No hay Mal(ba) que por Bien No Venga (english text)

Performative Intervention at MALBA – Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires.

11 December 2005, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Text translated to english by Mikey Watts.

Approximately duration: 30 minutes

(To see more photographs of this Performance, click on the photo)

This work is based on the concept of the frame.

There is a terrace in Malba which has a rectangular opening in one of its walls – a big frame – from where it is possible to look outside and see a corner of the surrounding area and pavement. As every frame contains a work of art, particularly in this case where the frame is inserted into the walls of the museum, everything that takes place within its borders is a work of art. So we created in the corner a performance of a vernissage. 14 people were involved, drinking cups of champagne in a space delineated with yellow lines on the ground – similar to what we did in MNBA (also marked with a yellow box). The action took place inside this space, observed through the frame in the terrace in Malba. In the terrace I used my mobile phone to communicate with a friend in the delineated space asking them to do different things, so slowly changing the composition of the work via mobile phone. At the beginning someone in a blue shirt or suit was asked to move a little to the right, or to serve him or herself some more champagne. Afterwards the actors started to be more creative – at one point when an old women was crossing the street and entered without realizing into the delineated space, a guy called out: “The old woman is passing by, she is just about to leave the space, she just left it, she’s gone now, come back! Look for her, call to her and bring her inside.”

Someone else asked everyone to line up and form a train, which then started to circle round inside the space, causing those of us on the other side of the frame watching to laugh and make jokes.

Finally, after around 30 minutes, I called them to end the performance. They did this by lifting up the yellow line (made of cloth) on the ground and wrapping it around all those in the space. Once wrapped up, they started moving off, all pressed together, until they were out of the field of vision of the frame. Once out of the frame, the performance stopped being a performance.