Magazine article Artforum International

Los Torreznos: Circo Interior Bruto. (Reviews: Madrid)

Magazine article Artforum International

Los Torreznos: Circo Interior Bruto. (Reviews: Madrid)

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Los Torreznos is a name sometimes used by a duo who have been working together, though not exclusively so, for ten years--Jaime Vallaure and Rafael Lamata also work individually. Despite their youth, both are veterans of performance and video, and they have developed a very distinct collaborative personality based on a sense of the spectacle--which is not to say frivolity but rather an awareness that theirs are works developed over time--along with a desire to investigate or reflect on contemporary issues both social and artistic.

Such interests persisted in La noche electoral (Election night), 2001. The sober staging recalled a flamenco performance: two singers situated on a simple stage illuminated by a single bulb, ready to sing before the public. The work's structure as much as its general development was also very much related to music. Not only was sound important, but, though the work's semantic dimension was predominant, the structure seemed directly inspired by musical composition, most likely Minimalist (the artists admire composers like Terry Riley and Steve Reich). Both performers kept their eyes shut for the duration of the piece (about thirty minutes), and their bodies, hands, and voices had a palpable expressivity reminiscent of flamenco performances. Drawing on the idea that on election night commentators and representatives of the different parties interpret the results according to their own interests, Vallaure and Lamata twisted their language to put forth a critique of contemporary politicians' inclination to distor t reality, take advantage of ambiguity, and shy away from precise meanings. …

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