy as grass


may you never realize

you are as cold

wanting as if wanting were all you knew to want

reaching as if always to be reaching

the substance of desire is immobile

fixed, immense, glacial

bearing down with the weight of birth

caught immortally in labor’s pain

pressing always

forward amassing exponential gravity

on its imperceptible journey

sculpting the visage of the world














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