Guggenheim Bilbao presents 'Cecilia Bengolea: Animations in Water'

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Sunday, June 16, 2024

Guggenheim Bilbao presents 'Cecilia Bengolea: Animations in Water'
Cecilia Bengolea: Animations in Water, Lightning Dance, 2018. Video, black and white. Courtesy the artist and Galería Àngels Barcelona © Cecilia Bengolea.

BILBAO.- From June 24 to October 24, 2021, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is presenting Cecilia Bengolea: Animations in Water, the second exhibition of 2021 in the Film & Video gallery, a space that the Museum dedicates to key works in video art, film, and the artistic languages associated with the moving image.

Cecilia Bengolea (b. 1979, Buenos Aires) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice merges video, choreography, and sculpture. In her research, Bengolea explores forms of popular dance combining contemporary and archaic elements, giving way to constant redefinitions of the concept of figuration. Following the thread of water and movement flows, this exhibition presents a selection of works where the artist’s reflection on dance, the sensorial interplay between the body’s interiority and its surroundings, as well as the rhythmical relations of social communities and nature, critically manifest through the choreographic language.

Animations in Water gathers three recent pieces that are representative of the artist’s singular approach to video sculpture—an understanding of moving images as corporeal agencies freely operating in the exhibition space. The ambiguous concept of animation relates both to the life-like motion of cinematic figures and the more ancient idea of breathing life into the artificial and motion into what is inert. The anima—as soul, breath, or vital energy of a body—is deeply connected in Bengolea’s work to the conductive capabilities of living organisms, while music appears as the contagious force of animation. In their inexhaustible potential to transform, mutate, and mimic others, animated beings identify with the element of water and its endless plasticity.

The recent production Lightning Dance (2018) is, as many of Bengolea’s projects, based on a profound collaboration between the artist and the featured performers, and particularly dancehall artists Craig Black Eagle and Oshane Overload Shankaz. The piece, a single-channel video projection in black and white, investigates the influence of atmospheric electricity on behavior and the imagination. It belongs to an ongoing series of works developed by Bengolea around dancehall culture—now a global phenomenon inspiring many subgenres and styles in pop music and dance. Not only is dancehall an unusually rich form of choreographic expression, but it is also a daily ritual conferring healing, self-amplifying powers to its practitioners. Haunted by performative tension like stormy air, the soundtrack’s latent crescendo is accompanied by explosive sequences of choreographed group dancing on road sides. Lightning Dance presents the constant intertwining of musical and environmental energies as an imminent shock: somewhat muffled, thunder and percussion are synchronized as part of a unique sound environment where silence can also be physically felt.

The impactful display of this iconic work is joined by two digital animations, Bestiaire (2019) and Favorite Positions (2018). Using hologram-like imagery, the artist visualizes the fantastical transformations of a body in a state of perpetual change. Bestiaire takes inspiration from descriptions found in Jorge Luis Borges’s Book of Imaginary Beings, after which the artist scanned her body while morphing into a panoply of fantastic creatures. Meanwhile, the video sculpture Favorite Positions summons the octopus spirit to suggest a body without boundaries—a fully liquid and immensely sensitive creature whose intelligence is decentralized and multiple, and whose movements freely swap inside and outside, environment and self.

Today's News

July 6, 2021

He's heir to a fruit-juice empire, but his main focus is art

Anti-colonialist preacher to stand over Trafalgar Square

Tate opens the UK's largest and most comprehensive retrospective of the work of Paula Rego

Phillips' London New Now Auction on 13 July to be led by Andy Warhol's Flowers

How to keep an opera from bursting at the seams

The story told by art in the Oval Office: A President's hopes and view of history

A glowing shrine to books

Exhibition presents a selection of sculptures, installations, and works on paper by Louise Bourgeois

Jason Phu awarded $80,000 Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for young Australian artists

Artangel opens a major new project on the Suffolk coast

Misia-O' wins Salon des Beaux Arts Jury Prize and opens exhibition at les Rencontres d'Arles

Robin Rhode's first solo exhibition in the Netherlands is now on view at the Museum Voorlinden

The Art of Forest Bathing - a new book by Julian Roup - into the secret heart of Ashdown Forest

'Superman' director Richard Donner dies at 91

MARGATE NOW announces artists, partners and projects for Sunken Ecologies

Oscar-winning Russian director Menshov dies of Covid at 81

Retooling 'La Bohème' for pandemic performances

Back at the barre, lessons learned

Review: 'The Watering Hole' can't quite quench a thirst

Guggenheim Bilbao presents 'Cecilia Bengolea: Animations in Water'

39th EVA International opens phase 2 of biennial

'Talibanned': From kite-running to breakdancing, Afghan pastimes again under threat

Inked mummies, linking tattoo artists with their ancestors

Lydia Lunch's infinite rebellion

Things That Every Certbolt Microsoft AZ-204 Certification Exam Applicant Should Know Beforehand

7 hacks to choose the best website designer

Artists continue to thrive on popular social media site TikTok

10 Tips for Designing an Artsy Rooftop from the Perspective of a Professional Roofer in Modesto

Rising Star Presents: The Billion Dollar Poem! Includes Photography Collection all titled "I Love Jesus"

Facts About Dryer Vent Cleaning for Toronto Homeowners

10 Nature Quotes to Let You Know Nature Inspires Art

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful