Delfina Foundation

Laurel Ptak

London: 23/11/15 — 06/12/15

Laurel Ptak works across artistic, curatorial and pedagogical boundaries to address the social and political contours of art and technology. Her projects are interdisciplinary and discursive in nature and have taken up subject matter including alternative economies, debt, feminism, intellectual property and labor.

Ptak is the initiator of Wages For Facebook, which draws on the 1970s feminist campaign Wages For Housework, to think through the relationships between capitalism, class and affective labor that are at stake within social media today. Debated widely in the press, at universities and via social media, the project has framed a broad public conversation about workers’ rights and the nature of labor, as well as the politics of its refusal, in our digital age.

Ptak teaches in the department of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons, The New School and is Director of the artist-run space Triangle Arts Association in New York City. Together with artist Marysia Lewandowska, she is co-editor of the book Undoing Property? which explores artistic practices in relationship to immaterial production, political economy and the commons, published by Sternberg Press in 2013.

César lives and works in Mexico.

César Martínez’s work tackles the diverse economic, social and cultural tensions that Mexico has faced in the last decades. Departing from the logic of provocation, criticism and uncertainty, and displaying humorous appropriations of language’s conceptual ambivalence, César employs multiple supports to tackle complex topics. From installation and sculpture made of edible materials to performance and conceptual objects he explores social malaise in the face of a frustrating system, the defeat of the institutions, globalization and the submission of the Mexican government to U.S. dictates among others subjects.

 

César has done over 200 performances in International venues, and has also participated in many conferences and round tables. His work is in important art collections such as the Carsten Norman in Germany, Fundació Sorigué in Spain, Colezzione “La Gaia” and Associazione Prometeo in Italy, MUCA UNAM, and various private collections in the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates, among others.

 

Recently he won a scholarship for graduate studies granted by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, where he earned recognition for his teaching activities two consecutive years. Since 2002 he has been part of the Mexican National Creator’s System.

 

César lives and works in Mexico.