The Carmen Center: a meeting point with contemporary culture this holiday season

The CCCC offers the public various exhibitions that raise the reflection on issues of our day to day through art.

‘Carmen Alborch. Art and life ‘,’ Contemporary Art of the Generalitat IV ‘, the VIII mardel Visual Arts Prize,’ Babalunga and Kamolongos’, ‘Artists and machines’ and’ Climate Replay ‘, at the CCCC.

Valencia – The Carmen Center for Contemporary Culture (CCCC) invites Valencians to reflect on climate change through video games, to learn about the most unknown part of the great icons of politics and feminism or to discover the languages that put them in crisis. the most traditional art. During these festivities, the center opens its doors with a varied program to position itself as a meeting point between families and contemporary culture.

According to the director of the Consortium of Museums of the Valencian Community (CMCV) and the CCCC, José Luis Pérez Pont, “We end the year by offering a program with pioneering exhibitions such as ‘Artists and machines’, advancing in the fight against Climate emergency through experimental video games and highlighting the work of artists from the Valencian Community with ‘Contemporary Art of the Generalitat Valenciana IV’ The exhibitions and activities of the Center del Carme are a unique opportunity to reflect on issues of our day in day through art and during these festivities they remain open to the public “.

One of the main attractions of the program is’ Carmen Alborch. Art and life ‘, in the Dormitory Room and Space D. The exhibition, produced by the CMCV and curated by Salvador Albiñana and José Vicente Plaza, with the support of Rafael Alborch, is a first-person story through the works from her collection, library, archives and personal belongings, accompanied by some quotes from Carmen herself that allow her to be known from her university, political and feminist side.

The exhibition is complemented by ‘Pantalles de Carmen’, an audiovisual that brings together excerpts from interviews and statements made between 1978 and 2018, selected by his brother, Rafael Alborch. On the occasion of the end of the exhibition on January 9, the CCCC will have a concert by the Musical Union of Benicadell, who will perform the pasodoble ‘Carmen Alborch’ in the Gothic Cloister, and with guided tours for groups that join his tribute.

In addition, in the Sala Ferreres-Goerlich, 37 groups and young artists, with medium and long experience in the Valencian Community, show the public issues of our closest society with creations of various artistic languages, styles or materials. They constitute ‘Contemporary Art of the Generalitat Valenciana IV’, the exhibition with the acquisitions of 2020 of the Conselleria of Education, Culture and Sport for the collection ‘Contemporary Art of the Generalitat’.

It has representative pieces of artistic current events in the Valencian territory without generational guidelines or thematic restrictions. Time and memory, feminism, the frictions between everyday life and technology, the binomial of individual and society or sustainability are some of the issues addressed in this exhibition.

On the other hand, the CCCC exhibits in the Sala Carlos Pérez the works selected in the VIII mardel Arts Visuals 2021 Prize, an edition whose winner is María Carbonell and three runners-up that have gone to Abel Jaramillo, Ana Esteve and Jesús Madriñán. In this call, the artists selected by the jury have been Marla Jacarilla, Jorge Yeregui, Paloma Polo, Rosendo Cid, Olalla Gómez, MP&MP Rosado, María Alcaide, Amanda Moreno, Fermín Jiménez Landa, Tania Blanco, Jorge Fuembuena, Nieves Correa, Josep Tornero, Rosell Meseguer, Gil Gijón, Mery Sales, Jorge Conde, María Castellanos, Art al Quadrat and Gonzalo Elvira.

As every year, the Carmen Center collaborates with the Baba Kamo illustrated book festival and fair and, with this, shows the public ‘Babalunga and Kamolongos’, with the aim of exploring beyond the hegemonic tales. This is an international exhibition of editorial illustration in which Valencians and visitors can learn about the work of 166 professionals from 13 countries.

‘Artists and machines. Dialogues in the development of digital art ‘is another of the CCCC’s proposals. A pioneering exhibition in which more than 80 works visible as ‘copy-art’, ‘’ and ‘video-art’ broke with the more traditional system of art and built the foundations of creation contemporary art. It can be enjoyed in Room 1 and 2 and is curated by José Ramón Alcalá and Nilo Casares.
It introduces the visitor to the first moment in which the artists relied on the three great families of automatic generation and reproduction machines – photocopiers, portable video cameras and personal graphics computers – and activated, with their creations, the programs of the artistic avant-garde. Its main mission was to challenge traditional paradigms and give concrete form to new ideas, activated throughout the twentieth century by philosophers, writers, artists, scientists, and thinkers in general.

‘Artists and machines. Dialogues in the development of digital art ‘reviews the background of current artistic creation and makes visible these three languages that caused a revolution in the art world. Thus, the public will be able to participate in a tour accompanied by Alcalá on January 5 at 12.00 to know first hand how the ‘copy-art’, the ‘net-art’ and the ‘video-art’ put in crisis the whole system.

After visiting this exhibition, Valencians can complete the experience with ‘Climate Replay. Experimental video games and climate change ‘, a proposal that, in the Sala Contraforts, turns the public into a player who has to face the challenges of the climate emergency. The exhibition is part of the research project ‘Living Lab Planet Debug. Video games, knowledge, serendipity and co-creation in the puzzle of climate change ‘, from the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón (UJI), with the support of the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation.

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