C A R O L I N A

T A F A L L A

P A R T I C I P A T O R Y

P E R F O R M A N C E

S I T U A T I O N A L

V I S U A L

W O R K

I'm Carolina, an interdisciplinary artist and all-round creative working with participatory actions, performances, installations, photo, graphics and drawings to (re) create situations that reconsider the social dynamics in modern societies and reflect on how we interact with others and our surroundings.

 

My practice roots somewhere in between visual & performance arts and social sciences. I often decontextualise objects, habits and routines to question mainstream culture and look into our codes of conduct.

 

My field of work focus on the auto-regulation of behaviour within social context, the acceptance of fictions (written/unwritten laws) and its standardisation.  Social media, common affective spaces and social values' systems are recurrent themes in my work. My projects often take shape in public spaces, without predeterminate rules or objectives. The absurd and the staging of ordinary life are key. 

Next to my own art practice, I design visual identities and commute to my head on a daily basis.

 

Madrid born. World raised. Antwerp based.

 
 

I T ' S   A  T R A P

16,000 BALLS ROLL

FROM STERCKSHOF CASTLE

TO THE HARBOUR OF ANTWERP

ONLY 13,000 ARE LEFT

13,000 BALLS ROLL

FROM THE HARBOUR OF ANTWERP TO THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF BRUSSELS

ONLY 10,000 ARE LEFT

10,000 BALLS ROLL

FROM THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF BRUSSELS TO THE CENTRAL STATION IN ANTWERP

ONLY 8,000 ARE LEFT

2,000 BALLS SPIN OFF

HOSTED (OR HOSTAGE?) BY THE SPANISH EMBASSY IN BRUSSELS

NOT ALL STORIES HAVE AN END

A NOMAD INSTALLATION OF PERFORMING OBJECTS

This installation evolves into participative performance when the public gets caught not only in interdependence between his motion and those of the balls but also gets involved in the documentation process of the project itself.

Initially foreseen as site-specific installation for the former silver museum at the Sterckshof castle, this installation confronted the public with their own expectations when entering a museum, a XVII century castle and the valuables in art exhibitions.

The project developed further as nomad installation : after all, a ball has to roll. It then travelled to the harbour of Antwerp, Jewish museum of Belgium and Central station of Antwerp; taking a different dimension and becoming a happening every time. 

Next to the installation and photo documentation, I made a film of the casting of the balls : a surrealistic simulation of the casting of the 16,000 balls that started the project (the performers) acting several possible scenes that might encounter during the project. 

Watch "The Casting" here

For a copy of the publication, contact me

Permanent exhibition in the foyer of the Consejeria de Cultura de la embajada de España en Bélgica - from Sep 2019

I  W A S  H E R E . T H E  C A B I N 

TO THE PUBLIC:

1.

TAKE ANY TOOL

BRING YOUR OWN

 

2.

USE IT ON/IN THE CABIN

AT FREE WILL

 

3.

GO IN/OUT/AROUND THE CABIN

AT WILL

 

4.

WALK AWAY / COME BACK

 

5.

YOU WERE HERE,

AS PART OF A COLLECTIVE PIECE.

A PARTICIPATORY INSTALLATION 

Inspired on public toilets and bars, the cabin aims to re-create the same freedom of speech and anonymous character that we find on the walls of some public toilets and former telephone booths. In all intimacy and privacy, participants engage in conversations 

with strangers. The dialogue walls grow organically via individual contributions creating a collective piece where no one dominates another. The cabin is a nomad installation guided against the principle of quality; an installation non perceived as art. The public is free to participate, watch or simply walk away.

Made of 6 wooden pieces, easy to mount and demount, it travels across communities inviting to keep the conversation going;

without censorship and receiving no merits or credits in exchange.

 

By freely linking one person with another , I seek to increase the

awareness of voluntary cooperation between one person and another, without the need of instructions, in an organic manner.

Cabin 1

Bozar Oct 2017 - Bib KielPark Jan 2018- Made in Berchem May 2018 (Be)

Cabin 2

Fabrica de Sabao - Cazenga, Luanda (Angola) since Dec 2017

Cabin 3

Six different locations in Boom ( Belgium) from end March -end June 2018 at Theater aan water.

Video of the intervention in Luanda, Angola as community project here

This project is still open..

Dear guest,

I'd like to share my

creative process with you.

Inspiration sheets,

work in progress and studies

are often part of the

creation - destruction stage.

 

This evening, I plan to burn

a few of those studies.

I invite you to take active part

Please write below ONE study that

you feel it should be SAVED from

the FIRE...

 

Thank you.

 

PARTICIPATORY PERFORMANCE 

During a residency with multitude collective: 

15 artists meet each other ; they are hungry, hungry of stories. They invite you to their table: you are invited to witness and dinner. Take a place and let yourself go.

I invited the public to be part of my creative process by choosing one of my original drawings, out of 12 I presented, which they believe should be saved from destruction. 40 people voted they preferred drawing. The remaining 11 drawings I burned that same evening in presence of all guests. 

SITUATIONAL HAPPENING AS PARTICIPATORY PERFORMANCE  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A participatory performance where several people wander the city with the intention of making friends, with no specific destination or route: a la dérive; turning the intervention into a happening where I question the way we interact with each other in our societies: our approach to strangers without apps, social networks, chats or smart phones: one on one, in person in real time without intermediaries.

Amigo is the Spanish term for friend, it comes from latin " amici" from "amare", to love, and implies a contract of trust with someone that gains value with time. 

B U R N  P R O C E S S

Hello Antwerp, Brussels, Luxembourg

We come as friends!

Today, we’ll be wandering around,

looking for friendship.

You don’t need an application or

social network access.

You might leave your smartphone aside.

We will be live on the streets

looking for personal encounters.

Let yourself go and become our friend.

PERFORMATIVE HAPPENING 

The Embassy of Spain in Belgium organises a group show with Spanish exhibiting galeries at Art Brussels, and Spanish guest artists.

As guest artist, I'm invited to "intervene" the house of the ambassador and I literally "make myself at home":

I take over the house and challenge the expectations of being hosted, protocol and social conventions and question the fiction of OFFICIAL RESIDENCE by creating a new fiction "official squatter" for a day.

ART BRUSSELS GALLERY NIGHT 2019

A Group Show, collaboration of the Embassy of Spain in Belgium, with Spanish exhibiting galeries and Spanish guest artists: 

Luis Adelantado Gallery, ADN Gallery, Senda Gallery; Guest artists:

A N G E L . V E R G A R AC A R O L I N A . T A F A L L A, B R U N O . D E L G A D O . R A M OA L B E R T O . G O M E Z . A S C A S O 

T U  C A S A  E S  M I  C A S A

CONTACT

carolina@carolinatafalla.com

 

L'oficina

Jan Van Rijswijcklaan 118

2018 Antwerp

Belgium

 

Interventions in:

Antwerp, Dag van Spaje, October 2018 / Brussels, Folklorissimo, September 2019 / Luxembourg , Day of Spain, October 2019