Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak, 2023-2024. Courtesy Gabriel Massan; co-produced by TONO and Serpentine Arts Technologies

ABOUT

TONO Festival will take place from March 12-24. Loosely guided by the theme of metamorphosis, the festival will explore moments of transformation and regeneration.

The festival will include the newest chapter of Gabriel Massan: Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak, an innovative digital artwork co-commissioned by TONO Festival and Serpentine Arts Technologies, that connects with Third World: The Bottom Dimension, Massan’s ongoing project commissioned and produced by Serpentine Arts Technologies, Powered by Tezos; the Mexican premiere of video installations by Ali Cherri and Emilija Škarnulytė; a new dance commission by Nicolás Poggi; the Mexican premiere of a performance by Joshua Serafin; a new music performance by Tania Ximena; and a music performance by Lyzza, amongst other activities.

TONO is also launching a partnership with the Pérez Art Museum Miami to share video art with a wider audience by presenting a series of works in a cinema in Mexico City as well as online on PAMMTV. Artists include Biarritzzz (Brazil), Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley (UK), Seba Calfuqueo (Chile), Leo Castañeda (Colombia), Ali Cherri (Lebanon), Colectivo Ixqcrear (Guatemala), Cristóbal Cea (Chile), Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau and Carlos Motta (Colombia), Edny Jean Joseph (US/Haiti), Josèfa Ntjam (France), (La)Horde (France), Agnes Questionmark (Italy) and Tania Ximena (Mexico).

TONO is also working with Harmony Korine and EDGLRD to present the Mexican premiere of the AGGRO DR1FT tour experience. This film breaks away from the traditional parameters of cinema and explores the onslaught of digital ephemera through the vernacular of video games. It is entirely shot on an infrared lens.

TONO is also presenting a music event with BUTT Magazine to bring together a regional and international mix of today’s leading DJs and voices in music.

OUR FOUNDER

SAM OZER

is a curator and writer. She is the founder and artistic director of TONO, a new arts festival dedicated entirely to time-based artwork. Through TONO, she is co-curator of Watch & Chill 3.0: Streaming Suspense, a hybrid video exhibition that is travelling from Mexico City to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, Seoul; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem; and the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne). As an independent curator, Ozer has organized projects at museums and commercial galleries in Athens, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Milan, and New York. As a member of The Racial Imaginary Institute, she organized a series of exhibitions with David Kordansky Gallery. She formerly held curatorial roles at the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 in New York. She was the inaugural video curator for Feria Material (2022), the inaugural video curator for Zonamaco (2023) and the inaugural cinema curator for Art Baja California (2023).

ARTIST

2024 edition

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Tuesday, Mar.12

Category
Artist
Venue
Installation

Ali Cherri: Of Men and Gods and Mud

Museo Amparo

Fechas:

March 11-22

Sede:

Museo Amparo

The story of the Flood as world-maker is in fact the story of mud. Religion and Science converge in a place where earth and water meet. If mud had its own memory, what might it deem worth remembering?

But something of the old awe remains, of mud’s mysterious force: not earth or water, but both and neither. The place where the two edges of the world meet. Neither liquid nor solid, it shifts perpetually beneath our feet. 

-from Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022)

To respond to the great ecological, technological, and political transformations shaping society today, a sense of fantasy and imagination is required. In the multichannel video installation Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022), Ali Cherri envisions the metamorphic capacity of mud. As a material that embodies a rich liminal space between earth and water, it holds vast creative potential. Mud has persisted as an object of materiality and mythology throughout history–existing as both an instrumental construction tool and the foundation of countless creatures in origin stories across civilizations. Shot at the Merowe Dam on the Nile River in Northern Sudan, the video follows a group of brickmakers. The construction of the dam – the largest hydropower plant in Africa – in the early 2000s led to the displacement of more than 50,000 people, social unrest, and the destruction of ecosystems. Against the backdrop of this imposing structure, the workers’ humble task of transforming mud into brick is nothing short of heroic and presents new possibilities that emerge between destruction and creation. 

Photo: Ali Cherri, Of Men and Gods and Mud, 2022

Installation

Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia

Centro de Cultura Digital

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Centro de Cultura Digital

This video follows Emilija Škarnulytė as she embodies the mermaid Æqualia and swims through the Encontro das Águas in Manaus, Brazil, where the Rio Solimões and Rio Negro meet and give rise to the Amazon River. The white waters of the Solimões River, rich in clay from the High Andes and originating from glacial melt, meet the heavy black waters of the Negro River, carrying the decomposition of the lowland rainforests. The marked difference in temperature and composition makes the two rivers different in color, temperature and chemical profile for a stretch of six kilometers. When they finally come together in a fractal spiral, they merge in an infinitely complex way, both scientifically and mythologically.

The river basin is home to the Amazon pink dolphins, known locally as botos. The dolphins use their finely tuned sense of echolocation to navigate both the cooler waters of the Solimões River and the warm, opaque waters of the Negro River, moving between the two with ease. Gliding alongside the botos, the artist exists in her chimera form, navigating the intersection of multiple realms. As a force as vibrant as the merging of rivers, she presents a vision of the fluidity of species and the scale of humans’ relationship with nature.

In October 2023, a year after the end of the filming of Æqualia, the Encontro das Águas dried up due to excessive droughts that led to the massive death of the botos. Through his incarnation as a posthuman creature, Škarnulytė highlights the repercussions of human arrogance and the limits of our species.

Written and directed by: Emilija Škarnulytė; Editing: Vytautas Tinteris; Composers: Jokūbas Čižikas, Vivian Caccuri, Thiago Lanis, Savio de Queiroz; Sound mixing and mastering: Savio De Queiroz; Drone pilot: Bruno Hayden Barreto; Underwater camera: Michael Dantas; Swimmer: Emilija Škarnulytė; Production: Mirror Matter Productions.

Æqualia was a joint commission by Canal Projects and the 14th Gwangju Biennale thanks to the support of the Canal Projects Board of Directors and Advisory Board, the YS Kim Foundation and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

Photo: Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia, 2023

Installation

Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

This new video installation by Brazilian artist Gabriel Massan marks their first presentation in Mexico and critically explores the performative essence of life, drawing on decolonial, queer, and decentralised perspectives. Referencing Brazilian philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva’s book Unpayable Debt – a Black feminist reading of race, global capitalism and futurity, Massan simulates a new world filled with digital sculpture-actors, who establish a force-field of possibility through moments of connection. Filmed from multiple perspectives, Massan offers an ecosystemic view on the realities of life and emergence in the global present, as their characters interact, unite, and bid farewell on small islands suspended in the void.

Expanding their practice of critical worldbuilding, Massan actively creates spaces that promote the emergence and platforming of diverse voices. The accompanying soundtrack features Massan’s voice and sound design by Brazilian artists Agazero and Lyzza.

This co-commission between TONO and Serpentine Arts Technologies connects with Third World: The Bottom Dimension, Massan’s ongoing project commissioned and produced by Serpentine Arts Technologies that incorporates a video game, exhibition and web3 tokens powered by Tezos. Through the prisms of decoloniality, queerness and decentralization (technological, social, economic and ideological), Third World: The Bottom Dimension challenges us to rethink the ways in which we understand and orient ourselves in the world.

This new co-commission was made possible by the Rosenkranz Foundation and the Friends of TONO Circle.

Time: museum hours

Admission: with museum entrance

Photo: Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak, 2023-2024

Opening

TONO Festival 2024 Opening

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Fechas:

March 12

Sede:

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

We will celebrate the opening of TONO 2024 with a cocktail at Laboratorio Arte Alameda with the exhibition Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak, 2023-2024, co-produced by TONO and Serpentine Arts Technologies

Time: 7 pm

Admission: free

Photo: Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak, 2023-2024

Wednesday, Mar.13

Category
Artist
Venue
Installation

Ali Cherri: Of Men and Gods and Mud

Museo Amparo

Fechas:

March 11-22

Sede:

Museo Amparo

The story of the Flood as world-maker is in fact the story of mud. Religion and Science converge in a place where earth and water meet. If mud had its own memory, what might it deem worth remembering?

But something of the old awe remains, of mud’s mysterious force: not earth or water, but both and neither. The place where the two edges of the world meet. Neither liquid nor solid, it shifts perpetually beneath our feet. 

-from Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022)

To respond to the great ecological, technological, and political transformations shaping society today, a sense of fantasy and imagination is required. In the multichannel video installation Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022), Ali Cherri envisions the metamorphic capacity of mud. As a material that embodies a rich liminal space between earth and water, it holds vast creative potential. Mud has persisted as an object of materiality and mythology throughout history–existing as both an instrumental construction tool and the foundation of countless creatures in origin stories across civilizations. Shot at the Merowe Dam on the Nile River in Northern Sudan, the video follows a group of brickmakers. The construction of the dam – the largest hydropower plant in Africa – in the early 2000s led to the displacement of more than 50,000 people, social unrest, and the destruction of ecosystems. Against the backdrop of this imposing structure, the workers’ humble task of transforming mud into brick is nothing short of heroic and presents new possibilities that emerge between destruction and creation. 

Photo: Ali Cherri, Of Men and Gods and Mud, 2022

Installation

Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia

Centro de Cultura Digital

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Centro de Cultura Digital

This video follows Emilija Škarnulytė as she embodies the mermaid Æqualia and swims through the Encontro das Águas in Manaus, Brazil, where the Rio Solimões and Rio Negro meet and give rise to the Amazon River. The white waters of the Solimões River, rich in clay from the High Andes and originating from glacial melt, meet the heavy black waters of the Negro River, carrying the decomposition of the lowland rainforests. The marked difference in temperature and composition makes the two rivers different in color, temperature and chemical profile for a stretch of six kilometers. When they finally come together in a fractal spiral, they merge in an infinitely complex way, both scientifically and mythologically.

The river basin is home to the Amazon pink dolphins, known locally as botos. The dolphins use their finely tuned sense of echolocation to navigate both the cooler waters of the Solimões River and the warm, opaque waters of the Negro River, moving between the two with ease. Gliding alongside the botos, the artist exists in her chimera form, navigating the intersection of multiple realms. As a force as vibrant as the merging of rivers, she presents a vision of the fluidity of species and the scale of humans’ relationship with nature.

In October 2023, a year after the end of the filming of Æqualia, the Encontro das Águas dried up due to excessive droughts that led to the massive death of the botos. Through his incarnation as a posthuman creature, Škarnulytė highlights the repercussions of human arrogance and the limits of our species.

Written and directed by: Emilija Škarnulytė; Editing: Vytautas Tinteris; Composers: Jokūbas Čižikas, Vivian Caccuri, Thiago Lanis, Savio de Queiroz; Sound mixing and mastering: Savio De Queiroz; Drone pilot: Bruno Hayden Barreto; Underwater camera: Michael Dantas; Swimmer: Emilija Škarnulytė; Production: Mirror Matter Productions.

Æqualia was a joint commission by Canal Projects and the 14th Gwangju Biennale thanks to the support of the Canal Projects Board of Directors and Advisory Board, the YS Kim Foundation and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

Photo: Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia, 2023

Installation

Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

This new video installation by Brazilian artist Gabriel Massan marks their first presentation in Mexico and critically explores the performative essence of life, drawing on decolonial, queer, and decentralised perspectives. Referencing Brazilian philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva’s book Unpayable Debt – a Black feminist reading of race, global capitalism and futurity, Massan simulates a new world filled with digital sculpture-actors, who establish a force-field of possibility through moments of connection. Filmed from multiple perspectives, Massan offers an ecosystemic view on the realities of life and emergence in the global present, as their characters interact, unite, and bid farewell on small islands suspended in the void.

Expanding their practice of critical worldbuilding, Massan actively creates spaces that promote the emergence and platforming of diverse voices. The accompanying soundtrack features Massan’s voice and sound design by Brazilian artists Agazero and Lyzza.

This co-commission between TONO and Serpentine Arts Technologies connects with Third World: The Bottom Dimension, Massan’s ongoing project commissioned and produced by Serpentine Arts Technologies that incorporates a video game, exhibition and web3 tokens powered by Tezos. Through the prisms of decoloniality, queerness and decentralization (technological, social, economic and ideological), Third World: The Bottom Dimension challenges us to rethink the ways in which we understand and orient ourselves in the world.

This new co-commission was made possible by the Rosenkranz Foundation and the Friends of TONO Circle.

Time: museum hours

Admission: with museum entrance

Photo: Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak, 2023-2024

Screenings

TONO x PAMMTV Selects

Centro de Cultura Digital

Fechas:

March 13

Sede:

Centro de Cultura Digital

TONO x PAMM Selects is a screening program organized by TONO and the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). The thirteen works featured in TONO x PAMM Selects explore how bodies transform across virtual, natural, and supernatural worlds. The works will be available to stream on PAMMTV from March 14 through October 24.

From the atomic to the cosmic and the cell to the pixel, the videos in this program explore processes of metamorphosis. From creatures constructed out of mud and bodies transformed through science to digital avatars and bodies manipulated through rituals, the figures in these videos burst a discrete definition of a body. Here, bodies are material vessels as much as they are objects for imagination and groups. A body, from a river to a digital stream, is constantly in a state of flux.

Spanning two to twenty-minute videos, the program brings together work by Biarritzzz, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Seba Calfuqueo, Colectivo Ixqcrear, Cristóbal Cea, Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau and Carlos Motta, Edny Jean Joseph, Josèfa Ntjam, (La)Horde, Agnes Questionmark, and Tania Ximena.

Program:

Agnes Question Mark, Draco Piscis, 2023; 1 min

Agnes Question Mark, CM13 HTERT, 2023; 4 min, 36 sec

Seba Calfuqueo, Kowkülen (Liquid Being), 2020; 3 min, 28 sec

Colectivo Ixqcrear, La fuerza que emancipa al cuerpo, 2022; 6 min, 56 sec

Tania Ximena, Devenir, 2021; 9 min, 38 sec

Leo Castañeda, Camoflux Mangrove Biome, 2023; 6 min, 10 sec

Biarritzzz, Onde Está Mymye Mastoiagnne?, 2023, 16 min, 33 sec

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Resurrection Pro League, 2020; 15 min, 45 sec

Cristóbal Cea, Gran Cahuín, 2023; 2 min

Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau and Carlos Motta, Mourning Stage, 2022; 16 min, 39 sec

Edny Jean Joseph, iBrooks, 2022; 2 min

Josèfa Ntjam, Dislocations, 2022; 18 min

(La)Horde, Cultes, 2019; 15 min, 32 sec

Photo: (La)Horde, Cultes, 2019; 15 min, 32 sec

Thursday, Mar.14

Category
Artist
Venue
Installation

Ali Cherri: Of Men and Gods and Mud

Museo Amparo

Fechas:

March 11-22

Sede:

Museo Amparo

The story of the Flood as world-maker is in fact the story of mud. Religion and Science converge in a place where earth and water meet. If mud had its own memory, what might it deem worth remembering?

But something of the old awe remains, of mud’s mysterious force: not earth or water, but both and neither. The place where the two edges of the world meet. Neither liquid nor solid, it shifts perpetually beneath our feet. 

-from Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022)

To respond to the great ecological, technological, and political transformations shaping society today, a sense of fantasy and imagination is required. In the multichannel video installation Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022), Ali Cherri envisions the metamorphic capacity of mud. As a material that embodies a rich liminal space between earth and water, it holds vast creative potential. Mud has persisted as an object of materiality and mythology throughout history–existing as both an instrumental construction tool and the foundation of countless creatures in origin stories across civilizations. Shot at the Merowe Dam on the Nile River in Northern Sudan, the video follows a group of brickmakers. The construction of the dam – the largest hydropower plant in Africa – in the early 2000s led to the displacement of more than 50,000 people, social unrest, and the destruction of ecosystems. Against the backdrop of this imposing structure, the workers’ humble task of transforming mud into brick is nothing short of heroic and presents new possibilities that emerge between destruction and creation. 

Photo: Ali Cherri, Of Men and Gods and Mud, 2022

Installation

Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia

Centro de Cultura Digital

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Centro de Cultura Digital

This video follows Emilija Škarnulytė as she embodies the mermaid Æqualia and swims through the Encontro das Águas in Manaus, Brazil, where the Rio Solimões and Rio Negro meet and give rise to the Amazon River. The white waters of the Solimões River, rich in clay from the High Andes and originating from glacial melt, meet the heavy black waters of the Negro River, carrying the decomposition of the lowland rainforests. The marked difference in temperature and composition makes the two rivers different in color, temperature and chemical profile for a stretch of six kilometers. When they finally come together in a fractal spiral, they merge in an infinitely complex way, both scientifically and mythologically.

The river basin is home to the Amazon pink dolphins, known locally as botos. The dolphins use their finely tuned sense of echolocation to navigate both the cooler waters of the Solimões River and the warm, opaque waters of the Negro River, moving between the two with ease. Gliding alongside the botos, the artist exists in her chimera form, navigating the intersection of multiple realms. As a force as vibrant as the merging of rivers, she presents a vision of the fluidity of species and the scale of humans’ relationship with nature.

In October 2023, a year after the end of the filming of Æqualia, the Encontro das Águas dried up due to excessive droughts that led to the massive death of the botos. Through his incarnation as a posthuman creature, Škarnulytė highlights the repercussions of human arrogance and the limits of our species.

Written and directed by: Emilija Škarnulytė; Editing: Vytautas Tinteris; Composers: Jokūbas Čižikas, Vivian Caccuri, Thiago Lanis, Savio de Queiroz; Sound mixing and mastering: Savio De Queiroz; Drone pilot: Bruno Hayden Barreto; Underwater camera: Michael Dantas; Swimmer: Emilija Škarnulytė; Production: Mirror Matter Productions.

Æqualia was a joint commission by Canal Projects and the 14th Gwangju Biennale thanks to the support of the Canal Projects Board of Directors and Advisory Board, the YS Kim Foundation and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

Photo: Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia, 2023

Installation

Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

This new video installation by Brazilian artist Gabriel Massan marks their first presentation in Mexico and critically explores the performative essence of life, drawing on decolonial, queer, and decentralised perspectives. Referencing Brazilian philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva’s book Unpayable Debt – a Black feminist reading of race, global capitalism and futurity, Massan simulates a new world filled with digital sculpture-actors, who establish a force-field of possibility through moments of connection. Filmed from multiple perspectives, Massan offers an ecosystemic view on the realities of life and emergence in the global present, as their characters interact, unite, and bid farewell on small islands suspended in the void.

Expanding their practice of critical worldbuilding, Massan actively creates spaces that promote the emergence and platforming of diverse voices. The accompanying soundtrack features Massan’s voice and sound design by Brazilian artists Agazero and Lyzza.

This co-commission between TONO and Serpentine Arts Technologies connects with Third World: The Bottom Dimension, Massan’s ongoing project commissioned and produced by Serpentine Arts Technologies that incorporates a video game, exhibition and web3 tokens powered by Tezos. Through the prisms of decoloniality, queerness and decentralization (technological, social, economic and ideological), Third World: The Bottom Dimension challenges us to rethink the ways in which we understand and orient ourselves in the world.

This new co-commission was made possible by the Rosenkranz Foundation and the Friends of TONO Circle.

Time: museum hours

Admission: with museum entrance

Photo: Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak, 2023-2024

Performance

Tania Ximena: Río del Río Concierto #3

Ex Teresa Arte Actual

Fechas:

March 14

Sede:

Ex Teresa Arte Actual

Río del Río Concierto #3 is a musical intervention in Tania Ximena’s exhibition Río de Niebla, Río de Adobe, Río de Sangre.

This exhibition stems from Tania Ximena’s research on the decrease in volume of Jamapa, Mexico’s last living glacier, located on top of the Citlaltépetl volcano, better known as Pico de Orizaba, in Veracruz.

Since 2015, the artist has recorded this thick layer of ice with the intention of expressing in a poetic way the voice of the natural elements that make up this ice giant that resists disappearing but that no longer feeds the river of the same name as the glacier.

As a result, Tania Ximena considers herself a conscious observer of her time, similar to a seismograph. As part of her field research, she also assumes the role of an ethnologist who ventures into the field to explore a geographical region. In this way, she shares her life with the local community, which includes individuals of Afro-mestizo descent.

Music Performers:

Juan Pablo Villegas

Carlos Edelmiro

Tania Ximena

Guillermo Ontiveros

More info about the exhibition

Time: 5-9 pm

Admission: free

Photo: Tania Ximena, Río de Niebla, Río de Adobe, Río de Sangre, 2023

Friday, Mar.15

Category
Artist
Venue
Installation

Ali Cherri: Of Men and Gods and Mud

Museo Amparo

Fechas:

March 11-22

Sede:

Museo Amparo

The story of the Flood as world-maker is in fact the story of mud. Religion and Science converge in a place where earth and water meet. If mud had its own memory, what might it deem worth remembering?

But something of the old awe remains, of mud’s mysterious force: not earth or water, but both and neither. The place where the two edges of the world meet. Neither liquid nor solid, it shifts perpetually beneath our feet. 

-from Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022)

To respond to the great ecological, technological, and political transformations shaping society today, a sense of fantasy and imagination is required. In the multichannel video installation Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022), Ali Cherri envisions the metamorphic capacity of mud. As a material that embodies a rich liminal space between earth and water, it holds vast creative potential. Mud has persisted as an object of materiality and mythology throughout history–existing as both an instrumental construction tool and the foundation of countless creatures in origin stories across civilizations. Shot at the Merowe Dam on the Nile River in Northern Sudan, the video follows a group of brickmakers. The construction of the dam – the largest hydropower plant in Africa – in the early 2000s led to the displacement of more than 50,000 people, social unrest, and the destruction of ecosystems. Against the backdrop of this imposing structure, the workers’ humble task of transforming mud into brick is nothing short of heroic and presents new possibilities that emerge between destruction and creation. 

Photo: Ali Cherri, Of Men and Gods and Mud, 2022

Installation

Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia

Centro de Cultura Digital

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Centro de Cultura Digital

This video follows Emilija Škarnulytė as she embodies the mermaid Æqualia and swims through the Encontro das Águas in Manaus, Brazil, where the Rio Solimões and Rio Negro meet and give rise to the Amazon River. The white waters of the Solimões River, rich in clay from the High Andes and originating from glacial melt, meet the heavy black waters of the Negro River, carrying the decomposition of the lowland rainforests. The marked difference in temperature and composition makes the two rivers different in color, temperature and chemical profile for a stretch of six kilometers. When they finally come together in a fractal spiral, they merge in an infinitely complex way, both scientifically and mythologically.

The river basin is home to the Amazon pink dolphins, known locally as botos. The dolphins use their finely tuned sense of echolocation to navigate both the cooler waters of the Solimões River and the warm, opaque waters of the Negro River, moving between the two with ease. Gliding alongside the botos, the artist exists in her chimera form, navigating the intersection of multiple realms. As a force as vibrant as the merging of rivers, she presents a vision of the fluidity of species and the scale of humans’ relationship with nature.

In October 2023, a year after the end of the filming of Æqualia, the Encontro das Águas dried up due to excessive droughts that led to the massive death of the botos. Through his incarnation as a posthuman creature, Škarnulytė highlights the repercussions of human arrogance and the limits of our species.

Written and directed by: Emilija Škarnulytė; Editing: Vytautas Tinteris; Composers: Jokūbas Čižikas, Vivian Caccuri, Thiago Lanis, Savio de Queiroz; Sound mixing and mastering: Savio De Queiroz; Drone pilot: Bruno Hayden Barreto; Underwater camera: Michael Dantas; Swimmer: Emilija Škarnulytė; Production: Mirror Matter Productions.

Æqualia was a joint commission by Canal Projects and the 14th Gwangju Biennale thanks to the support of the Canal Projects Board of Directors and Advisory Board, the YS Kim Foundation and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

Photo: Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia, 2023

Installation

Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

This new video installation by Brazilian artist Gabriel Massan marks their first presentation in Mexico and critically explores the performative essence of life, drawing on decolonial, queer, and decentralised perspectives. Referencing Brazilian philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva’s book Unpayable Debt – a Black feminist reading of race, global capitalism and futurity, Massan simulates a new world filled with digital sculpture-actors, who establish a force-field of possibility through moments of connection. Filmed from multiple perspectives, Massan offers an ecosystemic view on the realities of life and emergence in the global present, as their characters interact, unite, and bid farewell on small islands suspended in the void.

Expanding their practice of critical worldbuilding, Massan actively creates spaces that promote the emergence and platforming of diverse voices. The accompanying soundtrack features Massan’s voice and sound design by Brazilian artists Agazero and Lyzza.

This co-commission between TONO and Serpentine Arts Technologies connects with Third World: The Bottom Dimension, Massan’s ongoing project commissioned and produced by Serpentine Arts Technologies that incorporates a video game, exhibition and web3 tokens powered by Tezos. Through the prisms of decoloniality, queerness and decentralization (technological, social, economic and ideological), Third World: The Bottom Dimension challenges us to rethink the ways in which we understand and orient ourselves in the world.

This new co-commission was made possible by the Rosenkranz Foundation and the Friends of TONO Circle.

Time: museum hours

Admission: with museum entrance

Photo: Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak, 2023-2024

Screening & Music Performances

Harmony Korine: AGGRO DR1FT

Antiguo Hotel Reforma

Fechas:

March 15 & 16

Sede:

Antiguo Hotel Reforma

Harmony Korine and EDGLRD travel to Mexico City for the next leg of the AGGRO DR1FT tour experience. The two-day event will showcase EDGLRD’s distinctive VFX and animation style, including a film screening and musical performances by Harmony Korine/EDGLRD and special guests.

Breaking away from the traditional parameters of cinema, AGGRO DR1FT explores the onslaught of digital ephemera and interrogates modern life through the vernacular of video games. Shot entirely through an infrared lens, the film follows a Miami Beach hitman as he embarks on the relentless pursuit of his next target.

Time: 9 pm – 3 am

Entrance: buy tickets here

Photo: Harmony Korine, AGGRO DR1FT, 2023

Performance

Nicolás Poggi: Sudor

Centro Cultural de España

Fechas:

March 15

Sede:

Centro Cultural de España

SUDOR is the continuation of EL BOBO (2023), a work that culminates in a euphoric climax with the audience.

SUDOR is the post-performance experience. Sweaty, after-exhausted and ecstatic bodies seek to relate to each other from their own limits by turning their sweat into the outermost viscous layer that connects bodies dominated by their most primal places.

SUDOR happens in a climax but in a dense and disturbing climate.

The audience is a voyeur and witness of this party that happens between the public and the private.

Credits:

Idea and direction: Nicolás Poggi

Performers: Aguila Leite, Claudio Mansour, Sebastián De Oteyza y Sebastián Santamaria

Music: Ezeta

Stage Design: Giselle Hauscarriaga

Más info

Photo: Nicolás Poggi, Sudor, 2024

Saturday, Mar.16

Category
Artist
Venue
Installation

Ali Cherri: Of Men and Gods and Mud

Museo Amparo

Fechas:

March 11-22

Sede:

Museo Amparo

The story of the Flood as world-maker is in fact the story of mud. Religion and Science converge in a place where earth and water meet. If mud had its own memory, what might it deem worth remembering?

But something of the old awe remains, of mud’s mysterious force: not earth or water, but both and neither. The place where the two edges of the world meet. Neither liquid nor solid, it shifts perpetually beneath our feet. 

-from Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022)

To respond to the great ecological, technological, and political transformations shaping society today, a sense of fantasy and imagination is required. In the multichannel video installation Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022), Ali Cherri envisions the metamorphic capacity of mud. As a material that embodies a rich liminal space between earth and water, it holds vast creative potential. Mud has persisted as an object of materiality and mythology throughout history–existing as both an instrumental construction tool and the foundation of countless creatures in origin stories across civilizations. Shot at the Merowe Dam on the Nile River in Northern Sudan, the video follows a group of brickmakers. The construction of the dam – the largest hydropower plant in Africa – in the early 2000s led to the displacement of more than 50,000 people, social unrest, and the destruction of ecosystems. Against the backdrop of this imposing structure, the workers’ humble task of transforming mud into brick is nothing short of heroic and presents new possibilities that emerge between destruction and creation. 

Photo: Ali Cherri, Of Men and Gods and Mud, 2022

Installation

Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia

Centro de Cultura Digital

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Centro de Cultura Digital

This video follows Emilija Škarnulytė as she embodies the mermaid Æqualia and swims through the Encontro das Águas in Manaus, Brazil, where the Rio Solimões and Rio Negro meet and give rise to the Amazon River. The white waters of the Solimões River, rich in clay from the High Andes and originating from glacial melt, meet the heavy black waters of the Negro River, carrying the decomposition of the lowland rainforests. The marked difference in temperature and composition makes the two rivers different in color, temperature and chemical profile for a stretch of six kilometers. When they finally come together in a fractal spiral, they merge in an infinitely complex way, both scientifically and mythologically.

The river basin is home to the Amazon pink dolphins, known locally as botos. The dolphins use their finely tuned sense of echolocation to navigate both the cooler waters of the Solimões River and the warm, opaque waters of the Negro River, moving between the two with ease. Gliding alongside the botos, the artist exists in her chimera form, navigating the intersection of multiple realms. As a force as vibrant as the merging of rivers, she presents a vision of the fluidity of species and the scale of humans’ relationship with nature.

In October 2023, a year after the end of the filming of Æqualia, the Encontro das Águas dried up due to excessive droughts that led to the massive death of the botos. Through his incarnation as a posthuman creature, Škarnulytė highlights the repercussions of human arrogance and the limits of our species.

Written and directed by: Emilija Škarnulytė; Editing: Vytautas Tinteris; Composers: Jokūbas Čižikas, Vivian Caccuri, Thiago Lanis, Savio de Queiroz; Sound mixing and mastering: Savio De Queiroz; Drone pilot: Bruno Hayden Barreto; Underwater camera: Michael Dantas; Swimmer: Emilija Škarnulytė; Production: Mirror Matter Productions.

Æqualia was a joint commission by Canal Projects and the 14th Gwangju Biennale thanks to the support of the Canal Projects Board of Directors and Advisory Board, the YS Kim Foundation and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

Photo: Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia, 2023

Installation

Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

This new video installation by Brazilian artist Gabriel Massan marks their first presentation in Mexico and critically explores the performative essence of life, drawing on decolonial, queer, and decentralised perspectives. Referencing Brazilian philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva’s book Unpayable Debt – a Black feminist reading of race, global capitalism and futurity, Massan simulates a new world filled with digital sculpture-actors, who establish a force-field of possibility through moments of connection. Filmed from multiple perspectives, Massan offers an ecosystemic view on the realities of life and emergence in the global present, as their characters interact, unite, and bid farewell on small islands suspended in the void.

Expanding their practice of critical worldbuilding, Massan actively creates spaces that promote the emergence and platforming of diverse voices. The accompanying soundtrack features Massan’s voice and sound design by Brazilian artists Agazero and Lyzza.

This co-commission between TONO and Serpentine Arts Technologies connects with Third World: The Bottom Dimension, Massan’s ongoing project commissioned and produced by Serpentine Arts Technologies that incorporates a video game, exhibition and web3 tokens powered by Tezos. Through the prisms of decoloniality, queerness and decentralization (technological, social, economic and ideological), Third World: The Bottom Dimension challenges us to rethink the ways in which we understand and orient ourselves in the world.

This new co-commission was made possible by the Rosenkranz Foundation and the Friends of TONO Circle.

Time: museum hours

Admission: with museum entrance

Photo: Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak, 2023-2024

Screening & Music Performances

Harmony Korine: AGGRO DR1FT

Antiguo Hotel Reforma

Fechas:

March 15 & 16

Sede:

Antiguo Hotel Reforma

Harmony Korine and EDGLRD travel to Mexico City for the next leg of the AGGRO DR1FT tour experience. The two-day event will showcase EDGLRD’s distinctive VFX and animation style, including a film screening and musical performances by Harmony Korine/EDGLRD and special guests.

Breaking away from the traditional parameters of cinema, AGGRO DR1FT explores the onslaught of digital ephemera and interrogates modern life through the vernacular of video games. Shot entirely through an infrared lens, the film follows a Miami Beach hitman as he embarks on the relentless pursuit of his next target.

Time: 9 pm – 3 am

Entrance: buy tickets here

Photo: Harmony Korine, AGGRO DR1FT, 2023

Performance

Joshua Serafin: VOID

Fechas:

March 16

Sede:

VOID is part of a series of works called the “Creation Paradigm,” in which we witness creation or birth of a god(dess) for the future. This god, Void, needs to live in the mortal world to better understand what it means to be a god(dess) of this time. Void’s choreographic movements embody the sadness, pain and grief of our current society. Using ritualistic dance to invoke the coming-to-life of the Void, Joshua Serafin sheds the normative ideals of gender and colonial history, engaging in a process of healing from generational trauma that enables the artist to locate their ancestral historical body, a fluid non-binary form.

Photo: Joshua Serafin, VOID Myth Makers (performance), 2023

Sunday, Mar.17

Category
Artist
Venue
Installation

Ali Cherri: Of Men and Gods and Mud

Museo Amparo

Fechas:

March 11-22

Sede:

Museo Amparo

The story of the Flood as world-maker is in fact the story of mud. Religion and Science converge in a place where earth and water meet. If mud had its own memory, what might it deem worth remembering?

But something of the old awe remains, of mud’s mysterious force: not earth or water, but both and neither. The place where the two edges of the world meet. Neither liquid nor solid, it shifts perpetually beneath our feet. 

-from Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022)

To respond to the great ecological, technological, and political transformations shaping society today, a sense of fantasy and imagination is required. In the multichannel video installation Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022), Ali Cherri envisions the metamorphic capacity of mud. As a material that embodies a rich liminal space between earth and water, it holds vast creative potential. Mud has persisted as an object of materiality and mythology throughout history–existing as both an instrumental construction tool and the foundation of countless creatures in origin stories across civilizations. Shot at the Merowe Dam on the Nile River in Northern Sudan, the video follows a group of brickmakers. The construction of the dam – the largest hydropower plant in Africa – in the early 2000s led to the displacement of more than 50,000 people, social unrest, and the destruction of ecosystems. Against the backdrop of this imposing structure, the workers’ humble task of transforming mud into brick is nothing short of heroic and presents new possibilities that emerge between destruction and creation. 

Photo: Ali Cherri, Of Men and Gods and Mud, 2022

Installation

Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia

Centro de Cultura Digital

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Centro de Cultura Digital

This video follows Emilija Škarnulytė as she embodies the mermaid Æqualia and swims through the Encontro das Águas in Manaus, Brazil, where the Rio Solimões and Rio Negro meet and give rise to the Amazon River. The white waters of the Solimões River, rich in clay from the High Andes and originating from glacial melt, meet the heavy black waters of the Negro River, carrying the decomposition of the lowland rainforests. The marked difference in temperature and composition makes the two rivers different in color, temperature and chemical profile for a stretch of six kilometers. When they finally come together in a fractal spiral, they merge in an infinitely complex way, both scientifically and mythologically.

The river basin is home to the Amazon pink dolphins, known locally as botos. The dolphins use their finely tuned sense of echolocation to navigate both the cooler waters of the Solimões River and the warm, opaque waters of the Negro River, moving between the two with ease. Gliding alongside the botos, the artist exists in her chimera form, navigating the intersection of multiple realms. As a force as vibrant as the merging of rivers, she presents a vision of the fluidity of species and the scale of humans’ relationship with nature.

In October 2023, a year after the end of the filming of Æqualia, the Encontro das Águas dried up due to excessive droughts that led to the massive death of the botos. Through his incarnation as a posthuman creature, Škarnulytė highlights the repercussions of human arrogance and the limits of our species.

Written and directed by: Emilija Škarnulytė; Editing: Vytautas Tinteris; Composers: Jokūbas Čižikas, Vivian Caccuri, Thiago Lanis, Savio de Queiroz; Sound mixing and mastering: Savio De Queiroz; Drone pilot: Bruno Hayden Barreto; Underwater camera: Michael Dantas; Swimmer: Emilija Škarnulytė; Production: Mirror Matter Productions.

Æqualia was a joint commission by Canal Projects and the 14th Gwangju Biennale thanks to the support of the Canal Projects Board of Directors and Advisory Board, the YS Kim Foundation and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

Photo: Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia, 2023

Installation

Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

This new video installation by Brazilian artist Gabriel Massan marks their first presentation in Mexico and critically explores the performative essence of life, drawing on decolonial, queer, and decentralised perspectives. Referencing Brazilian philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva’s book Unpayable Debt – a Black feminist reading of race, global capitalism and futurity, Massan simulates a new world filled with digital sculpture-actors, who establish a force-field of possibility through moments of connection. Filmed from multiple perspectives, Massan offers an ecosystemic view on the realities of life and emergence in the global present, as their characters interact, unite, and bid farewell on small islands suspended in the void.

Expanding their practice of critical worldbuilding, Massan actively creates spaces that promote the emergence and platforming of diverse voices. The accompanying soundtrack features Massan’s voice and sound design by Brazilian artists Agazero and Lyzza.

This co-commission between TONO and Serpentine Arts Technologies connects with Third World: The Bottom Dimension, Massan’s ongoing project commissioned and produced by Serpentine Arts Technologies that incorporates a video game, exhibition and web3 tokens powered by Tezos. Through the prisms of decoloniality, queerness and decentralization (technological, social, economic and ideological), Third World: The Bottom Dimension challenges us to rethink the ways in which we understand and orient ourselves in the world.

This new co-commission was made possible by the Rosenkranz Foundation and the Friends of TONO Circle.

Time: museum hours

Admission: with museum entrance

Photo: Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak, 2023-2024

Monday, Mar.18

Category
Artist
Venue
Installation

Ali Cherri: Of Men and Gods and Mud

Museo Amparo

Fechas:

March 11-22

Sede:

Museo Amparo

The story of the Flood as world-maker is in fact the story of mud. Religion and Science converge in a place where earth and water meet. If mud had its own memory, what might it deem worth remembering?

But something of the old awe remains, of mud’s mysterious force: not earth or water, but both and neither. The place where the two edges of the world meet. Neither liquid nor solid, it shifts perpetually beneath our feet. 

-from Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022)

To respond to the great ecological, technological, and political transformations shaping society today, a sense of fantasy and imagination is required. In the multichannel video installation Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022), Ali Cherri envisions the metamorphic capacity of mud. As a material that embodies a rich liminal space between earth and water, it holds vast creative potential. Mud has persisted as an object of materiality and mythology throughout history–existing as both an instrumental construction tool and the foundation of countless creatures in origin stories across civilizations. Shot at the Merowe Dam on the Nile River in Northern Sudan, the video follows a group of brickmakers. The construction of the dam – the largest hydropower plant in Africa – in the early 2000s led to the displacement of more than 50,000 people, social unrest, and the destruction of ecosystems. Against the backdrop of this imposing structure, the workers’ humble task of transforming mud into brick is nothing short of heroic and presents new possibilities that emerge between destruction and creation. 

Photo: Ali Cherri, Of Men and Gods and Mud, 2022

Tuesday, Mar.19

Category
Artist
Venue
Installation

Ali Cherri: Of Men and Gods and Mud

Museo Amparo

Fechas:

March 11-22

Sede:

Museo Amparo

The story of the Flood as world-maker is in fact the story of mud. Religion and Science converge in a place where earth and water meet. If mud had its own memory, what might it deem worth remembering?

But something of the old awe remains, of mud’s mysterious force: not earth or water, but both and neither. The place where the two edges of the world meet. Neither liquid nor solid, it shifts perpetually beneath our feet. 

-from Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022)

To respond to the great ecological, technological, and political transformations shaping society today, a sense of fantasy and imagination is required. In the multichannel video installation Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022), Ali Cherri envisions the metamorphic capacity of mud. As a material that embodies a rich liminal space between earth and water, it holds vast creative potential. Mud has persisted as an object of materiality and mythology throughout history–existing as both an instrumental construction tool and the foundation of countless creatures in origin stories across civilizations. Shot at the Merowe Dam on the Nile River in Northern Sudan, the video follows a group of brickmakers. The construction of the dam – the largest hydropower plant in Africa – in the early 2000s led to the displacement of more than 50,000 people, social unrest, and the destruction of ecosystems. Against the backdrop of this imposing structure, the workers’ humble task of transforming mud into brick is nothing short of heroic and presents new possibilities that emerge between destruction and creation. 

Photo: Ali Cherri, Of Men and Gods and Mud, 2022

Installation

Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia

Centro de Cultura Digital

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Centro de Cultura Digital

This video follows Emilija Škarnulytė as she embodies the mermaid Æqualia and swims through the Encontro das Águas in Manaus, Brazil, where the Rio Solimões and Rio Negro meet and give rise to the Amazon River. The white waters of the Solimões River, rich in clay from the High Andes and originating from glacial melt, meet the heavy black waters of the Negro River, carrying the decomposition of the lowland rainforests. The marked difference in temperature and composition makes the two rivers different in color, temperature and chemical profile for a stretch of six kilometers. When they finally come together in a fractal spiral, they merge in an infinitely complex way, both scientifically and mythologically.

The river basin is home to the Amazon pink dolphins, known locally as botos. The dolphins use their finely tuned sense of echolocation to navigate both the cooler waters of the Solimões River and the warm, opaque waters of the Negro River, moving between the two with ease. Gliding alongside the botos, the artist exists in her chimera form, navigating the intersection of multiple realms. As a force as vibrant as the merging of rivers, she presents a vision of the fluidity of species and the scale of humans’ relationship with nature.

In October 2023, a year after the end of the filming of Æqualia, the Encontro das Águas dried up due to excessive droughts that led to the massive death of the botos. Through his incarnation as a posthuman creature, Škarnulytė highlights the repercussions of human arrogance and the limits of our species.

Written and directed by: Emilija Škarnulytė; Editing: Vytautas Tinteris; Composers: Jokūbas Čižikas, Vivian Caccuri, Thiago Lanis, Savio de Queiroz; Sound mixing and mastering: Savio De Queiroz; Drone pilot: Bruno Hayden Barreto; Underwater camera: Michael Dantas; Swimmer: Emilija Škarnulytė; Production: Mirror Matter Productions.

Æqualia was a joint commission by Canal Projects and the 14th Gwangju Biennale thanks to the support of the Canal Projects Board of Directors and Advisory Board, the YS Kim Foundation and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

Photo: Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia, 2023

Installation

Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

This new video installation by Brazilian artist Gabriel Massan marks their first presentation in Mexico and critically explores the performative essence of life, drawing on decolonial, queer, and decentralised perspectives. Referencing Brazilian philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva’s book Unpayable Debt – a Black feminist reading of race, global capitalism and futurity, Massan simulates a new world filled with digital sculpture-actors, who establish a force-field of possibility through moments of connection. Filmed from multiple perspectives, Massan offers an ecosystemic view on the realities of life and emergence in the global present, as their characters interact, unite, and bid farewell on small islands suspended in the void.

Expanding their practice of critical worldbuilding, Massan actively creates spaces that promote the emergence and platforming of diverse voices. The accompanying soundtrack features Massan’s voice and sound design by Brazilian artists Agazero and Lyzza.

This co-commission between TONO and Serpentine Arts Technologies connects with Third World: The Bottom Dimension, Massan’s ongoing project commissioned and produced by Serpentine Arts Technologies that incorporates a video game, exhibition and web3 tokens powered by Tezos. Through the prisms of decoloniality, queerness and decentralization (technological, social, economic and ideological), Third World: The Bottom Dimension challenges us to rethink the ways in which we understand and orient ourselves in the world.

This new co-commission was made possible by the Rosenkranz Foundation and the Friends of TONO Circle.

Time: museum hours

Admission: with museum entrance

Photo: Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak, 2023-2024

Wednesday, Mar.20

Category
Artist
Venue
Installation

Ali Cherri: Of Men and Gods and Mud

Museo Amparo

Fechas:

March 11-22

Sede:

Museo Amparo

The story of the Flood as world-maker is in fact the story of mud. Religion and Science converge in a place where earth and water meet. If mud had its own memory, what might it deem worth remembering?

But something of the old awe remains, of mud’s mysterious force: not earth or water, but both and neither. The place where the two edges of the world meet. Neither liquid nor solid, it shifts perpetually beneath our feet. 

-from Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022)

To respond to the great ecological, technological, and political transformations shaping society today, a sense of fantasy and imagination is required. In the multichannel video installation Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022), Ali Cherri envisions the metamorphic capacity of mud. As a material that embodies a rich liminal space between earth and water, it holds vast creative potential. Mud has persisted as an object of materiality and mythology throughout history–existing as both an instrumental construction tool and the foundation of countless creatures in origin stories across civilizations. Shot at the Merowe Dam on the Nile River in Northern Sudan, the video follows a group of brickmakers. The construction of the dam – the largest hydropower plant in Africa – in the early 2000s led to the displacement of more than 50,000 people, social unrest, and the destruction of ecosystems. Against the backdrop of this imposing structure, the workers’ humble task of transforming mud into brick is nothing short of heroic and presents new possibilities that emerge between destruction and creation. 

Photo: Ali Cherri, Of Men and Gods and Mud, 2022

Installation

Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia

Centro de Cultura Digital

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Centro de Cultura Digital

This video follows Emilija Škarnulytė as she embodies the mermaid Æqualia and swims through the Encontro das Águas in Manaus, Brazil, where the Rio Solimões and Rio Negro meet and give rise to the Amazon River. The white waters of the Solimões River, rich in clay from the High Andes and originating from glacial melt, meet the heavy black waters of the Negro River, carrying the decomposition of the lowland rainforests. The marked difference in temperature and composition makes the two rivers different in color, temperature and chemical profile for a stretch of six kilometers. When they finally come together in a fractal spiral, they merge in an infinitely complex way, both scientifically and mythologically.

The river basin is home to the Amazon pink dolphins, known locally as botos. The dolphins use their finely tuned sense of echolocation to navigate both the cooler waters of the Solimões River and the warm, opaque waters of the Negro River, moving between the two with ease. Gliding alongside the botos, the artist exists in her chimera form, navigating the intersection of multiple realms. As a force as vibrant as the merging of rivers, she presents a vision of the fluidity of species and the scale of humans’ relationship with nature.

In October 2023, a year after the end of the filming of Æqualia, the Encontro das Águas dried up due to excessive droughts that led to the massive death of the botos. Through his incarnation as a posthuman creature, Škarnulytė highlights the repercussions of human arrogance and the limits of our species.

Written and directed by: Emilija Škarnulytė; Editing: Vytautas Tinteris; Composers: Jokūbas Čižikas, Vivian Caccuri, Thiago Lanis, Savio de Queiroz; Sound mixing and mastering: Savio De Queiroz; Drone pilot: Bruno Hayden Barreto; Underwater camera: Michael Dantas; Swimmer: Emilija Škarnulytė; Production: Mirror Matter Productions.

Æqualia was a joint commission by Canal Projects and the 14th Gwangju Biennale thanks to the support of the Canal Projects Board of Directors and Advisory Board, the YS Kim Foundation and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

Photo: Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia, 2023

Installation

Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

This new video installation by Brazilian artist Gabriel Massan marks their first presentation in Mexico and critically explores the performative essence of life, drawing on decolonial, queer, and decentralised perspectives. Referencing Brazilian philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva’s book Unpayable Debt – a Black feminist reading of race, global capitalism and futurity, Massan simulates a new world filled with digital sculpture-actors, who establish a force-field of possibility through moments of connection. Filmed from multiple perspectives, Massan offers an ecosystemic view on the realities of life and emergence in the global present, as their characters interact, unite, and bid farewell on small islands suspended in the void.

Expanding their practice of critical worldbuilding, Massan actively creates spaces that promote the emergence and platforming of diverse voices. The accompanying soundtrack features Massan’s voice and sound design by Brazilian artists Agazero and Lyzza.

This co-commission between TONO and Serpentine Arts Technologies connects with Third World: The Bottom Dimension, Massan’s ongoing project commissioned and produced by Serpentine Arts Technologies that incorporates a video game, exhibition and web3 tokens powered by Tezos. Through the prisms of decoloniality, queerness and decentralization (technological, social, economic and ideological), Third World: The Bottom Dimension challenges us to rethink the ways in which we understand and orient ourselves in the world.

This new co-commission was made possible by the Rosenkranz Foundation and the Friends of TONO Circle.

Time: museum hours

Admission: with museum entrance

Photo: Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak, 2023-2024

Screenings

TONO x PAMMTV Selects: Ali Cherri

Centro de Cultura Digital

Fechas:

March 20

Sede:

Centro de Cultura Digital

TONO x PAMM Selects is a program of screenings organized by TONO and the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). The works presented in TONO x PAMM Selects explore how bodies are transformed into virtual, natural and supernatural worlds.

From the atomic to the cosmic and the cell to the pixel, the videos in this program explore processes of metamorphosis. From creatures constructed out of mud and bodies transformed through science to digital avatars and bodies manipulated through rituals, the figures in these videos burst a discrete definition of a body. Here, bodies are material vessels as much as they are objects for imagination and groups. A body, from a river to a digital stream, is constantly in a state of flux.

Following the group presentation on March 13, we are presenting the Mexican premiere of The Dam by Ali Cherri. (2022, 84 min). There will be a Q&A with the artist following the film and a drink.

Synopsis (The Dam)

Sudan, near the Merowe dam. Maher works in a traditional brickyard fed by the waters of the Nile. Every evening, he secretly wanders off into the desert to build a mysterious construction made of mud. While the Sudanese people rise to claim their freedom, his creation starts to take a life of its own…

Photo: Ali Cherri, The Dam, 2022

Thursday, Mar.21

Category
Artist
Venue
Installation

Ali Cherri: Of Men and Gods and Mud

Museo Amparo

Fechas:

March 11-22

Sede:

Museo Amparo

The story of the Flood as world-maker is in fact the story of mud. Religion and Science converge in a place where earth and water meet. If mud had its own memory, what might it deem worth remembering?

But something of the old awe remains, of mud’s mysterious force: not earth or water, but both and neither. The place where the two edges of the world meet. Neither liquid nor solid, it shifts perpetually beneath our feet. 

-from Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022)

To respond to the great ecological, technological, and political transformations shaping society today, a sense of fantasy and imagination is required. In the multichannel video installation Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022), Ali Cherri envisions the metamorphic capacity of mud. As a material that embodies a rich liminal space between earth and water, it holds vast creative potential. Mud has persisted as an object of materiality and mythology throughout history–existing as both an instrumental construction tool and the foundation of countless creatures in origin stories across civilizations. Shot at the Merowe Dam on the Nile River in Northern Sudan, the video follows a group of brickmakers. The construction of the dam – the largest hydropower plant in Africa – in the early 2000s led to the displacement of more than 50,000 people, social unrest, and the destruction of ecosystems. Against the backdrop of this imposing structure, the workers’ humble task of transforming mud into brick is nothing short of heroic and presents new possibilities that emerge between destruction and creation. 

Photo: Ali Cherri, Of Men and Gods and Mud, 2022

Installation

Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia

Centro de Cultura Digital

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Centro de Cultura Digital

This video follows Emilija Škarnulytė as she embodies the mermaid Æqualia and swims through the Encontro das Águas in Manaus, Brazil, where the Rio Solimões and Rio Negro meet and give rise to the Amazon River. The white waters of the Solimões River, rich in clay from the High Andes and originating from glacial melt, meet the heavy black waters of the Negro River, carrying the decomposition of the lowland rainforests. The marked difference in temperature and composition makes the two rivers different in color, temperature and chemical profile for a stretch of six kilometers. When they finally come together in a fractal spiral, they merge in an infinitely complex way, both scientifically and mythologically.

The river basin is home to the Amazon pink dolphins, known locally as botos. The dolphins use their finely tuned sense of echolocation to navigate both the cooler waters of the Solimões River and the warm, opaque waters of the Negro River, moving between the two with ease. Gliding alongside the botos, the artist exists in her chimera form, navigating the intersection of multiple realms. As a force as vibrant as the merging of rivers, she presents a vision of the fluidity of species and the scale of humans’ relationship with nature.

In October 2023, a year after the end of the filming of Æqualia, the Encontro das Águas dried up due to excessive droughts that led to the massive death of the botos. Through his incarnation as a posthuman creature, Škarnulytė highlights the repercussions of human arrogance and the limits of our species.

Written and directed by: Emilija Škarnulytė; Editing: Vytautas Tinteris; Composers: Jokūbas Čižikas, Vivian Caccuri, Thiago Lanis, Savio de Queiroz; Sound mixing and mastering: Savio De Queiroz; Drone pilot: Bruno Hayden Barreto; Underwater camera: Michael Dantas; Swimmer: Emilija Škarnulytė; Production: Mirror Matter Productions.

Æqualia was a joint commission by Canal Projects and the 14th Gwangju Biennale thanks to the support of the Canal Projects Board of Directors and Advisory Board, the YS Kim Foundation and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

Photo: Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia, 2023

Installation

Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

This new video installation by Brazilian artist Gabriel Massan marks their first presentation in Mexico and critically explores the performative essence of life, drawing on decolonial, queer, and decentralised perspectives. Referencing Brazilian philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva’s book Unpayable Debt – a Black feminist reading of race, global capitalism and futurity, Massan simulates a new world filled with digital sculpture-actors, who establish a force-field of possibility through moments of connection. Filmed from multiple perspectives, Massan offers an ecosystemic view on the realities of life and emergence in the global present, as their characters interact, unite, and bid farewell on small islands suspended in the void.

Expanding their practice of critical worldbuilding, Massan actively creates spaces that promote the emergence and platforming of diverse voices. The accompanying soundtrack features Massan’s voice and sound design by Brazilian artists Agazero and Lyzza.

This co-commission between TONO and Serpentine Arts Technologies connects with Third World: The Bottom Dimension, Massan’s ongoing project commissioned and produced by Serpentine Arts Technologies that incorporates a video game, exhibition and web3 tokens powered by Tezos. Through the prisms of decoloniality, queerness and decentralization (technological, social, economic and ideological), Third World: The Bottom Dimension challenges us to rethink the ways in which we understand and orient ourselves in the world.

This new co-commission was made possible by the Rosenkranz Foundation and the Friends of TONO Circle.

Time: museum hours

Admission: with museum entrance

Photo: Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak, 2023-2024

Friday, Mar.22

Category
Artist
Venue
Installation

Ali Cherri: Of Men and Gods and Mud

Museo Amparo

Fechas:

March 11-22

Sede:

Museo Amparo

The story of the Flood as world-maker is in fact the story of mud. Religion and Science converge in a place where earth and water meet. If mud had its own memory, what might it deem worth remembering?

But something of the old awe remains, of mud’s mysterious force: not earth or water, but both and neither. The place where the two edges of the world meet. Neither liquid nor solid, it shifts perpetually beneath our feet. 

-from Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022)

To respond to the great ecological, technological, and political transformations shaping society today, a sense of fantasy and imagination is required. In the multichannel video installation Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022), Ali Cherri envisions the metamorphic capacity of mud. As a material that embodies a rich liminal space between earth and water, it holds vast creative potential. Mud has persisted as an object of materiality and mythology throughout history–existing as both an instrumental construction tool and the foundation of countless creatures in origin stories across civilizations. Shot at the Merowe Dam on the Nile River in Northern Sudan, the video follows a group of brickmakers. The construction of the dam – the largest hydropower plant in Africa – in the early 2000s led to the displacement of more than 50,000 people, social unrest, and the destruction of ecosystems. Against the backdrop of this imposing structure, the workers’ humble task of transforming mud into brick is nothing short of heroic and presents new possibilities that emerge between destruction and creation. 

Photo: Ali Cherri, Of Men and Gods and Mud, 2022

Installation

Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia

Centro de Cultura Digital

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Centro de Cultura Digital

This video follows Emilija Škarnulytė as she embodies the mermaid Æqualia and swims through the Encontro das Águas in Manaus, Brazil, where the Rio Solimões and Rio Negro meet and give rise to the Amazon River. The white waters of the Solimões River, rich in clay from the High Andes and originating from glacial melt, meet the heavy black waters of the Negro River, carrying the decomposition of the lowland rainforests. The marked difference in temperature and composition makes the two rivers different in color, temperature and chemical profile for a stretch of six kilometers. When they finally come together in a fractal spiral, they merge in an infinitely complex way, both scientifically and mythologically.

The river basin is home to the Amazon pink dolphins, known locally as botos. The dolphins use their finely tuned sense of echolocation to navigate both the cooler waters of the Solimões River and the warm, opaque waters of the Negro River, moving between the two with ease. Gliding alongside the botos, the artist exists in her chimera form, navigating the intersection of multiple realms. As a force as vibrant as the merging of rivers, she presents a vision of the fluidity of species and the scale of humans’ relationship with nature.

In October 2023, a year after the end of the filming of Æqualia, the Encontro das Águas dried up due to excessive droughts that led to the massive death of the botos. Through his incarnation as a posthuman creature, Škarnulytė highlights the repercussions of human arrogance and the limits of our species.

Written and directed by: Emilija Škarnulytė; Editing: Vytautas Tinteris; Composers: Jokūbas Čižikas, Vivian Caccuri, Thiago Lanis, Savio de Queiroz; Sound mixing and mastering: Savio De Queiroz; Drone pilot: Bruno Hayden Barreto; Underwater camera: Michael Dantas; Swimmer: Emilija Škarnulytė; Production: Mirror Matter Productions.

Æqualia was a joint commission by Canal Projects and the 14th Gwangju Biennale thanks to the support of the Canal Projects Board of Directors and Advisory Board, the YS Kim Foundation and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

Photo: Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia, 2023

Installation

Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

This new video installation by Brazilian artist Gabriel Massan marks their first presentation in Mexico and critically explores the performative essence of life, drawing on decolonial, queer, and decentralised perspectives. Referencing Brazilian philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva’s book Unpayable Debt – a Black feminist reading of race, global capitalism and futurity, Massan simulates a new world filled with digital sculpture-actors, who establish a force-field of possibility through moments of connection. Filmed from multiple perspectives, Massan offers an ecosystemic view on the realities of life and emergence in the global present, as their characters interact, unite, and bid farewell on small islands suspended in the void.

Expanding their practice of critical worldbuilding, Massan actively creates spaces that promote the emergence and platforming of diverse voices. The accompanying soundtrack features Massan’s voice and sound design by Brazilian artists Agazero and Lyzza.

This co-commission between TONO and Serpentine Arts Technologies connects with Third World: The Bottom Dimension, Massan’s ongoing project commissioned and produced by Serpentine Arts Technologies that incorporates a video game, exhibition and web3 tokens powered by Tezos. Through the prisms of decoloniality, queerness and decentralization (technological, social, economic and ideological), Third World: The Bottom Dimension challenges us to rethink the ways in which we understand and orient ourselves in the world.

This new co-commission was made possible by the Rosenkranz Foundation and the Friends of TONO Circle.

Time: museum hours

Admission: with museum entrance

Photo: Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak, 2023-2024

Installation tour

Installation tour, Ali Cherri, Puebla

Museo Amparo

Fechas:

March 22

Sede:

Museo Amparo

Join us in Puebla to celebrate the closing of Ali Cherri’s installation Of Men and Gods and Mud (2022). We will organize buses from Mexico City to Puebla and have a celebratory drink at the museum.

Time: buses will leave Mexico City at 11 am, exhibition visit and celebration drink from 2-5

Email info@tonofestival.com for more information.

Photo: Ali Cherri, Of Men and Gods and Mud, 2022

Saturday, Mar.23

Category
Artist
Venue
Installation

Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia

Centro de Cultura Digital

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Centro de Cultura Digital

This video follows Emilija Škarnulytė as she embodies the mermaid Æqualia and swims through the Encontro das Águas in Manaus, Brazil, where the Rio Solimões and Rio Negro meet and give rise to the Amazon River. The white waters of the Solimões River, rich in clay from the High Andes and originating from glacial melt, meet the heavy black waters of the Negro River, carrying the decomposition of the lowland rainforests. The marked difference in temperature and composition makes the two rivers different in color, temperature and chemical profile for a stretch of six kilometers. When they finally come together in a fractal spiral, they merge in an infinitely complex way, both scientifically and mythologically.

The river basin is home to the Amazon pink dolphins, known locally as botos. The dolphins use their finely tuned sense of echolocation to navigate both the cooler waters of the Solimões River and the warm, opaque waters of the Negro River, moving between the two with ease. Gliding alongside the botos, the artist exists in her chimera form, navigating the intersection of multiple realms. As a force as vibrant as the merging of rivers, she presents a vision of the fluidity of species and the scale of humans’ relationship with nature.

In October 2023, a year after the end of the filming of Æqualia, the Encontro das Águas dried up due to excessive droughts that led to the massive death of the botos. Through his incarnation as a posthuman creature, Škarnulytė highlights the repercussions of human arrogance and the limits of our species.

Written and directed by: Emilija Škarnulytė; Editing: Vytautas Tinteris; Composers: Jokūbas Čižikas, Vivian Caccuri, Thiago Lanis, Savio de Queiroz; Sound mixing and mastering: Savio De Queiroz; Drone pilot: Bruno Hayden Barreto; Underwater camera: Michael Dantas; Swimmer: Emilija Škarnulytė; Production: Mirror Matter Productions.

Æqualia was a joint commission by Canal Projects and the 14th Gwangju Biennale thanks to the support of the Canal Projects Board of Directors and Advisory Board, the YS Kim Foundation and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

Photo: Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia, 2023

Installation

Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

This new video installation by Brazilian artist Gabriel Massan marks their first presentation in Mexico and critically explores the performative essence of life, drawing on decolonial, queer, and decentralised perspectives. Referencing Brazilian philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva’s book Unpayable Debt – a Black feminist reading of race, global capitalism and futurity, Massan simulates a new world filled with digital sculpture-actors, who establish a force-field of possibility through moments of connection. Filmed from multiple perspectives, Massan offers an ecosystemic view on the realities of life and emergence in the global present, as their characters interact, unite, and bid farewell on small islands suspended in the void.

Expanding their practice of critical worldbuilding, Massan actively creates spaces that promote the emergence and platforming of diverse voices. The accompanying soundtrack features Massan’s voice and sound design by Brazilian artists Agazero and Lyzza.

This co-commission between TONO and Serpentine Arts Technologies connects with Third World: The Bottom Dimension, Massan’s ongoing project commissioned and produced by Serpentine Arts Technologies that incorporates a video game, exhibition and web3 tokens powered by Tezos. Through the prisms of decoloniality, queerness and decentralization (technological, social, economic and ideological), Third World: The Bottom Dimension challenges us to rethink the ways in which we understand and orient ourselves in the world.

This new co-commission was made possible by the Rosenkranz Foundation and the Friends of TONO Circle.

Time: museum hours

Admission: with museum entrance

Photo: Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak, 2023-2024

Sunday, Mar.24

Category
Artist
Venue
Installation

Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia

Centro de Cultura Digital

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Centro de Cultura Digital

This video follows Emilija Škarnulytė as she embodies the mermaid Æqualia and swims through the Encontro das Águas in Manaus, Brazil, where the Rio Solimões and Rio Negro meet and give rise to the Amazon River. The white waters of the Solimões River, rich in clay from the High Andes and originating from glacial melt, meet the heavy black waters of the Negro River, carrying the decomposition of the lowland rainforests. The marked difference in temperature and composition makes the two rivers different in color, temperature and chemical profile for a stretch of six kilometers. When they finally come together in a fractal spiral, they merge in an infinitely complex way, both scientifically and mythologically.

The river basin is home to the Amazon pink dolphins, known locally as botos. The dolphins use their finely tuned sense of echolocation to navigate both the cooler waters of the Solimões River and the warm, opaque waters of the Negro River, moving between the two with ease. Gliding alongside the botos, the artist exists in her chimera form, navigating the intersection of multiple realms. As a force as vibrant as the merging of rivers, she presents a vision of the fluidity of species and the scale of humans’ relationship with nature.

In October 2023, a year after the end of the filming of Æqualia, the Encontro das Águas dried up due to excessive droughts that led to the massive death of the botos. Through his incarnation as a posthuman creature, Škarnulytė highlights the repercussions of human arrogance and the limits of our species.

Written and directed by: Emilija Škarnulytė; Editing: Vytautas Tinteris; Composers: Jokūbas Čižikas, Vivian Caccuri, Thiago Lanis, Savio de Queiroz; Sound mixing and mastering: Savio De Queiroz; Drone pilot: Bruno Hayden Barreto; Underwater camera: Michael Dantas; Swimmer: Emilija Škarnulytė; Production: Mirror Matter Productions.

Æqualia was a joint commission by Canal Projects and the 14th Gwangju Biennale thanks to the support of the Canal Projects Board of Directors and Advisory Board, the YS Kim Foundation and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

Photo: Emilija Škarnulytė: Æqualia, 2023

Installation

Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

Fechas:

March 12-24

Sede:

Laboratorio Arte Alameda

This new video installation by Brazilian artist Gabriel Massan marks their first presentation in Mexico and critically explores the performative essence of life, drawing on decolonial, queer, and decentralised perspectives. Referencing Brazilian philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva’s book Unpayable Debt – a Black feminist reading of race, global capitalism and futurity, Massan simulates a new world filled with digital sculpture-actors, who establish a force-field of possibility through moments of connection. Filmed from multiple perspectives, Massan offers an ecosystemic view on the realities of life and emergence in the global present, as their characters interact, unite, and bid farewell on small islands suspended in the void.

Expanding their practice of critical worldbuilding, Massan actively creates spaces that promote the emergence and platforming of diverse voices. The accompanying soundtrack features Massan’s voice and sound design by Brazilian artists Agazero and Lyzza.

This co-commission between TONO and Serpentine Arts Technologies connects with Third World: The Bottom Dimension, Massan’s ongoing project commissioned and produced by Serpentine Arts Technologies that incorporates a video game, exhibition and web3 tokens powered by Tezos. Through the prisms of decoloniality, queerness and decentralization (technological, social, economic and ideological), Third World: The Bottom Dimension challenges us to rethink the ways in which we understand and orient ourselves in the world.

This new co-commission was made possible by the Rosenkranz Foundation and the Friends of TONO Circle.

Time: museum hours

Admission: with museum entrance

Photo: Gabriel Massan, Continuity Flaws: Rumors of a Leak, 2023-2024

VENUES

  • Ex Teresa Arte Actual

  • Centro de Cultura Digital

  • Centro Cultural de España (Centro Cultural de España en México)

  • Laboratorio Arte Alameda

  • Museo Amparo, Puebla

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